It’s time for the harvest. The community Harvest Festival, that is.
You can set aside this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for some fun, relaxation, and excitement. It’s the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s 6th Annual Harvest Festival, Sept. 15-17, located at North Dam Park and Banks Lake Park.
There’s a barbecue competition and tasting, a wellness powwow, a motorcycle poker run, human foosball competition, vendor fair, a Run the Dam race, kids’ games, a beer garden that features football games Saturday and Sunday, with a bit of live music added, and a gathering of people who worked on the Third Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam 50 years ago.
Singer-songwriter Bradford Loomis will be performing at the Grand Coulee Library Sept. 12 and will also be talking about the tradition of narrative and storytelling.
“Stories have the unique ability to contextualize a point of view,” Loomis said. “Through them, we are vividly able to imagine ourselves in the shoes of someone else. Listening to a story allows us to access empathy and consideration through our imagination, like a back door to compassion.”
As fall approaches, minds turn to “back to school” time and the area’s big Harvest Festival, Sept. 15-17.
One of the more popular features of the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Festival may be the “Run the Dam” event, which will take place during the fall festival for the second time this year, Saturday, Sept. 16.
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.
Barbecue lovers might want to mark Sept. 16 and 17 on their calendars.
Those are the days you can go to Banks Lake Park and sample barbecue specialties from a host of grillers who are after the grand champion prize of $2,000, the trophy that goes along with it, and bragging rights.