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By Rebecca Scott | 04/07/2021 | Dining, Things to Do, Wine

ROGUE VALLEY PEAR BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

The Medford Pear Blossom Festival is a longstanding Rogue Valley tradition — an event which brings together families, friends, neighbors, local businesses, and visitors. Now in its 68th year, the Pear Blossom Festival showcases the beauty, abundance and joyful spirit of the Rogue Valley.

Pear Blossom 2021

The Pear Blossom Festival has added many events over the past six decades. Whether you peruse the vendors at the Street Fair, indulge in a walking and tasting tour at the Smudge Pot Stroll, watch the parade go by in Downtown Medford, golf in the tournament or test your endurance in the Pear Blossom Run, there’s never a dull moment.


With so many activities to choose from, you will spend every minute of the festival weekend discovering something new!


Street Fair

April 9-10, 2021

Friday, 12 noon - 10 p.m.

Saturday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Downtown Medford


Pear Blossom Parade

April 10, at 11 a.m. in Downtown Medford 

This is the Rogue Valley’s largest parade and it has grown into a huge event from its humble beginnings. Starting with a small group of young kids, the parade now has 4,000 participants. The parade starts at Beatty & Central, goes down Central Avenue, turns right onto West Main Street and starts dispersing at Mistletoe. Make sure to arrive early and secure a good spot!


Pear A Fare

Friday, April 9, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Pear A Fare celebrates the flavors of the Rogue Valley, with local vineyards, breweries, distillers, and artisan food makers serving samples and selling their wares. Tasting glasses and tickets will be for sale at the Pear A Fare entrance. Admission is $5 and includes five tasting tickets — and kids 5 years old and younger are free! Vendors will also have wine, beer, coffee, and other local drinks available for sale by the glass.


Smudge Pot Stroll 

Friday, April 9th, 2021 5 p.m. - 9 p. m.

Opening night of the Pear Blossom Festival is a special evening in downtown Medford. 350 tickets will be sold for a walking and tasting tour around downtown Medford. With each ticket, you will receive a wine glass and a pass to sample a taste of specially prepared pear and local food themed items. With 13-15 downtown restaurants participating, the ticket holders will stroll with glass in hand, to sample the specialty creation of each chef. The stroll begins at 5pm and concludes at 9pm. With all that great food, stretching the legs, walking the downtown, listening to music at the Pear Blossom stage, it will be THE evening event of the year for downtown.


Cornhole Tournament

The cornhole tournamentreturns for its second year! Try your hand at this beloved outdoor sport at the Doubles Tournament on April 17th. The first place prize is $1,000, so you won’t want to miss your chance to win big. For more information on how to register, email pearblossom@pearblossomparade.org.


The story of the Pear Blossom Festival dates back almost 70 years. In 1954, representatives from several Medford groups (including the Fruit Grower’s League, Chamber of Commerce, Merchants Association, American Legion and the school district) wanted to create a springtime event. They finally decided upon a children's parade, and chose a five-year-old girl, Miss Blossom, to reign over the 10 floats.

Just two years later, the parade had 100 floats and the festival included a 30-mile tour of the valley’s orchards. Additionally, the festival has hosted some famous parade marshals, including Governor Holmes, John F. Kennedy, and Frank Shorter, among many others.

 

Stay Connected 

There’s so much happening with the Medford Pear Blossom Festival! Find the latest updates, pictures and more on their websiteand Facebook page.

Community, connection and love for the Rogue Valley are the heart of the Medford Pear Blossom Festival. People of all ages participate — whether building a float for the parade, managing a booth at the fair, entering one of the pageants, or playing in the golf tournament. There’s something for everyone at the Pear Blossom Festival, where the Rogue Valley celebrates everything local, and welcomes people from near and far to join in the fun.

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