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Fort Dalles Days event schedule, 2015

Dorothy Young, 15, works on a chalk drawing during the 2014 Chalk the Block event. This years' chalk drawing event will be in the parking lot of The Dalles Chronicle July 18.

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Dorothy Young, 15, works on a chalk drawing during the 2014 Chalk the Block event. This years' chalk drawing event will be in the parking lot of The Dalles Chronicle July 18.

Fort Dalles Days is July 10-19 in The Dalles, with lots of family-friendly activities scheduled, including the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo July 16-18 and Summerfest July 18.

The Jamin’ July Street Fest has been replaced with The Dalles Main Street Summerfest and moved from the second Saturday of July to the third, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event has also been moved off Second Street, with activities located on Federal Street between First and Third streets. Summerfest will feature three bands, downtown shopping, vendors, food, a Wild West shootout, a chalk drawing contest and more.

Events kick off with the second annual Chili Cook-off Saturday, July 11, 2 to 6:30 p.m. at The Mint, 710 E. Second. The cook-off is a benefit for Family Services at The Next Door. Enter your favorite Chili recipe in the contest or come down and sample some of the best chili in the territory.

The Dalles Main Street Summerfest is Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Federal Street between First and Fourth streets. The event will feature three bands, downtown shopping, vendors, great food, human foosball, a Wild West shootout and more.

Fort Dalles Days encompasses additional family-friendly events, including museum open houses, concerts, music, plays, Fort Dalles Days Run/Walk, the Little Wranglers Obstacle Course Race, the Pulpit Rock camp revival, the 50th anniversary of the “Rough and Wild” Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo and more: Check out the schedule below.

For more information, visit,, check us out on Facebook, or contact The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, 404 West Second St., The Dalles, 541-296-2231, 1-800-255-3385, or email:

Schedule of Events

July 10-19 — The Mural Society will display pictures and information about the murals in the windows of The Honald Building, 406 E 2nd Street.

July 11-18 — Columbia Gorge Discovery Center offers two-for-one admission for rodeo ticket holders (must show ticket or ticket stub). Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 11 — Second Annual Fort Dalles Days Chili Cook-off held at the Mint, 710 E. Second Street, a benefit for Family Services at The Next Door.

Three categories of prizes: Judge’s Choice, People’s Choice and Best Decorations. Open to the public 2 to 6:30 p.m. Live entertainment.

July 11, 16, 17 18 — Original 1859 Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. Second Place (behind Chamber of Commerce), open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Video programs include “Early Wasco County,” 11 a.m.; “Raising Wheat by Horsepower,” 12 p.m.; “Farewell to Celilo,” 1 p.m.; and “The Craft of Wheelwrighting,” 2 p.m.

July 11 and 18 — School District Archive Museum, 3601 W. 10th St., Wahtonka Campus (entrance by athletic fields).

Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free admission. School memorabilia grades K-12 from Districts 12 and 9, Open Saturdays from May-Sept. Items cover public schools from 1854 to present.

July 12 — Community Worship / Free BBQ. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free BBQ at 5 p.m., community worship service at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. At Sorosis Park, presented by The Dalles area churches.

July 12 — Pulpit Rock camp revival, 7:30 p.m., directly after the community worship and BBQ.

July 12 — St. Peter’s Landmark (1898), 405 Lincoln St. 7 p.m. concert with Barley Draught, a Celtic band that performs traditional Irish ballads and 19th century folk songs as well as storytelling. Audience sing-along is always part of the Barley Draught experience.

Concert is free; donations will go towards stained glass window restoration. Old St Peter's Landmark (museum & historical site) hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3pm. Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays. Questions? Call Jill @ 541-298-8861.

July 13 — The Queen of the West arrives at the docks 6:30 a.m. Floozie sightings probable at 9 a.m.

July 14 — The American Empress arrives at the docks at noon. Floozie sightings probable shortly thereafter.

July 15 — Fort Dalles Rodeo Slack, free, starts 6 p.m.

July 15 — Wasco County 4-H Youth Development hosts Pioneer Camp at the Fort Dalles Museum, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 500 W. 15th St. Day camp is designed for children in grades 3-6 to experience pioneer life like it was during the 1800’s. Pre-registration required, contact Lynette Black, 541-296-5494,

July 16 — The Legacy docks at 6 a.m. Floozie sightings probable at 8:30 a.m.

July 16-18 — Fort Dalles “Rough and Wild” NPRA Pro Rodeo at Milt Tumilson Arena on River Road. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Following the rodeo, dance to music by Zac Grooms and Brewer’s Grade both Friday and Saturday nights.

July 17 — Fort Dalles Rodeo Golf Tournament, 7:30 a.m., at The Dalles Country Club, 4550 Hwy 30 W., The Dalles. Call Kent Smith 541-298-8172 for information.

July 18 — Cowboy Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St. A hearty breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit and a beverage.

July 18 — Fort Dalles Days Run/Walk and new Little Wranglers Obstacle Course Race (ages 12 & under) will be sponsored by Wonderwork Children’s Museum. Registration begins at 7 a.m., 3k & 5k starting time 7:30 a.m., kid’s race starts at 8:30 a.m. Event will be held in Sorosis Park. Entry fees: $15 without shirt; kid’s race $5. Shirts will be available for purchase. Info at or email

July 18 — Fire Dept. Museum Open House, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., City Hall, 313 Court Street. View vintage 1859 and 1879 fire pumpers and fire-fighting memorabilia.

July 18 — Fort Dalles Days Parade, 10 a.m. Starting at Webber Street, winding down Third Street and finishing at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce.

July 18 — Main Street Summerfest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., historic Downtown The Dalles, Federal Street between First and Fourth streets. Three bands on the main stage, a downtown shopping event, murder mystery, bouncy houses, beer garden, human foosball, vendors, Chalk the Block and great food. Turkey Creek Cowboys return for Wild West Shootout. Three blocks of fun for the family. More info, check out:

July 18 — Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead, 500 W. 15th & Garrison St., Free admission 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., donations appreciated. Tour the museum grounds and buildings. See western exhibits featuring horseshoe collections with different styles of horseshoes, the livestock brands of Wasco County, featuring 50 registered brands and western saddles on display in the Western Room. For children, play find Cowboy Joe in the museum and find Andrew the Anderson House Mouse at the Anderson Homestead. Fun for the whole family, more information at

July 18 and 25 — Plays in the Park, performance at 11 a.m., at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park on Union Street. Bring the kids and a blanket to sit on and enjoy the live plays. The Dalles Theatre Company presents this free, family friendly, audience-participation play. Join the cast as they tell the story of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

July 18 — Rorick House Open House, 300 W. 13th St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public open house, tour of building and grounds. 541-296-1867.

For Information and rodeo tickets contact The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce 404 W. 2nd St., The Dalles. Call 541-296-2231, online:


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