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Beer tent comes back to Colorama


erhaps the biggest change tent at North Dam Park during hours to Colorama this year will restricted to those that the other festival be the return of an old tradi- events operates. Chamber Manager Peggy Nevsition: The beer tent is back. Gone for decades now, the Col- mal said a 1500-square-foot tent will be located on orama beer tent the tennis court at was once a staple North Dam Park of the celebration, BEER GARDEN and staffed by volone that served Tennis Court at unteers. as a natural meetNorth Dam Park Nevsimal said ing place for old May 9 - 4-9 p.m. that people’s ID’s friends, some long May 10 - 4-9 p.m. and age will be gone from the May 11 • 4-10 p.m. checked at the encoulee, to come trance to the area together for a reLIVE MUSIC and that beer and union. Fri., May 10 7-9 p.m. wine will be availRun back then Love Stitch able. as a fund-raiser Sat., May 11 6-10 p.m. She said the for other organi•Rock-a-Bar beer tent will be zations, the beer open from 4-9 p.m. tent was revived Thursday, May 9; this year at the insistence of Grand Coulee Dam Area 4-9 p.m. on Friday, May 10; and SatChamber of Commerce board mem- urday, May 11, from 4-10 p.m. Live music will be featured bers who heard from locals past and present that Colorama was missing a both Friday and Saturday, Nevsimal said. “Love Stitch” will be the feacentral meeting place for adults. The old beer tent tradition ended tured band on Friday and “Rock-Aabruptly decades ago after two old en- Bar” on Saturday. At least one high school class emies got into a fight that ended after reunion group already has planned to one of them bit off the other’s nose. No one wants that kind of an at- make the new beer tent a part of their mosphere back. own gathering. The chamber will host the new beer

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Best rodeo in the state starts Friday


his year’s Colorama Rodeo, a two-day show, May 10-11, with Queen Erin Wieldraayer presiding, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, with the (almost) full range of events, and then will continue Saturday at 3 p.m. The Pro-West rodeo was named the best in the state last year. Rodeo advance tickets are currently on sale at Loepp Furniture. Adult tickets are $8 each day, and kids 11 years and older will get in for $5. Children 10 and under can attend the event without charge. Tickets for the DWK Fowler log cabin playhouse are also on sale at Loepp Furniture for $1 each. Young participants in the rodeo events need to get their entrance fees paid in advance. The junior steer riding event for 12 years and under costs $25; for the novice bareback riders, 13-17 Erin Wieldraayer years, the fee is $25; and the novice saddle bronc riders for 13- to 17-year-olds is $25. Officials stated that $10 of the entry fee goes towards the office charge, $15 to the pot and $200 added and a buckle goes to the winner. Questions on youth events can be answered by Cindy Edwards, 633-0430 or Janet O’Neil, (509) 760-3696. The Ridge Riders will feature a Coors Beer and Pendleton Whiskey Garden, where fans can relax and enjoy themselves. It all takes place at the Ridge Rider Arena on Alcan Road in Grand Coulee. McMillan & Layton will again provide the rodeo stock and popular announcer Bob Garrett from Stratford will keep rodeo fans up to speed on what is

Roping is one of the events at the Pro-West Rodeo.

going on in the arena. The rodeo will have to take place this year without one of its funniest features — the mutton-busting event. This event normally draws a lot of laughs from the crowd as youngsters attempted to ride sheep out in the arena. Ridge Rider President George Kohout said that the event was cancelled this year because the club couldn’t find anyone to

supply the sheep. The Cleatis Lacy Bull Riding event, which was held on Sunday as part of the Colorama celebration last year, is scheduled now for June 28, with a

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Helicopter tours to show area from above


t will be old home week for Tim Tueth when he returns to Grand Coulee to give helicopter rides during the Colorama Festival. Tueth is a 1992 graduate from Lake Roosevelt High School, and went through school here from the second grade on. “My family moved to the area when my dad took a job on the Third Powerhouse project,” Tueth stated. He flies for Inland Helicopter in Spokane, giving flying instructions and taking people on tours. The helicopter, a Robinson R44, will be here on Friday and Saturday and will take off and land at the upper ballfield at North Dam Park. Tueth said that he will begin at 1 p.m. Friday and fly until dusk, then provide rides all day Saturday. The helicopter can take three passengers, Tueth said. If he has a full load, the price will be $30; with fewer than three passengers the cost goes to $40 each. Tueth said the minimum passenger load will be two. Tueth learned to fly taking instruction in both Texas and Spokane and has 750 hours as a pilot. The coulee area helicopter tours were arranged by the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Buy a button, and maybe win a prize.


olorama buttons are each numbered, and if your number is called when the prizes are given out Saturday, and you are there, it could be a lucky day. Colorama Festival buttons are on sale at about 20 locations in the area. They are $3 each, and each button is individually numbered. There will be a drawing at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at North Dam Park. You have to be there to win if your number is drawn. Prizes include: • HD TV from Loepp Furniture; • Audio system from Loepp Furniture; • iPad Mini from Coulee Dam Credit Union; • Four tickets to the Pro-West Rodeo; • a La Presa Restaurant gift certificate; • a pair of Oakley sunglasses from Family Vision Center; • a Discover Your Northwest basket from the National Park Service; • a first aid kit from Coulee Medical Center;

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Carnival adds to the Colorama festival


he Paradise Amusement Carnival will be held near North Dam Park, May 9-11, and is one of the featured attractions of the Colorama Festival. Pre-sale tickets sell for $25 and are good for one full session. A $25 ticket is good from 4-9 on Thursday, May 9; or for Friday 3 to 9; or for one of two sessions on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers emphasized that the

advance tickets are good for any of the sessions, and the same ticket at the gate will cost $35. You can turn the ticket in at the gate for the customary wrist band. Until they sell out, tickets are on sale at the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, Chamber of Commerce office, Coulee Hardware, Coulee Medical Center, Funzee’s, Grand Coulee Center Lodge, H&H Grocery, NCNB, and The Star.

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Market in the park to offer more this year


hamber of Commerce Manager Peggy Nevsimal says she has 59 spots taken for the Colorama Festival market fair that is held at North Dam Park. Some businesses have taken more than one space, but there has been a very good response this year, Nevsimal stated. With 42 different vendors for arts and crafts and other wares, including eight booths offering something to eat, the market in the park will offer something for everyone. Coming this year with arts & crafts booths are: • Amy Jane’s Beady Eyes; • Bandals Footwear; • Bonnie’s Fabric on Wheels; • Chamber of Commerce/CMC • Colors Origins; • Cool Bean’s Events; • Craft’s Galore; • Crafty Hands; • Elsner’s Wooden Things; • Hair by Lindsey • Homemade Happiness; • Homemade Jewelry Co. • Liberating Style • Margo’s Jewels; • Mountain Memories • Natives World • Nature’s Masterpiece • Off the Beach • Partners in Design

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There will be a variety of booths at this year’s market.

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hose who long for the time when anyone could walk across Grand Coulee Dam on most days, can satisfy that nostalgia next week on the Rotary Club’s Walk the Dam, Building a School event to benefit a fund to help build a new school. Although construction is starting and funding for most of the school has been secured from the state, many features of a new school remain unfunded. Rotary’s fund will help solve that. The walk will start at the east side of the dam at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, giving participants plenty of time to get across before that day’s Colorama Parade. A waiting bus on the west side can take transport who want a ride back to their car near the registration site. Pre-registration is available Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. at North Dam Park, along with registration for the That Dam Run, which starts earlier Saturday morning. Registration is also available the morning of the race in Mason City Park in Coulee Dam (across from the post office), beginning at 7 a.m. Donations of $15 or more are suggested, and a unique T-shirt has been designed by Sunflower Graphics to support the school fund.

Are you in shape for “That Dam Run?”


hat’s being billed as the 33rd annual run that crosses Grand Coulee Dam will be held Saturday, May 11, beginning at the east end of the dam, the run after a well laid out course, will end at North Dam Park. There are four events: 5K walk/ run; 10K walk/run; half marathon race; and the Rotary classic, “Walk the Dam, Build a School” (see separate story on Rotary event). The “That Dam Run” is being put on by Tri-Freaks, and organizers stated this week that there is still a need for volunteers. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m.; the 10K race at 7:15; the 5K run at 8 a.m.; and the Walk the Dam, Build a

School event at 8:15 a.m. Use of Grand Coulee Dam is limited from 7-10:30 a.m. Anyone not starting to cross the dam by 10:15 will not be allowed to continue, organizers stated. Packet pickup will be available 4-9 p.m. Friday from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at North Dam Park. All athletes will be issued security wrist bands that will be used to cross check names and bib numbers for permission to enter the dam area. A shuttle, organizers noted, will run every 30 minutes from North Dam Park to Freedom Park in Coulee Dam at a cost of $3.

Colorama gear available


t’s time to get decked out in new Colorama Festival gear. Hats and t-shirts are on sale at the chamber of commerce office in Grand Coulee City Hall or online at The chamber will have a booth at the Colorama market at North Dam Park with T-shirts and hats available. Both cost $20, and the money goes to support chamber programs.

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On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India, became the world's oldest mother when she gave birth to a baby boy. Satyabhama and her husband had been married 50 years, but this is their first child. The baby was conceived through artificial insemination using eggs from the woman's 26-year-old niece, Veenarani Mahapatra, and the sperm of Veenarani's husband. Most Surviving Children Bobbie McCaughey is the mother who holds the record for the most surviving children from a single birth. She gave birth to the first set of surviving septuplets - four boys and three girls -on November 19, 1997, at the University Hospital, Iowa, US. Conceived by in vitro fertilization, the babies were delivered after 31 weeks by cesarean in the space of 16 minutes. The babies are named Kenneth, Nathaniel, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Natalie and Alexis. ®

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It was jail time for a number of Coulee ladies Tuesday as Colorama sheriff Birdie Hensley and deputy sheriff Lonna Bussert herded them into a makeshift jail next to Foisy & Kennedy building in Grand Coulee. It was all in fun and turned a few dollars for the planned Coulee Pioneer Museum. To avoid being jailed, the ladies could have purchased a $5 Get out of Jail card from one of the handful of sheriff deputies working the streets. From left - Lonna Bussert, Lindi Haag, Chamber manager Peggy Nevsimal, Debbie Bigelow, Patti Tufts, Cheryl Hoffman and Birdie Hensley.

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f you are arrested by a member of Birdie Hensley’s all-women posse during the Colorama season, your fines will go towards establishing the Coulee Pioneer Museum, a dream that Hensley has had for some time. Hensley has a jail set up on Midway Avenue, to which you may be hauled if anyone swears out a “war-

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No coolers at the rodeo


odeo fans will have to leave their coolers home this year. Ridge Rider President George Kohout said that there will be plenty of places at the arena site to purchase both beer and soft drinks. In prior years, fans could bring their coolers and drinks to the rodeo. Kohout said the Ridge Riders have gone to some effort to provide both beer and soft drinks through their popular beer garden and concessions. We need the income and it will be easier to police the area, Kohout stated. The popular Ridge Rider Pro-West Rodeo begins at 6 p.m. Friday night and resumes Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Sixty-One Years Ago The Ridge Riders Club members and friends in approximately 1952 took this picture before they rode to McGinnis Lake. Those identified include: Karen McKee, Hayden McKee, Jakie Wilson, Wes Rinker, Fay Wilson, Barb Wilson, Donna Snyder, Donna Wilson, Dover Perry, Edith Rinker, Winton Craig, Beverly Teacher, Floyd Craig, Minnie Scott, Marge Redmond, Patsy Snyder, Florence Barret, Garnet Rinker, Cecilia Good, Clyde McClain, Matt Snyder, Joe Champaneze, Lealah McKee, Wayne Snyder, Cletis Lacy, Sam Rinker and Perry Boll.

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1123 River Drive, Coulee Dam 1123 River Drive, Coulee Dam. Custom built home is Just Right. Built in 1975-76. It has 1,915 s.f. on the main level, plus 1,915 s.f. downstairs of which part is finished. It has an 18’ by 22’ sunken living room with a wood fireplace & insert, and a 16’ by 16’ 4” Master Bedroom. The home has metal siding, Central Heat and a new Air Conditioning system, and a brand new 30

year dimensional comp roof. The property is appr 151 feet wide by 118’ deep or appr 15,525 s.f. all together. There is a 12’ by 20’ deck for enjoying the sunshine, and a large fenced backyard with an in ground auto sprinkler system. Attached garage is 800 s.f., plus a detached 1 car garage. List Price is just $189,500 with a $5,000 closing cost allowance.

Foisy & Kennedy REALTY, INC. 633-0410


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Colorama 2013  
Colorama 2013  

Grand Coulee Dam's annual opening festival