The Painted Hills Festival

23rd Annual Painted Hills Festival

Saturday, September 1st, 2018 – Downtown Mitchell, Oregon


Main Street will be closed on the west end of town between Wheeler County Trading Co. and the Post Office. There is parking available at the Mitchell School Gymnasium on High Street with an hourly shuttle to Wheeler County Trading Co. Other parking is available on the north side of Highway 26 across from the white church (Spoke’n Hostel) at the west end of town.

Schedule of Events

7:00 AM Run Bus Departs
Spoke’n Hostel

7:30 AM Half Marathon/10K/5K Start
Painted Hills Overlook

10:30 AM Marathon/10K/5K Awards
City Park Stage

10:45 AM Parade Check-in
East end of Mitchell

11:30 AM Grand Parade Starts!

12:15 – 1:15 PM Third Seven
Tiger Town Stage

12:30 – 1:30 PM Square Dance Lessons
City Park Stage

1:30 – 2:00 PM Pie Auction
City Park Stage

2:00 PM Children’s Games
City Park

2:00 – 2:45 PM Square Dance!
City Park Stage

2:30 – 3:30 PM Da Charo Duo – Celtic Music
Tiger Town Stage

2:45 – 3:30 PM Penny’s Puppets (3 Little Pigs and Huffy Puffy the Wolf)
City Park Stage

3:15 PM Water Trough Race Safety Check
Wheeler County Trading

3:30 PM Water Trough Race Start
Wheeler County Trading

4:00 – 5:00 PM Merle Boehlke & The Rusty Nuts (Traditional Country)
City Park Stage

4:00 – 5:00 PM Kinzel & Hyde (Blues)
Tiger Town Stage

5:00 – 6:00 PM Adrian Wulff & Pickup Band (Outlaw Country)
Tiger Town Stage

6:00 – 7:00 PM JD Kindle & Roger Conley
Tiger Town Stage

7:30 – 9:00 PM Shawn Hawkins & The Offenders
Tiger Town Stage

2018 Grand Marshalls

Vernita Jordan and Merle Boehlke

We are proud to announce a brother-sister duo, Merle Boehlke and Vernita Jordan, as the 2018 Painted Hills Festival Grand Marshals. 

Merle and Vernita have always been a big part of making the Painted Hills Festival a success.  Merle has played the last 22 years in whatever band he was involved with at the time.  He is always willing to help with various set-up and take-down projects, sound system glitches, and more.  Vernita helped put on the festival, volunteered at the Country Store booth, lined up entertainment, and lots more.  Come to Mitchell on September 1st to honor these two—they certainly deserve it!

Half Marathon

For more information on the race –

Race bus leaves Spoke’n Hostel at 7:00 AM sharp. All runners must sign in at Spoke’n prior to entering the course.

Children’s Activities

New this year – Bounce House and Water Slide! Children’s activities will be held in the city park during the day as well as a great show from Penny’s Puppets at 2:45 on the City Park Stage.

Grand Parade

Don’t miss the centerpiece of the Painted Hills Festival. The parade kicks off at 11:30 AM and will loop through town twice for good measure.

Water Trough Races

New this year – A gravity powered “race” down main street in water troughs with wheels! All water trough race carts must steer, stop, hold some water, and pass safety inspection. Want to participate? Show up ready to roll (no other forms of propulsion other than gravity allowed) at Wheeler County Trading at 3:15 PM sharp for Safety Inspection.

Video by OregonDOT

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