Summer is a very busy time throughout Hells Canyon Scenic Byway country. You will find a wide variety of community festivals, rodeos, concerts and other great reasons to gather with friends for food, fun and entertainment. Articles about some upcoming byway country events are posted on the News Blog page, but we can’t begin to list them all here.
For instance, the popular Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally brings motorcyles by the thousands to Baker City and Hells Canyon Scenic Byway country every July. Downtown Historic Baker City becomes a showcase for bikes, vendors, fans and curious onlookers as Main Street is closed throughout the event. Find out more about the Rally at www.HellsCanyonRally.com. Watch our Facebook page and the Base Camp Baker Flickr page for photos and news of the event.
Late summer is County Fair time. The classic county fairs offer animals, art, home skills, fair food, commercial vendors, a carnival and live entertainment. The fair is a great way to get to know the pulse of a rural community and have fun!
Baker City welcomes the coaches, families, and some of Oregon’s best football players, during the East-West Shrine Football Game, early every August. Get your football fix by watching the exceptional young athletes battle it out. There are frequently high school sports activities throughout the school year in communities across byway country. Small towns love their teams, so be ready for some big shows of community support! Attending Eastern Oregon University sports events is another way to show your fan colors, www.eousports.com.
The Mountain Bike Festival takes place in late July at Anthony Lakes, www.anthonylakes.com. In Elgin, the Eagle Cap Excursion Train offers train rides on selected Saturdays, May through October, while the Sumpter Valley Railroad gives rides on a narrow-gauge steam train. Near Enterprise, the annual Sunrise Iron Tractor Show is a chance to view an amazing collection of more than 100 tractors and farm implements, many beautifully restored; 65798 Sunrise Road.
And that’s just a small sample of what is happening along the byway! Get the full scoop on entertainment and events at www.gonortheastoregon.com. The local chambers of commerce provide detailed calendars of events happening throughout the region. Visit Eastern Oregon Visitors Association and the county chambers of commerce websites shown on our Visitor Resources page for complete event listings.