The Camellia Festival is an annual all day festival in April celebrating the City of Newberg’s official flower, the Camellia, and it’s Asian origins. The day kicks off at 9 am with a 5k and 10k run/walk coordinated by Chehalem Parks and Recreation District (CPRD) followed by performances, a bloom show, kids activities, vendors and more from 10 am – 5 pm at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon.
Performances take place throughout the day, this year, featuring groups such as Unit Souzou Taiko, Lee’s Lion and Dragon Dancers, and The Oregon Koto Kai Ensemble. Vendors from around the region sell food, crafts and jewelry connected to Pan-Asian culture. There are fascinating demonstrations, hands-on art-activities for kids and historic city tours offered to give visitors a look at Newberg’s favorite historic sites.
The festival is also host to the Oregon Camellia Society’s annual statewide bloom show; a camellia bloom competition judged by size, color, form and condition. The bloom show is open to everyone, Oregon Camellia Society even offers assistance prejudging to anyone needing bloom-prep guidance! Plant sales run throughout the festival, offering gardeners an opportunity to purchase garden art and unique plants at special wholesale prices. There’s something for all ages and interests!