Events You Won’t Want to Miss This Year

Baseball, BBQ Competitions and Wine...Oh My!

Community Awards Banquet

Every year, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce holds a Community Awards Banquet in order to recognize important members of the Dallas community. We were a proud sponsor of their celebratory toast! Here are some events you won’t want to miss this year.

This Year’s Award Winners:

  • Business of the Year Grandma’s Attic
  • Young Professional of the YearBritneigh Hammill
  • Junior First Citizen Aubrey Miller
  • Outstanding Organization – Kindness Club
  • First Citizen – Pete McDowell
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim Fairchild

Again, thank you to these outstanding individuals and everyone else who makes Dallas, OR a wonderful place to live.

Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship & Spring Carnival

Now a two-day event, The BBQ masters of So-Cal return for the 8th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship at Santa Anita Park which now includes carnival rides & games! The carnival will be hosted outside of the South admission entrance and BBQ vendors will be around the Kingsbury Fountain. Don’t miss all the BBQ, live music and world-class thoroughbred racing.

Be sure to check out the Winner's Circle BBQ Championship, you won't want to miss it.

Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship

March 30th-31st

We’re proud to sponsor this epic smokey showdown! Enjoy delicious BBQ and help choose a new People’s Champion at this yearly infield event. This contest is not JUST a BBQ festival, it’s a  Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned four meat Championship Series event, a Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue (draw) an American Royal Invitational Qualifier, as well as a Team of the Year (ToY) event for KCBS.

Contestants will cook four different types of meat (chicken, pork ribs, Boston pork roast, and beef brisket) using wood, pellets, or charcoal for heat sources. Entries are presented blindly to judges in (provided) 9″ x 9″ Styrofoam to-go style containers. They are judged on the following criteria:

  • Appearance
  • Tenderness
  • Taste

There will be cash prizes for 1st-10th place winners. Check out the official contest rules for more information.

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Get the official information for he Winner's Circle BBQ Championship.

Santa Anita Spring Carnival

April 6th-7th

An infield full of fun is coming to The Great Race Place on Santa Anita Derby weekend! With free parking and admission to the infield, April 6th & 7th brings amazing twists and turns to Santa Anita Park during the Spring Carnival. This two-day event features inflatable bounce houses, carnival games and amazing rides including:

  • Ferris Wheel
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Super Slide
  • Sizzler
  • Kite Flyer
  • Dizzy Dragons
  • Swinger

$15 gets you an unlimited ride wristband so you can enjoy the fun all day! For more event information and package deals, visit the official event website.

Mak Grills Hope to See You There!

Santa Anita Spring Carnival is a great even every year. You won't want to miss it!

Polk County Bounty Market

June 11th – September 10th

Along with the arrival of warm weather, is the arrival of our local farmer’s market! Every foodie and pellethead alike know the utter bliss of walking past stall after stall of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. The cherry red tomatoes and deep green zucchini are simply beckoned for you to come to snatch them up, slice them into perfect chunks, sprinkle a little seasoning on top and then toss them on your One-star or Two-star general. Here at MAK, we love to shop local, and this is a perfect opportunity. Visit the Polk County Bounty Market Facebook event page for more information.

Shopping at the local farmers market can be fun and good for the local economy.

Volcanoes Baseball Patriotic Tribute 2019

July 4th

The Salem Volcanoes will hold a Tribute to the troops during one of their games, with special honor to Oregon Fallen US Marine Sgt. Ian M Tawney.

Be sure to check out the Volcanoes Baseball Patriotic Tribute 2019, You won't want to miss it.

Gates Open: 4:45 pm
Ceremony: 5:25 pm
Game Starts: 6:30 pm

Check the Event Facebook Page for more details.

Smoke of The Dragon BBQ Competition

July 5th-6th

Smoke of the Dragon is a sanctioned BBQ competition hosted by Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and is open to amateurs and professionals. Competing with the big dogs is the best way to learn! (You also get to keep 75% of your sample sales to offset the costs). Come to Dallas City Park to enjoy the best BBQ north of Texas, beer garden, beautiful City Park with playgrounds, creek, clean restrooms, and shade!

The Oregon Wine Experience

August 19th-25th

If you live in Oregon or are planning a trip soon, come join us for the Oregon Wine Experience! Each August, thousands of people gather for one of the biggest wine and culinary celebrations in Oregon. This event features award-winning wine, gourmet culinary creations prepared by top chefs and an unbeatable atmosphere. The Oregon Wine Experience highlights wines that represent the full breadth and depth of Oregon as determined by the most respected wine experts. It’s a special opportunity to sample amazing wines from all corners of Oregon in one unique location!

Get your tickets here!

The Events You Won’t Want To Miss This Year

The Wine

Last year there was a record-breaking representation from across the state with more than 100 Oregon wineries participating in the 2018 Oregon Wine Experience. It’s the perfect opportunity for guests to take in the vastness of our state’s excellent wine!

Oregon wineries have steadily garnered national and international attention over the years, and for good reason. A diversity of micro-climates and variance in soil type gives growers the opportunity to have variety and quality. From sparklers and rosés to Rieslings and Viogniers; from Pinot Noirs and Syrahs to Cabernets and dessert wines, Oregon’s wine variety will satisfy anyone’s palate.

Be sure to check out the Winner's Circle BBQ Championship, you won't want to miss it.

Youngberg Hill Vineyards – McMinnville, OR

The Cause

The benefits of the Oregon Wine Experience linger long after everyone goes home. In addition to the amazing memories made, thousands of local infants and children will directly benefit from the funds raised at this event.

In 2018, the Oregon Wine Experience raised more than $1,300,000 and 100% of those proceeds stayed local, benefiting Asante Children’s Miracle Network and other Asante healthcare programs. Funds raised at this event allowed us to fulfill our goal of bringing a “Child Life” program to the Pediatrics Department. Because of this program, there is now a specialist helping many children and their families navigate the emotional and physical tolls of short and long-term hospitalization.

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If you’re not old enough to drink and still want to participate, the Oregon Wine Experience is always looking for volunteers. This event wouldn’t be possible without them! Come share in the experience and appreciation of good wine and food while supporting the Children’s Miracle Network and other Asante Foundation healthcare programs. Your time and energy will be well spent.

Sign up today!