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Shaniko announces 2014 festival series

The ghost town of Shaniko will come to life during 2014 with themed festivals every month from June through October.

The town earned global exposure during this year’s winter Olympics when wool from nearby Imperial Stock Ranch was used to produce the sweaters worn by Team USA.

Partially filmed in Shaniko, “GAGE, A Short Western” (story about Phineas Gage 1848) is to be released to medical schools and short film festivals in the UK, Europe and the U.S. beginning in 2014, and time will tell who else, who never thought about Shaniko, will want to visit.

Shaniko’s series of festivals includes:

June 21-22: Pioneer Days, celebrating pioneering and pioneers of the famous wool center. The event will feature town history in murals, a scavenger hunt, children’s activities, self-tours, gunfights by the Shaniko Shooters, the Shaniko clown, a fundraiser lunch by the Chamber of Commerce at noon, a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m., free cowboy music by Bob Connolly around the campfire Saturday evening starting at 7 p.m. Musicians are welcome to join in.

July 12-13: Shaniko Wool Gathering, Pioneer & Artisan Faire, celebrating the wool industry of today and Shaniko’s place as “Wool Capital of the World” in the early 1900s. Some activities: petting zoo, children’s activities, shearing, coal-forge blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, yarn bomb contest, fiber artists and animals, pioneer camp display with 1880 freight wagon and a sheepherder wagon, and more.

Aug. 1-3: Shaniko Days, a 28-year-old celebration about water, that continues on to 29, with parade, entertainment (Mud Springs Gospel Band, Sunshine Exchange Cloggers and more), pit barbecue at noon, dinner fundraiser, street dance at 8 p.m., gunfighters, blacksmith, raffles, cake walk, pioneer camp display with wagons, school exhibits with children’s museum and more. Organizers are planning for the premier of “GAGE” Aug. 1 at sundown.

Sept. 13: Back to the 50’s Shaniko Style Barbecue and Hotrod Gathering, car and motorcycle event, offering prizes, trophies, plus goody bags to the first 50 entrants, dash plaques, barbecue lunch, chance at a 32-inch flat screen TV. Registration is at 9 a.m., trophies are awarded at 2 p.m. Call Sandy at 360-693-9229 for information.

Oct. 10-12: Shaniko Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival, music of all eras by several talented performers, hours of music and jams Fri. & Sat (in Sherman County), Sunday concert 2pm.

Dry RV and tent camping is free along the streets of Shaniko and vendors are welcome. Call the event line for more information 541-489-3434 or visit www.ShanikoOregon.com.

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