The Strawberry Festival is an annual Lebanon event brings the entire community together. The grand festival is home to a large parade and a junior parade to ensure that everyone can take part. Vendors dot this fair offering you food, drinks, and other memorabilia. Special activities take place throughout the day, including live music, games, and kids' entertainment. While at the festival, be sure to taste part of the “World’s Largest Shortcake”, which feeds over 16,000 and weighs nearly 6,000 pounds, ensuring everyone gets their desired slice. The cake is distributed at Cheadle Lake Park.
Whether you enjoy sports, walks, or picnics, Lebanon has something just for you with its parks and other natural areas. Ralston Park is situated around the Santiam Canal, which provides a beautiful, peaceful setting. Benches are located along the canal so you can sit back and take in the scenery. A rose garden and small open area with memorial plaques are found at this location as well. River Park is the largest in the area and features picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, and cooking grills. A playground and baseball diamond are part of this magnificent recreational facility.
The Elkin’s Mill Building allows you get a glimpse at the city’s history. As one of the oldest buildings still standing in the Willamette Valley, the structure is a symbol of days gone by. Built in the 1870s, the flour mill led to the development of Lebanon and was a large part of the area’s economy. Constructed from mortise and tendon, this unique building was completely built without the use of nails. In recent years, the mill has been restored to its original state so you can enjoy the beauty and history of the area.