Hot on the heels of the July 4 fireworks at Bob Straub State Park, Cloverdale is set to prove once again that it’s more than just a cow town. All from young families to seniors are invited to join in the 38th Annual Clover’s Day celebration this Saturday, July 6, and stay ‘til the cows come home.
Kick-Off Clover’s Day at the Breakfast Barn
From 7:30 to 10:30 am there will be a fabulous feed of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, milk, juice and coffee at the Nestucca Valley High School cafeteria served by members of the sophomore class. Proceeds will be divided between Senior Safe 2021 and the cheer squad.
Beat the Herd – Hoof-it in the Footraces
8K and 5K races and a two-mile walk will start from the Cloverdale bridge at 8:30 am. The races, organized by Nestucca Valley High School track coach John Elder, the track team and school track star Joe Wilkinson, are fundraisers for the track program, with donations gratefully accepted.
Holy Cow! The Whole Town is Open
All the gates are open at local shops, cafes and vendors’ booths from 9 am to at least 3 pm. Visitors will find dairy country antiques, antique and new woven rugs, spinning and weaving demonstrations, paintings, sculptures, quilting fabrics and hand-made quilts, farmstead cheeses, Tillamook ice cream and home-made ice cream and floats, cafes open for breakfast and lunch and elephant ear pastries among other attractions. Especially for kids are buggy rides, a bounce house, face painting and a petting zoo with miniature horses.
Round Up for the Parade
Led by the current Clover the cow (aka: Rosey of Hale Farm) the parade will start at South End Motors, proceed along the highway and wind up at the north end of town at The Feed Store. Grand Marshalls Harold and Jan Niederer will follow Clover, chauffeured by Jim Fields of Pacific City in his magnificent 1952 Buick convertible touring car. Numerous vintage vehicles on display since 10 am will be in the parade, including hotrods, cruisers, sports cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors, led off by Tom Goodwin’s 1936 Studebaker Restorod. The colors will be provided and carried by members of the Grand Ronde tribe. The parade will be graced with the presence of Tillamook County Dairy Princess-Ambassador Araya Wilks and Rodeo Queen Britney Norby. Members of the fire department and deputy sheriffs will be positioned at both ends of the parade to ensure safety.
No Milk Served at The Beer Garden
Guests can take a break at the beer garden, located on the patio of Meg’s Café, featuring award-winning brew from Pelican Brew Pub of Pacific City and Werner Brewing.
The Hayseed band will perform immediately following the parade until 3 pm. The band will be based between the Burkhardt Art Gallery and Meg’s café. Chairs will be provided. Clapping, stomping and singing along are strongly encouraged.