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Experience Nature at its Best... Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Grant County Conservation District Held in Late March of 2014 Photo Courtesy of Radar Computing and Tom Black

Three Day Festival Features: Photo Courtesy of Jill Stelter

Photo Courtesy of Sunny Walter

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival P.O. Box 542, Othello, WA 99344 1-866-SANDHIL (1-866-726-3445) 1-509-765-9618

• Guided Sandhill Crane Viewing • Field Trips for Bird Enthusiasts • Other Wildlife Viewing • Art Contest • Authors’ Forum • Lecture Series • Banquet & Silent Auction with Keynote Speaker • Exhibitors & Vendors • Children’s Programs • Pre- & Post-Festival Tours

Welcome to Washtucna Friendly Rural Lifestyle

Photo by Michelle Plumb

Palouse Falls

Photo by Michelle Plumb

Gateway to Palouse Falls (left) • Hunting • Fishing • Wildlife • Hiking Tennis Courts • Walking Path • Community Swimming Pool

8th Washtucna Classic Auto Show June 29, 2013 • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration forms at or (509) 646-3449

1924 Model T on Display • Cartoonist Jim Lisk Vendors • Arts & Crafts • Breakfast • Flea Market • Door Prizes Special Presentations Throughout the Day • Lunch by Washtucna Senior Class Ritzville Rodeo Queen Heidi Hennings & Stick Horse Barrel Racing at 11 a.m.

Community Parks

Photo by Lily Ann Plumb

Indigo Bunting

Bird Watching Mecca • Spring and Fall Migration Route for Rare Bird Species • Map Available “The Great Washington State Birding Trail” at Bassett Park Kiosk

Photo by Lily Ann Plumb

• Bassett Park • Pioneer Park • Snyder Park • Stark Park • Sunflower Park

Fourth of July Vintage Farm Equipment at Bassett Park

Town of Washtucna

Community Picnic in Bassett Park. Bingo, Horseshoes, Games & Kiddie Parade

165 S. Main Street, Washtucna, WA 99371 • (509) 646-3253 • email:

Ritzville Art Gallery

Featuring only Local & Regional Artists Potters • Weavers • Painters • Jewelers Quilters • Sculpters • Local Authors Hours: Wed. - Fri. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Take Home an Artistic Treasure

Welcome to Adams County Established Nov. 28, 1883 You’ll LOVE What Adams County has to Offer!

Sandhill Cranes in Othello

Cow Creek Scenic Area

It’s a great place to visit It’s a terrific place to call home

Bassett Park in Washtucna

Lind Combine Derby

Ritzville’s classic car show

Adams County Commissioners: Roger Hartwig, Chairman; Jeff Stevens and John Marshall, Commissioners

Adams County Courthouse

210 W. Broadway Avenue, Ritzville

Adams County Public Services Building 425 E. Main Street, Othello

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Welcome We are a diversified agricultural county, containing some of the most fertile soil in the nation. We are the number one agricultural export county in the nation. And, we produce more wheat and potatoes per acre than any other county in the nation. Adams County also is the location of two, large, Othello-based potato processing plants that export a large percentage of their frozen French fries to the west coast and the Pacific Rim. So, the next time you eat at McDonalds, remember you are eating a product of Adams County! You also may not know that in Adams County we farm using the most technologically advanced farm equipment. What’s more, we take great pride in the conservation efforts we employ to save water in our farming operations. To help diversify the economy, we formed a countrywide group to create new business for future growth. This group, known as the Adams County Development Council, is represented by our cities, port district and county. We have information on land usage, available water, and buildings – anything you might need to locate your business in our county. 8 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

We have the latest medical equipment in Othello, as well as a newly remodeled hospital. And, we built a new kidney dialysis center in Othello to accommodate patients. Our residents also are dedicated to the education system, investing $73 million to remodel of Othello schools. Recreational opportunities abound in the county. Marvel at the unique geological basalt formations carved by the Ice Age Floods of the past while visiting the Drumheller Natural Landmark and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. Adams County is a tourist destination with quality festivals, including the Historic Ritzville Days and Western Art Show, Lind Combine Demolition Derby, and the Old Fashioned Fourth, which is celebrated in Othello and Washtucna. Othello hosts the world famous Sandhill Crane Festival each March that attracts visitors from all over the country. Our warm temperatures make summer vacations a pleasant experience in Adams County. From farming, medicine and outstanding schools, Adams County offers a unique opportunity to start a business or a great place to live!

Roger Hartwig Chairman, Board of Adams County Commissioners


Events .........................................................................Pages 10-11 Town of Lind Profile ............................................................. Page 12 City of Othello Profile ........................................................... Page 13 City of Ritzville Profile .......................................................... Page 14 Town of Washtucna Profile ..................................................... Page 15 Chambers of Commerce......................................................... Page 17 Area Parks .......................................................................... Page 18 Area Museums ..............................................................Pages 19-20 Dining............................................................................... Page 22 Sprague Lake ...................................................................... Page 23 Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway .................................... Page 25 Public, Metal Art Sculptures...............................................Page 26, 29 Ralston Profile ..................................................................... Page 28 Wheat Land Communities’ Fair .............................................. Page 30 Adams County Fair .............................................................. Page 31 Washtucna Bird Watching.................................................Page 32-33 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge .......................................... Page 36 Fourth of July Celebrations ..................................................... Page 37 Lind Combine Demolition Derby .......................................Pages 40, 42 Blue Ridge Ranch ................................................................. Page 43 Lind Lighted Christmas Parade ................................................ Page 43 Area Car Shows ................................................................... Page 44 Area Agriculture .................................................................. Page 46 Lodging ............................................................................. Page 47 Historic Ritzville Days and Western Art Show .......................Pages 49-50 Othello’s Sandhill Crane Festival ............................................. Pages 51 Where to Worship ................................................................ Page 52 Mennonite Country Auction in October ..................................... Page 53

The Cover This year’s cover design is a tribute to the Historic Ritzville Days and Western Art Show. The artist, Ron Adamson, has participated in the annual art show for many years and is expected to return in 2014. The cover was designed by Bob Bartlett of Ritzville, Wash. The Team Stephen McFadden ........................Publisher Katelin Davidson........................ News Editor Janis Rountree ......... Customer Service Mgr. Lori Williams ................................Accounting Jennifer Saunders ...................... Webmaster Don Saunders...............................Circulation Adams County Visitors’ Guide The 2013-2014 Adams County Visitors’ Guide is a publication of The Ritzville Adams County Journal and McFadden Publishing, LLC. 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 or email us at advertising@ You can call us at 509-659-1020. The content is copyright 2013. Reproduction of any component of this publication requires the expressed written consent of the publisher.

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Events Calendar of

JUNE 2013

8 – Sprague Lake Trout Derby and Flea Market 7-9 – Lind Demolition Derby Extravaganza 15 – Community Yard Sale, Ritzville 29 – Washtucna Classic Auto Show Farmers Market, Saturdays, Pioneer Park, Othello Old Hotel Art Gallery Summer Arts Program for Kids, Othello

July 2013 4 – Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Washtucna 4 – Patriots Day, Othello 4 – Demolition Derby, Othello Rodeo Grounds 12-13 – Relay For Life of Ritzville 14-15 – All Cities Classic Car Show and Spud Run, Othello 26-27 – 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 2013 3-5 – Keystone Battery Living History weekend, Ritzville 11-12 – American Fiesta Amistad, Lions Park, Othello 29 – Adams County Development Council Golf Tournament, Othello 29-31 – Wheat Land Communities’ Fair

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31 – Ritzville Festivals Parade, Ritzville Main Avenue 31 – Ritzville Gun Club BBQ, Ritzville City Park Farmers Market, Saturdays, Pioneer Park, Othello Old Hotel Art Gallery Summer Arts Program for Kids, Othello

September 2013 1 – Wheat Land Communities’ Fair 1 – Pro-West Rodeo 7 – East Adams Rural Hospital Health Fair, Ritzville 11 – Demolition Derby, Othello Rodeo Grounds 11-14 – Adams County Fair, Othello 13-14 – Othello PRCA Rodeo 14 – 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 2013 5 – Menno Mennonite Country Auction, Ritzville 19 – Old Hotel Gallery Benefit Auction for the Arts, Othello 20 – Adams County Historical Society annual meeting 29 – 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

Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, Auction and Community Awards

March 2014 15 – Old Hotel Art Gallery Annual Wine Tasting, Othello 28-30 – 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 2014 Ritzville


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November 2013 2 – Ritzville Festivals Association Penny Auction 9 – Ritzville Lions Club Turkey Bingo 28 – Turkey Trot, downtown Ritzville, 8:30 a.m. Ritzville Community Theatre production

December 2013 7 – Christmas Kick-Off, Ritzville 7 – AAUW Holiday Bazaar, Ritzville 8 – 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

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

May 2014 10 – Lind Alumni Banquet 17 – Ritzville Triathlon 23-25 – Ritzville Alumni Weekend/Historic Ritzville Days 23-25 – Historic Ritzville Days Western Art Show and Cowboy Gathering 24 – Ritzville Alumni banquet 24 – Washtucna Alumni banquet 25 – Ritzville Classic Car Club Show, Ritzville City Park 26 – Firemen’s Breakfast, fire hall, Ritzville 26 – Memorial Service, Ritzville Memorial Cemetery 26 – Memorial Service, Pioneer Cemetery, Washtucna Spring bird migration, Washtucna

January 2014 Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Community Awards Reichert’s Showhouse Concert Series, Othello

February 2014 Adams County Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet, American Legion Hall, Ritzville

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The Town of Lind is located just off of U.S. 395, and is a town that thrives off of the 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 lighted parade. 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 Centennial Park honors the history and traditions of the town, and sits just a block away from the still busy railroad. Union Elevator, doing business

Lind as Gavilon Grain, is one of the longest operating businesses in Lind, established in 1908, and is still in business today. The business works with the largest commodity in the area, wheat, and has receiving stations throughout Adams County. Today Lind’s economy is still driven by agriculture, but the tiny town is now world famous for having a little fun with combines.

The annual Combine Demolition Derby is set for Saturday, June 9, at the Lions Club Arena. This unique event attracts thousands and has garnered national attention in several major magazines and cable television programs. Country Music Television recorded the hit single, Derby Blues, by local artist and musician Annie Smart, in Lind at the 2005 derby. The weekend has expanded to a Demolition Derby Extravaganza, featuring a car derby on Friday night and coaster car races on Sunday afternoon. Expanded seating and a food booth were recently added to better serve the growing number of spectators. For ticket information, call 509-677-3655 or check http:// www.lindwa. com.

Combines collide at the Demolition Derby

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

(509) 677-3536 • (509) 750-7970 12 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

Chatterbox Salon Celebrating 16 years of Service

Cuts Nails Perms Waxing Pedicures

(509) 677-8167 in Lind

Cathy Jo’s Catering

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

Cathy Wills (509) 771-9066

Othello Photo courtesy of Luann Morgan

The main event and attraction in Othello is the annual Sandhill Crane Festival 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 the majority 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 stateof-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 Old Hotel Art Gallery was revamped in 2010 and now provides an excellent family-friendly experience for all visitors. Art classes and other activities are hosted for children and adults alike. The Old Hotel Art Gallery sponsors a variety of community events to provide locals and visitors with a quality experience when

visiting Othello. The largest crowd pleaser during the past decade is the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, which is just one of the events sponsored by the Old Hotel Art Gallery. Visitors travel by the thousands to view the cranes in their spring habitat in the Grant County Conservation District. The annual event is held at the end of March and provides visitors with tours and an endless range of activities to participate in over the weekend. More information is available at 449 East Cedar, PO Box 542, Othello, WA 99344 or the registration phone at 866-SANDHIL (866-726-3445). For more information, contact the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce at 509-488-2683.

Welcome to Othello!

We hope you enjoy your visit! Chamber Events & Activities:

• “Shop Othello” Events • Fourth of July Celebration in Lions Park • Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards • Supporting & Promoting Local Business

Chamber Visitor Center hours: Tuesday thru Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. 33 E. Larch Street • P.O. Box 2813 Othello, WA 99344 • (509) 488-2683 • e-mail: 2013-2014 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 13

Ritzville The City of 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 family-friendly water park. Built on the backs of agriculture and the railroad, Ritzville is a standing tribute to the American Farmer. Agriculture continues to be an important part of the community and remains as a predominant wheat farming area. The city is known for many unique qualities and landmarks, including a plethora of metal sculptures scattered around the community. The sculptures stand as a tribute to community members who have served as leaders in the local area and helped build Ritzville into the community it is today. Around every corner there is an opportunity to learn about the history and heritage that helped to shape the City of Ritzville. Visit vintage buildings, many constructed more than 100 years ago, most which are located in the National Historic District in downtown. A quick stroll through the neighborhoods and visitors can discover beautiful restored homes from various generations. Among the top events to attend is Historic Ritzville Days on Memorial Day weekend. The Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times in the Ritzville community as it also hosts the Ritzville High School Alumni Banquet and Classic Car Show in the Ritzville City Park. Activities during the weekend include a Western Art Show, live demonstrations of traditional techniques such as saddle making, rope braiding and roping, as well as more than 60 national and regional 14 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

artists. The annual event also provides youth with an endless amount of activities, including pony rides and stick horse races. Ritzville is also home to the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair on Labor Day weekend, with exhibits, food vendors, youth exhibits and rip-roaring rodeo action. The nighttime rodeo action draws a large

crowd as the audience cheers on contestants during the Ritzville Rodeo. For more information about the City of Ritzville and for a complete list of events, visit or contact the Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce at 659-1936 or request information by email at

Quick draw during the Western Art Show


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Washtucna The annual Classic Auto Show in 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 town 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


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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 where water seemingly appears out of nowhere to drop 200 feet and continue down the Palouse River. For more information about the Washtucna community, visit http:// or call the local 509-6461913.

SULLIVAN PETROL Proudly serving the petroleum needs of the Washtucna Community 445 N. Main St. Washtucna • 646-3460 2013-2014 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 15

COW About IT?

Always Labor Day Weekend

August 29-31 & Sept. 1, 2013 • Ritzville, WA

Activities for All Ages • Chili Cookoff • Exhibits • Food Booths • Talent Contest

Ag Olympics • Vendors • Livestock Judging & Auction • Equestrian Events

CALL: (509) 659-1936 P.O. Box 14, Ritzville, WA 99169

e-mail: Website: 16 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014


Need more information? They’ve got it! Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Center The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce at 111 West Main Avenue serves as the office and as a Visitors’ Center. The center is open six days a week during the summer. Events sponsored by the chamber include a banquet and silent auction, Toddler Trick-OrTreat, holiday lighting contest, a holiday children’s movie and the American Flag Presentation Program. The chamber participates in and 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 Community Parade and the Historic Ritzville Days Western Art Show. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at noon, rotating between member eating establishments. A second gathering, Business After Hours, is hosted quarterly at a featured business with food, fun and door prizes. Contact the chamber at PO

Box 122, Ritzville, WA 99169, email chamber@ritzville. com, visit the website at http:// or call 509-6591936 for more information.

p.m. Contact the chamber at PO Box 561, Lind, WA 99341; email at; or leave a message at 509-677-3655.

Lind Chamber of Commerce

Greater Othello 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

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. 2013-2014 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 17

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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 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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Need a break from the road? Visit our beautiful parks!

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: 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 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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Rich history showcased in Adams County’s museums


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.

in cook shacks using wood stoves, while a collection of tools demands respect for what pioneers accomplished with them.

arrived in 1953. Population boomed to 2,669 in 1960. Today, the additional water supplements the meager average

The museum features local railroad information about the historic Milwaukee Railroad, credited with transportation, electricity and a populous in Othello. Thirty years of rainfalls of 10-inches to 15-inches 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

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.


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

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Museums: Great tributes to the area’s history was built in 1889 for the town’s most prominent doctor. An extensive remodel in 1902 to accommodate electricity Ritzville enlarged the basic structure and added In Eastern Adams County, a rare walk-in closets, enlarged kitchen and opportunity sits quietly in downtown an Italian beam in the parlor. Wallpaper Ritzville, waiting to be discovered. hung in 1902 still graces the front entry A nearly intact, turn-of-the-century and 13 of the family’s wooden rockers business district welcomes those who remain in the home. venture into the heart of Ritzville. In 1962, the home at 408 West When walking around in Ritzville’s Main became the property of the City National Historic District, imagine of Ritzville. A group of volunteers settlers, cattlemen, tradesmen, refurbished the home in 1987-88, and merchants, wagons and steam continue to maintain the home as a locomotives bustling during the early 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, Photo Courtesy of Dorothy Clinesmith making genealogical information available Dr. Frank R. Burroughs’ Home in Ritzville to the public. Volumes of family histories and early pioneer history days. Livestock wandered about on Main are provided by the Wagon Train Avenue and mules pulled loads of grain Descendants, which has merged with the to the warehouse. Ritzville Museum Volunteers. After fire destroyed most of At Railroad Avenue and Washington downtown in 1888, the town bounced Street is the town’s second depot, back. Brick buildings were built to built in 1910 by the Northern Pacific replace wood structures, reflecting the Railroad Company. Unaltered and well prosperity and hope in Ritzville’s future. preserved, the depot serves as a museum The overall architecture remains of commercial artifacts and Ritzville intact in the six-block historic district. memorabilia. It was placed on the Out of 38 buildings, 27 are listed as National Register of Historic Places in contributing in the Ritzville Historic 1989 and boasts original terrazzo floors, District. Tucked in three of the district’s ticket office and corridor separating the contributing buildings are two museums men’s and ladies’ waiting rooms. and a research center. The office has the original The Dr. Frank R. Burroughs’ Home Continued from Page 19

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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 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, from Memorial Day until Labor Day, or by appointment. Information about the museums and the Wagon Train Descendants is available online at and to schedule an appointment, call 509-659-1656.


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 nonprofit 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:// Contact the Lind Chamber of Commerce at 509-677-3655.

Ritzville’s Museums Our History, Preserved!

The Depot Museum

The Frank R. Burroughs’ Home

408 W. Main Ave. Visitations, Tours, Teas & Luncheons, by Appt.

201 W. Railroad Ave. Tour Groups Welcome by Appt. Open: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mon. - Sat. Memorial Day through Labor Day

For More Information: To Schedule A Tour Call: (509) 659-1656


Bronco Inn

105 W. Galbreath Way Ritzville, WA (509) 659-5000

Indoor Pool Jacuzzi®/Hot Tubs Exercise Facilities 37-inch Flat Panel TVs Complimentary Breakfast Meeting/Conference Rooms High-Speed Wireless Internet 2013-2014 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 21


Let’s Eat

Slim’s Bar and Grill: 121 North I Street. 509-677-8854.

OTHELLO A&W Restaurant: 1180 South First Avenue. 509-4889888. Beach Bar & Grill at Mardon: 8198 Highway 262 East. 509-346-9688. Benavidez Café: 32 East Main Street. 509-488-0976. BJ’s Hot Stuff Pizza: 1220 First Avenue. 509-488-4478. Bob’s Korner: 2098 West Bench Road. 509-488-6328. Brunswick Bar & Grill: 28 East Main Street. 509-4889861. Burger King: 150 East Columbia Street. 509-488-4968. Casa Mexicana: 1224 East Main Street. 509-488-6163. Checos Mexican Grill: 624 South Andes Road. 509488-0222. Chen’s Family Dish: 1458 East Main Street. 509-4889798. Clubhouse Restaurant and Lounge: West Bench Road. 509-488-9431. Eagle Lake Ranch: 903 Eagle Road. 509-488-4484. El Comal: 2183 West May Street. 509-431-3230. El Jasmin: 531 East Main Street. 509-488-5275. Golden Fountain: 640 East Main Street. 509-488-9920. Guadalaraja Restaurant Y: 810 East Main Street. 509488-2828. Kix Stand Espresso: 1305 East Main Street. 509-4889969. McDonald’s Restaurant: 445 East Main Street. 509488-0721. Mike’s Place: 7037 Highway 262 SE. 509-346-1611. Othello Golf Restaurant Lounge: 2269 West Mockingbird Lane. 509-488-9431. Pothole’s Grill: 7037 Highway 262. 509-346-1611. Restaurant Los Compadres: 1244 East Main Street. 22 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

509-488-7777. Subway: 1220 First Avenue. 509-488-4478. Taquiera Guerrero: 1149 East Main Street. 509-4880992. The Factory Pizzeria: 103 South First Avenue. 509-4883252. Time Out Pizza: 1025 East Main Street. 509-488-2788. Town Hall Pub: 354 South First Avenue. 509-488-5831. Tu Taquiera: 81 North Fourth Avenue. 509-488-4414.

RITZVILLE Big Bend Bowl Café and Lounge: 119 East Main Avenue. 509-659-0540. Blue Bike Café and Catering Company: 408 West First Avenue. 509-659-0402. Brew Happy: 1507 South Bauman Street. 509-347-6180. Memories Diner: 214 West Main Avenue. 509-6594431. Fairway Café: 104 East Tenth Avenue. 509-659-9868. Jake’s Café and Diner: 1604 West First Avenue. 509659-1961. McDonald’s Restaurant: 101 West Galbreath Way. 509659-4770. Ritzville Pastime: 119 West Main Avenue. 509-6590222. Spike’s Deli & Pizza: 1611 South Smitty’s Boulevard. 509-659-0490. Starbucks: 103 West Galbreath Way Ste. A. 509-6590622. Subway: 102 West Galbreath Way. 509-659-4074. Taco Del Mar: 103 West Galbreath Way. 509-659-1001. Zip’s Drive In: 1503 South Smitty’s Boulevard. 509659-1710.

WASHTUCNA Frank’s Tavern: 250 SW Main Street. 509-646-3314. Java Bloom: 545 North Main Street. 509-646-3377.

Sprague Lake

On a sunny day, one of the most relaxing activities to participate in is fishing, with the water lapping at the side of the boat and not a worry in the world. The best place to throw a line for a novice or an advanced angler is Sprague Lake. Located 19 miles northeast of Ritzville, Sprague Lake shines as an oasis in the middle of the dryland county. The lake provides visitors with an excellent selection of fish and also provides the opportunity to spot many birds native to the area. The lake is known to hold Trout, Crappies, Perch, giant Channel Cats and even Bass. Bird watchers can enjoy sightings of White Pelicans, Meadowlarks, Cormorants, Loons, Wood Ducks and many other species. For those individuals who do not partake in fishing, the Sprague Lake area provides exceptional camping grounds and a relaxing atmosphere. Both the Sprague Lake Resort and the Four Seasons Resort provide hookups for RV camping and recreational vehicles. Among the events at the lake, the Sprague Lake Users Group (SLUG) is hosting the second annual Sprague Lake Trout Derby and Flea Market on June 8, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cabela’s and Wholesale Sports are co-sponsors for the event and it is being held during free fishing weekend in Washington state. Entry fees for the event are $10 for adults and $7 for “young anglers,” age 16 or under. Tickets are available the day of the derby at the Sprague Lake Resort, SLUG Valley Marine and at the Four Seasons Resort. The Four Seasons Campground and Resort has services for camping, boat rentals, boat launch, docks and tackle shop, as well as having derby tickets available for purchase.

Sprague Lake in the springtime The Sprague Lake Resort has camping, boat rental, boat launch, docks and tackle shop services available. The Main Derby Station is located on the east side of the lake, just outside of the main gates for the Sprague Lake Resort. Contact the Sprague Lake Resort at

509-257-2864, the Main Derby Station at 509-259-7060 or the Four Seasons Resort at 509-257-2332 for more information. To view a complete list of amenities and prices, visits http://www. or http://www.

Enjoy a Nostalgic Movie Night The New Ritz Theatre, an art deco period structure opened in 1937, is unchanged with original columns and wall tapestries. The lobby has been refurbished. Visit us for MOVIE NIGHT on weekends. Movies start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday & Sunday


R itz Theatre

107 E. Main • 659-1950

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Make Adams County Your Vacation Destination

Drumheller r Channels The Drumhelle ral Landmark National Natu

View unique, picturesque geological formations in Adams County. Check out the Ice Age Floods-carved canyons. Our area agriculture offers picture perfect moments. Distinctive fairs and festivals define our communities. Take advantage of boundless recreational opportunities in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge or observe the Drumheller Channel National Natural Landmark. Looking for the perfect vacation? Experience the Coulee Corridor, a National Scenic Byway that begins in Othello. Utilize the Adams County RV Park in Othello. It’s open mid-March to mid-October. Call (509) 331-2025 for more information.

Ice Age Floo ds Institute Washtucna’s Lloyd Stoess discusses Staircase Rap ids

Adams County Economic Development 425 E. Main St. Othello, WA 99344

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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge The perfect place for spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing

Coulee Corridor

Othello is the gateway to this scenic byway The Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway stretches 150 miles between Othello and Omak on State Routes 17 and 155 and encompasses five state parks, major lakes, seven wildlife management areas and a national recreational area to provide ample outdoor experiences. Geology along the corridor is a visual reminder of Mother Nature’s timeless work. Volcanic activity, one of earth’s greatest ice age floods and the slow heating and pressure deep in the earth’s crust all contributed to the landscape of today. Last year, the Coulee Corridor Consortium is hosted a “Big Event” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first VIP automobile tour of the Grand Coulee done by the American Geographical Society on September 11, 1912. The initial tour included 45 European representatives and 30 American representatives. The initial purpose of this automobile tour was to decide how the Coulee had been formed. About 40-60 million years ago, natural forces shaped the Columbia Basin outline after the earth’s crust was uplifted and exposed granite

rock that had formed slowly, creating mountains. The dramatic landscape with native sagebrush and grasslands woven with ponds and marshes, irrigated farmland and basalt outcroppings attracts wildlife, waterfowl and some large game animals. Bird watching, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding, site seeing and golfing opportunities set in a breathtaking landscape command attention. Find a tribal museum, pioneer history museum or hobo museum, resorts, a theatre and community festivals on the way. Local books, art, food and wine add to the experience. Blue Lake, Sun Lakes, Banks Lake and Coulee Dam offer special points of interest while traveling the byway. Additional information about the geology, wildlife and recreation is available at the Corridor’s website at http:// The Corridor’s website recommends various tours for individuals with specific interests, has a printable map, and makes recommendations based on area events, lodging or attractions. For individuals wanted specific information, contact Coulee Corridor Chair, Tim Alling, at 509-633-3655.

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Metal Sculptures


Among the artistic and traditional aspects of Ritzville are the 13 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. 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. 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 26 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

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, created by Annie Trunkle-Smart, is situated on the front lawn of the doctor’s home, which now serves as a museum. 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

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 and designed by Jim Bauer. 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. Continued on Page 29

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Visit quaint, historic Ralston

As a traveler tops over the hill on State Route 261 just 10 miles south of Ritzville, a quiet community sits by the roadside. The Ralston of today features a community park that reaps the benefits of volunteer efforts from neighbors and the Ralston Grange. The American flag displayed prominently in the middle of the park dwarfs green grass, shrubs, playground equipment, horseshoes and park benches. The church and hotel of old are still standing, but no longer serve those purposes. The church was remodeled into a residence, and the hotel was used as a store and post office and is a residence today.

The waterworks are still used, and the parsonage was remodeled into a residence. The schoolhouse, built in 1909, was functioning until the 1950s and was torn down years later. Ralston was platted in 1907, and had a promising future. By the following summer, the town was flourishing with a bank, flouring mill and warehouse, blacksmith shop, mercantile, telephone services, motel and post office. Town residents boasted electric lights, city waterworks and a good baseball team. The next years found Ralston growing, but hope was crushed when the mill went broke and closed in 1910. A set of grain elevators that can hold

about 500,000 bushels of grain reaches skyward from the traditional location by the railroad tracks. A white community church offers solace and rest to one and all, and is the site of many area functions. The two-room schoolhouse with a kitchen and multipurpose room provides a top-notch education to students in K-6 grades. The town was started by the Spokane Portland and Seattle Railroad as a base camp prior to Frank H. Benge donating land for the town in 1906. It was platted in 1907, and by 1911 the town boasted two general merchandise stores, a drug store, barbershop, hotel, lumber yard, restaurant, billiard hall, livery stable, meat market and bank.

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Metal Art: Tour Ritzville’s growing collection Continued from Page 26 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. Thiel also constructed the Bronco that serves as the mascot for the LindRitzville 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. 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.

Wagon Train

The Cowboy

Shontz Schuler

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“Cow About It?” 2013 Wheat Land Communities’ Fair The annual Wheat Land Communities’ Fair and Ritzville Rodeo provides community members from across Eastern Adams County to participate in various agricultural activities on Labor Day weekend. The fair lasts four days and features local youth exhibitors, live entertainment, gripping rodeo entertainment and an endless amount of traditional, tasty fair food on Aug. 29-31 through Sep. 1. 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 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. Gold Buckle Stock Company is the contractor for the event and rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. Saturday morning 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 traditional Ritzville Community Parade

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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 barbeque in the park at the same time. Activities return to the fairgrounds for afternoon and evening events as the livestock auction begins Saturday afternoon. 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 kick-off at 7 p.m. and features an ultimate cowboy/ cowgirl competition, as well as another performance by the Skagit Rein Riders Drill Team. 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 where local participants of all ages bring their beloved pet to run through an obstacle course. Rodeo information and advanced tickets are available by calling 509-659-0105 or visit the website http://www. For fair information, call 509-659-0141 or visit the website at http://www.

Fair Season

Adams County Fair: Harvest Ways and Fair Days 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. 11­­-14, with this year’s title “Harvest Ways and Fair Days.” 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 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 Rockin’ B Cloggers, Penelope The Clown, and Predators of the Heart, which are wild animal encounters. Also performing at the 2013 event is Bill Robison, a well-known comedian who has used his zany personality to entertain audiences for more than 25 years. Robison provides visitors with an opportunity to escape the woes of everyday life and laugh at his unpredictability and comedic situations. The N.W. Chapter of American Chuck Wagons is hosting a Dutch oven

cook-off on Sep. 11-12. Tasting of the delicious food begins at 5 p.m. on both days. Live musical entertainment on the main stage and Pepsi stage fills

Bill Robison 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. 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 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. This year also includes the specialty act, McMillian Family Trick Riders. Rounding out the week of activities is the traditional Othello Fair and Rodeo Parade in downtown Othello at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For more information about the rodeo, call the rodeo office at 509-4882604 or visit http://www.othellorodeo. com. For general information about the fair, contact the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce at 509-488-2683. 2013-2014 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 31

Washtucna popular with ornithologists


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. 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, 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 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 32 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

g n i h c t a W hawk, American redstart, red-eyed vireo, ferruginous hawk and gray flycatcher in the park. A few years ago, the elusive Black-throated 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 Photo Courtesy of Lily Ann Plumb swimming pool area. Piped spring water furnishes A Lazuli Bunting moisture to a patch of blackberry vines and the trees, providing chances Fish and Wildlife and the Central Basin to see warblers, kinglets, as well as Audubon Society chapter organized Cassin’s, warbling and red-eyed vireo. installation of the bench, which is On the hillside behind the pool is a dedicated to Patrick Sullivan, an avid patch of Russian olive trees and up a bit birdwatcher from western Washington further is another patch of blackberry who ‘discovered’ the now-famous hot vines. spot for spring and fall migrating birds. He discovered a very rare Philadelphia vireo and other rarities Continued on Page 33 such as an indigo bunting, broad-winged

Feathered friends: Washtucna attracts avid watchers Continued from Page 32 During migration, ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglet, Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Yellow, yellow-rumped, MacGillivray’s and orange-crowned 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. 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-the-wind habitat. The bird watching doesn’t dwindle

here. Golden-crowned sparrows, yellowrumped and orange-crowned warblers, house and gold finches winter over here.

Photo Courtesy of Lily Ann Plumb

A Western Tanager

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Ritzville Public Library A Full Service Public Library built in 1907 with funds from Andrew Carnegie

21,300 Books, Magazines, DVDs and Videos. Computers, Internet Access & WiFi Available for Free. Ritzville’s Carnegie Library is one of just 14 Carnegie Libraries built in Eastern Washington. Andrew Carnegie began funding the construction of public libraries in 1881. When his generous program ended in 1917, he had provided $56 million to construct 2,509 libraries.

Visitors Are Always Welcome

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is home to thousands of wheat and barley farmers and their families.

These families are the stewards of more than two million acres of land throughout the state. These lands are passed down from generation to generation, and our farms provide more than 25,000 jobs in Washington. Our farms provide a large, stable economy for our state.

Sustainability is more than a slogan to us; it is necessary for our farms to survive. These family farms not only feed our world and neighbors, but they also provide support for our rural communities.

Enjoy your time in our backyard!

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Columbia National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat, recreation in arid country Formed by fire, ice, floods and volcanic tempest, carved by periods of extreme violence of natural forces, Columbia National Wildlife Refuge lies in the middle of the Drumheller Channeled Scablands of central Washington. The area reveals a rich geologic history highlighted by periods of dramatic activity creating a scenic mixture of rugged cliffs, canyons, lakes and sagebrush grasslands. The Columbia National Wildlife Refuge is a 29,596-acre habitat within the Columbia Basin of east-central Washington that encompasses four counties, mostly situated along Crab Creek between Potholes Reservoir and the Columbia River. The Refuge is ideal for migrating and wintering waterfowl. An average population of more than 100,000 ducks and Canada geese winter in the refuge. Nesters include some mallards, redheads and cinnamon teal, with various song, water, marsh and shorebirds. Scenic and recreational opportunities abound for visitors, ranging from fishing and hunting to observing wildlife and learning about geology. Fishing is the top activity in refuge lakes, with some spring and fall trout fishing and good warm water bass, bluegill, whitefish and walleye. Only hook and line fishing is permitted and swimming is prohibited in all refuge waters. Visitors must check specific hunting regulations before hunting 36 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

waterfowl, upland birds, deer or rabbits. This information can found at most parking areas in the refuge or at the refuge office. Ducks, geese, upland birds and deer may be hunted only during the general waterfowl season. Shotgun or bow and arrow are the only weapons allowed. The preferred “hunting” is to bring a pair of binoculars and a camera to capture the beauty of the resident wildlife. The refuge provides excellent wildlife viewing, especially during the spring and summer when most of the refuge is open to the public. Red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, great-horned owls, barn owls and a few ravens nest in crooks and crannies found in the basalt cliffs, and share space with cliff swallows. Each year, the refuge hosts two special events to honor the wildlife and the birds that can be found inside of the refuge. During the second Saturday in May, the refuge honors International Migratory Bird Day to help raise awareness and provide conservation of migratory birds. On this day, the group hosts special bird watching tours at the refuge. For one week in the autumn, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department hosts the National Wildlife Refuge Week. During this week, the refuge provides visitors with a sunset tour of the park and the wildlife. The Columbia Refuge is open from 5 a.m. until a half an hour after sunset but certain areas are off-limits

during the fall and winter to preserve the migratory birds’ habitat. The best viewing times for wildlife are early in the morning or before sunset, since these are the times animals are more active. Another trick for spotting wildlife is going to the areas where two habitats meet, since animals are attracted to the area for the variety of food and shelter. Staying in the vehicle also allows visitors to catch more glimpses of animals as the majority of wildlife has become acclimated to vehicles. There are three interpretive walking paths in the refuge, the Frog Lake Trail, Marsh Loop and Crab Creek Trail. The Frog Lake Trail is three miles long with a 200 foot elevation change, and in the drier shrub-steppe area of the park. The Marsh Loop trail is 1.8 miles long with little elevation change and travels through the wetlands portion of the refuge. Crab Creek Trail is one mile long and is recommended for bird watchers. Unstaffed kiosks dot the refuge, providing information about the Drumheller Channels, waterfowl and Columbia Basin Irrigation Project history. A refuge map is available at most parking areas or by contacting the refuge office in Othello. The refuge is open seven days a week along the main public access roads. Contact the refuge for more information at 735 East Main Street, Othello, WA 99344 or 509-488-2668.

Fourth of July 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 smalltown 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, 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 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 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 decor. 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.

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Combine Crunch

Lind ready to host thousands for 26th Combine Demolition Derby 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 2013 derby marks the 26th 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 7-9 derby, around 5,000 spectators pack into the town of less than 400 people to enjoy the 40 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

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 last year’s anniversary event, drew one of the largest turnouts with 24 registered 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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Derby Weekend: Plenty of exciting metal on metal action Continued from Page 40 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 center 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. 42 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

Lighted Christmas Parade, a Lind tradition 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 photographs with Santa Claus. The 14th annual event on Dec. 8 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.

Blue Ridge Ranch, hunting and equestrian paradise With fields traveling for as far as the eye can see and the extensive amount of wildlife in the area, Blue Ridge Ranch serves as a popular hunting ground. Blue Ridge Ranch is located in Benge and provides visitors the chance to escape out into the wide-open countryside. Gregg Beckley is the founder and executive officer of Blue Ridge Ranch, a cooperative organization of landowners. Beckley’s land is currently in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and provides a natural landscape for hunting. Beckley’s great-grandfather homesteaded the farm in 1913 and it has been passed down from generation to generation. Blue Ridge Ranch has a Hunt Club that has around 40,000 acres of wildlife habitat, some that borders the Snake River. The Hunt Club is dedicated to improving and adding to the wildlife

habitat that runs along the western edge of “Palouse Country.” There is not a limit on hunting or guest days at the ranch, but the group must be notified 72 hours prior to the intended hunt day. Blue Ridge Ranch is open seven days a week except during waterfowl migration when the hunt club is only available for waterfowl on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Membership in the Blue Ridge Range Hunt Club includes waterfowl hunting. During prime migration, the group hunts on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Memberships and hunts are based on available space and total members are limited to prevent overcrowding and maintain the natural habitat. Upland hunting is limited on days designated for waterfowl hunting. Blue Ridge Ranch is horse friendly,

as they host multiple events throughout the year based on riding. In the end of March each year, the ranch hosts an Endurance Ride and Trail Ride for horse enthusiasts. The other events at the ranch include field trail rides and clinics. While the ranch does not currently have a large amount of overnight accommodations, they are in the process of constructing more. There are multiple spaces dedicated to camper and RV parking scattered throughout the ranch, one site that is centrally located. Visitors interested in hunting or participating in one of the many events held at Blue Ridge Ranch, shouyld contact the group by calling 509-887-2418 or send an email to For information about Blue Ridge Ranch, visit

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The eighth annual Washtucna Classic Auto Show takes over the small town on Saturday, June 29, when the local ball field is covered in antique vehicles and entertaining activities. This year the highlighted car on display is a 1924 Ford Model T. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are all welcomed vehicles at the event and serves as a fun day for all ages. 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 3:30 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 44 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

craft projects, benches and horseshoe art, various vendor booths, concessions and door prizes are awarded throughout the day. Western cartoonist Jim Lisk will also be on site to sketch caricatures. Awards for the car show begin at 3 p.m. and following the conclusion of the event, Frank’s Tavern provides entertainment for visitors to come and enjoy. For more information about the annual car show, visit http:// or call 509-646-3559.


The Ritzville Classic Car Club rolls out the red carpet on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend for auto enthusiasts and visitors during its annual extravaganza. Vehicles ranging from cars, trucks, motorcycles to modified modes of transportation, line the streets around the Ritzville City Park in the morning. Food vendors are on site during the show.

Before the show closes, several prizes 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. Adam’s Automotive provides a free bus shuttle to and from the car show and Historic Ritzville Days and Western Art Show all day on Sunday. The shuttle is scheduled on the hour, every hour.


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 509-488-6350 or at

Harvest Ways & Fair Days Adams County Fair!!! Sept. 11-14, 2013

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Agriculture 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. 46 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

By doing this, it conserves soil 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 farmers, living on the same land that their ancestors settled on many years ago. 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.


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Sprague plans Hay Days The Sprague community is celebrating the town’s 130th anniversary and to honor the monumental event is hosting the Sprague Hay-Days and Auto Show. The family-friendly, community event kicks off on Friday, July 5, and lasts for three days filled with fun and festivities. The activities begin at 9 a.m. every day and the show stays open until midnight on Saturday with a fireworks display highlighting the day’s events. Visitors can expect to find a variety of activities to participate in throughout the three-day event, including hot air balloon rides and over a dozen outdoor vendor booths. Two new additions to the annual event include a Dutch Oven Cook-Off contest and the first annual Tear Drop Trailer Show. Friday and Saturday evening’s activities include a fashion show. Each day also provides visitors with the opportunity to enter a raffle drawing and the opportunity to win fantastic prizes. Children can find endless entertainment on the giant slide, as well as the two bounce houses and a dunk tank. The local firefighters host an exhibit and parade, as well as a variety of other family friendly games and activities that are expected to entertain kids of all ages. On Friday at 6 p.m., visitors can participate in the ice cream run and car social. On Saturday only, a battle of the bands competition will be held outdoors for visitors to come and listen to the tunes of a wide-array of local musicians. Sunday, July 7, events are highlighted by the Battle of the Bikes Motorcycle Show-n-Glow show. At 11 a.m., the Christian Crusaders are providing a free worship service in the park. For more information, contact Shelly Martin at 509-257-1102.

Western Art Celebrate Historic Ritzville Days The Ritzville Downtown Reception in Ritzville. Development Association continues to Ron Adamson, a sculptor of celebrate the city’s annual public art stone, bronze and wood, performed project through a wide range of activities woodcarving quick draws throughout the during Historic Ritzville Days on weekend, which always draw a crowd as Memorial Day weekend. he completes the magnificent feat. In Pioneer Plaza and inside most Paul Crabtree was one of the downtown businesses, the 2014 Western newest artisans to the local event and Art Show promises a variety of artists and mediums when it returns to downtown Ritzville on May 23-25. More than 60 participants register for each year’s show, including a variety of artists from the Ritzville area and surrounding communities. The 2013 show featured the finest western and wildlife artists from throughout 2014 featured artist, Robert Walton the Pacific Northwest. The impressive roster included will brought his lathe and performed nationally acclaimed artists and local demonstrations throughout the weekend. artisans alike. One of the original artists Another new artist, Jeff Ferguson, is a to the local show, Gabe Gabel, returned Native American photographer and the to display her magnificent bronze renowned artist’s work is expected to be sculptures. a highlight of the show. Sherry Orchard returned to the show Two new events have been added with her unique medium of painting to the annual event: a geocaching event on feathers and her work received the and a rope-making demonstration. The People’s Choice award at the 2012 Artist Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce

worked with local geocachers to host the Ritzville Small Town Cache Cow on Saturday, the first geocaching event in Ritzville. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPSenabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. A new addition to the weekend is a rope making demonstration with a chance for spectators to participate in the traditional trade. For the youngsters, a Youth Art Experience Center is open throughout the show where one and all will enjoy papermaking, marbling and more. Iron Legacy Ranch, LLC, continues to provide pony rides during the show. In addition, the Ritzville Rodeo Association hosts Stick Horse Races on Sunday. The association also sponsored a Western Wear Show on Sunday from 12-2 p.m. featuring apparel and accessories from HAV Western Wear, Hickman Saddlery, 1980 Ritzville Rodeo Queen Regalia, vests by Twill & Tuck and more. Continued on Page 50

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Memorial Day Event: Art, western music and old west shoot outs Continued from Page 49 Entertainment at the 2013 event ranged from traditional cowboy and western music, to humorous renditions, to a touch of the Old West, allowing visitors to mingle with artists in businesses and on the streets of downtown Ritzville. Headliner for the weekend was Mary Kaye Knaphus, a critically acclaimed Western singer who has won numerous awards, including the 2012 “song of the year” award from the Western Music Association. A returning favorite, Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue, “Minstrels of the Old West,” continued to please audiences with songs and stories of the American West. The weekend includes strolling performances of their spirited interpretation of traditional western music and the music of early country legends. Western swing music singer Barbara Nelson will play guitar and keep the crowd entertained with a variety of 50 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

musical styles, including folk songs, traditional cowboy music, big band swing, jazz and blues. Rounding out the lineup was Sourdough Slim, a solo performance sure to provide amusement and a good time for any attending his performance. Sourdough Slim sings fast-paced Western classics while playing accordion, guitar and harmonica. He is wildly known for his comedic skits and his outstanding yodeling. Do not miss the chance to chat with Wyatt Earp and “Doc” Holliday while at the show! Members of the Ritzville Community Theatre troupe serve as ambassadors during the show, portraying a specific character from the Wild West, including Black Bart, Virgil Earp, Big Nose Kate, Kitty Leroy and Calamity Jane. Find extensive biographies of each participating artist, author, artisan and entertainer as well as galleries of photos from previous shows, MP3s showcasing the entertainers, directions and more at

The art show is held in conjunction Ritzville High School Alumni Banquet and Historic Ritzville Days, which formed to complement the banquet while focusing on celebrating the history of the city and its people, every year. On Sunday, cars from the Ritzville Classic Car Club and area car clubs will call the Ritzville City Park home for the Ritzville Classics at the Park Car Show. Pre-1972 car owners are encouraged to drive their cars to the park and vie for a Show and Shine Award and a People’s Choice Award. A bus is available for free rides to and from the car show and art show. Ritzville Fire Department’s annual free Firemen’s Breakfast jump-starts Monday morning at the fire station as a thank you to the community for supporting the fire district. For more information about Ritzville, local accommodations and other scheduled events, contact the Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce, 509-659-1936 or at the chamber’s recently updated website, http://www.

Sandhill Cranes

Huge audiences witness cranes’ Othello stop 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 28-30. 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 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. 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 http://www. 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 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 email 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. 2013-2014 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 51

Where to Worship

Benge Benge Community, 2970 E. BengeWinona Road, Benge WA 99105, Pastor David McIlroy-Village Missions affiliate, PO Box 277, Starbuck WA 99359, 509399-2259, 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, Pastor Jeremy McLellan. 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. 52 • Adams County Visitors’ Guide • 2013-2014

Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints, Othello Third Ward, 611 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 Latter-

day 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, 659-0163. 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, 659-4160, Pastor Richard F. Lee. Ritzville Foursquare, 204 E. Second Avenue, PO Box 491, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-0773, Pastor Bill Cox. Saint Agnes Catholic, 404 E. Fifth Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, 234-2262, Father Dan Wetzler. Saint Mark’s Episcopal, Fourth Avenue and Adams Street. Seventh Day Adventist, 108 W. Second Avenue, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-1207, Trinity United Methodist, 107 W. Second Avenue, PO Box 353, Ritzville WA 99169, 659-1783, tumc2@, Pastor John Hunsberger. 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, Pastor Dennis Evans,

Othello festival celebrates 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. 10, the park is alive with music and people, with food and craft vendors opening at noon followed 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, For information, contact American Fiesta Amistad at 930 South Third Avenue, Othello WA 99344 or email Emil Martinez at

Mennonite Country Auction in October 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 2013 auction is set for Oct. 5, 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. 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. 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://

Keystone Battery to reenact Civil War The sound of gunfire will echo through the countryside on August 2-5 with the Civil War is reenacted by the Keystone Battery group in Ritzville. The event is being held in conjunction with the Ritzville Victorian Society to honor Living History weekend. The group of re-enactors is located in Ritzville and all are also members of the Washington Civil War Association (WCWA). The war takes place at the Wheat Land Communities’ Fairgrounds and is a sanctioned skirmish event.

The skirmishes take place during the day on Saturday and Sunday with a special nighttime performance on Saturday. Other weekend activities include Victorian afternoon tea, the train semaphore dedication with military parade, tours of the Ritzville Train Depot and Burrough’s Home, Sunday morning church and fiber arts crafts, artist’s demonstrations and more. An ice cream reception will also be hosted at the Burrough’s Home on Saturday. The Keystone Battery group and the

members of the Victorian Society help recreate the 19th century lifestyle and display authentic materials and practices. The group believes in showing the strength and honor gained by the artillery soldiers during the Civil War. For more information about the Keystone Battery group in Ritzville, or for a complete calendar of their upcoming events, visit http:// For questions about the event, contact Sgt. Ron Evans or Laura Evans at 509-659-0594 or by email at

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Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the Lind Combine Demolition Derby

Welcome to the

Town of Lind

Lind is a great place to live, with a rural lifestyle. Lind has room for growth and business expansion. We’re easy to find just off U.S. 395 in Eastern Adams County.

Join us for one of our family activities or events including the Combine Demolition Derby, Coaster Car Races, Lighted Christmas Parade, Family Fun Fair, Chamber Banquet & Auction or the Community Yard Sale. We take great pride in our children. Our schools have small class sizes taught by highly qualified teachers. Our FFA chapter is highly regarded as one of the best in the state. For more information: Lind Chamber of Commerce: P.O. Box 561, Lind, WA 99341-0561; or (509) 677-3655 email:

Visit us at



Lind Combine Demolition Derby Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 Adults • $5 Children 6-12 • Children under 6 Free


Sponsored by Lind Lions Club


Schedule of Events: Friday, June 7:

Car Derby at the Arena ............................................6:00 p.m. (Admission Friday is $10 for Adults, $5 for Children 6-12)

Saturday, June 8:

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Kiddie Parade in downtown Lind.............................10:45 Grand Parade in downtown Lind.............................11:00 Lions Club BBQ at Lind Town Park............................12:00 Pickup Truck Races.....................................................2:00 Combine Demolition Derby at Arena..........................3:00

a.m. a.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.

Sunday, June 9:

Coaster Car Races on Smart’s Hill..............................2:00 p.m. • Lind Chamber of Commerce (509) 677-3655


Welcome to Historic Ritzville

Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Center

Settled in the early 1880s, the City of Ritzville is located in Central Washington just off Interstate 90 and US 395. The city is 40 minutes from Moses Lake and an hour west of Spokane. A vibrant agricultural community, the city has a historic 19th Century Business District. Ritzville is a popular stop for vacationers, historians and archeological buffs. Memorial Day Weekend: Ritzville Western Art Show & Historic Ritzville Days Labor Day Weekend: Wheat Land Communities’ Fair, Ritzville Rodeo & Community Parade Christmas Season Holiday Bazaar & Christmas at the Clock Points of Interest & Amenities Historic Walking Tour Bike and Walking Path Metal Sculptures • Museums Waterpark • Golf Course City Parks • Skatepark Movie Theater • Bowling Center Restaurants • Hotels & Motels

Visitors’ Center - Open All Year

Downtown Ritzville • 111 W. Main Avenue Summer Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. City of Ritzville Maps NOW Available!

email: • (509) 659-1936


(509) 488-5686


Gateway to the Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway

Photo courtesy of Barb & Ken Caylor

Proud home of the Annual Sandhill Crane Festival held in March

Pioneer Park

Bring Your Picnic to Othello’s Parks

Stretch your legs in our city parks: LIONS PARK spans 26.9 acres with many amenities including a baseball/ softball complex, soccer field, tennis court, basketball court and covered picnic areas. KIWANIS PARK offers 15.2 acres of space with covered picnic areas and several amenities. PIONEER PARK is the city’s oldest public park, located on Main Avenue. The one-acre park features a T-33 jet plane on display. Don’t forget to bring your camera! If you’re ready for a refreshing treat, visit our OTHELLO COMMUNITY POOL (in Lions Park), complete with water slide, Lazy River, Lap Pool and spray toys for the Kids!

Lions Park Baseball/Softball Complex

Othello Community Pool at Lions Park

Othello City Hall • 500 E. Main Street • Othello, WA 99344 •

Templin Terminal, 110-car shuttle loading facility east of Ritzville

Phone: (509) 659-0130 • Fax: (509) 659-1101 • 201 East First Ave., Ritzville, WA 99169

Welcome to Ritzville!

Rural Living at its Best

Ritzville City Park: Division St. Between 8th & 10th Ave. First incorporated in 1888 as part of the Washington Territory. Incorporated in the State of Washington in 1890. Phone: (509) 659-1930 Fax: (509) 659-0253

Ritzville City Hall: 216 E. Main Ave

Pru Field Airport: on Adams Street

Within Walking Distance of Historic Downtown Ritzville

Veterans Memorial Children’s Park Skateboard park constructed in 2010 Photo courtesy of Brent Larsen

Tree City USA City Since 2010

24 Hours A Day, We’re Here When You Need Us

East Adams Rural Hospital 903 S. Adams St. Ritzville, WA 99169 (509) 659-1200

24-Hour & Emergency Care • Emergency Room • Imaging Services • CT Scanning • Full Service Laboratory • In-Patient Medical Services • Swing Bed Rehabilitation Services • Physical Therapy • Outpatient Treatments • Community Education Programs • Care-A-Van Patient Transportation • Ambulance & EMTs • Healthcare Education

Ritzville Medical Clinic 903 S. Adams St. Mon. thru Fri. — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-In Clinic: Mon. thru Fri. — 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (509) 659-1200

Washtucna Medical Clinic 545 S. Church Street Thursdays — 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (509) 646-3290

Visit our website for more info: Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2

Enjoy Your Visit & Please Travel Safely

2013/2014 Adams County Visitors' Guide  

Your complete guide to activities, events, points of interest, chambers of commerce, history and what's going on in and around the communiti...

2013/2014 Adams County Visitors' Guide  

Your complete guide to activities, events, points of interest, chambers of commerce, history and what's going on in and around the communiti...