Sherwood, OR- named CNN Money Magazine's 
 5th BEST Small Town in the US
presents a local favorite:
The Onion Festival supports the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce as it creates a strong local economy.
Can't miss event!  Great food, crafts, and entertainment! 

Spread the Word: 3 Great Contests at The Great Onion Festival 

Pacific Family Dental presents Onion Eating 


Eat the most raw onions in 8 min.  Waivers, Salt, & Water provided. $1st place prize!



Bittner Dentistry for Kids presents Onion Rolling 

Roll Onions with your forehead! Prizes!





Wilson Orthodontics presents The Best Dang Onion Dish 

Onion Dip

Onion Royalty- KING & QUEEN ONION

Click here to Submit a “Flavorful” story and nominate the KING and QUEEN Onion Today! 

Sherwood 's“Great Onion Festival,” King and Queen of The Royal Order of Onions” will be crowned during the festival.

One of the most unique honors in the food world.  Give us a flavorful story deserving of great recognition at the Great Onion Festival.  The King and Queen will each receive an Onion gift basket.


Saturday October 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT

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Archer Glen Elementary School 
16155 Southwest Sunset Boulevard
Sherwood, OR 97140

Driving Directions 
Interested in being an Vendor?

The Great Onion Festival 2013 Vendor Application

Contact Vendor chair Roxanne Scholten 503-625-2131

Interested in being an Sponsor?


Meet "Ollie the Onion"


Where’s Ollie?

 Ollie the Onion has a lot of a-peel.

He sprouted up in Sherwood;

To have a good meal.

 Craving some, beans, and Firemen’s Chicken;

He headed to Archer Glen;

For food that’s finger lickin’.

 Contests and shopping, music and friends;

Ollie has a blast at the Great Onion Festival;

From 9 am until 4, when it ends.

 The second Saturday in October, next year;

We’ll find him again;

Aromatic and sweet, Ollie the Onion brings Sherwood cheer!

 His pals say he has them laughing until they cry;

His joy shared throughout the community;

He’s just that loveable of a guy.


Activities & Booths 

Bittner Dentistry For Kids

Pacific Family Dental

Wilson Orthodontics

Amstad Farms

Baggenstos Farm Store

Sherwood YMCA

Sentinel Self-Storage

2012 Great Onion Fesitival Entertainment Schedule                                               Raffle Announcements ALL DAY!  

     10:00-10:15   Onion Rolling Contest—Presented by Bittner Dentistry


2:30-2:45 Best Dang Onion Dish Award—Presented by Wilson Orthodontics Rules & Entry Form Coming Soon!


2:45-3:15 Onion Eating Contest- Presented by Pacific Family DentalPFD

3:00-3:30 Family Zumba with the YMCA


Great Onion Festival Is History and Total Family Fun

In the early 20th century, Italian farmers settled in the Sherwood area and prospered with bumper onion crops from the high water level in Sherwood fields.  In a time when transporting foods was regionally limited, Sherwood gained dominance as the prime onion supplier for cities all along the Pacific Coast. 

“Sherwood owes much of its development to the onion, in fact Cipolla, as in Cipole Road, is Italian for onion,” explained Dr. Ben Aanderud, Chairman of the 27th annual Sherwood Great Onion Festival.

On stage this year, the highly popular “Reptile Man” will thrill festival goers with his herd of snakes and lizards.  New and better-than-ever talented individuals and community and school groups will also provide stage entertainment.

The Great Onion Festival menu includes a barbecue chicken dinner accompanied by a baked onion, baked beans and Cole slaw served up by the Sherwood Old Town Rotary Club and volunteers.

Onion aficionados are invited to prepare their best onion-inclusive recipe in “Best Dang Onion Dish in Sherwood.” A panel of local notables will judge the prepared onion dishes.

For young ones there’s the onion rolling contest and face and pumpkin painting.  The onion-eating contest is open to all brave souls. Raffle prizes add a bit of a gamble to the day.  Over 30 product, service and craft vendors will also be hosted at Onion Festival.

The festival is presented by Pacific Family Dental, Bittner Dentistry for Kids, and Wilson Orthodontics.  The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Sherwood Chamber of Commerce.