Situated in the Yaquina River Valley, Toledo, Oregon is a small, picturesque town with a population of about 3,500. A 2009 All-American City Award finalist, Toledo is just south and east of Lincoln City about 32 miles.
Toledo was originally Graham’s Landing after being homesteaded by John Graham, his son Joseph and William Mackey. When the US Post Office went in, it became Toledo. It was so named by Joseph because he was homesick for Toledo, Ohio. William Mackey was the first post master.
Toledo was Lincoln County’s county seat until it was moved to Lincoln City in 1953. A sawmill was built to produce supplies for World War II, but the war ended before the mill was completed. The mill then processed logs brought in by the railroad. Georgia-Pacific bought the property in 1951 and it became a pulp mill still operating today.
Toledo sits on the Yaquina River and is one of those quaint, small Oregon towns everyone should visit. Especially this weekend as they celebrate another summer festival—Happy Days: Rock & Roll. It’s a great time to visit and take in all the festivities that run from Thursday, July 27, through Sunday, July 30.
Activities include a sidewalk chalk contest, coronation of the Queen, the Queen’s court of Princesses and Jr. Princesses, a kiddie’s parade and lip sync contest, karaoke, DJ’s, a carnival, food and craft vendors, bingo, and more. All of that occurs on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday the Grand Parade starts at noon. There will be a live band at 7:00 pm and fantastic fireworks at 10:00 pm. Something new and exciting this year will be the logging show at 3:00. Local area amateur loggers will participate in 11 different logging events. Sponsored by the Toledo Elks, there will be cash prizes awarded to the winners.
The fun continues on Sunday with the carnival, food and craft vendors, bingo and the beer garden. In addition at 3:00 pm, the Kids’ Logging Show will take place.
There is something for everyone. It’s about a 2-hour drive to Toledo from Umpqua River Haven. Stay with us while you visit the fair! www.umpquahaven.com We might join you in Toledo!