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Events, entertainment, fun stuff scheduled pretty soon.

Flip through our new 2016 visitor guide

The Grand Coulee
The Grand Coulee, itself, graces the cover of our visitors’ guide this year.

When you get to the area, pickup one of our Grand Coulee Dam Area Visitors Guides anywhere for a comprehensive guide to all things in the coulee.
Until you get here, feel free to click on the image above to flip through the digital version of it.

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!

 

Big Fourth of July Festival of America this week

Fireworks on the dam
Fireworks off the top of the dam will be bigger and better this year, chamber of commerce officials, say.

Music, food and fireworks.
Sounds like Festival of America time in the coulee, when patriots can celebrate America Friday and Saturday at the park below the Visitor Center, with a guide to the action inside this issue.
The Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, the organizer of the event, has put together live music, kids activities, a big show in the park, fireworks and more to entertain local residents as well as the thousands of visitors who crowd the park and surrounding areas each year.
Listen to the music of MacDaddy, Tuxedo Junction and the Olson Bros. bands.
Fifty vendors will provide food and product in the park.
An “Inflatable Village,” a romp particularly for the kids, will help to make the time clearly a family time.
New this year is the chamber’s Beer Garden, located on town shop property facing Columbia Avenue, where adults can go for a beverage break and a retreat from the crowd.
All in all, a great experience filled with possibilities for everyone.
And don’t forget the Laser Light Show, kicking off just before the fireworks over Grand Coulee Dam.
All the fun is explained in the special Festival of America section with this week’s Star newspaper.
And by the way, when you see a chamber of commerce member, say “thanks” for the creativity and hard work it takes to put on the festival.

Here’s our online edition of our printed special section:

Kids Fest happens this Saturday

 

Kid-powered boat
Kids power a peddle boat during the 2013 Koulee Kids Fest in the Grand Coulee Dam Area

Kids, mark Saturday, June 20, on your calendars.

That’s the day the 11th Annual Kids Fest occurs in the coulee area.

Start by picking up your passport and map from a variety of places — Saturday Market at North Dam Park, Coulee Hardware or the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center.  It’s your ticket to a day of fun and adventure — and potential prizes.

Bring your passport with six or more stamps on it to the Grand Theatre on Grand Coulee’s Main Street for a performance by juggler-comedian-yoyo man Curtis Carlyle ( a 60-minute performance) with prizes awarded afterward.

During the day, kids can take advantage of many fun things to do, all organized and presented by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ride a pedal boat

Catch a fish from a large fish tank.

Sit inside a real MedStar helicopter.

Tour the inside of a fire truck.

Romp in a bubble station.

Play disc golf.

Create beautiful chalk artwork.

Build your own dam.

Vote for your favorite Coulee Cruizers car.

Play a round of miniature golf.

Get free ice cream and cookie.

And at the end of the day make it to the thrilling Curtis Carlyle performance at 3 p.m. Winners must be present and ages 12 and under to win.

See you Saturday, June 20, for the 11th annual Koulee Kids Fest.

Army Corps to lower water level at Rufus Woods April 11-12

Fishing on Lake Rufus Woods
Anglers ply the waters of Lake Rufus Woods, behind Chief Joseph Dam in this 2010 photo

 

SEATTLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering the reservoir water level upstream of Chief Joseph Dam by 1.5-2.5 feet below normal pool this weekend, but the Seaton’s Grove boat launch will remain open.

Water managers expect that work scheduled for April 11-12, to prepare for a bank stabilization project, will lower Lake Rufus Woods from its normal low-pool level of 950 feet above sea level to a lower elevation between 947.5-948.5 feet.

The project will eventually address erosion problems by placing bank-stabilizing rock armor and native plantings along 700 feet of shoreline on the Columbia River’s northeastern bank downstream of Seaton’s Grove boat ramp.

To prepare the site for construction, the waterline is being lowered this weekend for an inspection of conditions, and to remove vegetation and other obstructions that could impact bank protection integrity.

Water levels are expected to return to normal April 13.

A Corps spokesman said he didn’t know when the actual construction work would take place or how long it would take.

When complete, the structure will provide protection against reservoir erosive forces, the Corps stated in a press release Friday.

The Corps said that throughout the planning process it coordinated with the Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Reclamation, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington Department of Ecology, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.