Communities in Oregon have events that have over the years have become associated with what it means to be an Oregonian. In short, if you have attended these events, you are truly an Oregonian.
The Oregon Heritage Tradition designation recognizes those events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian.
This is an ongoing designation unless the Oregon Heritage Tradition is discontinued or no longer meets criteria.
The designated event may be considered for a declaration of statewide anniversary celebration at major milestones of 100 years, 150 years, etc., if it meets the criteria for a statewide anniversary celebration.
Oregon Heritage Tradition Application
Previous Oregon Heritage Tradition Designees (and founding date)
Oregon State Fair, Salem (1858)
Wasco County Fair and Rodeo, Tygh Valley (1885)
Linn County Pioneer Picnic, Brownsville (1887)
Astoria Regatta (1894)
Clackamas County Fair, Canby (1907)
Pendleton Round-Up (1910)
Fourth of July Pet Parade, Bend (1932)
Klamath Basin Potato Festival, Merrill (1937)
Portland Greek Festival (1952)
Bohemia Mining Days, Cottage Grove (1959)
Scandinavian Festival, Junction City (1961)
Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest (1964)
For more information, visit the Tradition's website.