Pear Blossom Festival street fair returns after year upended by COVID-19

Most aspects of the Pear Blossom Festival were precluded by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, but they are back — if somewhat modified — in 2021.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 6:09 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Friday marked the third week of the Pear Blossom Festival, and the first time that the annual event's street fair has appeared in more than a year.

Most aspects of the Pear Blossom Festival were precluded by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, but they are back — if somewhat modified — in 2021. For many of vendors, organizers, and participants, the return comes as a huge relief.

File photo of the Pear Blossom Festival street fair in 2019.

Mark Nichols has been participating in the Pear Blossom Festival for the last 31 years, and he's enjoyed every single moment.

"Medford is known for the Pear Blossom Festival. You go throughout the state and everybody knows about the Pear Blossom Festival," Nichols said. "So here we are, and we enjoy doing it every year."

The festival is limiting the number of vendors and participants attending this year, but it still represents a chance for first-timers to be able to get their businesses off the ground.

Ellie Gardiner says that she lost her job due to the pandemic, and it's her first time participating in the festival as a vendor.

"Today, I'm finally experiencing a ray of sunshine and hope, that I might actually have a new happy career and I'll be okay," Gardiner said.

The street fair ends at 10 p.m. on Friday, then resumes on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The annual parade will begin at 11 a.m.

Other events like the Smudge Pot Stroll and Pear A Fare are available by ticket only. As of Friday afternoon, tickets for the Smudge Pot Stroll were sold out, though the Pear A Fare still had tickets available and can be purchased at the "door" to the tent.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314841

Reported Deaths: 3624
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah51325643
Washington35086277
Marion32748396
Clackamas26680275
Lane24145248
Jackson21050257
Deschutes16703103
Umatilla12736125
Douglas10795188
Linn1051487
Josephine8685169
Yamhill752099
Klamath651892
Polk629171
Malheur485567
Benton463728
Coos420669
Columbia325439
Jefferson315347
Lincoln277930
Union274838
Wasco242339
Crook213639
Clatsop213225
Tillamook182023
Baker176123
Morrow168621
Curry167817
Hood River163435
Harney82319
Grant7848
Lake6988
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4651497

Reported Deaths: 68087
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144634825870
Riverside3583834802
San Diego3502674021
San Bernardino3475745507
Orange3150815355
Sacramento1507202105
Santa Clara1407321841
Kern1362881521
Fresno1361631889
Alameda1164051330
Ventura978991120
San Joaquin975341615
Contra Costa95858924
Stanislaus808921235
Tulare73111896
San Mateo52311607
San Francisco52008605
Monterey49485565
Solano44247312
Santa Barbara43189500
Sonoma39476378
Merced39446536
Placer36612364
Imperial34285755
Kings30179285
San Luis Obispo28351313
Madera21749263
Butte21379231
Shasta20763279
Santa Cruz20176211
Yolo19192239
Marin17127242
El Dorado16037127
Sutter13122153
Napa1228795
Yuba928061
Nevada850185
Humboldt831988
Tehama827784
San Benito709567
Mendocino691176
Lassen637927
Tuolumne616993
Lake605887
Amador493059
Glenn399030
Siskiyou391541
Calaveras342766
Del Norte339034
Colusa291018
Inyo166739
Mono14935
Plumas12406
Mariposa100712
Trinity72610
Modoc6278
Unassigned2120
Sierra1980
Alpine1000
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 60°
Brookings
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 59°
Crater Lake
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 60°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
60° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 60°
Klamath Falls
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 56°
Cooler afternoon temperatures and thin haze return on the first day of fall
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events