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Summer 2013 Museum Newsletter Available

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Museum Is Part of Union Grassroots Festival

Merle Miller is shown preparing Dutch-oven main dishes, breads and desserts during the museum’s 2012 Pioneer Day.

Located in the heart of Union, the Union County Museum welcomes visitors during the annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday, August 10. A Dutch oven cook-off will be held in the museum courtyard as part of the festival.

Dutch Oven cooking starts at 9 a.m. with judging at 1 p.m. and tasting starting at 1:30. If you would like to join us in the cooking, bring your Dutch ovens and everything you need to cook with to the Museum court yard. $25 in cash prizes will be awarded for the best Main Dish, Bread, and Dessert. Second place in each category wins $15 in cash and third places receives $10. For more information contact Merle Miller at 541-963-6387 or

Also, the Union County Museum is selling raffle tickets. Three prizes are available – one is an Ann Yoder print “Reflections of Hot Lake Springs,” valued at $120; another is a book by John W. Evans, Powerful Rockey, retail price $32.95; and third a basket of items including a vintage tablecloth. Tickets are $1 for one or six for $5. Tickets are available at the Union County Museum. The drawing will be held this October.

Grassroot Festival takes place on Main Street and in the City Park. Start the Day early with the city-wide yard sales, (pick up maps at the info booth), then from 8 to 11 enjoy the Fireman’s Breakfast at the Fire Hall. At 9 a.m., Main Street will close to make room for over 40 vendors, live music, and the “Remember When” Car Show and our first ever Motorcycle Rally with many awards, raffles and games.

There’s live music in the Park:
• 9 – 10:30 a.m. Chris Mallory & Co., Country/Rock
• 10:45 to 12:15 p.m., Kelly Thibodeaux & Etoufee,
• 12:30 – 2, Nathan Leigh, Indie Folk
• 2:15 – 3:45, Jimmy Bivens, Country
• 4 to 5:30, Bitterroot, Folk Rock

For the kids, a Kiddy Carnival and Bouncy House is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school. The kids will also enjoy a pie eating contest at 3.

A pie baking contest takes place at the Frontier lot. (Enter pies by 10 a.m. at info booth). There are other contests to enter, as well. For full Grassroots Festival details, click here to view page 5 of the Union County Chamber of Commerce August newsletter.