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Pear Blossom: Something for everyone

Medford’s downtown streets will be filled with thousands of people in celebration of the 66th annual Pear Blossom Festival, the city’s oldest tradition. With a variety of activities, everyone can join in the festivities.

Parade: The parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Beatty Street and North Central Avenue and travels to downtown Medford, where it turns right on West Main Street, then disperses at Mistletoe Street. The parade will wind its way down the 2 1/2 mile route, with over 5,000 participants including bands, horse groups, floats, Harleys, bicycles, walking groups and more. Look for this year’s Pear Blossom Queen, Claryssa Oswald, from Butte Falls Charter School. She won March 30 in the Pear Blossom Senior Royalty Scholarship Competition and her sister, Shantelle, won in 2013. Also riding in the parade will be winners of the Soroptimists’ 34th Annual Baby Contest, held April 6: Sienna Dorn, crowned Baby Blossom, and Ashrif Abdellah, crowned Baby Bud.

Street Fair: A street fair in Pear Blossom Park, adjacent to Common Block Brewing Co., will be from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, April 12, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Food, art and handmade crafts will be available from over 150 vendors. Rock band 221 Fly, along with Seth Hansson, will perform a mix of Southern-style rock and blues at 6 p.m. Friday, and on Saturday, rockers Flat Patty and Not Too Shabby will play a mix of pop, blues, R&B and contemporary hits in the amphitheater at the park.

Pear A Fare: The event, held at the Pear Blossom Commons, will be from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, April 12, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13. This event features locally produced wines, brews, spirits and local artisan foods and specialties. Admission is $5 and includes five taste tickets. Tastes of wine and beer are available by purchasing a souvenir glass.

Pear Blossom Run: The Pear Blossom 5K, 10-mile and fun run races are set for 7 a.m., 7:50 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., respectively on Saturday, April 13. Medals will be awarded for all 5K and 10-mile finishers and ribbons for all fun run finishers. Also look for over 200 random drawing prizes. See pearblossomrun.com for details and registration.

Pedals ‘N Pears: The Pedals ‘N Pears bicycling event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, and features four distances from the easy and flat Comice Family Ride, mostly along the Bear Creek Greenway, to the challenging Royal Riviera Metric Century Ride, that takes riders through the Applegate Valley and pear orchards of south Medford. Ample rest stops and support will be available during the rides. All rides finish using the Bear Creek Greenway from U.S. Cellular Park to Bear Creek Park. See pedalsnpears.com for a full listing of rides and registration.

Smudge Pot Stroll: A walking and tasting tour around downtown Medford will be held on Friday, April 12. The event is sold out.

See pearblossomparade.org for more information.

Horton Plaza participated in the Pear Blossom Parade in downtown Medford on Saturday.