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Green is Golden for Rose Festival Clean Team

The Portland Rose Festival brought home 15 awards including five gold, five silver and five bronze medals from the International Festival & Events Association’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance on Monday, September 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Portland Rose Festival is once again recognized as the world leader… Read more »

Encore Rose Festival Events Run into July

Rose Festival Branches Out into Greater Community with More Arts and Events As Tom McCall Waterfront Park once again becomes an open gathering spot for joggers, walkers, bikers and geese, the Portland Rose Festival heads out to celebrate the greater community. The Portland Rose Festival’s encore events continue to fill the calendar with family outings… Read more »

Rose Cup 2014 Triple Regional
Wraps Rose Festival

Go-Karts to stock cars kept the track hot, as the 2014 Rose Cup Races winners found a dry line to the trophy at Portland International Raceway concluding three days of SCCA sports car racing in the oldest amateur road-racing event west of the Mississippi River. Congratulations to Steven Streimer for winning the 2014 Monte Shelton…

Rose Festival’s Rose Cup Gets Extra Gass

The Oldest Amateur Road-Racing Event West of the Mississippi River Starts on Friday, June 13 Fathers Day weekend at the 54th annual Rose Cup at Portland International Raceway gets a boost of GASS with the addition of Great American Stockcar Series. This new event in the Portland Rose Festival’s final big weekend features identically prepared… Read more »

Emma Waibel Crowned
100th Queen of Rose Festival

Emma Waibel (a 17-year-old junior from West Linn High School) became the first Queen selected from the greater metro area, representing Metro East. The 100th Queen of the Rose Festival is the daughter of Robert Waibel and Shannon McBride. Calling herself a ‘Lumber Jill,’ Queen Emma enjoys lumberjack sports, enjoys outdoor activities and indoor rock…

2014 Spirit Mountain Casino
Grand Floral Parade Awards

2014 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade Awards FLOAT AWARDS Al Reser Sweepstakes Award (Most outstanding float in the Parade) Alaska Airlines Queens Award (Most outstanding non-animated float in the Parade) Reser’s Fine Foods President’s Award (Most effective overall floral presentation) Spirit Mountain Casino Governor’s Award (Best depiction of life in Oregon) Fred Meyer Royal…

Parade Fans Can Help Make a Grand Gesture at the Grand Floral Parade

Rose Festival to take up a Collection along Parade Route for Knight Cancer Challenge This year, Oregon’s biggest event weekend is dedicated to help end cancer as we know it, with a special parade route appeal for donations during the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. U.S. Bank volunteers in BLUE SHIRTS will walk along… Read more »

2014 FRED MEYER Junior Parade Awards

2014 FRED MEYER Junior Parade Awards BAND RESULTS Band Sweepstakes Pleasant Valley Middle School (Vancouver, WA) Open Class (100 +) First Place – Highland Park Middle School (Beaverton, OR) Second Place – Covington Middle School (Vancouver, WA) Third Place – Hazelbrook Middle School (Tualatin, OR) A Class (99 or less) First Place – Kingston Middle… Read more »

The Winner of the
Search for Queen Thelma Program

As part of the Rose Festival’s award-winning Living History, 2014 has seen the Search for Thelma — a contest that became a reenactment of the selection of the first Rose Festival Queen, Thelma Hollingsworth. Back in 1914, 17-year-old Thelma was selected by her boss to become a candidate for Rose Festival Queen. That year young…