Oktoberfest, salmon festival
in Leavenworth end of this month
LEAVENWORTH – Central Washington residents are being invited
to make a long weekend of it Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Leavenworth for two fun-filled
and educational events.
The more well known of the two events is Oktoberfest, which
opens to visitors on Friday, Sept. 29. The Bavarian-style village will host
several musical groups, including Die Wossner from Bavaria on Sept. 29-30 and
the group Munchner G’schichten of Munich, Germany the weekends of Oct. 6-7 and
Of course, there will be plenty of beer tasting and culinary
events all three weekends of Oktoberfest.
The weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1 is also the time for the
Wenatchee River Salmon Festival in Leavenworth, hosted this year by the
Leavenworth Fish Hatchery.
Featuring Smithsonian’s “Inspirations from the Forest”—an
exhibit that explores the ways the natural environment inspires those who
create works of art—the festival will also offer such attractions as a Native
American encampment, live raptors, a salmon run, musical entertainment, arts
and crafts booths, a food court and chalk art by local artists. The hatchery
will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Additional information about both the salmon festival and
Oktoberfest is available on-line at:
‘Grape stomp’ returns to G’view Saturday, Sept. 23
GRANDVIEW – The “Great Grandview Grape Stomp,” billed as a
family event, returns to downtown Grandview on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1:30 to
Three-person teams will go toe-to-toe to see who can stomp
the most juice in a three-minute round. Three categories of competition are
being offered—adults, children and corporate. For those interested in
competing, it’s not too late to sign up. At a cost of $20 per team, which
includes limited edition grape stomp t-shirts, registrations are being accepted
through Sept. 18 (509-643-1142).
Those who aren’t ready to get their feet wet stomping grapes
are invited to just come out and watch the competition. There will be games
with prizes set up for children to play during the stomp. Also, AAU basketball
organizers will offer hot dogs, nachos and other goodies for sale that day.
Yakima fair offers new sea lion show
YAKIMA – The Central Washington State Fair is a long way
from the Pacific Ocean, but that isn’t going to bother a group of very friendly
sea lions and their handlers.
Ocean or not, several sea lions will be performing tricks
and entertaining fair-goers every day from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1 as part of a
new attraction called Sea Lion Encounters.
“This sea lion show is very entertaining,” said Grew
Stewart, general manager of the Yakima fair. “It is a show the whole family
will love, and it is educational, too.”
The sea lion show is just one of many different free acts
and attractions at this year’s fair. Other new entertainers include the Let’s
Pretend Circus and Wild West Show, magician Jeff Martin and stilt-walking clown
Tater A. Peal.
Also, this year’s fair will offer a new hands-on science
display in Pioneer Hall. Called Super Science Fun with Physics, the exhibit
includes demonstrations throughout the day and features a number of hands-on
A popular returning attraction will be hypnotist Steve
Bayner. He will perform each day of the fair.
‘Western Week’ at G’view center set for Sept. 25-29
GRANDVIEW – Yee haw! The Grandview Senior Center will
present “Western Week” Sept. 25-29, open to all senior citizens.
The schedule of events include the showing of a John Wayne
movie, including popcorn, on Monday of that week at 12:30 p.m.; senior day at
the Yakima fair on Tuesday; a chuckwagon potluck with stew and bisquits at noon
on Wednesday; cow pie bingo and a BBQ lunch beginning at 10:30 a.m. on
Thursday; and a horseshoe competition and cowboy poetry readings
starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.