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Welcome to Adams County Established Nov. 28, 1883 Adams County Courthouse

You’ll LOVE What Adams County has to Offer!

210 W. Broadway Avenue, Ritzville

Adams County Public Services Building

Ritzville’s classic car show

425 E. Main Street, Othello

Adams County Commissioners: Jeff Stevens, Chairman; Roger Hartwig and John Marshall, Commissioners Sandhill Cranes in Othello 2014-2015 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 7

Welcome Whether you are just passing through, looking for a weekend getaway or for place to relocate to, Adams County probably has something for you. If you are just passing through, the confluence of two major freeways (Interstate 90 and US 395) and State Highways 17 and 26 offer many options for traveler’s needs, including a wide variety of food, auto services and lodging. If it is a weekend getaway you have in mind there are a wide variety of events and activities to fulfill your needs. Each spring Othello hosts the famous Sandhill Crane Festival, which attracts visitors from across the country. Ritzville hosts the Ritzville Western Art Show on Memorial Day weekend in its Historic Downtown district. In June Lind hosts the well-known Combine Derby and town celebration. Both Othello and Washtucna celebrate Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebrations. In September the Wheatland Community Fair in held in Ritzville and then the Adams County Fair and PRCA Rodeo in Othello. Throughout the year Car shows are held in Ritzville, Washtucna and Othello. But there are many other activities you can enjoy yourself throughout the year. If you enjoy hiking, the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is a place to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. With many lakes and a variety of fish available, fishing is a popular activity as well as hunting, with the abundance of ducks, geese and upland birds. 8 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

If you are looking to relocate, Adams County and its Cities and Towns have diverse opportunities available. As an agricultural based county with rich and fertile soil, farming, ranching and other agricultural based businesses and processing plants are the main source of income for our residents. A variety of crops is raised in a diverse farming environment, with primarily dryland crops and cattle in the eastern county and irrigated crops in the western section. Our county has a population of a little over 19,000 residents, with its cities and towns ranging in size from 120 to about 7500 people, with an arid climate, ranging from 8 to 12 inches of rainfall annually. Winters are generally short, with some snowfall, and summers are typically long, warm and dry. Most of the county receives over 300 days of sunshine per year. If you are looking to relocate or start a business in Adams County, please contact our Adams County Economic Development Council, the Port of Othello or the Ritzville Public Development Authority. They stand ready to assist you with site locations, and infrastructure development. So check out Adams County, where opportunities to work, play and raise a family are available to anyone of any age. We can be your home county and you can enjoy life to its fullest. Jeff Stevens Chairman Adams County Board of Commissioners

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Welcome by Adams County Commissioner Jeff Stevens...............Page 4 Calendar of Events.......................................................................Page 10-11 Welcome to Lind................................................................................Page 12 Welcome to Othello...........................................................................Page 13 Welcome to Ritzville..........................................................................Page 14 Welcome to Washtucna....................................................................Page 15 Chambers of Commerce...................................................................Page 16 Lodging..............................................................................................Page 18 Agriculture in Adams County...........................................................Page 20 Geocaching in Ritzville.....................................................................Page 22 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge..................................................Page 24 Coulee Corridor.................................................................................Page 25 Ritzville Metal Sculptures.................................................................Page 26 Washtucna Bird Watching................................................................Page 28 Mennonite Country Auction.............................................................Page 30 Lind Combine Demolition Derby......................................................Page 32 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival........................................................Page 34 Palouse Falls......................................................................................Page 37 Adams County Fair in Othello..........................................................Page 38 Wheat Land Communities’ Fair in Ritzville.....................................Page 40 Parks in Adams County....................................................................Page 42 Othello and Ritzville Rodeos............................................................Page 44 Othello, Ritzville and Washtucna Car Shows.................................Page 48 Museums in Lind, Ritzville and Othello...........................................Page 48 Lind Lighted Christmas Parade.......................................................Page 49 4th of July in Othello, Ritzville & Washtucna..................................Page 50 Othello’s Fiesta Amistad...................................................................Page 51 Let’s Eat Dining Guide......................................................................Page 52 Where to Worship at Area Churches...............................................Page 54

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The Cover The cover design for the 2014/2015 Adams County Visitor’s Guide features the fully restored neon sign for the Ritz Theater and the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival. Theater photo by Stephen McFadden. Sandhill Crane photo by David Gluckman. The Team Stephen McFadden.........................Publisher Katelin Davidson......................... News Editor Anita Neilan....................... Customer Service Karen Robinette............................... Graphics Brittani Montrcucco.......................... Graphics John Myers...................................... Graphics Jennifer Saunders....................... Webmaster Don Saunders................................Circulation Adams County Visitors’ Guide This is a publication of The Ritzville Adams County Journal and Free Press Publishing Company. The publication is designed to promote and support tourism and economic development of Adams County and each of its communities. For additional copies or more information, please visit www. or email us at You can call us at 509-659-1020. The content is copyright 2014. Reproduction of any component of this publication requires the expressed written consent of the publisher.

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Calendar June 2014

7 – Sprague Lake Trout Derby and Fisherman’s Breakfast 13-15 – Lind Demolition Derby Extravaganza 14 – Community Yard Sale, Ritzville 28 – Washtucna Classic Auto Show Farmers Market, Saturdays, Pioneer Park, Othello Old Hotel Art Gallery Summer Arts Program for Kids, Othello

July 2014 4 – Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Washtucna 4 – Patriots Day, Othello 4 – Demolition Derby, Othello Rodeo Grounds 12 – Relay For Life of Ritzville 16-17 – All Cities Classic Car Show and Spud Run 25-26 – Heart of the Basin Relay For Life, Othello Farmers Market, Saturdays, Pioneer Park, Othello Old Hotel Art Gallery Summer Arts Program for Kids, Othello

August 2014

2-4 – Keystone Battery Living History weekend, Ritzville 11-12 – American Fiesta Amistad, Lions Park, Othello 28 – Adams County Development Council Golf Tournament, Othello 28-30 – Wheat Land Communities’ Fair 28-29 – Pro-West Rodeo 30 – Ritzville Festivals Parade, Ritzville Main Avenue 30 – Ritzville Gun Club BBQ, Ritzville City Park Farmers Market, Saturdays, Pioneer Park, Othello Old Hotel Art Gallery Summer Arts Program for Kids, Othello

September 2014 6 – East Adams Rural Hospital Health Fair, Ritzville 11 – Demolition Derby, Othello Rodeo Grounds 15-18 – Adams County Fair, Othello 17-18 – Othello PRCA Rodeo 13 – Othello Parade, 10 a.m. East Adams County Healthcare Foundation Wine Tasting & Auction Fall bird migration, Washtucna Farmers Market, Saturdays, Pioneer Park, Othello Ritzville Museums’ Golf Tournament

October 2014 4 – Menno Mennonite Country Auction, Ritzville 18 – Old Hotel Gallery Benefit Auction for the Arts, Othello 19 – Adams County Historical Society annual meeting 28 – Toddler Trick-or-Treat, Ritzville 31 – Community Halloween party, Washtucna fire hall Lind Chamber Dinner and Auction Straw Maze, Othello Farmers Market, Saturdays, Pioneer Park, Othello

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November 2014 1 – Ritzville Festivals Association Penny Auction

of Events

15 – Ritzville Lions Club Turkey Bingo 27 – Turkey Trot, downtown Ritzville, 8:30 a.m. Ritzville Community Theatre production

December 2014 6 – Christmas Kick-Off, Ritzville 6 – AAUW Bazaar, Ritzville 14 – Lind Lighted Christmas Parade Holiday Bazaar & Food Fair, first weekend, Othello Festival of Lights Parade, Main Street, Othello Annual Ralston Grange Christmas Christmas cantata, Othello Christmas Lighting Contest, Ritzville Christmas Lighting Contest, Lind

January 2015 Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Community Awards Reichert’s Showhouse Concert Series, Othello

February 2015 Adams County Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet, American Legion Hall, Ritzville Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, Auction and Community Awards

March 2015

14 – Old Hotel Art Gallery Annual Wine Tasting, Othello 27-29 – Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Palouse Canyon Hike, Washtucna Ritzville Distinguished Young Woman of the Year Othello Theatre Guild, mid-March Unique Dinner at Reichert’s Showhouse

April 2015 Wampum, Wheat Land Communities’ Fairgrounds Ritzville Community Theatre production Gumball Rally, Classic Car Club, Ritzville

May 2015 11 – Lind Alumni Banquet 16 – Ritzville Triathlon 22-24 – Ritzville Alumni Weekend 23 – Ritzville Alumni banquet 23 – Washtucna Alumni banquet 24 – Ritzville Classic Car Club Show, Ritzville City Park 25 – Firemen’s Breakfast, fire hall, Ritzville 25 – Memorial Service, Ritzville Memorial Cemetery 25 – Memorial Service, Pioneer Cemetery, Washtucna Spring bird migration, Washtucna

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The Town of Lind is nestled in the Lind Coulee off of U.S. 395, a peaceful town that finds strength in its community. A host of civic organizations support the town, from providing playground equipment for the local school to hosting a nighttime, Christmas light parade. Its strength is rooted in heritage, surviving drought, war and changes in agriculture for more than 100 years. Lind sprouted on the Northern Pacific Railroad line after the company drilled a well before 1883. The first settlers arrived three years later, and there were only 10 voters in the precinct. Some traveled from 40 miles out, and men and women voted at that time in Washington Territory. An iron sculpture in the Lind Town Park honors the history and traditions of the town, and sits just a Lind Community BBQ always draws a crowd. block away from the still busy railroad. Union Elevator is one of the television programs. Country Music Television recorded the hit longest operating businesses in Lind, single, Derby Blues, by local artist and musician Annie Smart, established in 1908, and is still in business today. The business in Lind at the 2005 derby. works with the largest commodity in the area, wheat, and has The weekend has expanded to a Demolition Derby receiving stations throughout Adams County. Extravaganza, featuring a car derby on Friday night and coaster Today Lind’s economy is still driven by agriculture, car races on Sunday afternoon. but the hamlet is world famous for having a little fun with Expanded seating and a food booth were recently added combines. The annual Combine Demolition Derby is set for to better serve the growing number of spectators. For ticket Saturday, June 14, at the Lions Club Arena. information, call 509-677-3655 or check http://www.lindwa. This unique event attracts thousands and has garnered com. national attention in several major magazines and cable

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Reunions - Birthdays Weddings - Graduations Anniversaries - Memorials Personalized Small Events

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Sandhills Gun & Reloading Sporting Goods Custom Gun Orders Reloading Supplies Online Firearms Sales Historical Armory 2nd Amendment Commemoratives

(509) 677-3536 • (509) 750-7970

Othello The City of Othello is located in the southern portion of Adams County and has grown into the largest community in this rural setting. Like much of Eastern Washington, Othello’s economy relies heavily on agriculture and is currently home to a host of large farms and food processing facilities that raise and handle potatoes, onions, corn and a wide variety of other crops. Othello is the fastest growing community in the county and has developed and improved the majority of its infrastructure to better serve its residents. The list of amenities is constantly growing and already contributes to a

high quality of life. Throughout the city a number of parks provide a comfortable family setting for outdoor activities. The Othello Golf Club features a beautiful nine-hole course on 42 acres with white sand bunkers, paved cart paths and excellent turf conditions. Lions Park features an enormous playground area and a state-of-the-art baseball and softball complex as well as the Othello Aquatic Center. Othello hosts a wide variety of community events including Patriot’s Day in Lions Park on the Fourth of July weekend, the Spud Run in July, Fiesta Amistad in August and the Adams County Fair and Othello

Rodeo in September. The largest crowd pleaser during the past decade is the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival in March. Visitors travel by the thousands to view the cranes in their spring habitat in the Columbia Basin Wildlife Refuge. More information is available at 449 East Cedar, PO Box 542, Othello, WA 99344 or the registration phone at 866-SANDHIL (866-726-3445). But do not forget to visit the Old Hotel Art Gallery and the Othello Community Museum! For more information, contact the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce at 509-488-2683.

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Ritzville Built on the backs of agriculture and the railroad, Ritzville is a standing tribute to the American Farmer. The arrival of Ritzville’s first permanent settlers occurred in 1978 with members of a wagon train. These immigrants are the ones who discovered the area’s destiny to be a strong agricultural community, built predominately around the growing of wheat. The railroad arrived in 1881 and provided Ritzville with access to eastern markets, and accelerated the growth of the wheat and livestock industries in the city. In those days, downtown Ritzville was constantly filled with settlers, cattleman and merchants. A fire destroyed the majority of the business district in 1888, but the city rebuilt and continued to thrive. Ritzville has remained an important agricultural center throughout the 1900s and agricultural remains as the biggest industry within the community today. The convergence of US-395 and I-90 has allowed Ritzville to remain in a prime location in eastern Washington. Around every corner there is an opportunity to learn about the history and heritage that helped Ritzville become the city it is today. Visit vintage buildings, many

Veterans Memorial Children’s Park features a skatepark constructed more than 100 years ago, are predominately located in the National Historic District in downtown. A quick stroll through the neighborhoods and visitors can discover beautiful restored homes from various generations. The historic downtown of Ritzville provides visitors with shopping opportunities, restaurants, museums and historical buildings and tours. The Visitors’ Center in downtown Ritzville has informational packets available for

visitors to pick up and explore the sites of the community. Ritzville provides visitors with the chance to escape the daily grind and maintain the modern conveniences of a variety of restaurants, museums, excellent and homelike lodging, and wonderful walking paths. Ritzville also allows visitors access to the city park, a nine-hole golf course and a familyfriendly water park, during the summer months.


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Washtucna Tucked into the hills off of State Route 26 and State Route 261 is the quiet and friendly town of Washtucna. This town of 260 residents was established in 1903 and is in the heart of wheat country. Washtucna allows travelers the chance to rest from a day of driving to enjoy a community known for its wildlife and area attractions. During those hot summer days, five parks offer plenty of space to slow down and relax under a shade tree. The visitor friendly parks include: Sunflower Park, Snyder Park, Bassett Park, Stark Park and Pioneer Park.

During the summer months, the community swimming pool offers a cool respite. On the last Saturday in June, classic autos, trucks and motorcycles converge in Washtucna for the annual Washtucna Classic Auto Show at the high school football field. If you’re looking to explore the region on foot, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is developing two Columbia Plateau Trail trailheads at Washtucna and Benge. Wildlife, both winged and hoofed, can be seen wandering through the

parks and yards year round. Sightings of deer, raccoons and even wild turkeys are commonplace. Hunting enthusiasts have a chance at big game in the hills surrounding Washtucna. Bird watchers know Washtucna for its appeal to their feathered friends. Bassett Park is a haven to rare species including the Black-Throated Green Warbler. Grab a pair of binoculars and spend a day seeing how many different species are there to be found. For a spectacular view of basalt rock and a magnificent waterfall, take a jaunt down Highway 261 to Palouse Falls State Park and witness the official state waterfall of Washington as it pours over the cliff and rushes through the canyon. A group of students from the Washtucna School District drafted a bill to designate Palouse Falls as the state’s official waterfall, and in March 2014, Governor Jay Inslee traveled to the park to sign the bill into law. Color and chrome are visual highlights during the Washtucna Classic Auto Show.


Espressos • Milkshakes Groceries • WSU Items Antiques & Gifts • Deli Sandwiches Gourmet Hot Dogs • Soft Ice Cream


Just of State Route 26 545 N. Main Street Washtucna (509) 646-3377

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Need a map of the area? Looking for tips on what to see and do? These organizations are the information specialists! Lind Chamber of Commerce The Lind Chamber of Commerce offers financial and physical support to civic projects, from bleachers for the Combine Derby to the school’s Fun Fair. The chamber sponsors a scholarship program, an annual meeting and auction, the Lind Combine Derby Parade, the Lind Christmas Parade and a lighting contest. Using funds garnered at the annual meeting and auction, the chamber has provided funds to the senior center, Adams County Historical Society, Lind Lions Club, Lind Ambulance Association, fire department, high school classes, high school yearbook, Coaster Car races as well as savings bonds for 4-H and FFA members. Business ownership is not required for membership. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Contact the chamber at PO Box 561, Lind, WA 99341; email at; or leave a message at 509-677-3655.

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Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce

Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Center

The Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce promotes business and tourism, and is a member of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “to advocate, promote and facilitate the success of Hispanic business.” In past years, the chamber sponsored events that have now become their own entities. The Sandhill Crane Festival is one of the first prodigies, and the American Fiesta Amistad branched off a few years ago. SunFaire, the business banquet, offers a new teachers’ breakfast and golf night, all sponsored by the Chamber. The chamber office is in the Old Hotel Art Gallery at 33 East Larch. For more information, visit the website at http://www., send email to, mail to PO Box 2813, Othello, WA 99344 or call 509-488-2683.

The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce at 111 West Main Avenue serves as the office and as a Visitors’ Bureau. Events sponsored by the chamber include a banquet and silent auction, Toddler Trick-Or-Treat, holiday lighting contest, a holiday children’s movie and the American Flag Presentation Program. The chamber participates in or supports the Ritzville Distinguished Young Woman of the Year program, Peace by Piece Quilt Guild quilt show, the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair, Ritzville Festivals Association Fair Parade and the Ritzville Small Town Cache Cow. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at noon, rotating between member eating establishments. Contact the chamber at PO Box 122, Ritzville, WA 99169, email, visit the website at http://visitritzville. com or call 509-659-1936 for more information.

Lind! Come Visit


...................................................June 13, 6 p.m.

KID’S PARADE: ............................................June 14, 10:45 a.m.

GRAND PARADE: ................................................. June 14, 11 a.m.


Lind Centennial Sculpture by David Govedare. Lind celebrated its centennial in 1988

......................................June 14, After Parades

COMBINE DEMOLITION DERBY: ...................................................June 14, 3 p.m.

SOAP BOX CAR RACES: ...................................................June 15, 2 p.m.

CHAMBER AUCTION: Annual Lighted Parade

............................................. October 2014 TBA

CHRISTMAS LIGHTED PARADE: ..........................................December 14, 2 p.m.

Soap Box Car Races

Grand Parade ever June

County Museum - in progress

Tasty Community BBQ

Visit us at Lind Chamber of Commerce: P.O. Box 561, Lind, WA 99341-0561 • 509-677-3655

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Best Western Othello Inn: 1020 East Cedar Street, Othello. 877-722-3422.

Colwell Motor Inn: 501 West First Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-1620.

Best Western Plus Bronco Inn: 105 West Galbreath Way, Ritzville. 509-659-5000.

Eagle Lakes Ranch: 903 Eagle Road, Othello. 509-488-4484.

Cabana Motel: 665 East Windsor Street, Othello. 509-488-2605.

Empire Motel: 101 West First Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-1030.

Cedars Inn: 1513 Smitty’s Boulevard, Ritzville. 509-659-1007.

MarDon Resort on Potholes Reservoir: 8198 Hwy 262 East, Othello. 509-346-2651.

Cimaron 5 Inc.: 1490 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-9619.

Top Hat Motel: 210 East First Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-1100.

Ritzville Guest House: 205 West Third, Ritzville. 509-659-0472.


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Fountain Beverages • Coffee House Freezers Ice • ATM • Washington Lottery • Snacks Hot Dogs & Burritos • Leanin’ Tree Cards

1507 S. Bauman Road • Ritzville I-90 at Exit 221 • (509) 659-0443

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Agriculture Canola in bloom along Cunningham Road East of Othello.

More than 60 crops raised locally Upon entering Adams County, it is common for visitors to see signage saying, “Welcome to Wheat Country.” Wheat fields spread as far as the eye can see, and the dryland serves as an excellent climate and soil for the growing of wheat. Wheat is most common crop grown in the region, but other crops such as potatoes and onions, spot the hillsides and add variety to the golden landscape. Wheat began being raised in 1880 by a farmer named James G. Bennett, just outside of Ritzville. Bennett realized that the volcanic soil of the area provided the needed nutrients for a successful crop, and wheat is one of the only crops that can be raised with irrigation. The initial success of Bennett made other settlers anxious to plant wheat and suddenly the area was transformed into the wheat country that it is today. Before too long, wheat farmers discovered the region was too dry to continually harvest each year and allowed their fields to lie fallow every other year. By doing this, it conserves soil 20 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

moisture and allows farmers to produce the greatest crop possible. This practice is still being used by Adams County farmers today. In the Othello area, the ample supply of water allows farmers the chance to produce 60 types of crops in the area and have the largest crop variety in the county. In Othello, the potatoes grown supply the nation with about 10 percent of the French fries made and consumed in America each year. Other crops that Othello is fortunate to raise with the water and favorable climate include asparagus, peppermint, spearmint, triticale, alfalfa hay, cattle, canola, barley, corn, grass hay, peas, Granny Smith and gala apples. In 1997, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began in Adams County because high wind rates carried small particles into the air, creating a health hazard. PM-10 soils are soil particles smaller than 10 microns and become airborne with extreme wind. CRP land allows the landscape to

return to its original form and vegetation to grow which helps prevent soil to become airborne. Farmers who sell their land to CRP remain responsible for the upkeep of the land and maintaining the natural landscape. During harvest season, typically occurring at the end of July until early October, the interstates serve as the best way of travel between fields. Tourists can use this opportunity to see the sheer size and mechanical complexity of the harvest equipment in the area. The average size of a farm in Adams County is 1,488 acres and around 70 percent of these farms are owned and operated by family. Farmers today are typically fourth generation family farmers, living on the same land that their ancestors settled on many years ago. In Adams County, the estimated acreage for wheat harvested for grain, is 302,166 acres. Vegetables serve as the next largest crop produced in the county with 9,358 acres being harvested each year.

Full Service Restaurant Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner All Day! Banquet Room• Beer & Wine Large Groups Welcome Diverse Menu Selection Featuring: Smokehouse Specialties: Beef, Chicken & Pork. Succulent Steaks, Juicy Burgers, Homestyle Classics, Pasta, Hearty Sandwiches, Refreshing Salads and Delicious Desserts 1604 S. Smitty’s Blvd. • Just off Interstate 90 at Exit 221 Next to Cedars Inn • Open 7 Days a Week 2014-2015 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 21

Geocaching tops Ritzville’s Memorial Day weekend events The Memorial Day weekend in Ritzville is a busy time, and with the growing popularity of geocaching, the Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the second annual Ritzville Small Town Cache Cow Event. Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt and its popularity is growing at a rapid rate. Geocachers rely on GPS to help them locate caches that are hidden throughout the city and the countryside, and caches can be found in the Ritzville area year-round. During the Memorial Day weekend activities, special caches are hidden specifically for the Ritzville Small Town Cache Cow Event. First time or experience cachers are encouraged to participate and the event is fun for all ages.

The contest allows visitors with an opportunity to travel around the local area on a scavenger hunt by finding local caches. The contest allows participants to earn prizes and provides entertainment for those joining in the event. Participants meet at the Ritzville Public Library on Saturday, May 24, at 9 a.m. The event begins with a meet and greet, and individuals have an opportunity to sign in for the Ritzville Small Town Cache Cow Event. At the starting point, there is also a trackable table drop off and then the geocache bingo begins. Immediately following the event, an optional cache-hunting contest is offered for any of those individuals who are interested. At the optional hunt, participants

have the contest rules explained and receive an entry form. Those individuals are then challenged with the task of finding all of the caches and being the first to return to the library with the completed entry form. The first 50 cachers to return with completed forms are awarded a 2014 Ritzville Cache Cow event pathtag. From 2-8 p.m., event coordinators keep a variety of geocache activities going at the library and in the surrounding area. The activities include bingo, geocache container contest, and food vendors and geocache vendors are on site. After the daytime activities are complete, the event coordinators will explain the details of the night cache offered through the daylong event.

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Showcasing Washington (products) Bulk Foods • Grains • Flours • Mercantile •Gifts Full Line of Candies

— Liquor Store — — Local Beers & Wines — Open Daily in DOwntOwn Ritzville

213 W. Main Ave., Ritzville, WA • Phone: (509) 659-0346

The Ritzville Downtown Development Association’s latest project is this newly-renovated theater. The digital conversion and surround sound system enables the theater to show new Hollywood releases along with movies on blu-ray. The theater is available for big screen gaming, private parties, seminars, meetings and sporting events. Live entertainment is planned monthly to appear on the new stage with adult refeshments available. RDDA is a non-profit organization and thanks everyone for their generous donations and support.


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Refuge provides habitat, recreation in arid country Formed by fire, ice, floods and volcanic tempest, carved Each year, the refuge hosts two special events to honor by periods of extreme violence of natural forces, Columbia the wildlife and the birds that can be found inside of the National Wildlife Refuge lies in the middle of the Drumheller refuge. During the second Saturday in May, the refuge honors Channeled Scablands of central Washington. International Migratory Bird Day to help raise awareness The area reveals a rich geologic history highlighted by and provide conservation of migratory birds. On this day, the periods of dramatic activity creating a scenic mixture of group hosts special bird watching tours at the refuge. rugged cliffs, canyons, lakes and sagebrush grasslands. For one week in the autumn, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife The Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is a 29,596-acre Department hosts the National Wildlife Refuge Week. habitat within the Columbia Basin of east-central Washington During this week, the refuge provides visitors with a sunset that encompasses four counties, mostly situated along Crab tour of the park and the wildlife. Creek between Potholes Reservoir and the Columbia River. The Columbia Refuge is open from 5 a.m. until a half an The Refuge is ideal for migrating hour after sunset but and wintering waterfowl. certain areas are offAn average population of more limits during the fall and than 100,000 ducks and Canada winter to preserve the geese winter in the refuge. Nesters migratory birds’ habitat. The best viewing times include some mallards, redheads for wildlife are early in and cinnamon teal, with various the morning or before song, water, marsh and shorebirds. sunset, since these are Scenic and recreational the times animals are opportunities abound for visitors, more active. ranging from fishing and hunting Another trick for to observing wildlife and learning spotting wildlife is going about geology. to the areas where two Fishing is the top activity in habitats meet, since refuge lakes, with some spring and animals are attracted to fall trout fishing and good warm Bird watching is popular in CNWR the area for the variety water bass, bluegill, whitefish and Photo courtesy of Columbia National Wildlife Refuge of food and shelter. walleye. Only hook and line fishing is permitted and swimming is Staying in the vehicle prohibited. also allows visitors to catch more glimpses of animals as the Visitors must check specific hunting regulations before majority of wildlife has become acclimated to vehicles. hunting waterfowl, upland birds, deer or rabbits. This There are three interpretive walking paths in the refuge, information can found at most parking areas in the refuge or at the Frog Lake Trail, Marsh Loop and Crab Creek Trail. The the refuge office. Frog Lake Trail is three miles long with a 200 foot elevation Ducks, geese, upland birds and deer may be hunted only change, and in the drier shrub-steppe area of the park. The during the general waterfowl season. Shotgun or bow and Marsh Loop trail is 1.8 miles long with little elevation change arrow are the only weapons allowed. and travels through the wetlands portion of the refuge. Crab The preferred “hunting” is to bring a pair of binoculars Creek Trail is one mile long and is recommended for bird and a camera to capture the beauty of the resident wildlife. watchers. The refuge provides excellent wildlife viewing, especially Unstaffed kiosks dot the refuge, providing information during the spring and summer when most of the refuge is open about the Drumheller Channels, waterfowl and Columbia to the public. Basin Irrigation Project history. Red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, great-horned owls, A refuge map is available at most parking areas or by barn owls and a few ravens nest in crooks and crannies found contacting the refuge office for more information at 735 East in the basalt cliffs, and share space with cliff swallows. Main Street, Othello, WA 99344 or call 509- 488-2668. 24 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

Coulee Corridor

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Othello is the gateway to this scenic byway

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Sculptures Ritzville’s metal art worth a drive through town Among the artistic and traditional aspects of Ritzville are the 12 lifesize metal sculptures that are located throughout the city. In 2007, the Ritzville Downtown Development Association, in partnership with the City of Ritzville, launched a new project to commission one new metal sculpture each year. The sculptures are intended to have historical connection to the city, its forefathers and the agricultural industry that surrounds the city. A recent sculpture commissioned by the RDDA, was unveiled on Memorial Day weekend in 2011. The sculpture pays tribute to Ritzville’s automotive history. It is located at the intersection of Main Avenue and Washington Street, built next to the wall of the business that used to serve as the automotive dealership. The first sculpture was unveiled on Main Avenue in 2007 and features local photographer Albert “Bert” Kendrick standing behind a tripod, setting up the perfect photograph. He captured the life and history of Ritzville through the lens for nearly 40 years. The 2008 addition to the public art project was a metal sculpture of Dr. Frank R. Burroughs, the city’s most prominent physician who delivered hundreds of babies during his 37 years of practice in Ritzville. The sculpture is situated on the front lawn of the doctor’s home, which now serves as a museum, at 408 West Main Avenue. A second sculpture that was commissioned by the Wagon Train Descendants’ Association, sits on the front lawn of the Ritzville Public Library at 302 West Main Avenue. The sculpture is of local contractor, Shontz Schuler, and the infamous 26 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

concrete blocks he favored surround the location. Local artisan Sherryl Evans, great-granddaughter of Schuler, designed the sculpture while her husband, Vince, did the metal work. In 2010, a sculpture that pays tribute to Sharon Tison, a long-time member of the Ritzville City Council, dedicated businesswoman, staunch supporter of the community and advocate of area youth, was unveiled on Railroad Avenue. On June 25, 2011, an eagle sculpture was created and mounted outside the lodge of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie No. 2739 on Washington Street. The statue has been dedicated to former Eagles president, Klay McCrady, who passed away in October of 2010 in a rollover accident. The commemoration ceremony honored all of McCrady’s achievements and his dedication to the community. The original metal work includes the sculptures that welcome visitors to

town and border the local golf course. Jake Harder, a local rancher, created the Cowboy in 1988. The Cowboy represents the early settlers that came to Adams County and the English cattlemen who lived in Ritzville are early as 1876. The Pioneer Woman, designed by Sherryl Evans and constructed by her husband Vince in 1992, stands proudly and helps commemorate all of the pioneer women who helped settle Adams County. In 1988, Lamar Thiel built the Plow Boy sculpture. In a county that thrives on agriculture and farming traditions, the Plow Boy represents those farmers who cleared and cultivated the land that has allowed Ritzville to become wheat country. Continued on Page 27

Sculptures have historical links to Ritzville Thiel also constructed the Bronco that serves as the mascot for the Lind/Ritzville High School. The sculpture was built in 1988 and still resides on the front lawn of the high school on Wellsandt Avenue. The Wagon Train Descendants’ Association donated a Wagon Train sculpture to the City of Ritzville in 1988 and it sits on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Adams Street. The sculpture is a scaled replica of the wagon train and celebrates the 17 Volga German families who settled Ritzville in 1883. In 2005, the Wagon Train Descendants’ Association also donated a sculpture of Philip Ritz, the namesake of Ritzville.

The Evans’ created the sculpture and it now stands on the corner of Washington Street and Main Avenue. A golfing sculpture in honor of Dorothy Danekas can be found on the golf course at the first tee. Danekas passed away in December of 2009 and her son, Kirk, had a sculpture built in memory of her, her passion for golf and her commitment to the Ritzville community. The most recent addition in 2012 is the installation of “On The Scene,” a memorial statue located at the Ritzville Fire Department to honor the firemen

who have dedicated their lives to protecting the local community. Created by local volunteer fireman Dennis Sackmann, the statue stands at the corner of Adams Street and Fire Avenue next to the flagpole. Local artisans have also added their own creativity and artwork to the streets of Ritzville. For those visitors traveling down Adams Street, you can catch a glimpse of the metal sculptures that are out for a bike ride and mowing the lawn. Artist Terri Cody has created the statues and has them near the sidewalk next to her home. Throughout the year, and many in the spring months, the outfits of the sculptures change ever so slightly to match the current season. Visitors are encouraged to take the “Heavy Metal Tour” around town as it serves as a history lesson and an enjoyable stroll down the streets of Ritzville.


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Washtucna’s Feathered Friends Ornithologists flock to rural community A gentle breeze rustles through towering trees, whispering of all that lives in the park. Birds twitter and flit through the trees as sunshine filters through the branches to cast lazy shadows in Washtucna’s Bassett Park.

with feeders and natural food sources from one end to the other. The tiny creek meandering through the park is a thirst quencher and water park for the feathered ones. A relaxed walk through the park

Photo Courtesy of Lily Ann Plumb

A Western Tanager Washtucna’s reputation as a birder’s paradise continues to grow in the ornithological community. In April 2009, volunteers and area enthusiasts completed an informational kiosk in the park that features full-color photographs of area birds and information about the winged visitors. The park is a bird smorgasbord, 28 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

provides opportunities galore to spot all kinds of birds. Bassett Park is one of the best birding locations during migration in Adams County, according to a former manager of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. A concrete bench placed next to the creek on Spring Avenue offers prime bird watching near the old trees by the

swimming pool. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Central Basin Audubon Society chapter organized installation of the bench, which is dedicated to Patrick Sullivan, an avid birdwatcher from western Washington who ‘discovered’ the now-famous hot spot for spring and fall migrating birds. He discovered a very rare Philadelphia vireo and other rarities such as an indigo bunting, broad-winged hawk, American redstart, red-eyed vireo, ferruginous hawk and gray flycatcher in the park. A few years ago, the elusive Blackthroated Green Warbler stopped by the park for a visit. That marks the warbler’s third appearance in Washington state. Washtucna is known for flycatchers, with people traveling from all over the state and abroad in the fall for the flycatchers. The willow, dusky, western, wood-pewee, pacific-slope and Hammond’s flycatcher are normally found in all habitats. Try your luck by heading down Main Street to Spring Avenue. Turn at the directional “Park” sign and park your vehicle. Notice a small patch of willow trees and the swimming pool area. Piped spring water furnishes moisture to a patch of blackberry vines and the trees, providing chances to see warblers, kinglets, as well as Cassin’s, warbling and red-eyed vireo. Continued on Page 30


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Country Auction Mennonite events features Amish quilts, handcrafted items and German cuisine Every year on the first Saturday in October, the Menno Mennonite Church west of Ritzville holds its annual country auction and relief sale to support programs of the Mennonite Central Committee in relief charity work worldwide. More than 2,400 people flock to the event to witness onsite demonstrations and have a taste of genuine German cuisine. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking for cars, buses and recreational vehicles is also available. The 2014 auction is set for Oct. 4, and features a full day of activities beginning with a 7 a.m. breakfast. Booth sales open at 10 a.m., a children’s auction starts at 11 a.m. and the main auction is set for noon. Food booths include a variety of homemade items from green bean soup, kraut runzas, homemade pies, homemade ice cream, burgers, smoked sausage, apple cider, yeast breads, New Year cookies, African groundnut stew and other German treats. Craft booths offer homemade articles ranging from the home to baby items, seasonal decorations, collectibles and more.

On site demonstrations showcase quilting, a traditional Mennonite craft, as well as wheat weaving, apples being pressed into fresh cider, apple butter cooked in a large copper kettle over an open fire, antique stone mill grinding of flour and more. Several fine Mennonite and Amish-made quilts are displayed prior to the noon auction and then sold during the auction. Also offered are a variety of wall hangings, tied comforters and afghans. Handcrafted wooden items and other antique items also are on the auction block. The annual Menno sale is just one of several Mennonite relief sales held across the country and in Canada. MCC works among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disasters. They send people, food and material goods to communities recovering from war and natural disasters. The event is located on the church grounds about 20 miles west of Ritzville. From Ritzville drive west on Interstate 90 to Exit 206. Follow the signs to the site at 1378 N. Damon Road. More information is available online at http://

Birds: Several species visit Washtucna annually Continued from Page 28 On the hillside behind the pool is a patch of Russian olive trees and up a bit further is another patch of blackberry vines. During migration, rubycrowned and golden-crowned kinglet, Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Yellow, yellowrumped, MacGillivray’s and orangecrowned warblers are content among the Russian olives, willows and large trees. Find California quail, varied thrush during the winter and migration, hermit thrush, white-crowned sparrow, dark-eyed junco, western tanager and bullock’s oriole in that patch of Russian olives. Red-tailed hawks nest in the tall trees and caution is advisable. 30 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

Dense grasses from spring water running down the steep side hill attract chipping, Lincoln’s and Savannah sparrows. A large patch of blackberry vines located at the top of the first steppe attracts gray catbirds, annual visitors. Bluebirds and lazuli buntings stop here during migration. Riparian plantings and vegetation management during the last year helped to enhance bird habitats in and around Bassett Park. The town planted a total of 30 plants at the municipal water reservoir and in the park for the feathered visitors to Washtucna. A water system, which includes a drip line to irrigate the new plants, was also installed.

Funding was provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, including the entrance sign at the intersection of Main Street and Spring Avenue and the informational kiosk near the pool. At the other end of the park, walk on Park Avenue to a large patch of blackberry vines and a row of trees. Water runs through the vines from the town’s water source. Warblers, flycatchers, sparrows and kinglets hunker down in this out-of-thewind habitat. The bird watching doesn’t dwindle here. Golden-crowned sparrows, yellowrumped and orange-crowned warblers, house and gold finches winter over here.

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Getting up on two wheels is common when two combines collide


Lind’s Combine Demolition Derby full of hard hits and busted metal For the majority of the year, farm equipment sits quietly on the farms, only to be used during harvest season for a couple months out of the year. But in small town of Lind, the old combines are fired up and taken into competition in the Lind Lions Club Arena. The Lind Combine Demolition Derby began with an idea that created a legendary event that brings people from all over the state. The event occurs the first full weekend of June, and the 2014 derby marks the 27th anniversary of the well-known event. The Lind community prides itself with the accomplishment of creating such a successful event, and all those individuals who have helped make the idea a reality are going to be honored at the derby. During the June 13-15 derby, around 5,000 spectators pack into the 32 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

town of less than 400 people to enjoy the spectacle. All combines in the derby must be at least 25 years old and cannot be useable in the wheat fields. Safety precautions must be taken by each group to help protect the drivers. Generally, there are about 12 combines that compete in the event, but with the anniversary event, there is expected to be the largest turn out with around 25 combines. The massive combines are decorated to the theme of the team and range from names like the Pink Pig, Tator Salad and the Silver Bullet. The Lind derby also allows well-known local representatives, like Senator Mark Schoesler, to compete and mingle at the derby event. But the combine demolition derby has gained attention way beyond the

local communities. By 2005, Sunset Magazine and Country Music Television were just two of the media outlets that gained recognition for this rural event. A local artist and musician, with the help of other community members, even composed and sang a song titled, “Derby Blues,” for the CMT piece. Festivities begin on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the car demolition derby time trials, immediately followed by the car demolition derby as 6:30 p.m. And there is no rest for the weary because at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, local youngsters parade down Main Street showing off their floats and/or outfits. The grand parade starts at 11 a.m. after the kiddie parade has concluded. A barbeque is hosted by the Lind Lions Club in the Lind City Park at noon on Saturday.

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After a morning of relaxation, the combines kick into action and the demolition begins. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the combines enter the arena for the first time amidst the cheers of spectators. In between heats of the derby action, grain truck and pickup races provide the intermission entertainment, as does the beer garden located under a portion of the bleachers.

Drivers at the event are awarded first through third prize for placing in the event and the top competitor goes home with the championship trophy. Cash awards are also distributed to the best decorated combines in the event. But the excitement and fun is not over yet because on Sunday at 2 p.m., local youth fly down the side of Smart Hill on E Street in adrenaline pumping Coaster Car races. The races provide a

fun way for the younger generation to participate in the legendary event. Car derby tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Combine derby tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Recreational vehicle parking is $25 per RV (not including derby tickets). For information, call (509) 677-3655 or visit the website at http://www.lindwa. com.


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Sandhill Cranes!

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Migrating sandhill cranes attract plenty of attention in Othello

Festival celebrates annual migration For those visitors looking for an interesting and family friendly weekend trip, visit Othello at the end of March. In 2014, the Sandhill Crane Festival kicks off on March 27-29. Visitors witness thousands of migrating Sandhill cranes swoop in during their trek between Alaska and the wintering grounds in California. The festival takes always takes place during the last full weekend in March and provides three days filled with educational experiences and entertaining activities. Each day provides visitors with the opportunity to go on tours or attend other events related to the migration. The specialty tours, which sell out relatively 34 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

quickly, include Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes area wildlife tour, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands geology tour, Lower Grand Coulee birding tour and Wahluke Slope/ Shrub Steppe birding tour. Friday’s events generally start around 11 a.m. and end with a crane viewing trip at sunset. Saturday’s tours start as early as 7 a.m. and have tours and lectures continually throughout the day until 9:30 p.m. Sunday starts early but all tours and lectures conclude around 4 p.m. Every day provides the same tours, but Saturday and Sunday offer much more variety. Tours range from $1050 per person. Lectures are free with

entrance into the festival. The tours are typically geared towards the migrating cranes, but visitors can take the chance to go to wind turbine wilds or take bike rides through the countryside with tour guides. There is something for everyone, including banquets and art competitions. Saturday night of the festival, a silent auction and dinner banquet top the festivities at the Othello High School and allow visitors the chance to kick back and eat a delicious meal. The banquet is catered by a local business and typically provides a traditional beef and potatoes dinner. Continued on Page 36

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Photo courtesy of Luann Morgan

Sandhill cranes stand watch in an open field just outside of Othello.

Sandhill Cranes: As many as 25,000 spend spring in Othello The festival goes beyond a wildlife viewing experience as lectures that vary in topics for all age groups. Former lecture topics have included falconry, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands, Woodland Park Zoo, Owls of Eastern Washington and Spring Migration in the Columbia Basin. As many as 25,000 Sandhill cranes spend the spring in the 24,000-acre refuge before flying to their breeding grounds north of Washington. For as long as six- to eight-weeks, the birds feed in the fields and grasslands of the refuge to stock up on protein for a healthy nesting cycle. These birds and their spring layover sparked a community festival – the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival – in 1998, which was sponsored by the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the refuge. A full roster of events and information about guest speakers, art contest and description of events is available online at in July. Through financial support by the City of Othello using tourism development funds and logistic support from the Othello School District and Othello Community Schools, more than 500 volunteers contribute to the success of the festival. The festival coordinates with the school district to use the buses, drivers and gym, so the festival date is based on the school calendar. While watching for the cranes, keep your eyes peeled for long-billed curlews and flocks of Canada geese numbering up 36 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

to 32,000 in a field. Crane viewing tours takes visitors through some of the best wildlife viewing areas near Othello, with an experienced wildlife guide and a local agricultural expert to describe native vegetation, water, farming and why the cranes and other wildlife choose to visit here. Other events surrounding the festival include a firefighter’s spaghetti dinner on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. and the Othello Rotary Club serves breakfast on Saturday morning. The Old Hotel Art Gallery is sponsoring an all-day art show on Saturday, but all entries must be in before the event begins. On Saturday, children enjoy the chance to work with origami, a variety of crafts, painting projects and even mask making is available. All of the activities are free for children with adult paid admission to the festival. Among the other events for families are the migration game provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, an insect display for children and 4-H demonstrations. All of these events take place during the daytime on Saturday. Contact the Sandhill Crane Festival at 170 North Broadway, PO Box 542, Othello, WA 99344, registration phone 866-SANDHIL (866-726-3445) or by sending an e-mail Marie Lotz at for more information about the festival, including the event’s partners, accommodations, driving directions, evaluation forms, poster artwork and art contest rules.

Palouse Falls

Official waterfall of Washington

In the spring of 2014, Governor Jay Inslee traveled it passed the Senate with a 46-3 vote on March 4. At the to Palouse Falls State Park to sign House Bill 2119, request of the Washtucna School District staff and students, Gov. Inslee agreed to travel to Palouse Falls on Tuesday, March which designated Palouse Falls as the official waterfall of 18, to sign the bill in front of the falls. Washington. The bill had been drafted and submitted by The 105-acre camping park students from the Washtucna provides beautiful scenery and School District. Palouse Falls State Park an enjoyable environment for is located 17 miles from visitors. Washtucna, and with the close The Palouse Falls State proximity of the magnificent Park features a 198-foot-high waterfall, students were waterfall, which is spectacular motivated to draft a bill to make in the spring and summer Palouse Falls the state’s official months. The park is also known waterfall. for the beauty in winter when It started as a civic project rainfall creates the falls to “spill in the classrooms of Washtucna over” and cause moments of teachers, Janet Camp and Amy wonder about the true beauty of Whipple. Together the two nature. teachers presented the students The canyon beneath the in the third through sixth grades falls is about 377 feet deep with the challenge of creating and the drop off exposes the a unique project. The students geologic wonders of the area. unanimously decided to work The falls and canyon serve towards making Palouse Falls as an important feature of the the state waterfall. Channeled Scablands that have The teachers reached out been created by the Missoula to Representative Joe Schmick, Floods. who traveled to Washtucna A paved trail above the falls to assist the students with provides visitors an easy hike to drafting the bill and described see the amazing spectacle and the process the bill would still allows breathtaking views take before it became law. of the Palouse Falls. For those Sponsored by Schmick and visitors that either want to hike two other representatives, the more, or see the falls a little bill initially went to the House closer, paved or dirt trails weave Committee on Government around the whole park. Operations and Elections The park is open from 6:30 where it was passed out with a.m. to dusk during the summer Photo courtesy of Michelle Plumb a unanimous do-pass motion and 8 a.m. until dusk during Palouse Falls, 17 miles from Washtucna following the testimony of six the winter months. For more Washtucna School District information about the Palouse students on Jan. 29. Falls State Park, visit the Washington State Parks website at The House passed the bill unanimously on Feb. 12 before or call 360-902-8844. 2014-2015 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 37

Adams County Fair

The Adams County Fair provides visitors the opportunity to watch local students display their animals and exhibits, visit food vendors with elephant ears, cotton candy and spoon tacos, witness a live demolition derby, cheer on PRCA rodeo competitors and go on carnival rides. The grounds and barns open at 8 a.m. every day, Sep. 10­­-13, with this

Robin and Livestock Auction. FFA members compete in state career development events while horse performance classes, equestrian events and a scarecrow contest offer something for everyone. Kid’s tractor pulls begin the daily events and carnival thrills top this year’s roster of activities. The entertainment scheduled for this year is Toby Black

year’s title “Sew It, Grow It, Show It.” Watch as area youth enter the livestock arena for sheep, swine, rabbit and beef market classes as well as horse, goat and dairy fitting and showing. Livestock exhibitors complete their performance at the fair with the Round

Rockin’ B Cloggers, Penelope The Clown, and Predators of the Heart, which are wild animal encounters. The N.W. Chapter of American Chuck Wagons is hosting a Dutch oven cook-off on Sep. 10-13. Tasting of the delicious food begins at 5 p.m. on both

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days. Live musical entertainment on the main stage and Pepsi stage fills the grounds with music, comedy and performance acts. Local Othello band, Stuff Like That, is also planning to perform during the fair this year. Stuff Like That is fourpiece, classic rock band that focuses songs based around the genres of county and blues. Ticket prices for the fair at $5 for adults, and $3 for senior citizens as well as children from age 7-11. Children six years old and younger are admitted free. On Wednesday, Sep. 11, admission is two for the price of one. An updated schedule of entertainment and livestock events is available online at http:// www.adamscountyfair. org. On Wednesday night, the Othello Rodeo Arena roars to life with a demolition derby. The gates open at 3 p.m. for time trials at 6:30 p.m. Rounding out the week of activities is the traditional Othello Fair and Rodeo Parade in downtown Othello at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For general information about the fair, contact the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce at 509-488-2683.


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Wheat Land Communities’ Fair The annual Wheat Land Communities’ Fair provides community members from across Eastern Adams County to participate in various agricultural activities on Labor Day weekend. The Ritzville Rodeo is also held in coordination of the annual fair. The fair lasts for four day and features local youth exhibitors, live entertainment, gripping rodeo entertainment and an endless amount of

order of the Saturday livestock auction. Friday events continue to center around livestock as fitting and showing contests take place along with the 4-H/ FFA-horse show. The exhibitors have worked with their livestock all year to insure they are the highest quality and marketable. Friday evening marks the start of the Pro-West Rodeo competition in the Ritzville Rodeo Arena. Saturday morning

traditional, tasty fair food on Aug. 28-30. The first days are spent with youth participants competing in classes to have the best animal of the species at the fair. The classes serve as a method for organizing the quality of animals for the

activities begin early at the fairgrounds with a horse judging contest followed by 4-H and FFA livestock judging. In the heart of Ritzville, the Ritzville Festivals Association and Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce continues the

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traditional Ritzville Community Parade with a variety of floats and other entries on Main Avenue in downtown. The kiddie parade is at 10:45 a.m. while the grand parade begins at 11 a.m. At noon on Saturday after the introduction of fair royalty, the Ritzville Rodeo Association hosts a stick horse barrel-racing event in the Ritzville City Park. The Ritzville Gun Club fixes a barbecue in the park at the same time. Activities return to the fairgrounds for afternoon and evening events as the livestock auction begins Saturday afternoon. The Pro-West rodeo events kick-off at 7 p.m. in the rodeo arena. On Sunday, a horse clinic is planned for that day as well as the 4-H and FFA Round Robin contest where the top showmen compete for special honors. The annual dog show is Sunday afternoon in the livestock barn arena where local participants of all ages bring their beloved pet to run through an obstacle course. For fair information, call 509-6590141 or visit the website at http://www.

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Parks Take a break from the road at one of these oasis ADAMS COUNTY P. J. Taggares County Park: About 16 acres located roughly two miles west of Othello City limits. Amenities: Restrooms, concessions, mile and a half asphalt walking path, playground, facilities for soccer, football, baseball, dual basketball courts, Sunday Flea Market. LIND Centennial: Corner of Second and L Street. Amenities: Rose garden, centennial description, antique equipment, David Govedare metal

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sculpture. Lind Town: Corner of Second and S Street. Amenities: Playground equipment, restroom, covered seating. Lions Club: First and I Street. South Side: Across tracks and bridge on I Street, turn right. Amenities: Grass with playground equipment. RALSTON Ralston Community: On Highway 261. Amenities: Grass, playground equipment, horseshoes, flagpole, park tables and benches, parking, Keppler Memorial.

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RITZVILLE Ritzville City: 105 East Tenth Avenue. Amenities: Gazebo, playground equipment, restrooms, covered picnic shelter with fire pit, basketball hoop and water park with zero-depth entry wading area, spiraling whitewater slide, water features, diving board, drop slide and concessions. OTHELLO Kiwanis: 15.2 acres of trees and grass on Seventh Avenue seven blocks south of Main Street. Amenities:

Large and small parks enhance local cities and towns A T-33A jet on display in Othello’s Pioneer Park

Walking trails, basketball court, covered picnic shelters, grassy amphitheater, tennis courts, large covered picnic area, horseshoe pits, outdoor water fun for children, restrooms, playground area. Lions: Encompasses 26.9 acres at Seventh Avenue between Pine and Hamlet streets, two blocks north of Main Street – a water tower stands in the park with “Lions Park” printed on it. Amenities: Lighted baseball/ softball four-plex, soccer field, lighted tennis courts, lighted basketball court, regulation horse shoe pits, dance/ skating rink with roller hockey, handball court with hand-painted

mural, arboretum, concession stand, restrooms, playground equipment, walking trails, covered picnic shelters, new water park with slide, water features, lazy river and zero depth. Pioneer: One-acre site with trees and grass at Fourth Avenue and Main Street is the city’s oldest park. Amenities: T-33A Jet, park tables and benches, restroom, gazebo, handicapped parking. Triangle: Fourth Avenue and Elm Street. Amenities: A small facility that provides a shaded area for neighbors. WASHTUCNA

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Bassett: Turn from Main Street to Spring Avenue. Amenities: Grass, benches, playground equipment, restrooms, horseshoes, kitchen. Pioneer: Turn from Main Street to Booth Avenue. Amenities: Grass with trees, benches, walking path. Snyder: Main Street across from town hall. Amenities: Grass with trees, restrooms. Stark: Main Street and Willow Avenue. Amenities: Bird habitat. Sunflower: Intersection of S.R. 26 and Main Street. Amenities: Town entrance has grass and trees with flagpole.

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Rodeos! Top cowboys, cowgirls compete annually at area events Ritzville Rip-roaring rodeo action rolls into Ritzville for two nights on Aug. 29-30 at the local arena. The Ritzville Rodeo Association welcomes rodeo fans to the arena after the conclusion of each day’s activities at the annual Wheat Land Communities’ Fair. For the second consecutive year, the Ritzville Rodeo is bringing the Ranch

Bronc riding event back for added entertainment for fans. Ranch Bronc riding participants are all individuals who are currently employed on ranches and farms, and are not professional competitors in the Pro-West circuit. Friday evening marks the start of the Pro-West Rodeo competition in the Ritzville Rodeo Arena. Gold Buckle Stock Company is the contractor for the

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event and rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. At noon on Saturday after the introduction of fair royalty, the Ritzville Rodeo Association hosts a stick horse barrel-racing event in the Ritzville City Park. The Ritzville Gun Club fixes a barbecue in the park at the same time. Saturday is filled with more exciting rodeo events including WPRA barrel racing at 9 a.m. and the Rodeo Queen contest at 3 p.m. The Pro-West rodeo events begin at 7 p.m. and are highlighted by another performance by the Ranch Bronc rider competitors. Rodeo information and advanced tickets are available by calling 509-6590105 or visit the website http://www. Othello The Othello PRCA Rodeo rolls into town on Sept. 12-13, in coordination with the Adams County Fair. Along with the two nights of endless rodeo entertainment, the Othello Rodeo also hosts a demolition derby prior to rodeo action. On Wednesday night, the Othello Rodeo Arena roars to life with a demolition derby. The gates open at 3 p.m. for time trials at 6:30 p.m. Rodeo announcer Steve Kenyon will keep fans and cowboys on task during live rodeo action Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. during the Othello PRCA

8 Second thrill rides provide great entertainment Rodeo. Flying 5 is the stock contractor, and the Skagit Rein Riders will keep the fans in their seats during intermission. Rowdy Barry and Danny Newman will serve as bullfighters while Frankie “Punkintown” Smith is the barrelman/ clown. Rounding out the week of activities

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is the traditional Othello Fair and Rodeo Parade in downtown Othello at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children on Friday night, and $15 for all tickets on Saturday, while demo derby tickets are $10. Children under the age of six are admitted free with a paid adult. Rodeo

tickets can be purchased at Time Out Pizza, Ace Hardware, Del’s Feed & Farm Supply and Kix Stand Espresso. For more information about the rodeo, call the rodeo office at 509-4882604 or visit http://www.othellorodeo. com. For demo derby information, contact Donnie Bagwell at 509-989-0587.

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Car Shows Othello

In Kiwanis Park, the 2013 Othello’s All Cities Classic Car Show is celebrating its 18th year on July 20. Each summer, on the third Saturday in July, a car show can be found on the grass. Friday night features slow drags with more than 40 trophies given out. Vendors and great food finish a fun day in the park. For more information, contact Steve Agenbroad at 509488-6350 or at

Ritzville Like to talk about cars, don’t miss the Washtucna Classic Auto Show


The ninth annual Washtucna Classic Auto Show takes over the small town on Saturday, June 28, when classic cars, trucks and motorcycles line Main Street in Washtucna. The daylong event provides activities and fun for all ages, and displays a wide variety of vehicles. This year the highlighted car on display is a 1956 Chevy. New this year is a presentation and stick horse races hosted by Ritzville Rodeo Queen Heidi Hennings. Children between the ages of four and nine are invited to partake in the races and cowboy prizes are awarded to each and every participant. The day begins with a breakfast served by the Washtucna Volunteer Firefighters from 7-10 a.m. The car show starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Lunch and the concession snacks are provided by the Washtucna senior class from 11 a.m. until the conclusion of the show. Other activities at the event include craft projects, benches and horseshoe art, various vendor booths, concessions and door prizes are awarded throughout the day. Show and Shine awards for the car show begin at 2 p.m. and following the conclusion of the event, Sonny’s Tavern provides entertainment for visitors to come and enjoy. For more information about the annual car show, visit or contact Jean Miller at 509-9399560.

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The Ritzville Classic Car Club rolls out the red carpet every Sunday of Memorial Day weekend for auto enthusiasts and visitors during its annual extravaganza. The event, Classics on Main Street, is being displayed in a new location this year that is sure to highlight the unique and spectacular styles of the vehicles. The show in downtown Ritzville begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, and lasts until 3 p.m. Food vendors are on site during the show and all proceeds from the event go to an automotive services scholarship for area students. Along with vendors, door prizes will be awarded throughout the day and auction items are available to bid on. Before the show closes, several awards are awarded, including President’s Choice, Undeberg Memorial, Participant’s Choice, People’s Choice Car, People’s Choice Truck, People’s Choice Motorcycle, Longest Distance Traveled and Oldest Vehicle.

This 1937 show piece was popular in Ritzville last year.

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Museums Heritage, tradition alive and well in Adams County Adams County is home to a diverse population with roots that cross oceans and continents. Each community shares a strong bond in the history that both defines and unites county residents. The history that each community holds dear is entrusted to the museums in Lind, Othello and Ritzville. Each building houses a different definition of museum, from a turn-ofthe-century home to paying tribute to the great iron giants that carved the county, and how the ranchers corralled livestock to how water changed an entire community. Othello History buffs and communityminded individuals joined forces in 1972 to develop the Othello Community Museum located at Third and Larch. The former First Presbyterian Church was built around 1908, and through the same dedication evident more than 30 years ago, it houses a vast array of local artifacts. Most are from the area, whether through donation or acquisition. All depict a history full of perseverance, change and an agricultural community. The town incorporated in 1910 with 400 residents. In 1916, construction on the first big ranch house started, and the first wild jackrabbit drive was organized the following year. Non-electric branding irons used by local ranchers dominate one display. Kitchen appliances and wares recall days in cook shacks using wood stoves, while a collection of tools demands respect for what pioneers accomplished with them. The museum features local railroad information about the historic Milwaukee Railroad, credited with transportation, electricity and a populous 48 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide

in Othello. Thirty years of rainfalls of 10” to 15” per year ended in 1918, causing wheat crops to drop in production. A year later, the Columbia River Basin Commission formed to discuss irrigation. The previous count of 650 people in Othello stabilized to 450 in 1921 and continued until water came. A trickle of hope came 30 years later when the first irrigation water arrived in 1953. Population boomed to 2,669 in 1960. Today, the additional water supplements the meager average 8.18-inches of precipitation per year. For Othello, irrigation brought life and prosperity. Learn how the coming of water transformed an arid railroad town into the Othello of today. Water history, from wooden lines to the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, is housed in the museum. The museum is open by appointment only and to schedule a time to visit, contact the museum staff at 509-4882688. Ritzville In Eastern Adams County, a rare opportunity sits quietly in downtown Ritzville, waiting to be discovered. A nearly intact, turn-of-the-century business district welcomes those who venture into the heart of Ritzville. When walking around in Ritzville’s National Historic District, imagine settlers, cattlemen, tradesmen, merchants, wagons and steam locomotives bustling during the early days. Livestock wandered about on Main Avenue and mules pulled loads of grain to the warehouse. After fire destroyed most of downtown in 1888, the town bounced back. Brick buildings were built to

replace wood structures, reflecting the prosperity and hope in Ritzville’s future. The overall architecture remains intact in the six-block historic district. Out of 38 buildings, 27 are listed as contributing in the Ritzville Historic District. Tucked in three of the district’s contributing buildings are two museums and a research center. The Dr. Frank R. Burroughs Home was built in 1889 for the town’s most prominent doctor. An extensive remodel in 1902 to accommodate electricity enlarged the basic structure and added walk-in closets, enlarged kitchen and an Italian beam in the parlor. Wallpaper hung in 1902 still graces the front entry and 13 of the family’s wooden rockers remain in the home. In 1962, the home at 408 West Main became the property of the City of Ritzville. A group of volunteers refurbished the home in 1987-88, and continue to maintain the home as a museum, open any day by arrangement. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. A block and a half east of the doctor’s home, at 302 West Main, is one of 14 Carnegie libraries built in Eastern Washington. Built in 1907, the Ritzville Public Library houses the Heritage Resource Center in the basement, making genealogical information available to the public. Volumes of family histories and early pioneer history are provided by the Wagon Train Descendants, which has merged with the Ritzville Museum Volunteers. At Railroad Avenue and Washington Street is the town’s second depot, built in 1910 by the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. Continued on Page 49

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Lind’s Lighted parade a visual treat The streets of downtown Lind come alive with lights and Christmas cheer as the Lind Lighted Christmas Parade rolls through town

on the second Sunday in December. Prior to the parade, find free chili, hotdogs, warm beverages and free

Museums: Area’s history well documented Unaltered and well preserved, the depot serves as a museum of commercial artifacts and Ritzville memorabilia. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and boasts original terrazzo floors, ticket office and corridor separating the men’s and ladies’ waiting rooms. The office has the original typewriter and many of the forms and materials used by railroad employees to track freight and passengers. And what is a depot without fully operational telegraph equipment and resident telegrapher to send and receive messages! All of the museums are open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, from Memorial Day until Labor Day, or by appointment. Information about the museums and the Wagon Train Descendants is available online at http:// and to schedule an appointment, call 509-659-1656. Lind A jaunt down Highway 395 takes visitors to Lind, home of the Adams County Historical Society museum.

After moving to a new location, volunteers work rigorously to reopen the museum in the Van Marter building at the corner of Second and I Street. After purchasing the building in the late 1980s, the Society focused on structural, roof and interior repairs to make the building sound. Construction efforts continue on the interior, building walls and display areas. All work is powered with volunteer elbow grease, including a good portion of the roofing labor. Community members from Othello, Ritzville, Lind, Washtucna, Benge and everywhere in-between organized the Society as a non-profit organization in 1956 to gather and preserve the history of Adams County. In addition to preserving the county’s history, the Society is available for genealogical research, and identifying the people, places and dates of the county. The Society’s website provides contact information at http://www. adamscountyhistoricalsociety. com. Contact the Lind Chamber of Commerce at 509-677-3655.

photographs with Santa Claus. The 16th annual event on Dec. 14 promises an evening of blazing fireworks, warm food and a parade of lights. The parade draws about 20 entries, all twinkling with

lights. Christmas lanterns line the streets as floats in the family, children, business and club categories make their way through town. The Lind Chamber of Commerce sponsors the yearly event.

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4th of July Othello, Washtucna and Ritzville Independence Day celebrations Washtucna Amidst fields of ripening wheat and grazing cattle, community members from the surrounding area converge at the intersection of Highway 261 and Highway 26 for the town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. A tradition started more than 30 years ago, the town pulls out all the stops for a good, old-fashioned celebration for one and all. A kiddie parade allows children to showcase their personality in a walk around town. Started in 1976 for Washington’s Bicentennial, the annual event offers something for everyone from activities and kids’ games with renowned small-town hospitality throughout. A flag raising ceremony traditionally handled by members of the armed forces or local Scouts pays tribute to the American flag and military personnel. A community picnic is Bassett Park highlights the event. An afternoon in the park follows, with something to do for every age. Rounding out the day is a time of community fellowship and games, including volleyball,

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badminton, croquet, card and board games and any games individuals want to take and share. Diehard horseshoe players can throw away the afternoon on regulation pits during a tournament. Free swimming at the Washtucna pool offers a chance to cool down and compete in fun water games. Bingo sponsored by the Lions club also highlights the day. Or take a moment to slow down and sit under the shade trees, enjoy the sun and fellowship the afternoon offers. Kids of all ages will spend countless hours watching water skippers dart this way and that on the little creek that meanders through the park. Othello Othello is proud to host an amazing daylong, fun packed Fourth of July event in Lyons Park. The traditional Fourth of July event is a day of food, local entertainment, browsing, athletics, fireworks and activities for children. The day features family fun with no admission charge and is alcohol free. Beginning with a military focused parade in the morning there is good ol’ American flag-

waving emphasis right up to fireworks exploding to patriotic music after dark. The day’s activities usually include tennis and soccer tournaments, fire truck pull, base­ball, children’s activities, vendors, great food, entertainment, professional concerts and contests with prizes. A Rotary Breakfast at the north picnic shelter in the park gets the day off to a good start. Runners and walkers will line up at the north side of the park for a one-mile and 5K run/walk. Round ball action takes to the basketball court in Lyons Park for a 3-on-3-basketball tournament. At 10 a.m., watch the parade entries make their way through the city. Each parade watcher receives an American flag. All veteran or active military personal are invited to participate in the parade. Military vehicles are readily available for those who would wish to ride. Contact the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce two weeks in advance at 509-488-2683 or Contined on Page 51

Fiesta Amistad

Othello’s ‘Celebration of Friendship’ “A Celebration of Friendship” fills Lions Park in Othello for two days of live music, authentic Mexican and American cuisine, entertainment and fun for everyone. Live bands playing country western, traditional Mexican, soft rock ‘n roll and Motown Soul fills both days. In past years, Grupo Momento, Zapata, Tejano Skyz and Destino Norteño were part of the music lineup. American Fiesta Amistad kicks off at 5 p.m. with music in Lions Park at Seventh and Hamlet on Friday, Aug. 9, winding down at 10 p.m. Food and craft vendors also open at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 9, the park is alive with music and people, with food and craft vendors opening at noon followed

Fourth of July: Big plans for annual celebrations Immediately after the parade are opening ceremonies at the flagpole. Local performers provide all-day entertainment, as do the vendors with food, purses, information, snow cones, elephant ears, trinkets and Fourth of July ‘stuff.’ Activities specifically for children in past years included an inflatable slide and obstacle course, pony rides and a large waterslide. Local businesses and civic organizations sponsor the munchkin entertainment. Demolition derby time trials are at 3 p.m. at the Othello Rodeo Grounds with time trials at 6:30 p.m. A professional fireworks display, timed to professional music, in Lyons Park tops the day with aid from the fire department as dark descends in Othello. Ritzville Those interested in watching one of the most spectacular firework displays in Adams County is invited to attend the annual event at the Life Care Center of Ritzville. Administrators at the facility lay out the flair and light up the sky, putting on one of the most impressive firework displays in the area. The event is open to the public, and those attending are advised to grab a blanket or a lawn chair to observe the fireworks. The show begins after dusk, around 7:30 p.m. and is sure to provide entertainment and awe-inspiring displays of color in the night sky.

by a parade through the city at 1 p.m. An opening ceremony kicks off the days’ activities at 2:30 p.m. The day will feature family entertainment all day, with music completing the ensemble beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing until 10 p.m. American and tex-mex groups are performing both days. The American Fiesta Amistad Committee mission statement is to create partnerships between the Hispanic and Anglo Community by encouraging active participation, honoring cultural identities, promoting communication and celebrating the interdependency of the two cultures in one community, Diverse foods, local dance groups and activities for the youngsters round out the celebration, which is alcohol free and there is no admission charge. For more information, contact the American Fiesta Amistad at 930 South Third Avenue, Othello WA 99344 or email Emil Martinez at

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Let’s Eat Lind Jim’s Empire Market: 113 W. Second, Lind. 509-6773581. Slim’s Bar and Grill: 121 North I Street, Lind. 509-6778854. Othello A&W Restaurant: 1180 South First Avenue, Othello. 509-488-9888. Beach Bar & Grill at Mardon: 8198 Highway 262 East, Othello. 509-346-9688. Benavidez Café: 32 East Main Street, Othello. 509-4880976. BJ’s Hot Stuff Pizza: 1220 First Avenue, Othello. 509488-4478. Bob’s Korner: 2098 West Bench Road, Othello. 509488-6328. Brunswick Bar & Grill: 28 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-9861. Burger King: 150 East Columbia Street, Othello. 509-

488-4968. Casa Mexicana: 1224 East Main Street, Othello. 509488-6163. Checos Mexican Grill: 1180 South First Avenue, Othello. 509-488-4092. Chen’s Family Dish: 1458 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-9798. Clubhouse Restaurant and Lounge: West Bench Road, Othello. 509-488-9431. Eagle Lake Ranch: 903 Eagle Road, Othello. 509-4884484. El Comal: 2183 West May Street, Othello. 509-4313230. El Jasmin: 531 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-5275. Golden Fountain: 640 East Main Street, Othello. 509488-9920. Guadalaraja Restaurant Y: 810 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-2828. Hebrew’s Café: 685 South First Avenue, Othello. 509488-3050.

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Kix Stand Espresso: 1305 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-9969. McDonald’s Restaurant: 445 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-0721. Mike’s Place: 7037 Highway 262 SE, Othello. 509346-1611. Othello Golf Restaurant Lounge: 2269 West Mockingbird Lane, Othello. 509-488-9431. Pizza Factory: 103 South First Avenue, Othello. 509-488-3252. Pothole’s Grill: 7037 Highway 262, Othello. 509346-1611. Restaurant Los Compadres: 1244 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-7777. Subway: 1220 First Avenue, Othello. 509-488-4478. Taco Bell: 1820 East Main Street, Othello. 509-4885022. Tacos Michoacan: 926 East Hemlock Street, Othello. 509-488-5469. Taquiera Guerrero: 1149 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-0992. Time Out Pizza: 1025 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-2788. Tu Taquiera: 81 North Fourth Avenue, Othello. 509488-4414. Westside Pizza: 1490 East Main Street, Othello. 509-488-8355.

509-659-9868. Jake’s Café and Diner: 1604 West First Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-1961. McDonald’s Restaurant: 101 West Galbreath Way, Ritzville. 509-659-4770. Memories Diner: 214 West Main Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-4431. Ritzville Pastime: 119 West Main Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-0222. Spike’s Deli & Pizza: 1611 South Smitty’s Boulevard, Ritzville. 509-659-0490. Starbucks: 103 West Galbreath Way Ste. A, Ritzville. 509-659-0622. Soup It Up: 116 West Main Ave., Ritzville. 509-6590503. Subway: 102 West Galbreath Way, Ritzville. 509659-4074. Sunny Spot Floral, Gifts & Espresso: 202 West Main, Ritzville. 509-659-1188. Taco Del Mar: 103 West Galbreath Way, Ritzville. 509-659-1001. Templin’s Country Corner: 2 East Tokio Road, Ritzzville. 509-659-0198. The Ritz Roadhouse: 1604 Smitty’s Boulevard, Ritzville. 509-659-4300. Zip’s Drive In: 1503 South Smitty’s Boulevard, Ritzville. 509-659-1710.

Ritzville Big Bend Bowl Café and Lounge: 119 East Main Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-0540. Blue Bike Café and Catering Company: 408 West First Avenue, Ritzville. 509-659-0402. Brew Happy: 1507 South Bauman Street, Ritzville. 509-347-6180. Carl’s Jr.: 1308 N. Highway 261, Ritzville. Fairway Café: 104 East Tenth Avenue, Ritzville.

Washtucna Sonny’s Tavern: 250 SW Main Street, Washtucna. 509-646-3314. Java Bloom: 545 North Main Street, Washtucna. 509-646-3377. Williams Lake The Bistro at Williams Lake: 18619 West Williams Lake Road, Cheney. 509-235-6600.

Lenny’s Italian Restaurant Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 3 pm–9 pm Closed Sunday & Monday

1204 1st Street, Cheney, WA 99004 235-6126

Lenny’s Italian Restaurant

Come join us for delicious food al fresco style on our outdoor patio Now serving cocktails Daily Dinner Specials

We open at 6:30 am every morning Breakfast is served from 6:30 am to 11:00 am on weekdays, and 6:30 am to 12:00 pm on weekends Military Discount SUMMER HOURS: Sunday & Monday 6:30 am to 8:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30 am to 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday 6:30 am to 10:00 pm

7611 W. Sunset Hwy., Airway Heights, WA 509.838.8372 Longhorn Barbecue

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Where to Worship Benge Benge Community, 2970 E. BengeWinona Road, Benge WA 99105, local contact 887-2434 c/o Roy Clinesmith. Lind Good Hope Lutheran, 120 W. Third, PO Box 336, Lind WA 99341, 677-3256, Pastor Mary Daniels, P.O. Box 207, Sprague, WA, 99032. Lind Calvary Assembly of God, 219 W. Third Street, PO Box 527, Lind WA 99341, 677-3549, Pastor Steve Schofstoll. Lind Community, 114 E. Fifth, PO Box 119, Lind WA 99341, office 6773320. Othello Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Jesus Christ, 2211 W. Cunningham Road, Othello WA 99344, 488-7711 or 989-2350, Pastor Zenon Fernandez. Bethel Asambleas de Dios de Mexico, 2039 W. Bench Road, Othello WA 99344, 331-0119 or 488-3900, Reverend Modesto Martinez, phone 9890298. Bethel Spanish Assembly of God, 915 S. First Avenue, Othello WA 99344, 488-9203, Rev. Hilario Garza. Bible Baptist, 55 S. Ninth Avenue, Othello WA 99344, 488-5911 or 7644355, Pastor Tim Johnson. The Church of Christ, 710 E. Larch, Othello WA 99344, 488-3646. Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints, Othello First Ward, 611 S. Seventh, Othello WA 99344, 488-2801, Bishop Richard Mollotte. Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints, Othello Second Ward, 12th & Rainier, Othello WA 99344, 488-2916, Bishop Steve Martin. Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints, Othello Third Ward, 611 54 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2014-2015

S. Seventh, Othello WA 99344, 4882801, Bishop Brad Sorenson. Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints, Othello Fourth Ward (Spanish), 12th & Rainier, Othello WA 99344, 488-6600, Bishop Ken Jones. First Baptist, 705 E. Larch, Othello WA 99344, 488-2541, Pastor Daniel Minyard. First Presbyterian, 715 E. Scootney, Othello WA 99344, 488-9957, Rev. Ron Pfeifer, Pastor. Gethsemane Pentecostal Holiness, 625 S. Andes, Othello WA 99344, 4886675, Rev. Prudencio Segura. Othello Assembly of God, 705 E. Juniper, Othello WA 99344, 488-9439, Pastor Rick Morris. Othello Christian Church, 915 E. Rainier, Othello WA 99344, 488-2208, Pastor Nan Riddle. Othello Church of the Nazarene, 825 E. Ash, Othello WA 99341, 4885896, Pastor Bob Luhn and Pastor Timm Taff. Othello Foursquare Church, 90 N. Venice, Othello WA 99344, 488-2489, Pastor Bob Cox. Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 640 E. Elm, Othello WA 99344, 488-9952, Rev. Virginia Johnson, Pastor. Pine Street Baptist Church, 1130 E. Pine, Othello WA 99344, 488-2353, Pastor Michael Brownell. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 616 E. Juniper Street, Othello WA 99344, 488-5653, Father Alejandro Zepeda Labaspida. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 736 E. Elm, Othello WA 99344, 4882781, Pastor Peter Trzinski, phone 9301336. Ritzville Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, 606 Weber Avenue, Ritzville

WA 99169, 659-0932, John Galbreathbranch president Emanuel Lutheran, 206 S. Division Street, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-1181,, Pastor Bob Kenyon Jehovah’s Witnesses, Kingdom Hall, 610 W. Second Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-4025 Menno Mennonite, 1378 N. Damon Road, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-0926,, www.menno., Pastor Matthew Yoder Ritzville Church of the Nazarene, 108 W. Fourth Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-1749, Pastor Ryo Olson New Hope Center, 701 W. Main Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, 536-0986, Pastor Richard F. Lee Ritzville Foursquare, 204 E. Second Avenue, PO Box 491, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-0773, Pastor Bill Cox Trinity United Methodist, 107 W. Second Avenue, PO Box 2, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-1783,, Pastor John Hunsberger Saint Agnes Catholic, 404 E. Fifth Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, 234-2262, Father Kenny St. Hilaire Saint Mark’s Episcopal, Fourth Avenue and Adams Street Seventh-day Adventist, 108 W. Second Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, Zion Philadelphia United Church of Christ, 301 E. Broadway Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-1440, www.,, Pastor Judith Rinehart-Nelson Washtucna Washtucna Community, 705 E. Booth Avenue, Washtucna WA 99371, 646-3327, http://washtucnachurch.webs. com.

2014/2015 Adams County Visitors' Guide  

Your complete guide to what's going on, who's doing it, where it's happening and when it is for all the communities in Adams County.

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