Tillamook Dairy Parade

The Tillamook Dairy Parade or the June Dairy Parade is the third largest parade in the state of Oregon. It has an average of 150 entries each year. This annual event was first held in 1957 with only 28 entries as part of the parade. It came a long way from that humble beginning and each year it just keeps on growing with more participants wanting to join in the fun.

The parade runs through Third Street, from the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, and takes a left turn to Main Avenue. It goes on Downtown Tillamook until Seventh Street. A children’s parade starts the event and is followed by the main parade. The Tillamook Dairy Parade is part of the June Fairy Festival weekend of Tillamook County, which also features the Tillamook County Rodeo. The parade is held during the fourth Saturday of June each year.

The Tillamook Dairy Parade and Festival is held to celebrate the county’s dairy industry and dairy farming as a way of life. The 2010 Parade’s theme is Tillamook County, Butter than the Rest! This will be the 53rd outing of the parade. The Tillamook County Creamery Association or TCCA is the proud sponsor of this annual event and have been so since 2002. This is to show their support to the community.

After the Tillamook Dairy Parade, head to the Tillamook County Fairgrounds for the Tillamook Rodeo, a two-day event and the highlight of the Annual Dairy Festival. Here you can witness bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, wild cow milking, calf roping, barrel racing, and a lot more. Definitely a must-see for rodeo fans. Other activities during the Tillamook Dairy Festival include a barbeque, a western dance, and a Rotary sponsored Sunday ranch breakfast. The latter is an eat all you can event. These should keep the cowboy in you happy for two days.

Everyone is welcome to enter the Tillamook Dairy Parade at no fee. All you need to do is to submit an entry form to the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce. Entry forms are available online at www.tillamookchamber.org.

The Tillamook Dairy Parade is a fun event for everyone, whether you’re marching in it or just a by-stander watching the parade go by. One of it’s highlight is the current Rodeo Queen. So be sure to catch this event, especially when you’re in the Three Capes Loop area during the last weekend of June.

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