With only a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday, we will celebrate our city as a great place to live and work as Keizer Iris Festival events kick into high gear.

Each year the third weekend in May is time for fun, family and flowers. The Iris Parade, one of the largest in Oregon, will thrill spectators of every age. With the festival theme of Pride, Spirit and Volunteerism it is fitting that the grand marshals of the parade are students in McNary High School’s Air Force JROTC program.

Development at Keizer Station has forced some changes at the festival grounds. The Keizerfest tent remains across from Men’s Wearhouse while the carnival, midway, vendors and the community stage have moved into and around the Futsal Center (formerly Circuit City).

A fund raiser for the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, the festival is fueled by volunteers who pitch in and make it fun for parade-lovers, music fans and runners.

For some it’s hard to tell it is festival time without the big white tent in the center of town. But rest assured, the festival will offer as much fun as ever.