Chamber Nook: New companies, events in Reedsport | Business

There’s not much to say about 2020 that hasn’t been said yet. Good thing it’s 2021 and we’re starting to see some semblance of normalcy.

An exciting new restaurant is planning to open its doors in the coming weeks. A new kayak launch has been installed in Reedsport, making it easier for people to get out and enjoy the Umpqua River. Reedsport and Winchester Bay are excited to be promoting some of our favorite events. Many good things are still to come.

The Big Fish Café & Dinner House is planning a gentle opening in early May. Owners Ron and Jennifer Thieme opened several successful restaurants years ago, including the Hickory and Seafood Station in Florence, before moving to Maine where they would open five more restaurants.

The family brought her back to the Pacific Northwest and we are so glad to have her in this community. To find out more about the Big Fish Café & Dinner House, please visit the website: or call 541-361-6331.

Do you like paddling? Thanks to the hard work and generosity of Travel Southern Oregon Coast, we’re celebrating the new installation of the Bumblebee Kayak Launch. It is located on Riverfront Way in Reedsport.

We look forward to welcoming people back to the Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship on Father’s Day weekend from June 17th to 20th. One of our many goals is to make things feel as normal as possible, while safety is of course our top priority. The championship usually consists of a number of chainsaw carvers from other countries. Unfortunately, this will not be possible for 2021. During the four day event, more than 30 amazing carvers will still create masterpieces from simple tree trunks.

In addition, the 90-minute carving is offered every day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in which the chainsaw artists produce finished pieces in just one and a half hours, which will be available at a live auction later on the same day. We’re fortunate to have plenty of outdoor space, but it is still required that you wear face-covering and keep a safe distance from anyone outside your group. Please visit for more information.

July 27th-Aug. 1 will be DuneFest. For more information and reservations, visit Expect the same family fun in the sand that includes activities like treasure hunts, poker running, Show N ‘Shine, freestyle shows, drag races and more. This year, you can see Shoot to Thrill, an AC / DC tribute band on Friday nights, and Chance McKinney on Saturday. This year’s DuneFest is an incredibly special event, the DuneFest 2021 Veterans Retreat. Working with other nonprofits, more than a dozen veterans and their families can enjoy the dunes, fishing, live entertainment and all that Winchester Bay has to offer. A small thank you for the freedoms we all enjoy.

The Kool Coastal Nights Car Show will also return for 2021. Make your way to Winchester Bay on August 28th to celebrate 28 years of the chicest car show on the coast. Visit to view the schedule or download an application to put your classic ride on the Show n ‘Shine. The first 200 applicants receive a bag. Mark your calendars and enjoy a great day out in Winchester Bay marveling at the hundreds of freshly polished vehicles on display on Beach Boulevard.

While I can’t spill the beans yet, I can let you know there are talks about a cornhole competition in Winchester Bay this fall. Some details have yet to be ironed out, but it looks like the boards will come out and the bags will fly in early October in Winchester Bay! Make sure you practice a lot this summer and stay tuned for more details.

Thank you for reading. As always, if you have any questions, please pick up the phone and call the Reedsport / Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce at 541-271-3495. We’re here to help. I look forward to seeing you safely on the coast this summer.

Jennifer Rockwell is the Administrative Assistant for the Reedsport / Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce.

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