Sutherlin’s Blackberry Festival might be the most misnamed gala in the region. “It isn’t necessarily about the blackberries themselves,” said festival chairman Duane Waller, getting semantic. “And it wasn’t about the blackberries when it started.” From 1947 to 1997, Timber Days was Sutherlin’s big annual event. But competition with Roseburg’s Graffiti Weekend (which also fell on the weekend after the Fourth of July) took its toll, along with the gradual decline of timber production in Oregon. When the blackberry festival was cultivated in the late 1980s, Waller said organizers needed a hook for the rural meet-up to be held in …
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