First the bicyclists pedaled through.
They were followed by fireworks and bronc riders and barrel racers.
And then another bunch of two-wheelers — these powered by gas engines rather than legs — arrived.
Miners Jubilee starts Friday, and still to come are Shrine Weekend, the Baker County Fair, the Fair in Halfway and a variety of other events.
Baker County is in the midst of its busy summer season, and it’s a reminder of why this is such a fine place to live.
It is a cliché to say we offer something for everyone, but this claim, however stale, also happens to be apt.
Whether you prefer to sift through tables of potential treasures at Sumpter’s three yearly flea markets (during the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends), stroll among the vendors’ booths at Geiser-Pollman Park during Miners Jubilee, watch some of Oregon’s finest high school football players or applaud the animal husbandry skills of Baker County youth, you’ll find something to keep you occupied.
None of this would happen, of course, without the dedication of dozens of people — quite a lot of them volunteers — who organize the many events that the rest of us enjoy. If you get the chance, these selfless individuals deserve a thank you.
We’ve even been fortunate — so far, anyway — in terms of weather. It’s been a pleasantly mild summer, with just two days reaching 90 degrees (90 on July 12, 91 on the 13th). And conditions look to be almost ideal for Miners Jubilee, with sunny skies and high temperatures in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
— Jayson Jacoby, Baker City Herald editor