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Summit festival

The watermelon-eating contest has always been a popular event.

The 40th annual Summit Summer Festival is scheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 in the field of the town's Community Center.

The festive, colorful and all-ages outdoor festival is billed as a full day of old-time country fun, crafts, friendship, creativity and music in the small rural community of Summit.

The festival features a plethora of handcraft booths; live music ranging from the blues to bluegrass, performed by local musicians and artists; the annual watermelon eating contest for kids and adults; the New Orleans Horns band and parade for all; the ever-popular “Summit Street Dancers;” the Community Quilt & Art exhibit, inside the Community Center; the annual "Outrageous" cake and pie auction; Summit's “Homegrown” Silent Auction; eats and treats; and the (always-sold-out) 2019 Festival T-shirt designed by Summit artist Earl Newman.

Special to the festival this year will be the presentation of the “40 Year Summit Anniversary Quilt” made by the Summit Star Community Quilters, who have been quilting in Summit for 45 years! Stitch by stitch, it celebrates the many decades of building and fostering a vibrant community. The quilt will proudly be on view, in perpetuity, in the Summit Community Center.

The Summit Summer Festival is the major fundraiser for the Summit Community Center, which supports annual youth scholarships, ongoing community and center projects, and local volunteer groups. Summit is located 21 miles west of Corvallis, off Highway 20. Organizers urge attendees to bring drinking water, big smiles and be ready to celebrate and support a longtime community tradition.

No dogs or alcohol are permitted.

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