Thunderegg Days sphere

This sphere, a part of the collection of rocks being displayed and available for sale from Pat McConnel, of Nampa, was part of a rock dug from Jamieson Bog north of Vale, well-known by rockhounds.

NYSSA — Nyssa’s annual summer festival, celebrating rocks and minerals, will kick off Thursday for a three-day run through Saturday. As usual, the event will unfold on the Nyssa School grounds, with some newer activities, along with some long-standing events, as part of the schedule.

Rock, craft and food vendors will be set up around the Nyssa Elementary School, opening every day at 9 a.m. A quilt show will also be open all three days at 10 a.m. and will be located inside McPartland, next to the Elementary School. The Nyssa Chamber of Commerce is inviting area quilters to enter items into the show which will be accepted Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The show is being expanded to include fiber arts such as embroidery, knitting, crochet and tatting. Entry forms are available at Country Corners Quilting and Marilynn’s Pickets and Patchwork. For more information call, (541) 372-5555 or (541) 737-5336.

Thunderegg Days has long been sponsored by the Nyssa Chamber of Commerce and according to its posted schedule of events the official opening ceremony will be held at noon Thursday and will include the presentation of the flag and the National Anthem.

Other events for Thursday include worship night with music by “Unity in Action, at 7 p.m. and Outlaw Lawn Mower Dragsters, according to the chamber.

The chamber schedule for the remaining two days.

Friday events will include the Nyssa High School volleyball team fundraiser, starting at 8 a.m. at the South Park, a concert by 2Cents, a four-piece band which plays a blend of Reggae, Rock and Blues, will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by a western group, Poison Creek Band, at 7:30 p.m. Also, a movie will be shown at sundown.

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be one of the start-off events for Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.

At 10 a.m. there will be the Thunder in the Streets Car and Tractor show in South Park, and at noon there will be the Thunder Fun Run.

At 6 p.m. “Self Smart ID, a Reggae infused Ska Punk,” band will be providing music 6 p.m.

The bubble ball tournament, featuring law enforcement and fire department teams, will take place on the football field, followed by a fireworks show to close the event.

Also on Saturday there will be a petting zoo and Oregon Trail Agriculture Museum will be open from 10 to 4 p.m.

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Larry Meyer is a reporter for the Argus Observer.

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