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Beer & football at Harvest Fest

Want a place to have a refreshment and possibly watch a little football during the upcoming Harvest Festival, Sept. 15-17?

The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce is providing such a place in its “Beer Garden” at North Dam Park.

The tent will be open Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m .; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m .; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Spend $5 on a possibly winning ticket and you could even win the raffle for the 55-inch TV you are watching. The TV was purchased at cost by the chamber from Loepp Furniture.

Read more about it here.

Human Foosball offered at Harvest Fest

Now you can play foosball with a human twist.

It’s a repeat of a fun adventure held over for a repeat performance from last year’s Harvest Festival.

This year the festival will be held at Banks Lake Park (near North Dam) on Sept. 15-17. The Foosball event will be on Saturday and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until all of the contesting teams have concluded the double-elimination tournament.

Read more about it here.

Look for fireworks at North Dam July 4

Great fireworks off the top of Grand Coulee Dam July 1.

The 2017 Festival of America happened last weekend, but here’s a tip: Locals enjoy a great fireworks show of their own making off the top of North Dam, tonight, July 4. It’s an annual event, kinda crazy but well policed and permitted.

North Dam is what holds up the north end of Banks Lake, and a pretty safe place to hold fireworks. It’s the only place in the city of Grand Coulee where they are allowed, so local people flock to it. Travelers are welcome too, but bring your own chairs and refreshments. This is strictly non-commercial, no vendors selling hot dogs.

To get there, just head south on highway 155 at the junction with 174, where the 76 station is in Grand Coulee, and you’re looking at North Dam.

Annual Independence Day Festival will come early this year

Fireworks on the dam

Check your calendar closely.

This year’s Festival of America is coming Friday and Saturday, June 30 and July 1.

This year’s July 4 Independence Day holiday falls on Tuesday. Chamber of Commerce officials don’t think their annual festival would get good attendance if it were held on a Tuesday, as the work week is split in two.

But there are some real treats to come on the two new dates, the Friday and Saturday just before July 4:

The fireworks over the dam will fire off just after the Laser Light Show Saturday evening, about 10:30 p.m.

In the park below the Visitor Center at Grand Coulee Dam, there’s a full set of music performances both evenings.

Friday, June 30, tenor Joseph Saachi and mezzo-soprano Marija Bonsnar, with Michael Plagerman at the keyboard, will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with the Spokane River Band performing from 7:45 to 9:45.

On Saturday, the 3D Band will kick off the music program, from 4:45 to 6:45, with Jesse Quandt performing from 7:45 to 9:45.

The Beer Garden returns to the Melody Restaurant site.

The park below the Visitor Center will be packed with arts and craft vendors and food stalls.

Remember to mark your calendar for the change of dates.

Watch for The Star’s special section next week.

 

  • by Roger S. Lucas