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Pear Blossom Festival Prepares to Celebrate 65th Year

Organizers say around 40,000 people will be in town to celebrate. NewsWatch12's Sionan Barrett shows us which streets will shutdown to keep festival goers safe.

Posted: Apr. 8, 2018 5:33 PM
Updated: Apr. 9, 2018 10:12 AM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Pear Blossom Festival organizers say this years' parade will be bigger than ever with 25-30,000 people expected to join in on the festivities. This years' theme is "Timeless Treasure, People and Places." The festival begins this Friday, April 13th and continues until Sunday April 15th. 

The Pear Blossom Parade has grown from 20 wagons from its first year to 150 entries this year.

Darcey Mann-Self, Pear Blossom Festival President says, "Every year when the weather is fare like it will be this year, we have a lot of spectators out, around 25,000 to 30,000 on the parade route itself and another 15 to 20,000 will come through the street fair."

The street fair is expected to get some extra attention this year. The Guinness Book of World Records will be on site to see if an over 600 pound cinnamon roll is eaten. 

Mann-Self says, "This is something brand new this year, that they were doing they wanted to showcase it during Pear Blossom and what a great thing to do you got 20,000 people in one location so it's going to be consumed."

Multiple streets will be blocked off, which means parking will be limited too. It's all to make room for the races, event booths, and parade routes.

For a map and directions, head to the pear blossom festival website here

The parade starts at the Medford intersection of Central Avenue, Court and Edwards street. 

Mann-Self says, "You're going to want to park in that outer areas, so if you come in from the south it's actually the best rather than coming in from the north but if you do come in through the north you're going to have to come from the mall and try and walk and do that type thing."

The parade starts near Beatty & Central, heads down Central Avenue, and turns right onto West Main Street and begins dispersing at Peach street.

Mann-Self says, "Some of the streets get blocked off as early as 6:30 in the morning, so if you're coming in to do the run you want to get there fairly early, and if you're coming for the parade you'll probably want to be in place by 9:30 or 10."

Between the parade, street fair, and races, tens of thousands of people will be visiting downtown Medford over the next week.

Mann-Self says, "The Pear Blossom festival is been around for 65 years we have a lot of vendors in the street fair that come from as far away as Idaho Washington California Arizona this year so they put us on the map of places to go."

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