The 2014 Umatilla Landing Days is June 28 at Marina Park in Umatilla.
Festivities include a parade, music by the Blue Tattoo band, a soccer tournament, fireworks, tours of Old Town Umatilla, arts and crafts and food vendors.
The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. from Nugent Park at the corner of Eighth and J streets, and ends at Marina Park, 1710 Quincey St.
Tours of Old Town Umatilla start at 1 p.m. at the Umatilla Chamber's booth at the park.
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"The tours of Old Town bring a lot of folks to Landing Days because it wasn't that long ago that people still lived in the original town site," said Karen Hutchinson-Talaski, chamber president. "When the John Day Dam was built in the late '60s, the residents were moved to where present-day Umatilla is located."
Only one street in Old Town actually flooded after the dam was finished, she added, which meant the move was unnecessary in most of the minds of the locals who lived there at that time.
Other historic tidbits that will be part of the festivities will be re-enactments of the old ferry crossings on the Columbia River.
"Boyd Sharp and his crew are back again this year, taking folks out on the river and following the old ferry route across the river," Hutchinson-Talaski said.
There is no cost, though donations are welcome. Visitors must register at the chamber booth at the park to take a ride.
Umatilla is celebrating its 152nd birthday this year and the festival draws more than 1,000 from around the region, Hutchinson-Talaski said.
"This is such a fun day for our community and visitors," she said. "It's a way for everyone to celebrate the beauty of Umatilla Marina and the Columbia River and the heritage of our town as well."
Umatilla was originally name Umatilla Landing, and it's the oldest community still in existence in Eastern Oregon, she said. With its proximity to the Columbia River, it was an ideal stopping point for those going up and down the river.
Headlining the musical entertainment is Blue Tattoo.
"This group plays some of the best classic rock and roll around," Hutchinson-Talaski said. "We are so excited that Gene, Kelly, Jonathan, James, Juaquin, Johnny and Paul are coming to Landing Days this year."
Other entertainment happening throughout the day includes the Round-Up City Cloggers and Irrigon cheerleaders.
"The Umatilla First Robotics Team will also show off their mad engineering skills with their awesome medicine ball-throwing robot," Hutchinson-Talaski said.
The entertainment starts at noon at the park. There is no admission.
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