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  • A Pear Blossom Block Party

    Commons venue gets enthusiastic response from crowds; parade provides fun for all ages
  • "Pear-adise" was near at hand Saturday for thousands of fair lovers who flocked to the 60th annual Pear Blossom Festival, centered this year in Medford's newest urban enclave, The Commons and its adjacent park blocks.
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  • "Pear-adise" was near at hand Saturday for thousands of fair lovers who flocked to the 60th annual Pear Blossom Festival, centered this year in Medford's newest urban enclave, The Commons and its adjacent park blocks.
    "It's beautiful. I really like the new setup with everything in one place," said Rachel Raines of Medford, who strolled alongside her kids through a maze of competing vendors Saturday morning.
    A crunchy, nearly foot-long, hand-dipped corn dog caught 12-year-old Tyler Raines' attention, his eyes widening as he measured out the size of the snack between his hands like it was a trophy fish.
    His mom said "no," but there was plenty to choose from, including deep-fried asparagus, elephant ears, kettle corn and funnel cakes.
    "It's just such a great time to get the family out," said Raines. "We love the Pear Blossom."
    Her 6-year-old daughter, Caileigh, wasn't tempted by fried foods.
    She was looking forward to seeing "the best" part of the Pear Blossom's annual parade — the Shriners go-karts, she said.
    An estimated 25,000 people lined the parade route through downtown Medford, said Darcey Mann-Self, Pear Blossom Festival president.
    She said about 10,000 people shuffled through the street fair in The Commons and park blocks.
    "We love the new area, we love having all the vendors down here in one beautiful spot," she said. "Everything is going smoothly; it's been an absolutely wonderful day."
    The theme of this year's festival was "Our Secret Pear-adise," and the street fair featured 74 vendors selling an array of specialty items, as well as 14 farmers-market vendors offering vegetable starts and produce.
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