As summer continues, Winston businesses are sprucing up their exteriors and incorporating Wildlife Safari-themed signage into their improvements and advertising. The city of Winston recently hosted a “Business Summit” for local businesses to discuss their needs and learn about tools and services available to them through the city, the Winston Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Winston GO Team. Several businesses are taking advantage of urban renewal funds to enhance their curb appeal.

“Winston is focusing on creating an attractive and inviting business atmosphere for visitors and residents alike,” said City Manager Mark Bauer. “We’re happy to see so many businesses using the resources available to them.” Mar Gardens, Winston Realty & Insurance, and Safari Inn have all recently acquired funds for signage and façade improvements.

The Business Summit, which was held July 20 and included participation from about 15 local businesses, is just one way the city and Chamber are ramping up their focus on better serving the business community. The Chamber recently hired their first executive director, who is tasked with fulfilling goals set out by the Chamber Board at the beginning of the year.

“We’re working to ensure our Chamber provides value to our businesses as well as increasing our emphasis on marketing Winston as a tourism destination,” said Sandra Thorn, who was just appointed on July 7.

In addition to the renewed focus on the business community, Winston continues to provide an abundance of fun and family-friendly outdoor festivities during the summer. Riverbend Live! concluded its summer run with a final performance on August 4. Cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell enlivened Riverbend Park with his compelling storytelling and Cowboy Celtic brought their unique Celtic-infused western music to Winston. All Riverbend Live! performances are free.

The 25th Annual Highland Games & Clan Gathering comes to Riverbend Park in Winston, August 18 through August 20. The Celtic games features spiraling circles of activity: an entertainment stage running each day, three athletics fields with traditional Celtic sports competitions, opportunities to learn at Clan tents, and vendors with lots of unique merchandise. Ticket information is available at

The 3rd annual Winston Color Splash will be held on August 26. This year’s event will include a 5k run/walk with more color stations than ever before, a community water fight, games, food, vendors and prizes. You can sign up at Pacific Fitness, 10 Oak Street, in Winston or online at

The whole town will be celebrating the 49th Annual Winston Dillard Melon Festival on September 15, 16, and 17. This family-friendly annual event is a mainstay of Winston’s summer fun and features food, games, music, vendors and prizes.

The Wildlife Safari continues to be Winston’s premier attraction, offering the only drive-through Wildlife experience in Oregon. Safari has several events in August, including Dream Night at the Zoo on August 5, Education Family Overnight Adventure Camp on August 12, Roars & Snores Overnight Camping with Lions on August 12, and Rib Roar’n BBQ with the Lions on August 19. For more information about these and other Safari activities, visit

Winston offers much for people to do and see in the summer. Please join us!

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