Dory Days tradition continues in Pacific City (with gallery)

The 57th annual Dory Days Celebration took place in Pacific City on the July 15-17 weekend.

In years past almost all events took place at the parking area at Cape Kiwanda. As crowds have increased year to year, some events have moved to other parts of Pacific City.

By Julius Jortner
For the Headlight Herald


The artisan vendors’ fair now takes place in downtown Pacific City at the flashing four-way traffic signal. This year the fish-filleting contest took place next to the Sportsman’s tavern, also downtown. The fish fry was at the Kiwanda community center, as was the firemen’s pancake breakfast, both on Saturday.

The fishing contest of course took place at the cape, where dories launched starting 6 am or so and returned before 11 a.m. to have their catch measured and weighed in the parking lot.

Weather was kind. Saturday started cloudy with minor drizzles but the sun came out to shine on the parade.

The well-attended parade route remained the same as in years previous. Entries assembled at the boat ramp parking lot on the west bank of the Nestucca River and paraded from there across the river into downtown and thence north a few blocks to the local market.

Parade entries included various dories (including classic unmotorized double-enders), fire engines, antique and special cars, horses, clowns, Shriners on minicars, candidates for political office, children, entries from public organizations, and whimsically decorated floats. The Judges Choice award went to a float that celebrated “Rockin our Heritage” perhaps a reference to Dory Days having this year won statewide recognition as an official Oregon Heritage Tradition.

The parade was announced by Paul Carbaugh and Marty Johnston, from a stand near the Shell station. Nick and Linda Hurliman were this year’s Grand Marshalls. The Dory Princesses were Tiana Johnson Jr. and Ryan Paige McKillip.