The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City has announced big changes to Pixiefest, the annual festival that pays tribute to the beloved long-lost Lincoln City attractions, the Pixie Kitchen and Pixie Land. The festival, which will be held June 29 and 30 from noon to 5 p.m., has several new and improved additions that will delight kids and parents alike.
The first big change to the festival is a new home: Taft High School’s Mesa Athletic Field. Located next to Taft High School in the historic Taft district, the field will be center stage for all of the weekend’s family-friendly adventures. Taft High School has made its practice athletic field available for Pixiefest.
“I am excited to partner with Kiwanis and have Taft 7-12 be a part of Pixiefest,” said Nick Lupo, Taft High School principal.
Another welcome change to Pixiefest are affordable ticket prices. Tickets are now $10 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6-11. This comes after Kiwanis sought feedback from previous year’s attendees.
“Pixiefest is an ongoing learning experience for the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City,” said Milt Johnson, chairperson of the Kiwanis Pixiefest Committee. “We listened to our guests and strive every year to create a Pixiefest experience based on their feedback. We heard loud and clear that they want affordable, family-priced tickets. They also love entertainers that kids can enjoy. We’ve changed our pricing and are recruiting amazing children’s entertainment.”
The Captain Barnacle Variety Show returns to Pixiefest this year, and they have recruited a whole new cast of colorful characters to entertain families, one of which is Louis Fox, a former contestant on America’s Got Talent, who will grace the stage on Saturday. And on Sunday, Presto the Magician will perform dazzling tricks on stage.
New rides and games will also be available on both days of Pixiefest. Rides cost $1 per person, and games are 50 cents each. Along with carnival rides, new this year are pony rides, which will be offered by Green Acres of Pacific City.
Pixiefest is a fundraising event for the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City, celebrating the magic of childhood memories while making childhood magical for kids today. Funds raised by Pixiefest go to help youth sports and college scholarships, as well as various local nonprofits in Lincoln City.
The Pixie Kitchen opened its doors on May 21, 1953 in Wecoma Beach. Owners Jerry and Lu Parks bought the restaurant from former owner T.C. Gallagher, who had called it Pixie Pot Pie. The Parks created a restaurant where families could enjoy an affordable meal and be transported to a magical fairytale land. Special attention was given to children, who were viewed as customers, and were given candy gifts and placemats that folded into pixie hats. By the 1960s, the restaurant had become a popular tourist spot with the slogan "Heavenly Food on the Oregon Coast," so much so that an amusement park inspired by the restaurant, called Pixieland, was opened just north of Lincoln City.
Riding on the success of Pixie Kitchen, in 1967, Jerry Parks envisioned a 57-acre "Fairytale Story of Oregon.” He unveiled plans to build Pixieland Amusement Park in the neighboring town of Otis. Opening in 1969, Pixieland was dedicated to the families of Oregon by Governor Tom McCall. Keeping in the fairytale theme of the Pixie Kitchen, Pixieland featured a steam locomotive, a log flume ride and an opera house. However, Pixieland would not survive the decade and closed its gates in 1974.
To learn more about the upcoming Pixiefest, go online at Pixiefest.com.