Every June, over Father’s Day weekend, chainsaw sculptors compete for $10,000 in prizes as they transform pieces of raw western red cedar into grizzly bears, giant salmon, and other rustic works of art during the Chainsaw Sculpture Championships (www.odcsc.com) at the Rainbow Plaza in Old Town Reedsport, near North Second Street and Greenwood Avenue.
An intriguing annual event is Tsalila (www.tsalila.com), held the second weekend in September. Named for the Coos Indian word for river and pronounced sa-LEE-la, this festival features music, interpretive tours of the Umpqua, alder-baked salmon with squash and corn-on-the-cob dinners, and a traditional Indian village on the waterfront at the Umpqua Discovery Center. There’s no charge except dinner prices of $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Contact the Reedsport Chamber of Commerce (541/271-3495 or 800/247-2155, www.reedsportcc.org) for more information on events and festivals in the area.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel