2012 Portland Rose Festival Free Admission Day & Fireworks @ Waterfront Park + Win Unlimited Carnival Rides ($50)

Memorial Day weekend is almost here and Friday is the kickoff of the Portland Rose Festival. It also FREE Admission day and fireworks begin at 10PM! See Rose Festival fireworks pictures on Pipleine here.

WIN UNLIMITED RIDES: We are giving away two pairs of unlimited carnival ride bracelets ($25 each!) for Friday night. To win comment on this post why you would like to attend/win the bracelets. Winner will be drawn and emailed on Friday, May 25.

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From our sponsors at Rose Festival:
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May 25-June 10, 2012
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Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park
(in Downtown Portland) [directions]

Regular Admission:
$5 for ages 7 and over

Rose Festival CityFair, part of Portland’s Official Festival, is open for three full weekends starting on Memorial Day weekend.

This amazing metropolitan fair features local beer, live exotic animals, a wide variety of shopping in the CityFair Shopping Center, a brand new ride, special attractions and a customized fireworks show choreographed to your favorite classic rock hits on opening night! Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland comes alive as CityFair presents the attractions listed below.

Rose Festival Admission Specials: 

  • Rose Festival Souvenir Pin is a season pass – $5 at Fred Meyer stores, select Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, Rose Garden Store & PRFF Office
  • Kids 6 and under are always FREE, courtesy of KOIN Local 6
  • FREE admission Friday, May 25
  • FREE admission May 25 – 28 for Veterans, Reservist, and Active Military and their legal dependents with Valid Military ID
  • FREE admission June 7 – 10 for Active Military and one


Dates and Hours:

Weekend of May 25 – 28
May 25: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
May 26 – May 28: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Weekend of May 31 – June 1
May 31 – June 1: 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
June 2 – June 3: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Weekend of June 7 – 10
June 7 – June 8: 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
June 9 – June 10: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

CityFair will be CLOSED:
May 29 | May 30 | June 4 | June 5 | June 6


RoZone Fireworks Experience presented by Pacific Power
Friday, May 25, 2012
Musical entertainment: 8:00 p.m. | Rose Lighting Ceremony: 9:45 p.m. | Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.

Carnival Ride Savings
Unlimited Ride Wristbands are a great value! Redeemable any day of your choosing CityFair is open and good for ALL DAY. (One day use only.) Save an extra $5 when you purchase online ahead of time!
$25 Advance Online Purchase | $30 Available On-Site: May 25 – June 10

CityFair’s outdoor entertainment venue, accessible through the main gate at Yamhill ST on SW Naito Parkway. Featuring national and local acts, appearing on the OneMain Financial Stage. Come see what all the buzz is about at the RoZone! (Go to the RoZone PAGE.)

Rogue CityFair Pub
Stop in for Happy Hour, dinner or a refreshing Rose Festival Ale at Waterfront Park’s newest eatery, the Rogue CityFair Pub. For all of the Rogue Nation followers, the Pub will be Rogue-a-fied with Rogue’s signature decor.

Funtastic Traveling Shows
The Pacific Northwest’s biggest, best and family-friendliest carnival, Funtastic features a full array of family fun, including gentle Kiddie Land rides, tried and true family favorites, and over-the-top twisters for older, more adventurous thrill seekers. It’s Funtastic — Just Possibly the World’s Best Carnival!
PLEASE NOTE: Riders must be 2 years of age or older and meet height requirements to ride.

MegaDrop, CityFair’s tallest carnival ride!
Funtastic Show’s midway will have a brand new ride, never seen in Portland before. MegaDrop, Thrill seekers get the chance to be the first to test out the tallest ride to ever be in Waterfront Park. Float up to 131′ in the sky and then drop with the force of negative 5Gs, pure exhilaration as all 12 riders suddenly, softly and safely come to rest. A few seconds of thrill that makes a lifetime of memory.

Happy Hour Specials
You can grab your favorite brew and some wonderful food at a discounted price on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (May 31 & June 1 and June 7 & 8). You can find these special deals on fantastic food and beverages south of the Morrison Bridge.

The Big Sling
This human catapult is big, fast, and thrilling as it slings riders skyward nearly 25 stories high at over 3 Gs of gravitational force. As the highest flying ride in the Pacific Northwest, the Big Sling is perfect for big thrill seekers.

A Walk on the Wild Side presented by KOIN Local 6
This popular live animal exhibit brings a diverse mix of exotic mammals, birds, reptiles and spiders. Tigers and lions, snakes and spiders – these unusual creatures will delight all animal lovers. This exhibit’s presence helps fund an animal rescue program and 40-acre country sanctuary.

Food Fair
In addition to all of your festival favorite foods, this year’s food court offers barbecue, Hawaiian, deserts, charcoal broiled hamburgers, pizza, and more!

Dex Grand Wheel Stage
Community groups, ethnic performers, and local talent get down on this stage located just south of the Morrison Bridge. Located in the heart of the Food Fair, grab a frosty brew and some delicious treats while enjoying the show.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Help save a life by donating blood at the Rose Festival CityFair! The American Red Cross is having a blood drive on Saturday, May 26 (from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.). Appointments can be made over the phone by calling the American Red Cross at: 503.528.5603.


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165 Responses to 2012 Portland Rose Festival Free Admission Day & Fireworks @ Waterfront Park + Win Unlimited Carnival Rides ($50)

  1. Christopher Anglin May 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    i will be taking my girls to this. Would love to get them bracelets!

  2. Barbara May 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    My son and his friends are coming in from out of town and it would be awesome if could win this! Love Portland.

  3. Jen Gardner May 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I’ve never been and free is awesome!

  4. Tania May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    My daughter made an ecstatic post to facebook yesterday that there was going to be a carnival on the waterfront. Even though one of her best friends is Jefferson’s Rose Princess this year, I don’t think she actually understood that the Rose Festival goes on for a couple of weeks. I’d love to take her to show her just what she’s been missing (by having her head buried in the sand for 17 years!)

  5. Ola May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    I want to win because I just moved here 6 months ago and I’ve heard awesome things about the Rose Festival so I want to go.

  6. Kamela Kern May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    My boys want to go soooooooo bad, & I don’t have the money to take them. This prize would totally make their day!!! Thank you for the opportunity.

  7. armando May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    i have 2 kids who ask me everyday if they can go to the cityfair this year. i told them we could only afford to take one of them, and they other would have to experience the fun through the stories of the one that went. please don’t let this happen to me.

  8. Brittany O May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I would love to win because we will be starting a major DIY project that day and this would be a fun thing to do to relax after. Plus, who doesn’t want free rides?!

  9. jared May 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    sounds like a blast!

  10. marc May 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I really wanna go!

  11. Jason Jancosek May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I was just diagnosed with a terminal illness. Ok, not really. I’m shipping out to Afghanistan next week? No? Shoot. Lemme think…I’d like to take a girl and I think it’d be a great date.

  12. Amber Kline May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I would like to win because I’ve been here since 2004 and never a\have been to the festival before and would love a chance to go. All 3 of kids would love to go they would have fun

  13. Sandi May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Oh my!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE I’d LOVE to win and have a night out with my husband being kids again!

  14. Hilary A May 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    These tickets would be for my 18 year old son (dang, he’ll be 19 in less than 3 weeks!) and his awesome girlfriend. He works, goes to school, keeps the girlfriend happy and helps me out with trips to the airport, housesitting, and making sure my washer/dryer never gets lonely or unused. The girlfriend baked me a lowcarb almond cinnamon cheesecake for my birthday last month, and volunteered to make me another one just because I loved it so much. I can’t think of a more deserving pair of teenagers who would have a blast on the Carnival Rides and other Frolicsome Rose Festival Delights at WaterFront Park this Friday. I would be centrifugally grateful for a pair of these unlimited ride wristbands to show the kids some Big Top Love!

  15. amy May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    i am getting divorced and could really use some fun! pretty please!!??

  16. Al May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I would love to win because I was already planning on going with my friend, but I haven’t gotten to go on the rides in ages!!!

  17. marisa b May 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    i want to ride the rides til I hurl! and then ride some more!

  18. Ramona May 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Ahhh, the Rose Festival. It’s been a long, long time since I was able to attend, much less enjoy the thrill of a crazy carnival ride. Health issues have intruded on my enjoyment of good old-fashioned fun. Now I’m back in the game and would surely feel blessed to enjoy an evening of regressing to my childhood days. :)

  19. amber atkins May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    My kids have never been to the rose festival citywalk because I have always been too broke to take them. My son would absolutely love to go but once again this year we are having hard times and it is just too expensive to go. Would love to win the bracelets!

  20. Rebecca Morrison May 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets so my boyfriend & I can have a fun filled night out!!

  21. Jeremy May 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    I have entered so many of these and nothing. I’m broke as shit and would love to take my boys down there. \m/

  22. Stacy May 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Pick me, pick me! Who wouldn’t want free ride passes?

  23. Matthew Subotnick May 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    My ui stopped. No income. Kids really want to go. Winning tickets is the only way I’d be able to afford to have them ride any rides this year.

  24. Elizabeth May 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    I could use these tickets for some good fun with the children. I was just diagnosed with some abnormalities in my heart, it has been super tough with the new medication and I am just trying to avoid surgery, the kids are really having a tough time. we could use a day out with one another for some Portland fun, also we have never been so it would be a real treat.

  25. Elizabeth May 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    I could use these tickets for some good fun with the children. I was just diagnosed with some abnormalities in my heart, it has been super tough with the new medication and I am just trying to avoid surgery, the kids are really having a tough time. we could use a day out with one another for some Portland fun, also we have never been so it would be a real treat.

  26. Courtney May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    I really need to change my loser status by winning these amazing ride tickets!!

  27. Audra Siren May 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    This will be the first Rose Festival for my husband and I. We haven’t really experienced the best of Portland yet, and I think this would be a blast!

  28. Miranda May 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I would love to win these so I can semi-secretly run around the fair with a little mini-disc recorder, making field recordings. People screaming (and occasionally retching) on the rides are the BEST!

  29. tess crockett May 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I’ve managed to fail at making it to rose festival the last three years, for various reasons that just aren’t quite good enough, I’d love to make it this year and enjoy the rides!

  30. John Kim May 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    I would like to win/attend because I never get to go do anything with my gf and id like to take her out for a night of fun on the town and she deserves it for all her Hardwork graduating nursing school. :)

  31. Teagan Walden May 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    This is my favorite time of year in Portland. I have been out of the country for the past few years, missing the wonders of the waterfront festival. I would be thrilllled to be able to spin, fly, turn, roll, rock, twist my way around in rides transforming my view of the city. And oh my oh my what amazing people watching. I wanna kiss my lover on the top of the ferris wheel and spin on the gravitron!

  32. andrew May 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    33 years of going to Rose Festival Waterfront and never got an unlimited bracelet. Help an old guy feel young.

  33. Ellie J May 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    I am new to Portland and would love to get a chance to enjoy the festival :)

  34. Amy May 23, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    This would be an amazing gift for our family. We haven’t been in years because of the cost. I hope we win!

  35. Peter C. May 23, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    No lie….we are broke and could use a good time with the kids!

  36. Celina Hernandez (@chibi_celina) May 23, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Simply put…. Please!

  37. rechelle leroytinae May 23, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    our family loves the rose festival and enjoy it every year. its great to see all the people who come to enjoy this great event and as always we are going to enjoy all the fun and love the fireworks what a way to kick off the festival.

  38. Edward May 23, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I don’t have any diseases, lost family members, or had my house blown away by a tornado, but I did recently move here from another state, and would love to attend this event! I am gradually appreciating all Portland/Oregon has to offer, and would love to experience this.
    Thank you!

  39. tiffany May 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    born and raised in oregon, joined the navy, i havent been able to see the portland rose festival in over 8 yrs. now i have 3 kids that have never seen how great portland can be(not to mention my hubby). after all those years i finally convinced my hubby to move all the way back to oregon from Virginia. within 24hrs of coming back to oregon somebody stole my wedding ring, as well as my purse, and broke into my car twice in 1 month. after 4 months we r still homeless living with family simply because for many of the houses that we looked at the owners were prejudiced against my husband since he is black(im not). so we havent got back on our feet since we moved back here. while going to school full time and working to try to support my family anyway possible i never get to see my kids on a regular basis, most nights i dont even get to see my kids until after they are in bed, so this rose festival would be a great opportunity to remember why we moved here, and to spend some much needed time with my kids.

  40. tiffany May 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    i should probably add, my kids are ages 7,4,1.

  41. Vanessa May 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I love rides!!

  42. Stephanie May 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I would love to win this as I would be like a little kid again!!! Well, honestly…I never grew up!!! Come on! Pick me!!!

  43. Michelle May 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    It’s my husband’s birthday! We planned on coming down to see the fireworks but would love to go on some rides. I have never been.

  44. Darcy B May 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    yes please—we love to go on rides!!!!

  45. Robert Renning May 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    This will be my very first Rose Festival and I am looking forward to it!

  46. Jane May 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Ahh. Pick me! I’m new to Portland (moved over 2000 miles). :) I’d love to win a ticket primarily because I get to squeal like a little kid again and could use a freebie because moving is expensive! :)

  47. Shayla Lo May 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Roses roses pocket full of poses asking asking for tickets to celebrate the Festival of roses.

  48. Wendi May 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    WHITECAPS vs TIMBERS. Taking my die-hard Whitecaps fan boyfriend to celebrate his birthday at this match.

    We will be crushed by loss and the taunts of the Army. Please please revive our anticipated love of the city by sending us on rides that make us puke? Please?


  49. Aimee M May 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I bet my nephew it IS POSSIBLE to ride until you vomit….I think this would make for a great learning lesson :)

  50. cynthia berger May 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I would love to win because my 5 yr old is a portland girl through and through and she is finally big enough for the rides.

  51. tiffany May 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    could really use a fun stress free night with my fiance

  52. Rose May 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I wanna go! This would be awesome!!

  53. Julie W May 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    My 4 year old is now brave enough for rides and I’m so excited to go this year. The Portland Rose Festival is a tradition and money is tight. Winning this would be amazing!

  54. Jenny May 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    I would love to win the unlimited ride bracelets!!! My fiancé is just getting out of the Navy from Bremerton, WA and this will be our first weekend spending the night in our new place down here, I’d love to celebrate by taking him on rides all night since he’s never been to this before!!! It would be a great welcome to Oregon! Thanks :)

  55. Scott May 24, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Free rides?! Who wouldn’t want free rides.

  56. Tara L. Miller May 24, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    Let me know of any special $ savings? I am a single Mom and the fair is very expensive for me! Please let me know of any cost saving specials you can help with! Thanks, Tara

  57. Heather R May 24, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Well, I haven’t been able to take the kids in years because of the cost so it would be fun to surprise them :] Didn’t know it was free admission day so maybe we’ll go hang out anyway….

  58. Ariana May 24, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    This would put a smile on my boy’s faces ;)

  59. Zane May 24, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    This will be my first Rose Festival, and maybe unlimited rides would be enough to shake and spin the quarter-life crisis out of me?!

  60. Gabriel May 24, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Since the tickets are so expensive, would love to give the braclets to my boys!! They would have a blast!!

  61. Pam C May 24, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    My single mother, 10 year old sister, and I moved here cross country and have been struggling. Winning these tickets would be amazing.

  62. Thelma May 24, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    I’ve just moved to beautiful Portland, working nonstop for my children and this would be a beautiful gift and break for all of us!

  63. Tauras May 24, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    My oldest girl is turning 11 this weekend – a pair of tickets for her and her little sister would make an awesome start for her birthday weekend!

  64. Cecelia Guess May 24, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Please enter me into this drawing as well!!

  65. Amanda May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Absolutely love the Rose Festival!! My children are 3 and 5 and would love to be able to ride on an unlimited amount of rides. Sadly, we don’t have very much money and can not afford the rides so as of now we will only be able to walk through the festival for free admission day and enjoy the fireworks. Please pick us, it would make my children’s day!

  66. Michelle Warnke May 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I just love carnivals and would love love love to win unlimited rides for me and my guy!

  67. Jeanna May 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I’ve lived in Portland for 18 years and have never been to the waterfront rose festival!! Pick me and my little sister! :)

  68. matty May 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    The Rose festival is a great time and annual start of “summer”…I would love to scream till I’m horse, laugh till I’m blue and ride every ride all while enjoying the Portland atmosphere. Oh and impress this girl I have a crush on! Of course, I am broke and this would be a truly amazing evening and lifelong memory.

  69. Gabe Adams May 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    i’d like to have fun on Friday night! I’d love to have these tickets :)

  70. Roya Ghorbani May 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I love the Rose Fest!!! This would be such a wonderful start to the summer :)

  71. Angela Sipp May 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    My kids would go crazy for these tickets, and my husband & I would go crazy for saving some $$!

  72. natalie May 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    I am trying to save money with my boyfriend and we would love to be able to ride our bikes down to the waterfront and enjoy the carnival … we are straight up ready for some luck on our end so we can have some FUN! thanks, Natalie

  73. Anna May 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I’m adult that feels like a kid and even had a birthday at Disneyland once. I would LOVE to win unlimited rides! Thanks,

  74. Sean May 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I want to win bracelets because I honestly can’t afford them, I recently moved to oregon from Los Angeles and can’t really find work. I am already planning on going to the rise festival on free admission day and this would be great to be able to ride some rides. I already know portland is friendly. Thank you for the opportunity!

  75. Kristen May 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    yes, please!

  76. Erik May 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Love rides! Just moved to Portland and this would be AWESOME!

  77. Nicole Baber May 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    My son is turning 18 this summer and then will be leaving Portland to serve our country in the Army. This will be his last Rose Festival he will attend for a very long time if ever again.

    He has enjoyed the Festival and rides for several years and I’d like for him to add yet one last wonderful memory to his time as a child before embarking on his adulthood.

  78. Alethea May 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    I’ve never been to the Rose Festival and this would make for a great initiation!

  79. JoAnne May 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Never been to the Rose Festival and it would be cool to give my daughter unlimited rides. She would love that!

  80. Jen May 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I would love to take my boyfriend for a fun, relaxing date night!!!

  81. christina spencer May 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    My Friends are coming from Las Vegas For my Dirty Thirty! I would Love To spend time with them at the Rose Festival!

  82. John May 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    It wouldn’t be Rose Festival with out the rain, so go ahead and rein down the unlimited ride tickets on me,please?

  83. Selena Johnson May 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve been living in Portland a couple years now and have never been to the fair. i would love these bracelets.

  84. Denise May 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    would love to take my girl, she’s a kid at heart and loves the rides. please, and thank you.

  85. Kevin Finch May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I’d love to get those bracelets!!! :) :) :)

  86. Eileen C May 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Graduating Seniors from Grant HS kicked off May Day protests with a march in support of Portland Public Schools. Now its time to let ’em ride!

  87. Sturatt May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    gf would like to ride.

  88. Brett May 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Would love to let my son run around all day (no school tomorrow!) and pick whatever rides he wants.

  89. Veronica May 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Its my first spring in Portland and I want to ride enough rides that I’ll barf. In an approved vessel, of course, and away from the kids and old folks.

  90. April Hoffmann May 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    20 years in Portland and I have never gone on any rides at the Rose Festival. Seems like a sin that should be remedied, eh? My little girl for sure thinks so.

  91. Kristin May 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    What an amazing treat this would be for the amazing little 9 year-old in my life. I’d love to treat her to this!
    Thank you!

  92. Nataly Corona May 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    I really wanna go this weekend!!! Please hook me upppp!!

  93. free May 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    i would ride the zipper until i puked. and then rally and ride some more.

  94. Kevin Staley May 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I would love to win some free carnival rides! Thanks!

  95. Amber May 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I haven’t been there in YEARS! Last time I was there I went with my parents and little sisters, that was back in 2002. we had a great time and went on lots of rides. I would love to be able to go this year. Always have a blast at the Rose Festival! Hook me up pdx pipeline! :)

  96. alyssa May 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I want to win because I really like bracelets. And rides. And I never win these things! Plus I’ll give you a really big high five that will change your life if you pick me. You’re intrigued. Don’t fight it.

  97. Mike May 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Want to take my kids for some fun in the sun!!!!

  98. Alisa May 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Pick us! My husband and I met at the Rose Festival in 2001, and were married in 2004. We now have two beautiful kids and would love to share the festivities with them this year.

  99. Megan Christopher May 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I should win because I am turning in my grad thesis tomorrow for my dual master’s degree from PSU!! I deserve some rides and to let off some steam!!! Two master’s degrees, both focused on education to keep our public schools strong. I win!!!! MEMEME!!!

  100. Sandee May 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Being on a budget , this would be one way the whole family could go and have fun. We can’t afford to take everyone so we haven’t gone in years. This would make my boys summer and school isn’t even out yet. Can’t you hear my boys “PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US! PICK US!”

  101. Kali Simmons May 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    I’ve never gone! I’d love to see the festival for the first time thanks to PDX Pipeline!

  102. Corey May 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I’m from Alaska, let me see what makes Portland so weird!!

  103. Braxton May 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    This would help start my summer off right. Pick Me!!!!!!

  104. Jess May 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    It’s my birthday! And you know what’s awesome on birthdays: FREE RIDES! yay.

  105. Sandee May 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    What a great 15 year wedding anniversary gift.

  106. Melissa Rae May 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I’d love to watch my big tough boyfriend get sick on the rides as he claims he’s not scared and “can handle it”!! I’m really a hopeless romantic.

  107. jenny May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    i would love to win! My daughter will be home from osu this weekend and would love to take her and spend some mother daugther time togethe! oh ya and my birthday is the 29th it would be a great bday present :)

  108. johnny May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Fun at the fair, haven’t done since I was a kid!

  109. Drew May 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    my step son just had 6 teeth pulled today and what a better way to get his mind off em than riding rides and even better for me when its free. We both win!!!! Everyone wins! Thnx

  110. Corey May 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    What a great 15 year wedding anniversary gift I could give to my lovely bride.

  111. Molly May 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Ive been waiting all year for this! Love carnivals!

  112. Majken Elek May 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    My boyfriend avoided death when he got hit by a drunk driver. He is finally well enough to enjoy life and what better way than to start living again than by enjoying limitless carnival rides!

  113. Nina May 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    I just moved to Portland and have never been to the Rose Festival. This would be great!

  114. Marie Conner May 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    I am a single mom on disability and I would love to win tickets to take my daughter on rides at Rose festival, otherwise I won’t be able to take her.

  115. Brianna May 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    My husband has always gone for his birthday (June 3rd).. we’d love to keep the tradition going! Thanks!

  116. Carolyn May 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  117. amy May 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Oh, please, please, please!!! I would love to win tickets! It is my birthday weekend and that would make the best birthday present EVER! :)

  118. Gigi May 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    I’d love to win so that my husband and I can go on the rides all day long!!

  119. Ben May 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Being out of a job, I’d love to be able take my wife to the festival; she certainly deserves it.

  120. Tristina May 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Rekindling the romance with beer and rides. I think that’ll be the trick:)

  121. Faith May 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    My 7y.o. daughter and myself would love to go. Of course we can afford free admissions day…but that’s about it. I wont go into any sob stories. Long story short, we would really appreciate the free ticketts. Grassy!

  122. iris May 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    My boyfriend and I just moved to Portland and since I’m a student I’m too poor to afford any fun but I hear so many great things about the Annual Portland Rose Festival, I can’t wait to check it out!

  123. Julie May 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I want to win so I can give the prize to my kids and get them out of the house so I can have it to myself!

  124. D May 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    I want to win so I can ride carnival rides till I feel like I’m 8 again.

  125. Donna May 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Friday is going to be the first day i have ever been to the city fair and i get to go with the love of my life. Aswell as our first firework show together! I cant wait!

  126. Ruthie May 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I would like to win these bracelets to go with my best friend before she moves to the east coast.

  127. toni tail May 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I would love to win because this is going to be my first
    Time going to the Rose Festival. My family and I just moved
    here from the warm springs reservation in October 2011
    And I would so love to win. Thank you.

  128. BrineyJean May 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    My husband and I have never been before, and we’ve lived in Portland since before we were married :).

  129. Lupe May 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    This would be so much fun to go to even better if I won haven’t been out in a long time haven’t had the money

  130. LESLIE C. May 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm #


  131. Amanda May 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed many aspects of the Rose Festival, but somehow I’ve never gone on the rides! This would be so much fun.

  132. Raif May 25, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I wanna ride til I puke! And then ride some more!

  133. Malia May 25, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I haven’t been to the Rose Festival in years. I had small children and then I moved away for a few years. I would love to be able to go and Puke my guts out on the rides, and eat too much carnival food. Sounds like a blast to enjoy with my family.

  134. Shirley May 25, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    We have a niece and her family coming to visit this weekend. They live in Las Vegas and we would love to show them that Portland’s Entertainment is superior!

  135. David L May 25, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    hello and thanks for this opportunity to let u know that winning these 2 bracelets would be a great gift for my 5 year old daughter who just graduated from headstart yesterday and her 4 year old brother who is right behind her, also this will be their first time goin to the carnival and they were so stoked about going that they made me take them to water front park all day wednesday to watch the rides be set up. in Ending its been a great week so far so lets their light continue thru the weekend thanks again for the opportunity and see ya at fair

  136. james May 25, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Rose festival is always fun

  137. ashley May 25, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    my boyfriend and i have gone to this every year, but we’re always broke when it comes around so we’ve never got to ride any of the rides. a wristband would be awesome =)

  138. Mari May 25, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I live in The Dalles and Portland is the only place for good events to take families too…I would love free tickets to take my family. Thank you :)

  139. Marilena May 25, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    pick me! I recently lost my job and can’t afford to go otherwise.

  140. Mike Grover May 25, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I would like to win the bracelets because we have been promising to take our daughter to Disneyland, and I’m thinking we might be able to put one over on her. “Why yes, sweetie, Anaheim does look a lot like Portland. No, I don’t think that lady is a princess.”

  141. Nikki May 25, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I would like to win cuz I already bought discounted entry at PDX50.com, am running the starlight run and it would be awesome to be able to ride the rides while there

  142. Randy May 25, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Just moved here would love to go!

  143. Gayleen Williams May 25, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Unemployed, can’t afford so this would be a treat for my daughter and myself to kick off the Rose Festival!!

  144. jules May 25, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Carnival corn dogs, cotton candy and candied apples! i can’t wait.

  145. vanessa May 25, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Its been a long week, and I need to let the kid out in me…

  146. Justin reinhard May 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    My daughter has never been on a ride in her life were poor end would love to win this

  147. Lydia May 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    This will be our family’s first time to the Rose Fesitival!

  148. Amy May 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I want to win the free ride carnival wrist bands because my sisters and I have never been to the rose festival. We are visiting from salt lake city for the weekend and myself and two sister would love the opportunity for a fun first time in portland and the rose festival. PICK US WE WILL MAKE SURE TO UPLOAD VIDEOS AND COMMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

    THANKS :)

  149. Sara Trujillo May 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I would love to win bracelets so that I can afford to ride the rides with my 10 year old son for the first time this year. We are both born and raised in Oregon and I feel the Rose Festival is a right of passage!

  150. Kevin May 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Would be a great way to spend a second date with an amazing girl!

  151. Alicia May 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Rose Festival is one of out favorites!! Would love to win and save, thanks for the opportunity!!

  152. Cory Shird May 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    Yeah fun!!!!!!

  153. kevin May 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    thanks for the wonderful shows you have given us for all of these years… We Love You Portland.

  154. bianca j May 29, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I want some please! =)

  155. Harm April 27, 2013 at 2:01 am #


    • amber kline April 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Would love to win and take my kids

  156. Shelly May 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Visiting Portland that weekend, coming from Boise, Idaho and would love to try out this fair

  157. Gayleen Guyton May 15, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    This would be a cool cancellation prize for my daughter and I…Disneyland trip postponed for a while due to finances.

  158. Dakotah May 19, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Almost three years ago, I met a boy in Croatia. He’s American and lives on the east coast. Over the past three years we have kept in touch here and there and I’ve always wished he would visit in Oregon but it’s never happened. Yesterday, he told me he would be flying up Memorial Day weekend. Not only would winning passes to this event be an excellent way to show him the city, it’s always been an aspiration of mine to take someone special to the rose festival. Help a hopeless romantic out?

  159. Kayla Couts May 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    I just moved to Portland last August and have never been to the Rose Festival. Winning these unlimited ride bracelets would make for a great first Rose Festival experience impression. Plus I LOVE fair ride.

  160. Cameron May 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    My boyfriend said he wants to propose to me on a Ferris Wheel.

  161. Clown Fare May 24, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Coming in from out of town and am planning on going. Basically… Just give me the bracelets. I will likely vomit everywhere from all the rides and food but I would consider that one heck of an evening. #larda$$

  162. Stephanie May 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    I have lived in Portland for about 17 years and I never gone to the rose festival before. I heard it’s a wonderful festival and brings people closer together. I would love to win the tickets so I could experience the fun and go with my family and friends!!

  163. eliz May 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Never been! Wanna have fun!

  164. Tleskey May 23, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    I got married last year the day of the fireworks.. They now have a new reminder/meaning for me.
    Amazing was to start a new life

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