Throughout the year Elgin hosts a variety of events geared for all ages. From the Elgin Stampede to Riverfest or the Chamber Banquet to Clean-Up Day, there are many ways to get involved and enjoy yourself in Elgin. For more information on the events, check out the descriptions below. If you would like to get involved with the Chamber events, be sure to contact us!
Chamber Awards Banquet
Held Each March
The Elgin Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Banquet is one of Elgin’s largest events. The annual banquet held each March is an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate, recognize and honor citizens, organizations and businesses that go beyond to make Elgin a better place to live, work and visit.
The catered event kicks off with a social hour which includes the traditional “table tour” where people have a chance to view the beautifully decorated tables. Each sponsored table has been personally decorated to represent either the theme of the banquet or other originality.
The banquet continues with dinner, a keynote speaker, a silent auction, entertainment by actors from the historic Elgin Opera House and finally the awards presentation. Awards are given in the following categories:
· Young Man of the Year
· Man of the Year
· Young Woman of the Year
· Woman of the Year
· Educator of the Year
· Organization of the Year
· Business of the Year
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of the year’s most entertaining events. For more information on table sponsorship, silent auction, or attending the Chamber Banquet please contact the Elgin Chamber of Commerce at 541-786-1700.
Eagle Cap Excursion Train
Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a train ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. Journey back in time on a section of the picturesque and historic Joseph Branch rail line in Northeast Oregon. Discover untamed territory as the train follows the Grande Ronde River downstream through rugged cliffs and timbered ridges, then travels up the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. Whether you are a rail fan, a nature and wildlife enthusiast, a history buff or a vacationer looking for a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of region, a ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train is sure to please! The train departs from the new Elgin Depot, 300 Depot Street, Elgin, Oregon. The depot was built in 2012 in a style reminiscent of the original historic depot. Entire cars can be reserved for groups. Charter the whole train for unforgettable special events..
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Always Fathers Day Weekend in June
Riverfest was started in 1993 and taken on by the Elgin Lions Club in 1998. It has changed format and location over the years but is always a day of fun on the Saturday of Fathers’ Day weekend in June. This is also the weekend for the Elgin High School Alumni gathering. The Lions Club organizes Riverfest and encourages other organizations to sponsor events.
Riverfest kicks off with the Firemen's Breakfast in the fire hall. This is a great, all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Maps are available here for the All Over Town Yard Sales. Lions members also sell their last of the tickets for the Duck Race at this time.
Vendors have a variety of booths on Baltimore between the grade school yard and the playing field. The Show and Shine Car Show is on the playing field. A Duck Train drives all around the area giving rides to the children.
The Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Historic Elgin Treasure Hunt with clues all around town and cash prizes. At noon, little yellow ducks are sent "racing on Phillips Creek for the Lions Duck Race. The finish line is the bridge on Highway 82 where Lions catch them in the creek. Cash prizes are awarded for several winners.
The Quilt Club has a Quilt Show that goes on for two days, usually in the high school. At the Stampede Grounds, there is an Antique Engine and Tractor Show.
Riverfest also features the Elgin Alumni Banquet, drawing hundreds of Elgin High School graduates back to the area to celebrate with their classmates.
Always the 2nd Weekend in July
Elgin Opera House
Productions Take Place Throughout the Year
Activities Throughout the Month of December
Bust out your cowboy hat and boots and join the fun for the Elgin Stampede.
Four days of rodeo action in beautiful Elgin Oregon includes, family night sponsered by Community Bank, followed by the Mark Nichols Memorial Bull Riding, kiddie parade, Grande Parade, dances and two exciting PRCA rodeo performances. There are also activities for the whole family which include food, kiddie rodeo, music, Queen’s Coronation and much more.
Celebrating the heritage and tradtion of the old west for over 67 years, the Elgin Stampede has made significant contributions in maintaining, promoting, and supporting the Elgin Stampede organization, its community events, its facilities, and especially the success of the annual Elgin Stampede.
Don't miss a single day of this exciting tradtion!!
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The historic Elgin Opera House, completed in 1912, is a two story Colonial style brick building with a dressed stone foundation. At its dedication, the Opera House was lauded as one of the finest because of its sharp acoustics and slanted seating arrangement. It was complete with plush draperies, box seats, an orchestra pit, elaborate backdrops and a rococo decor.
The Opera House has been newly renovated and features its original motif. The architectural beauty and historic background of the building made it a natural addition to the National Register of Historic Buildings.
The building is home to the performing arts group, Friends of the Opera House. Many community events and theatrical productions are scheduled at the Opera House. For more information on productions and events, visit:
For tickets call: 541-663-6324 or email email@example.com
Winterland Magic is a time full of fun and festivities for the whole family! Take a ride on the Santa train, enjoy shopping at many of the merchants around town, take in a live production at the historic Elgin Opera House, grab some hot coco and sit back and enjoy the Elgin Lions Light Parade, one of the largest parades in Northeast Oregon!
The light parade takes place the second Saturday in December where twenty and more vehicles begin gathering at Henderson Park for the Elgin Lions Annual Christmas Light Parade. All are decorated with Christmas lights. Many have Christmas themes with people dressed in costume riding along on pick ups, trailers and flatbeds. There is no entry fee and there are cash prizes in three categories: commercial, non-commercial and youth. Everyone is encouraged to enter a decorated vehicle in the parade. People can register for the parade ahead of time but unregistered last minute entries are also accepted.
The parade starts at 6:00 pm (gathering at 5:00), drives down Division Street, around the Fire Station, City Hall and Opera House and along 8th Street ending at the Stampede grounds. The Stampeders then have a chili feed (donation only) in the Stampede Hall to warm up everyone after the nippy procession, and in some years, snowy ride. During the chili feed the Lions announce the parade winners.
Registration forms can be found at Elgin Food Town or call 541-437-0188 for more information.