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13-mile bike ride to kick off Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce events

Two back-to-back events sponsored by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce are scheduled for April 22 and 23.

Bicyclists are invited to take to the scenic-and paved-bike pathway of the Lower Yakima Valley on Saturday, April 22, for a three-city ride from Prosser to Grandview to Sunnyside.

Bikers will start out at 10 a.m. at the Best Western Inn at Horse Heaven in Prosser, travel through Grandview and complete the 13-mile ride at the Dairy Fair in Sunnyside, the home of fresh Darigold products.

A fun and festive Bike Rodeo, at which children and adults can show off their cycling abilities by participating in agility drills, will be held at the end of the ride.

Those who opt out of that exercise, can lounge on the grassy knoll and enjoy a creamy ice cream cone or take in a tour of the factory and learn how cheese is made, while sampling all the varieties produced at Dairy Fair.

There is also a gift shop on the premises, which features Americana, ceramic kitchenware, scented candles and a variety of gifts.

The paved bike path takes in the majestic vistas of the Rattlesnake Mountains and Horse Heaven Hills.

On Sunday, April 23, the chamber's Spring Fling Golf Scramble and Asparagus Festival will take place at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Entries for this benefit tournament, which will support the chamber's tourism fund, must be received by April 20. Individual entries will be accepted and players will be placed on a team. Golfers are encouraged to form their own four-person teams, as well.

Entry fees are $50 per person or $200 per team, which includes green fees and a cart. Maximum men's handicap is 25 and women's 35.

This four-person scramble features lots of prizes, fun competition and a special "Split the Pot" long drive contest prior to the tournament.

For more information, contact Jeff Bender at the Sunnyside course at 509-837-5340, Theresa Hancock at the Funny Farm at 509-837-5445 or Ben Sartin at 509-837-5607.

In addition to the golf scramble, there will be wine-tasting and dishes highlighting asparagus.

These two April events are complementary to the barrel tasting weekends the third through fourth weekends in April.

The chamber will sponsor five other events this year: the Cinco de Mayo celebration May 5-7, Come Back to the Country Independence Day celebration July 4, the 3-on-3 Summer Jam Hoopfest on July 22, Sunshine Days Festival and carnival Sept. 16-17 and the Lighted Farm Implement Parade Dec. 2.

For a list of local lodging accommodations, contact the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce at 509-837-5939.

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