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Kids and cowboys focus on Father’s Day weekend


Young trapeze artists perform in a Wenatchee Youth Circus 2009 visit to Coulee Dam.
Young trapeze artists perform in a Wenatchee Youth Circus 2009 visit to Coulee Dam.

This weekend is for kids, cowboys and classic car lovers.

Saturday is the 12th annual Koulee Kids Fest, offering a whole range of activities. The chamber of commerce-organized event features, among other things, two performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus.

Those performances will be at 2 and 6 p.m ., at the Lake Roosevelt football stadium.

The youth circus is sponsored by the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union as part of its 75th year celebration. Admission is free and is open to the public.

A bull gains the upper hoof in a 2015 ride at the Cleatis Lacy Bull Ride.
A bull gains the upper hoof in a 2015 ride at the Cleatis Lacy Bull Ride.

Also this weekend, on Friday night, the Ridge Riders are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Ride at the Rodeo Grounds. That event begins at 7 p.m ., and features a $2,500 added purse for bull riders.

The evening also features a wild horse race and mini-bronc riding contest.

The Ridge Riders will have their Pendleton Whiskey and Coors Beer garden, and offer food and treats at its concession booth.

Price for the bull ride is $12; kids 10 and under get in free.

Kids can get started on their special day Saturday by picking up their passports and map at one of the following locations: Coulee Hardware, Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center, or the concession stand at the Lake Roosevelt High School football field.

Things to do include chalk art, getting a look inside a fire engine or the MedStar helicopter, ride a pedal boat at Coulee Playland, do a little face painting, enter a coloring contest and play a round of mini golf at Sunbanks Lake Resort.

Although not officially part of Kids Fest, the Coulee Cruizers are set to offer their annual show and shine of collector cars at Banks Lake Park on Saturday, too.

Checking out cool cars at the Coulee Cruisers' show and shine exhibit at Banks Lake Park.
Checking out cool cars at the Coulee Cruisers’ show and shine exhibit at Banks Lake Park.

When your energy begins to wane, you can get a pick-me-up by getting one of Julie Tillman’s turkey sandwiches at the Lake Roosevelt football field, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m ., while supplies last.

Kids, cowboys, and car lovers, have fun this weekend.

Junior rodeo to top weekend

mutton bustin
A mutton buster holds on for the ride at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds.

Despite the assertions of some, cowboys aren’t hatched, they’re raised with that special drive that makes them think they can tame any beast.

A fun place to watch that unfold is at a junior rodeo, just like the one the local Ridge Riders Saddle Club is putting on this weekend in Delano.

This Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, young folks, ranging in age from  the 5-and-under crowd all the way up to 18, will give it their best, starting at 10 a.m. each day.

At least 70 contestants have already signed up for some 53 events ranging from mutton bustin’ to steer wrestling, bareback riding and barrel racing.

“It should be a great event,” Ridge Rider President George Kohout said.

The winners will get cash prizes and belt buckles, on which the club just spent about $5,000.

Kohout said the club’s cook shack will be open at 10 a.m. each day as well, and ready to serve up a great lunch.

Age categories include 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18 with each category separated into girls’ and boys’ events.

Bullarama and ranch rodeo to offer big time excitement; then laid back show of skill

A bullrider holds on during the 2012 Cleatis Lacey Bullarama in Grand Coulee.
A bullrider holds on during the 2012 Cleatis Lacy Bullarama in Grand Coulee.

Tucked against the great Grand Coulee wall, the Ridge Riders Saddle Club Rodeo grounds probably offers the most picturesque setting for any rodeo arena anywhere.

Couple that with a beer garden and you’ve got yourself a nice setting for a great time.

Ridge Rider activity heats up late this month with two special events at the Rodeo Grounds.

Friday night, June 28, the Ridge Riders present the 2nd Annual Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Riding.

And on Saturday night, June 29, the Ridge Riders present the lone Ranch Rodeo of the year.

The Lacy Bull Riding Memorial event is named after Grand Coulee’s late Cleatis Lacy, a rodeo cowboy and rodeo hand whose career spanned several decades.

The bull riding begins at the Rodeo Grounds at 7 p.m. with concession stands and the beer garden opening at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

Entry fee for bull riding is $75, with an added purse of $1,500.  You can register through Sorrel Katich, 631-4655 or 634-4316.  Katich will supply the stock for the special event.

Saturday night’s ranch rodeo will be an entirely different kind of contest. If you’ve never been to one, know that they’re an interesting and laid-back alternative to mainstream rodeo, with contestants in teams that practice real, modern ranch skills, such as getting that animal to go into that trailer!

The Ranch Rodeo is being organized by Bubba Egbert and teams can register by contacting him at 633-6849 or 631-4200.

Entry fee for the Ranch Bronc Riding is $50, with $1,500 added.

The team part of the Ranch Rodeo has an entry fee of $200 per team.

Teams are made up of three men and one woman and they will compete in such events as team branding, trailer loading and pasture gathering.

Teams can be made up of ranch hands, four individuals who would just like to compete, or any other combination.

Tickets are $8 and action begins at 6 p.m.  The concession stands and beer garden open at 5 p.m.



It’s Colorama week … Join the festival!

This is a big deal, really. It's Colorama! Don't tell me you've never heard of it.
This is a big deal, really. It’s Colorama! Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of it.


The state’s best rodeo, a carnival, rides, market in the park, hometown parade, race (and/0r) walk across Grand Coulee Dam, a beer tent, plus hundreds of miles of undeveloped beaches on crystal clear lakes.

Let’s see what am I forgetting … oh, a TON of fun to be had this week and weekend in the big coulee at Colorama.

Local residents and visitors will be treated to the 56th Annual Colorama Festival celebration, beginning Thursday with the opening of the carnival and ending Saturday evening.

Events include the Ridge Rider Pro-West Rodeo Friday evening and Saturday, the Colorama Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, the vendor fair at North Dam Park, Friday and Saturday; helicopter rides Friday and Saturday, the Paradise Amusement Carnival, Thursday at 3 p.m. and Friday and Saturday; the sale of Colorama buttons and gear; and a beer garden under the tent at the tennis courts at North Dam Park.

A full schedule of Colorama events can be found in today’s special Colorama Festival section.


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.