Sunshine Wine Festival June 26
YAKIMA - Winners of the Central Washington State Fair wine
competition will be announced at the annual "Sunshine and Wine
Festival," slated for Saturday, June 26.
The actual judging of the competition will take place June
4-6. The 23rd annual event drew 356 different wine entries this year from 88
Washington state wineries, including a majority of the state's top 25 wine
producing wineries. The annual fair competition is the only such event that
judges Washington state wines exclusively.
"This will be our largest competition ever," said
Ruth Anglin, activities manager at the fair.
"We've never had this many entries or this many
wineries involved before. It is very exciting to see this competition
grow," Anglin said.
For the first time ever, because of the large number of
entries, the judging will be done by four panels of five judges. Each panel
will consist of a moderator and four panel members. The moderator will assist
the process of translating the panel's judging skills into gold, silver and
bronze medal awards.
The awards will be presented at the June 26 Sunshine and
Wine Festival at the Yakima fairgrounds. Although the wine judging is a closed
event, the public can buy tickets for the festival,where the winning wines will
be served. This year's festival will also feature foods from 15 area
restaurants, and wine selections from 53 different wineries.
set to perform
YAKIMA - "The Illusion of Elvis," a show presented
by Danny Vernon, will take the stage at the YVCC Kendall Hall auditorium
Friday, July 16, at 8 p.m.
The county's Retired Senior Volunteer Program is hosting the
show as a fund-raiser. Limited reserve seating tickets are priced at $25.
General seating tickets are priced at $20. Tickets can be ordered by calling
Vernon is an award winning Elvis Presley tribute artist. In
May 2003 he was named best Elvis impersonator at a competition in Palm Springs,
Calif. The judging panel at that competition included the likes of Elvis'
bodyguard, Sonny West, a back-up singer for Elvis, Estelle Brown, one of Elvis'
band members, Charlie Hodge, and Elvis' personal hairdresser, Patty Parry.
Vernon's website can be found at: www.dannyvernon.com.
Pasta luncheon, fashion show
on tap for June 12
UNION GAP - The Kamiakin Kiwanis and Retired Senior
Volunteer Program groups will present an Italian pasta luncheon and fashion
show Saturday, June 12, at Union Gap's Ahtanum Youth Park barn.
In addition to the luncheon and fashion show, the afternoon
activities will include a silent auction and raffle, including such items as
framed wood carvings, afghans, Seattle Symphony tickets and a wine basket.
The June 12 luncheon is scheduled for 1 p.m., to be followed
by the fashion show at 2 p.m. Dress wear from Gottschalks will be featured at
this year's show.
Tickets, priced at $15, are available by calling the Retired
Senior Volunteer Program office at (509) 574-6858.
ABATE spring opener coming
The 26th annual ABATE of Washington Spring Opener will be held at the Toppenish
rodeo grounds June 17-20.
The four-day event will include activities such as a parade
of bikes, music, raffles and a poker run.
The gates open Thursday, June 17, at noon with music
beginning at 5 p.m. Music will be provided by Point of Entry of Yakima Shipply
of Selah and Mid Life Crisis of Seattle.
Tickets in advance are $25 or $30 at the gate. Advance
tickets are available by calling (253) 475-4944 or by visiting the ABATE web
site at www.abate-wa.org.
hosts spring event
GRANDVIEW - The Don Quixote Winery, Manchego Real and
Guerra's Gourmet Cooking will present a special spring dinner Saturday, May 22,
at 604 Elm St., Grandview.
A seafood dinner, served with wine will be available at the
cost of $10 per person from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information call the winery at
Free June concert planned
The public is invited to attend a free concert being
presented by the Yakima Valley Community Band Wednesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m.
at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.
The band is under the direction of Dick Schactler of Yakima.
College journal writers' reception planned
GRANDVIEW - Student contributors to the Yakima Valley
Community College literary journal,
, will be guests of honor at a reception to be held Wednesday, June 2,
on the Grandview campus.
The reception, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will
introduce the Lower Valley writers, artists and photographers who submitted
their work for inclusion in the magazine. Also as part of the event copies of
the magazine will be presented to the young artists, as well as
special awards for the top contributors.
Similar receptions are planned for Yakima campus students on
June 1 and 3, at the Yakima YVCC campus.
‘No Haters’ program scheduled in Mabton
Jr./Sr. High School ninth and 10th graders are in rehearsal for a special
end-of-the-year variety show to be held Thursday, May 27, at the high school
Under the direction of high school English teacher Diana
Thomas, the students will celebrate their differences under the theme "No
The young performers will present programs for their fellow
students at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
They are also scheduled to give an evening performance for
their families and the community at 6:30 p.m., Thomas said.
The evening show will be held in conjunction with a
fund-raiser dinner to benefit the school football program. Cost for the
dinner and show is $7, payable at the door.