Watch or participate in the GRAND PARADE! (Click on the Grand Parade link under EVENTS.) This will be the 61st Anniversary of the Oakridge Tree Planting Festival. (Visit our Special Greetings Page)
The Oakridge Festival may well be the longest running tree planting celebration in the world that has been held in one location every year. It was started in 1953.
Van Mahotsav that was initiated in India in 1950 has been a national event (Van Mahotsava means "the festival of trees".) In Japan there has been a tree planting festival, also started in 1953, held annually that moves to different locations each year.
Down through the years, the festival has evolved and changed with the changing times. In previous years the festival was indicative of the logging industry that supported the towns of Oakridge and Westfir.
Now, the festival seems to be more about growth and renewal. The festival continues to have a Grand Parade on Saturday, a Talent Show and Coronation of the Tree Planting Princesses, a Community Arts Fair, a Quilt Show, Mini Olympics for the young ones, Dinner Theater, a 10K Run/2.5 mile walk, a Chicken BBQ sponsored by Kiwanis, the Planting of the Trees and many more fun, festive celebratory, historical events!
Check back weekly for updates or changes in the Oakridge Tree Planting Festival. Planning is in progress.
There will be a special exhibit at the Oakridge Museum! 61st Year Tree Planting Festival Open House 10am - 4pm Saturday, May 3rd. Coffee and Cookies will be served.