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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.

Koulee Kids Fest offers tons of fun Saturday — with prizes

A child gets a first-rate tour of the inside of a fire truck duing the annual Koulee Kids Fest.
A child gets a first-rate tour of the inside of a fire truck duing the annual Koulee Kids Fest.

Kids, there’s a special day for you this Saturday, June 15.

It’s the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce’s Koulee Kids Fest.

Details and a map are available to help you plan your day, inside this week’s Star newspaper.

A host of prizes will be awarded to some lucky kids.

The grand prize, being awarded by the chamber, is an iPod Touch. Other prizes include a remote controlled Spy Tank, an inflatable boat set, three AquaZookas, four tickets to Ephrata Raceway Park, gift certificates, free ice cream cones, a digital video camera, t-shirts, a sweatshirt and a gift card. Details on the firms providing the prizes can be found inside today’s newspaper.

Here’s all you have to do!

Visit the sites outlined in today’s Star, have someone sign off on your visit, and deposit your entry.

Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith Community Church in Electric City and kids can enjoy a feature-length movie while there.

Good hunting and good luck! See page 8 in The Star.

You can also read on, but the map may be easier to follow on paper, which also offers the entry form.

Koulee Kids Fest Activity list

Geode Break at Funzee’s (bring your own sock)

Pedal Boats at Coulee Playland

Mini Golf at Sunbanks Lake Resort

Geo cache at the Visitor Arrival Center

BB- North Dam Park – Lions Club

Coulee Cruizers Car Show North Dam Park,

kids vote for their favorite car

Sidewalk Chalk Art – in Electric City

(by the post office, city hall in front of Tropical Pig & ECT)

Fire truck at North Dam Park

Disk Golf demonstration at the new

Disc Golf course in North Dam Park

Delight Ice Cream truck, free ice cream

for all kids participating in the event.

Sponsored by Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union

 

Stars indicate place where activities are happening.
Stars indicate place where activities are happening.

 

Are You Tough Enough…

To fish our upcoming derby?

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You’re probably not a real good angler, so just move on. Nothing to see here.

Unless you actually are tough enough for the local chamber of commerce sponsored triple challenge coming up in April.

You read that right: TRIPLE challenge. Meaning you have to catch bass, walleye and rainbow, all in one event, in the first event of the year in eastern Washington.

Bull riding and concert series will feature talent from near and far

 

A series of free concerts is scheduled for North Dam Park and events center this month, starting on Friday, Aug. 17.

And the Wednesday night before that, bull riding fans can get their fix of “beer, burgers and bulls” in a special event at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds.

The rodeo grounds open at 6 p.m., Aug. 15, for what could become a frequent event next year. Bull riding begins at 7 p.m.
Then on Friday night, a local rock group called Mister Meaner will take to the “stage” at the bottom of the grass amphitheater.
The very next evening a cool trio from Spokane, The 45s, will rock your Saturday night with a rockabilly sound. Think “The Stray Cats” and you’ll come to close to hearing this fun band.

The next weekend starts with a Friday night concert by Thirsty Perfect, a Coeur D’Alene, Idaho Christian rock band, sponsored by Faith Commu

 

nity Church. The next night Mister Meaner hopes the word will have spread, and you’ll bring your friends back for a good time.

Labor Day weekend kicks of Aug. 31 with a big-name band in the Pacific Northwest — Jr. Cadillac. Folks who gathered for their concert in the park last year had a great time, and said they wanted more.
Saturday night, Sept. 1, will see another encore from a band that proved popular last year. “33” bills itself as the loudest band in Spokane. By the way, we should do something to welcome back Joe Oliver that night, a band member originally from the coulee.

The series is sponsored by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, which is advertising it across the state and paying for it with the help of tourism tax dollars from Electric City, Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam.