Campfire Ban Partially Lifted At Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Fire frame


As of Oct. 1, 2015, campfires are allowed in established fire rings in campgrounds and day-use areas throughout Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. Charcoal grills are also allowed; however, other forms of open flame, such as tiki torches and lakebed campfires, are still banned.

Regulations require your campfire to be less than three feet in diameter within the established fire ring. Fires must be attended at all times and completely extinguished with water before you go to bed or leave your campsite.

It is also illegal to burn chemically treated wood, painted wood, wood with staples as well as household garbage including plastic and cans.

For more information, check the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area website at

Foos You!

Life-size fun with human foosball.
Life-size fun with human foosball.

Lots of fun set for this weekend’s (9/18-20/2015) Harvest Festival includes human foosball, for those who like to literally get into their games!

Teams of six square off in a life-size foosball court, holding onto the cross bars. Should be a hoot.
The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Harvest Festival will feature a live, human-size foosball competition at Banks Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m ., Saturday, Sept. 19.

It’s a case of humans becoming the pins in a real foosball shootout.

“It’s the newest, and most hilariously fun, addition to our ever-popular Harvest Festival!” the chamber’s website says.

Teams of six can enter the challenge with a registration fee of $30. To register, contact the chamber office, at 633-3074 or register online at the chamber website.

Gameplay rules, sample video and the registration form can be reached here.

The chamber is encouraging people to contact friends and relatives and organize a team for a lot of fun and action on Sept. 19.

And that’s just part of the activities planned. Others include:

• Sumo Wrestling

• Three-Legged Racing

• Pumpkin Decorating

• Bubble Station and

• Water Balloons!

Plus, arts and crafts and food vendors, a sanctioned barbecue competition (tasting available), a quilt show, a community yard sale and a poker run for biker types.

And a beer garden is ready to accept the weary or the waiting!


Native art show in Grand Coulee


An outdoor native American art exhibit and sale is happening this weekend on Midway Ave. across from Coulee Hardware in the parking lot of Body by Dam.

The judged show and market features several artists from across the northwest and a style not often seen.

You may be familiar with the art of coastal tribes with stylized whale images, for example. Or you might readily recognize the art of Southwest tribes, with prominent turquoise and silver.

But this show is called The First Ever Platuea Native Art Exhibit. Entries can win up to $400 for first place.

The event is being coordinated by the Northwest Native Development Fund

Free junior rodeo this weekend, July 18-19.

A tiny rider races the barrel course at the Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo.
A tiny rider races the barrel course at the Ridge Riders Junior Rodeo.

The Ridge Riders’ Junior Rodeo opens at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19 and is free.
With 180 contestants from as far away as British Columbia and Ellensburg (and we saw California plates in contestants’ parking lot) the competition is stiff and the skills on these young cowboys and cowgirls impressive.
The Junior Rodeo involves both boys and girls up to the age of 18.
Young cowboys and cowgirls in several age groups will compete in such events as barrel racing, dummy roping, calf riding, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, chute dogging and steer wrestling.
Top placers will get championship belts, and there will be all-round awards.

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