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Rhody Festival Junior Parade Staging at 11 a.m. — Miller Park Parade at Noon Sponsored by Siuslaw Fire & Rescue 541-991-0437

Rhody Queen & Court Display Open daily – noon to 4 p.m. $4/adults Siuslaw Pioneer Museum 541-997-7884

Kiwanis Kids Games

Immediately following Junior Parade Siuslaw High School at the JV Baseball Field 541-999-6847

Davis Shows Carnival NW

May 16 & 17 — afternoon to 11 p.m. May 18-20 — noon to close Port of Siuslaw parking lot 541-997-3128

Rhody Days Arts Festival

Schedule of Festival Events

Sponsored by Florence Regional Arts Alliance May 18 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Florence Events Center 541-902-1933 May 18 – 5 to 8 p.m. May 28 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three Rivers Casino Resort 541-991-6585

1 to 3 p.m. 3 p.m. — Awards Free Admission Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


Rhododendron Court Coronation

Coast Radio Classic Car Cruise

6:30 p.m. $10/adults — $6/students Florence Events Center 541-997-1994

Maple Street Vendor Fair May 18 – noon to 6 p.m. May 19 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maple Street in Old Town 541-997-3128

Sponsored by Coast Radio/KCST Live Broadcast from Old Town 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cruise from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Register at Show & Shine 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) 541-997-9136


“Let it Ride” Poker Run & Bike Show Pre-registration

Elks Barbecue and Pie Sale

5 to 8 p.m. Three Rivers Casino Resort 541-991-6585

May 19-20 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Florence Elks Lodge, 1686 12th St. 541-997-2610

40th annual Rhody Run

9 a.m. Florence Events Center; 541-999-9667

May 19 – 1 to 5 p.m. May 20 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Florence Events Center 541-997-3082

Pacific NW Hula Academy Hawaiian Dancers

26th annual Rhody Show & Shine Car Show

Live music at restaurants around town and at Three Rivers Casino Resort in the evenings


111th annual Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade

10 a.m. — Staging at 27th & Oak streets Noon — Parade begins Route: Highway 101 south to Historic Old Town 541-997-3128 Parade Broadcast: 11:45 a.m. on KCST 106.9 FM


American Rhododendron Society’s Festival Flower Show & Plant Sale

Custom Carpentry Handyman Services, Roof Repair, Quality of Life

1 to 3 p.m. Florence United Methodist Church 333 Kingwood St. 541-999-4353

“Let it Ride” Bike Show

Let It Ride Vendor Fair

Personalized Craftsmanship with a Creative Edge!

Blessing of the Motorcycles Drive Thru

Beachkomers Car Club 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Awards at 1:30 p.m. 2066 Highway 101 541-902-0916

3:30 to 4 p.m. Gazebo Park in Old Town 541-603-4393

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Rhody Rendezvous with old friends and new at the Rhododendron Festival, May 16 to 20, 20188


he 111th annual Florence Rhododendron Festival continues a grand tradition this

week. “Rhody Rendezvous,” this year’s theme, is intended to evoke a feeling of coming to Florence for an exciting gathering with friends and family and having a great time in Oregon’s Coastal Playground, according to Bettina Hannigan, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s our 111th year. After that many years, we’re pretty sure that several generations of Oregonians and other visitors have rendezvoused around our rhodies many times,” Hannigan said. The Davis Shows Northwest Carnival opens on Wednesday afternoon at the Port of Siuslaw parking lot in Historic Old Town Florence; the Rhododendron Court Coronation takes place Thursday evening at the Florence Events Center; and the town begins filling with rhody enthusiasts on Friday. Saturday features the 5K Rhody Run and Walk; the 26th annual Rhody Classic Car Show ’n’ Shine from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Grocery Outlet parking lot; the Junior Parade and Kiwanis Kids Games at noon, and the Coast Radio Classic Car Cruise from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. through Old Town. The Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade is at noon on Sunday, May 20, at 27th Street and Highway 101. The parade will wend its way down Highway 101 to Kingwood Street, and from there down to Bay Street and Historic Old Town Florence. The parade ends at the Port of Siuslaw parking lot where the Davis Shows Carnival will be going strong.

“We’re looking to this year’s parade entrants to really step up again and rock the rhodies,” Hannigan said. “It’s one of the oldest floral festival parades in the west and we want every entry to have as many rhodies as possible.” Rhody Days also includes a vendor’s fair in Old Town, a spectacular rhododendron show along with live music, art and other festivities at the Florence Events Center, and Three Rivers Casino Resort will host the annual Let It Ride motorcycle show and other events. Each year during the Thursday night kick-off event at the Florence Events Center, officials crown Queen Rhododendra and The King of the Coast from area high schools as the event’s official ambassadors. Seven Siuslaw High School stu-

dents make up the Senior Court this year — along with five young princesses from Siuslaw and Mapleton elementary schools. Court members sell campaignstyle pins for $3 featuring the festival’s logo. Pins are available from court members, at the Chamber’s Visitor’s Center at 290 Highway 101 and around town. Proceeds go toward scholarships for members of the court. Pins are also good for $1 off a bowl of chowder at participating restaurants in May. The list currently includes Beachcomber Pub, Le Bouchon Café, Bay Street Grille, ICM Restaurant, Firehouse Restaurant and Homegrown Public House. Hannigan said, “There’s always so much to do in and around Florence, and the Rhododendron Festival

adds even more fun to this place we call Oregon’s Coastal Playground.” For a full listing of Rhody Days events, general information about the festival, parade entry forms, vendor fair applications or event schedules, check

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Rhody Princes Rhody Rendezvous

with the Rhododendron Court at the May 17 Coronation

Prince Trent Reavis

Prince Colby Waters

Siuslaw High School

Siuslaw High School

Son of Theresa Reavis and Delbert Reavis Sponsored by Tony’s Garage

Son of Laura and Thomas Waters

Attend the 2018 Rhododendron Court Coronation on Thursday at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., for a night of talent, music, interviews and a showcase of the best of the Siuslaw region's elementary and high school students. The event features local high school seniors who will compete for scholarships and the title of Queen Rhododendra and King of the Coast. In addition, the Junior Court represent grades 1 through 5 from Florence and Mapleton. The courts will make appearances in the Kids' Parade and Grand Floral Parade during the 111th Rhododendron Festival. Tickets are available for $10 for adults and $6 for youth 18 and under. Purchase tickets now at or by calling the box office at 541-997-1994.

2018 Rhododendron Festival Sponsors

Sponsored by Banner Bank

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Corporate Underwriters Driftwood Shores Resort Korando Dental Group Three Rivers Casino Resort TR Hunter Real Estate

Chamber Distinguished Sponsors 101 Things To Do • Banner Bank • Beachcomber Pub • Best for Hearing • Bi-Mart • Blue Heron Gallery • Burns’s Riverside Chapel • Christina Voogd/Principal Broker with Berkshire Hathaway • Darci Clark/Broker with Keller Williams • Fred Meyer Stores • KCST/Coast Radio • Lofy Construction • Oregon Pacific Bank • PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center • Sea Lion Caves • Shorewood Senior Living • Siuslaw News • Spruce Point Assisted Living • Turrell Group • Wind Drift Gallery

Christina Voogd

ABR, GRI, CRS, Principal Broker Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate Florence Branch PO Box 276, 1875 Hwy. 101 Florence OR 97439

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Rhody Princesses — Senior Court

Princess Thelma Gentry

Princess Lainey Goss

Princess Alex Saindon

Siuslaw High School

Siuslaw High School

Siuslaw High School

Daughter of Charity and Jeremy Gentry

Daughter of Trisha Holden and Brian Goss

Sponsored by The Siuslaw News

Sponsored by NW Inspection Services

Daughter of Rachel KilfoySaindon and Noel Saindon Sponsored by Coldwell Coast Real Estate and Taylor Made Drywall & Construction

Princess Andrea SanchezHernandez Siuslaw High School Daughter of Rosa Hernandez and Carlos Sanchez Sponsored by Shorewood Senior Living

Princess Denielle VanWinkle Siuslaw High School Daughter of Amber Baughman Sponsored by Fresh Harvest Café

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Rhody Princesses — Junior Court

Princess Aleeya Thomas

Princess Jasmine Krause

Princess Abigail Galvan-Mendez

Princess Kylee Stinger

Princess Brittney Adams

First Grade Siuslaw Elementary School

Second Grade Siuslaw Elementary School

Third Grade Mapleton Elementary School

Fourth Grade Siuslaw Elementary School

Fifth Grade Siuslaw Elementary School

Daughter of Sierra and David Thomas

Daughter of Wendy Krause and Brett Krause

Daughter of Crystal and Rogelio Galvan-Mendez

Daughter of Kim and Jeff Stinger

Niece of Jennifer Vanduch and Scott Smith

Sponsored by Dave T Construction and Thomas Custom Docks

Sponsored by TR Hunter Real Estate

Sponsored by R & R King Logging

Sponsored by Coastal Fitness and Chuck’s Plumbing

Sponsored by West Lane Plumbing

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‘Radio’ rendezvous all weekend long

Coast Radio has been part of the “Rhody Rendezvous” since the local station began broadcasting in 1988. Participation in the weekend events and coverage of Florence’s largest annual festival has always been part of the station’s commitment to its community and listeners. Tune in to Florence’s locally owned-and-operated radio stations, KCST (106.9 FM) and KCFM (104.1 FM/1250 AM) where you can find out what’s happening and when during the 111th Rhododendron Festival. “The station has organized and sponsored events such as the Saturday car cruise and provided live coverage of the Grand Floral Parade for more than two decades,” says Coast Radio General Manager Jon Thompson. “You’ll find our staff at most of the events during the weekend.” Coast Radio’s on-air staff will broadcast from various locations all weekend, giving listeners on-

site insights from the carnival rides and midway, bustling Bay Street, and the Old Town vendor fair. Other live coverage includes Saturday’s 5K and 10K Rhody Run, the Junior Parade, and news and interviews from the Elks Lodge chicken barbecue and pie sale.

Saturday’s live coverage concludes with the KCST Classic Car Cruise and oldies broadcast from Old Town. Coverage resumes just before noon on Sunday with the Grand Floral Parade and updates from all over town. “Our stations are great companions for residents and the Florence area’s out-of-town guests to get the latest on local events, discover local resources, and get the most current daily news, weather and sports,” said Thompson. Coast Radio not only broadcasts the annual car cruise, they organize and host the entire event with the help of the Siuslaw Valley Firefighters Association. Registration for the KCST Classic Car Cruise begins at 8:30 a.m. during the Rhody Cruisers car club’s Show and Shine in the Grocery Outlet parking lot at 21st Street and Highway 101. Registration is required for all cruisers and entries are limited to the first 150 registrants of 1976 and older model vehicles.

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As part of its sponsorship of the Classic Car Cruise, KCST donates 100 percent of the registration fees to the Siuslaw Valley Firefighters Association. “We’ve been honored to work with and contribute to the firefighters association during the past 20 years on this popular Saturday evening event,” noted Thompson, who also acknowledged the strong sponsor support from ACR Automotive, Lofy Construction, Coast Insurance Services, Central Lincoln P.U.D., Shervin’s Tire

and Automotive, Leisure Excavating, County Transfer & Recycling, Mercer Lake Resort, Regency Florence, Foglio Drop Box Services, 101 Mini Storage and Aero Legends Bi-Plane Rides. Staging for the Cruise begins at 5 p.m. at the Florence Christian Church at Second and Ivy Streets. This year’s KCST Classic Car Cruise will begin at 6:30 p.m. and retrace the Old Town loop until 7:30 p.m. Coast Radio will have its mobile broadcast unit set up in Old Town on Maple Street, at the intersection with

Bay Street, at the south end of the vendor fair. News Director George Henry and noted classic car expert Mike Groshong will play top hits from the 1950s and ‘60s while they highlight the cars and interview their drivers. KCST’s live coverage of Sunday’s Grand Floral Parade begins at 11:45 a.m., with “float-by-float” descriptions of entries from the reviewing stand at TR Hunter Real Estate, between 17th and 18th streets on Highway 101. The Parade Broadcast is sponsored by the Florence Area Chamber of

Commerce Distinguished Sponsors and Underwriters. W.G. Peterson Woodworking and TR Hunter Real Estate will once again erect the parade broadcast booth for KCST on-air personalities George Henry and Calista Cates. The station’s broadcast team will provide commentary including background and insights on the parade’s floats, bands, and equestrian, motorized, and commercial entries, as well as the keynote dignitaries and personalities.

Race and rhody at the 40th annual Rhody Run The 2018 Rhody Run starts at 9 a.m. should arrive before 8:30 a.m. during Florence’s on Saturday, May 19, though runners This running classic has been held Rhododendron Festival for 40 years. The race course for 2017 will take participants from the starting line at the Florence Events Center through Bay Street and Historic Old Town, along the Siuslaw River, out the scenic Rhododendron Drive and back. There will be 10K and 5K events, and the entry fee is $20 for ages 18 and older; $15 for ages 13 to 17; and $10

for ages 12 and younger prior to race day — with an added $5 day-of registration fee. T-shirts are also available for purchase. Participants can register at www. html.

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Honoring Florence’s first First Citizen

Rhodies in bloom focus of society’s Flower Show

The annual Rhododendron Festival Flower Show and Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. The sale runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Siuslaw Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, the flower show opens to the public free of charge. Community members are

welcome to bring flower trusses on Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m. to be judged by rhododendron experts. The truss must come from a plant that the owner has grown for at least six months. Ribbons will be awarded. It’s a great time to ask questions, find books and information and enjoy the beautiful colors of the season. Plant sales will take place outside the south side of the events center.

This year’s Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade grand marshal is Dr. Al Brauer, named Florence’s first-ever First Citizen in 1967. Brauer was instrumental in establishing Peace Harbor Hospital, Lane Community College and its Florence campus, the Florence Rotary Club, the Alice Brauer Christian Preschool, New Life Lutheran Church and Oregon Pacific Bank, where he served as board chairman for 28 years. He moved to Florence after serving in the Marines in World War II, earning his medical degree, and serving as a medical missionary in Kenya. He established his family medical practice in 1958. Brauer said, “It was a shocker, but I’m deeply honored” about his

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Us TOO Florence has two monthly meetings for your convenience:

• Tuesday Evening Group (2nd Tuesday) 5-7 p.m. - Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw Urologist Dr. Bryan Mehlhaff, M.D. attends.

• Tuesday Lunch Bunch (3rd Tuesday) 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. – Ichiban Urologist Dr. Roger McKimmy, M.D. attends.

Contact Bob for more information: (H) 541-997-6626 (C) 541-999-4239 • Check out our Personal Prostate Cancer Journeys, slideshows and other information on our website. • A prostate cancer diagnosis is not needed to attend. • Spouses/family members are encouraged to attend. • Bring questions/records - get answers • Someone to talk to - who understands.

selection. Current First Citizen Rachel Pearson nominated Brauer and said his contributions to the region cannot be overestimated. “His bold vision, incredible hard work, and determination over the last six decades have helped form the City of Florence that we know and love today. The many institutions he helped establish positively touch the lives of residents and visitors every day,” said Pearson. “In a way, Dr. Brauer is our own George Bailey from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ Without his efforts, Western Lane County would be the worse for his absence.” As the festival’s theme is “Rhody Rendezvous,” people will get the chance to meet Brauer to remember his legacy and continuing impact.

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Show & Shine shows off the Rhody Express offers classics and old favorites safe festival transport

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Rhody Days Car Show and Shine celebrates 26 years as the biggest car show in Florence. Beachkombers Car Club’s Show and Shine is Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grocery Outlet parking lot off Highway 101. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The judged show is open to cars and trucks 1975 and older. It features more than 200 classic cars, especially British models, military vehicles, hot rods, rat rods and daily drivers, both stock and modified. Cars come from all over the Pacific Northwest to “Rhody Rendezvous” with this popular show. A favorite among locals is the car show preregistration on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. “This always turns into a small car show in its self. It is a great way to make Saturday morning run smoothly,” said event organizers. Judges will give trophies and awards between 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be a 50/50 drawing, raffle prizes,

hot dog booth and more. Shirts are also for sale now. Don’t miss the evening Car Cruise through Old Town, put on by KCST Coast Radio. Sign-up is during the Show and Shine, but it is on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited. For more information, contact Jeanette Scalera at 541-902-0916 or jeanettescalera@

Planning to visit the festivities in Old Town during Rhody Days? There will be free rides for all passengers on the Rhody Express on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19. People may board anywhere on the route and ride for free all day. For those experiencing the night life during the Rhododendron Festival, the Rhody Express is also a safe and convenient way to get you from Bay Street to any lodging within the city limits FREE of charge from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. So have fun and remember to drink responsibly. Pickup is at the intersection

of Bay and Maple streets. Normal service is provided by the Rhody Express Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and conveniently serves locations around Florence such as Historic Old Town, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Grocery Outlet, Three Rivers Casino Resort, Peace Harbor Hospital, the Siuslaw School District and more. For a detailed bus schedule, pick up a brochure at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, 290 Highway 101, or online at For other questions, call the Rhody Express at 541902-2067 or 541-997-8520.


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buttons get you $1 off chowder Rendezvous on the Rhody As an incentive to purchase buttons, loBy this weekend, Rhododendron Festival cal restaurants are offering $1 off a bowl hope everyone in Florence parade route Sunday organizers of clam chowder to each person will be wearing one of the 2018

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The Rhododendron Grand Floral parade, one of the longest running events of its kind in the west, begins at noon on May 20 at 27th Street and Highway 101 and follows the highway to and through Historic Old Town. There are lots of places along the 2.5-mile route to cheer for your favorite marching band, commercial or nonprofit organization float, car club or equestrian group. But plan early. People sometimes put out their lawn chairs along the route the night before to save their favorite viewing locations. Local police and fire per-

sonnel will convert the fivelane Highway 101 into a two-lane road with one lane in each direction on the east side of the thoroughfare, allowing for some parade-goers to watch from the center turn lane. The procession zigs west one block before the Siuslaw River bridge, then zags down to Bay Street to where it disbands just past the carnival on Nopal Street.

Rhododendron Festival buttons. This year there is a delicious, old-fashioned benefit that comes with pin ownership — $1 off a bowl of clam chowder at participating restaurants. This year’s pin follows the festival’s theme, “Rhody Rendezvous” — intended to evoke memories of Rhody Days past with fun, friends, family and the fair. The festival button features images relating to the theme, including the Siuslaw River Bridge and the traditional rhododendron bloom. The committee is offering the “old-fashioned” coated metal pin for $3 this year. Proceeds go toward scholarships for Queen Rhododendra, the King of the Coast and members of the Rhody Court.

wearing a 2018 Rhody button through the month of May. Participating restaurants — such as Bay Street Grille, Beachcomber Pub, Firehous e Rest aurant, Homegrown Public House, ICM Restaurant and Le Bouchon Café — will have a sign posted at their entrance and a participant list will be posted at The idea for the clam chowder discount hearkens back to the days when clam chowder booths were located along the Rhododendron Festival’s parade route. The new Rhody buttons can be purchased from any of the Rhododendron Court members, from their button boxes found at businesses in Florence, and at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, 290 Highway 101.

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Rhody Weekend is filled with activities for kids and families

Beginning with the opening of Davis Shows Northwest Carnival on Wednesday afternoon at the Port of Siuslaw parking lot in Historic Old Town, Florence transforms into a city full of youth activities during Rhody Days. Youth are spotlighted during the Rhododendron Court Coronation on Thursday evening and are welcome to participate in the Rhody Run and Walk. Many of the Rhododendron Festival’s activities

are geared toward families — but two are specifically for the festival “juniors,” the Junior Parade and Kiwanis Kids Games starting at noon on Saturday. Set up begins at 11 a.m. at Miller Park for the annual Junior Parade, sponsored once again by Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue. All entries are welcome for the parade. No pre-registration is necessary. Expect fun costumes, gymnastics, bicycles, mo-

torized vehicles and at least one fire engine. The parade begins at noon and runs up Oak Street from 19th to 30th streets. The Kiwanis Club of Florence will host the Kids Games at the end of the parade route, the Siuslaw High School ball field at Oak and 27th streets. There will be games and activities with prizes and snacks for all young participants, 10 years old and younger. Expect oodles of entertainment as kids run races and play outdoor games.

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Rhody Days Arts Festival Florence Elks host Rhody Days activities BBQ CHICKEN DINNERS: The There will be several activities all opens at the FEC Friday weekend presented by both the Elks BBQ Chicken Dinners go on sale on

Mark your calendars for a not-to-be-missed show by local and regional coastal artists and craftsmen. Presented by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA), the 2018 Rhody Days Arts Festival will be held at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., during Rhody Days on Friday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the tradition of the arts festival, visitors will experience and delight in unique artistry and have a chance to meet the artists who have crafted these works of art. Just some of the types of artistry include: wood turning, fused glass, stained glass, bead weaving, photogra-

phy, metal work, garden décor, intarsia, fractal art, pine needle baskets, fiber arts and linens, wearable fabric art, knitted and crocheted accessories, scroll saw wood art, raku ceramics, obsidian knives, rocktography, hand painted pottery, watercolors, pyrography, lampwork beads and a variety of unique jewelry treasures that will be sure to tempt you. The show’s artists will be donating 10 percent of their sales to support the FRAA Arts Center at 120 Maple St. in Historic Old Town Florence. So bring a friend, shop for some unique treasures and support the arts. Admission is FREE.

and the Ladies of Elks. All activities will take place at the Florence Elks Lodge #1858, 1686 12th St. On Saturday, there is the Pie & Bake Sale and the BBQ Chicken Dinner. On Sunday, there will be a breakfast and a BBQ Chicken Dinner. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a special treat of ice cream sundaes. ELKS SHARE SHOP: Our Share Shop/Thrift Store will be open every day during Rhody Days. Come in and check out the bargains. All clothing is $1 each and books are $.50 to $1. PIE AND BAKE SALE: The Ladies of Elks have expanded their Pie Sale to include baked goods like cookies, bars, cupcakes and much more. It will begin on Saturday, May 19th, promptly at 11 a.m. sharp – once the goodies are gone, they’re gone! Follow the signs to get to the entrance.

Saturday at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until they’re sold out. The meals are scrumptious: a half chicken with potato salad and baked beans. This takes place on the south side of the Elks Lodge – just follow your nose SUNDAY BREAKFAST: On Sunday, Parade Day, start your day at the Past Exalted Rulers Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. The BBQ Chicken Dinners on Sunday go on sale at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until they’re sold out. The Elks advise that people pick up a lunch here and take it to watch the parade on the route. And those ice cream sundaes are available both days. Again, all activities will be held at the Florence Elks Lodge and all proceeds go to charities. We’ll see you there all weekend long — having fun and supporting the Florence community.


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Official Program for the 111th Rhododendron Festival  

Florence, Oregon

Official Program for the 111th Rhododendron Festival  

Florence, Oregon