Lewis & Clark ‘Heritage Day’
set for Oct. 16
PASCO - A re-enactment of Lewis & Clark arriving by
traditional dugout canoe will be one of the highlights of the second annual
"Lewis & Clark Heritage Day," to be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at
Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.
The arrival of the canoe, to be manned by Corps of Discovery
re-enactors, is slated for approximately 1 p.m. The Oct. 16 event will
commemorate the Corps of Discovery's 1805 experience at the confluence of the
Snake and Columbia rivers.
Other activities planned for that Saturday include living
history presentations, first-person interpretations, entertainment, artistic
displays, a hands-on children's camp, Columbia Plateau tribal dancing and
skills demonstrations, guest speakers, nature walks, jet boat rides and more.
Living history presentations will include first-person
re-enactors portraying Captain Meriwether Lewis, George Drouillard, Patrick
Gass, John Collins and Toissant Charbonneau—all of whom were members ofthe
Corps of Volunteers for Northwest Discovery.
Admission and parking for the Oct. 16 eventis free, thanks
in part to corporate sponsor Battelle.
"This is a great opportunity for visitors and locals
alike to learn about the two cultures that met at this place almost 200 years
ago," said Kris Watkins, president and CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor and
An estimated 200 Native Americans greeted the Corps of
Discovery at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers in October 1805.
While in the midst of these Sahaptian-speaking people the explorers traded
goods, purchased food, catalogued the local dialects, repaired their equipment
and explored the Columbia River to the mouth of the Tapteal, which is known
today as the Yakima River. It was also at the Pasco site that the expedition
members knew for the first time since entering unchartered territory exactly
where they were, as they had found the object of their journey, the Columbia
Last year, about 4,000 people attended in the inaugural
Heritage Day event. This year organizers are expecting more than 5,000 people
to Sacajawea State Park.
Gospel music jamboree Oct. 17
MABTON - Mabton Grace Brethren Church will be the site for
the Sunday, Oct. 17, Gospel music jamboree. The 2 to 4 p.m. event, which will
feature an open microphone for anyone wanting to perform, is open to the
Local musicians that have performed regularly at the monthly
jamborees in Mabton include Heart Strings & Bill Lawson, The Gospeliers,
Doug Diamond and Joyfull Noise.
The Mabton church is located at 428 'B' St.
Barrel racing to benefit
sexual assault program
Cowboys and cowgirls are saddling up for a great cause. This
Sunday, Oct. 10, riders from around the region will compete for cash prizes and
bragging rights at the National Barrel Racing Association's regional benefit
race in Sunnyside.
Proceeds generated from the one-day event will benefit the
Yakima Sexual Assault Advocacy Program.
This Sunday's event boasts a competition for all riders—a
pee wee division for kids 10 years of age and younger, a youth division for
those 18 and under, a senior division for riders over 45 and the open 4-D
division. Each rider will get one shot to make his or her best ride.
"We find that this format allows all riders from novice
to professional to be competitive," said Nancy Randall, past district
The Oct. 10 event is an annual regional event. Funds are
raised through entry fees, which are set at $20 for the open category, plus a
$7 stable fee. The youth and senior division fees are set at $10, plus the
stable fee. The pee wee division competitors will only be charged $5. For an
additional $4 contribution riders will be able totake a practice run before the
For funding recipients like the Sexual Assault Program,
these forms of community initiatives are an important way to both raise money
and build awareness.
"We are extremely grateful to be selected as the
recipient for these funds," said Kim Foley, volunteer programs
coordinator. "We are always looking for creative ways to get out into the
Sunday's event will take place at Van de Graaf Ranches arena
on Bishop Road, just outside Sunnyside. Registration for the event opens at
10:30 a.m. that morning. The initial exhibition run will begin at 11 a.m.
Johnny Cash tribute planned
KENNEWICK - Tommy Cash will pay a tribute to his brother,
Johnny Cash, tomorrw, Oct. 9, at Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High
The musical performance will also include a tribute to Hank
Williams, by his daughter, Jett Williams.
Saturday's show will begin at 6 p.m., and is being sponsored
by Waymaker Ministries and the Benton Franklin Mounted Sheriff's Posse.
Tickets, if purchased in advance at Chuck's Meats at First
and Washington in Kennewick, are priced at $10. Tickets will also be available
at the door Sunday evening, at a cost of $15.
Granger Berry Patch’s pumpkin
festival underway now through Halloween
GRANGER - The Granger Berry Patch is sponsoring its 18th
annual pumpkin festival. This year's theme is "On the Farm."
The festival opened last Friday, Oct. 1, and runs through
Organizers say the straw maze, seemingly never ending, will
continue to be popular with kids of all ages. Admission also includes an
opportunity for festival goers to find their way through acres of corn in the
Yakima Valley's original cornfield maze.
Also featured at this year's festival is a hay fort, hay
rides, a petting zoo, numerous displays of pumpkins and squash, games, contests
and thousands of pumpkins for the taking. Also, as tradition dictates, pumpkin
carving contests will be held each weekend throughout the month of October.
The concessions that are available each day include pumpkin
cookies, bread, pies, apple cider, nachos, hotdog and burgers.
The festival will be open on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., and weekdays from 2 to 5 p.m. The price of admission is $4.50 per person.
School group tours are also available weekdays by
The Granger Berry Patch is located at 1731 Beam Rd., just
outside of Granger.