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Festivities planned for Mabton Community Days

MABTON - Next weekend there will be only one place to be seen, as Mabton kicks off its centennial Community Days celebration.

The event, which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-19, will include everything from live musical performances to a parade with colorful floats.

Linda Chester, one of the event organizers, said community days will get off to a great start with a concert in the park on Friday night. The community will gather in Feezell Park for a cook out and concert. At 7 p.m. the barbecue grills will be fired up, cooking hamburgers and sausage dogs for the community. Music from the Pony Boys will begin at 8 p.m.

'It will be a good old-fashioned picnic in the park with country music," Chester said.

Saturday the festivities will begin with a parade through the streets of Mabton. The parade is set to begin at 11 a.m. with judging starting at 9 a.m.

Chester said following the parade community members are invited to return to Feezell Park for day-long entertainment. Local groups like Tara and Trina Collins are set to perform, as well as a trio of singers from Prosser. The trio will offer up a rock, alternative, country music blend. Local children will also have a chance to step to the mic. Chester said there will be kids karaoke in the park at different times during the day.

Also performing Saturday will be the Grizzliettes and the Vikettes.

Saturday evening, Sunnyside's Juan "J-Lee" Miranda will showcase his rap talent at the park.

Community Days will continue Sunday with a variety of other activities in the park. Chester said the details as to those activities have yet to be finalized.

Although there will be plenty to keep people's attention on stage during the three-day community event, Chester said there will also be vendors located in the park. The vendors, who will be offering everything from food to craft items, will help add to the festive atmosphere of the event. Chester added that vendor applications are still being accepted. She said anyone who is interested in doing some fund-raising can contact Mabton City Hall for a vendor application.

Chester said she is looking forward to this year's community days event. She explained that the event organizers are doing some different things this year. She said downtown streets will be blocked off for the event and a beer garden will be added. She said the organizers have also decided to make good use of Feezell Park and its large gazebo.

"We're really encouraging everyone to come out and support our little town," Chester said.

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