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Centrally located for your wine-tasting tour. July 4 ....Zillah’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event August 15-17 ............................Bluegrass Festival September 13 ..........Not-Just-A-Farmers-Market December 6 ....Zillah’s Old-Fashioned Christmas WINE TRAIL - AVA
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Welcome Visitors What a Great Place Yakima Valley is...
You can walk the lands of ancient people and learn the ways and cultures of the Tribes of 14. Discover our great Hispanic communities and participate in the festivities or watch Filipino dancing. Don’t forget to stop at a farm and pick fresh fruit and vegetables, and be sure to visit several of the many wineries and sample unique Washington wines. For the outdoor travelers you will find many fine golf courses, good fishing in ponds and on the rivers, watch outdoor rodeos and attend art shows — and of course, see the famous murals. This Visitor Guide shows you only a sampling of what you will find in the wonderful Yakima Valley — stay a day, a week or longer — our friendly residents welcome you and stand ready to help in any way they can. We have made a sincere effort to include as many activities as possible. If anyone has additions, please contact us so we can include them in the next magazine.
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Nile Valley Days, July 19-20, Jim Sprick Park, Naches 33rd Annual Farm Equipment Expo August 16-17, Union Gap Prosser Balloon Rally, September 26-28, Prosser Fresh Hop Ale Festival, October 4, Downtown Yakima Thanksgiving in Wine Country, November 28-30, Yakima Valley Participating Wineries Lighted Farm Implement Parade, December 6, Sunnyside
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WINERIES Yakima Valley’s Wines
From Wine Yakima Valley •Yakima Valley vineyards produce more than one‐third of Washington state’s grapes, and its fruit is a key ingredient in more than half of all Washington wines. •One‐third of the vineyards in Washington are located in the Yakima Valley AVA. •Since 2004, the number of wineries located in the Yakima Valley grew from 47 to over 82 in 2009 —an increase of almost 75 percent in just five years. •Nearly 15 percent of Washington state’s wineries are located in the Yakima Valley AVA. Helpful Wine Facts •One barrel of wine equals roughly 20 cases, which equals 1,200 glasses •A ton of grapes makes about 720 bottles of wine, or 60 cases. •One vine annually produces between four and six bottles of wine, or between 20 and 30 glasses. •Each bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes; therefore each 5‐ounce glass of wine contains a little over half a pound of grapes. •There are between 15 and 45 clusters of grapes per vine. •One acre of land is home to between 726 and 1,300 vines. Website For ‘Wine Dogs’ Tourists traveling with their pets often find themselves
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Valley’s Wineries Are Sure To Please The Palate From Wine Yakima Valley The Yakima Valley cultivates The great grapes grown in Yakima as much diversity and quality as Valley are the key ingredient to any agricultural region on Earth. more than half of all the wine proApples, cherries, peaches, necduced throughout Washington state, tarines, pears, and more fill a rich making it cornucopia. the backCompleting bone of the this bounty Washington is a rewine indusmarkable try. spectrum Most winof worlderies here class wine are small grapes. family operArea’s ations where Wine unpretenHistory tious hospiThe first tality is the grape vines norm. Many in the valley are located are credited within a rural to a French countryside winemakwith unparaler named leled beauty. Charles You can enjoy a glass of wine while Schanno, who in 1869 planted gazing at the beautiful snow-capped cuttings taken from the famous Mount Adams while surrounded by Hudson’s Bay Company trading outthe diverse agricultural abundance post at nearby Fort Vancouver. But it of the Yakima Valley. Continued on page 8� Winery hopping in the Yakima Valley is an unforgettable journey of delightful discovery. Across this sunsoaked region, magnificent vineyards, trellises laden with rich grape varietals, lie in the same latitude as the great wine-producing regions of France. Local vintners invite you to savor their prized harvests and collect their hand-crafted, award-winning wines. New wineries and grape varieties sprout each year. Page 7
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limited on places they can go. Often they wind up at a destination only to find out that their dogs aren’t welcome and must be left in the car — which is never a good idea. That’s why the Yakima valley Visitors & Convention Bureau launched a new website — winedoggies.com. The site helps dogs and their owners by steering them to canine-friendly locations around the Yakima Valley — not only wineries, but also places to stay, eat, walk, shop and just about anything else a traveler might need to do. The website lists many places where dogs are as welcome as their owners, along with any rules for pets. There’s even a section about the many dogs that live and work with their owners at Yakima Valley’s wineries. Check it out to find the places where your dog will be welcomed like one of the family.
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was not until the very early 20th century that Seattle attorney William B. Bridgman pioneered the modern wine industry in the Yakima Valley. Many of the vineyards established across the region during this time were planted from Bridgman’s own vine cuttings. Following the hiatus of Prohibition, Bridgman opened Upland Winery and initiated some of the earliest varietal labeling for American wines. Scientific support for viticulture, or the craft of grape growing, began Page 8
in the Yakima Valley as early as 1917. In that year, a 200-acre plot of sagebrush near the city of Prosser was designated as an agriculture research site. Known today as the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, it is operated by Washington State University and the USDA. In 1937, this facility hired Dr. Walter Clore, who initiated grape plantings that proved vital to the nascent Washington state wine industry. Today’s Yakima Valley wine landscape likely emerged in 1962, when Associated Vintners purchased a 5.5-acre site near the town of Sunnyside. It was recommended by the pioneering Bridgman for its elevation — above frosts along the valley floor —and the south-southwest-facing slopes that take advantage of Eastern Washington state’s sunshine. This became the Harrison Hill Vineyard, which is now farmed by the Newhouse Family for DeLille Cellars. Even more remarkable vineyards came into being during the following decade. During the 1980s, along with the rest of the Washington state wine industry, the Yakima Valley experienced a boom in the planting of new vineyards and the opening of new wineries. These included Hogue Cellars and Covey Run, both established in 1982, and Chinook Wines in 1983. In 1983, the Yakima Valley appellation was officially designated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. It was the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Washington state, and also the only recognized AVA north of California at that time. Just four wineries operated in the new appellation. But in the three decades that followed, dozens of other wineries were established.
From the earliest vintages until today, the Yakima Valley has grown more wine grapes for Washington wineries than has any other appellation. It has cultivated most of the best wine in the region, since award-winning wineries from Woodinville to Walla Walla to even the Willamette Valley have grown to greatness through their use of Yakima Valley grapes. The Yakima Valley AVA now cultivates more than 17,000 acres of vineyards. Yakima and Benton counties are home to more than 152 wineries, and collectively they make up more than half of the wine production in Washington state. A new appellation — Naches Heights AVA, located just north of the city of Yakima — was officially established in 2012 with seven wineries, You can learn more about the area’s wineries and vineyards at wineyakimavalley.org.
Wineries Offer Many Special Attractions Wine grapes are really the new kid on the block as far as the Valley’s agriculture scene goes, but they’re definitely made a big name in a short time. The Valley’s history as a real wine-producing area only dates back about three decades. But in a relatively short time the local wine industry has come a long way. Today our wineries and vineyards are one of the main attractions, drawing visitors from around the world. To keep up with all the special Continued on page 9�
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events connected with Yakima Valley’s wineries, visit www. wineyakimavalley.com. New events — and even new wineries — seem to sprout up all the time. There are several major winerelated events that you should know about. The summer season gets rolling with the Spring Barrel tasting event April 25-27, with most area wineries participating in this popular wine tasting activity. It offers a chance to get a jump on tasting and purchasing some of the best wines in Wine Country. A visit to the Valley on this weekend will allow you to sample yetunfinished wines from the barrel. You can purchase a Premier Pass that allows access to exclusive benefits available only during this Spring Barrel Tasting weekend. Pass holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty food pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public. Premier Passes cost $35 at the door or can be purchased online until April 21. There are several other major Valley-wide wine events throughout the year, including the Wine & Chocolate pairings offered for Valentine’s Day in February. Then there’s the Thanksgiving in Wine Country event in late October. If you’re interested in touring local wineries, maps are available online and at many wineries. If you don’t feel like doing the driving yourself, several area limo companies offer special winery tours. www.goyakimvalley.com
Your Guide To The Local Wine Grapes The Yakima Valley Appellation grows a number of varieties of grapes that find their way into the bottle for appreciative connoisseurs. The following is a guide to grapes and wine name pronunciations. Merlot (mer-LOW) Yakima Valley Merlot is known for its sweet cherry, berry flavors and complex aromas that include plum, mint, cigar box, and sweet spices. Traditionally used in blends in much of Europe, Merlot gained popularity as a stand-alone wine in the USA in the early 1970s. Yakima Valley Merlot, with its cherry flavors and aroma, tends to be fullbodied with typically soft tannins, slightly higher in alcohol than its Bordeaux cousins and higher in acidity than Merlots from California. Cabernet Sauvignon (cab-airNAY so-veen-YOWN) The king of the red grapes grows magnificently in Washington. The heady, fruity character of this complex grape develops slowly. In its youth, the wine appears more subtle and restrained than Washington Merlots. Its character can emerge as black currants, cherry, berry, chocolate, leather, mint, herbs, bell pepper or any combination of these.
This wine ages beautifully. While several years of bottle aging are often needed for the wine to show its best, most can be appreciated in their youth. Many of the Yakima Valley vintners employ traditional blending practices, adding Merlot or Cabernet Franc to the wine. Syrah (sear-AH) The first Syrah grapes in Washington were planted in the Yakima Valley in 1986. National recognition for Yakima Valley Syrahs, together with the wines wide consumer appeal has lead to a substantial increase in Syrah plantings in the past few years. Syrah is just one of the Rhône varieties sparking new interest in Washington State. A spicy, rich, complex varietal, Syrah grapes turn into big, dark, intensely concentrated wines with aromas and flavors of blackberries, black currants, roasted coffee and leather. Cabernet Franc (cab-airNAY FRAWNK) Cabernet Franc has captured the attention of Washington winemakers who are exploring the grapes unique varietal characteristics, using it both as a blending grape and as a stand-alone variety. A hardy
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grape, Cabernet Franc has been of primary value for the sturdy core and firm tannins it adds to softer wines. On its own, it offers delicious, spicy notes with mellow coffee and intense blueberry fruit. Other Reds Riesling (REES-ling) Yakima Valley Riesling is one of the original grape varieties grown in Washington and one of the first to bring national attention to Washington wines. The Valley’s Rieslings tend to be very floral in the nose, with vivid apricot-peach flavors. Most Washington Rieslings
are created in an off-dry to slightly sweet style, all balanced with typically good acidity. Occasionally, “noble rot” works its magic on Riesling, concentrating the sugars and flavors to produce a lateharvest or ice wine of incomparable intensity. Gewürztraminer (ge-VOORTZtra-me-nair) An early Washington success story because of its ability to withstand the cold winters, Gewürztraminer typically offers allspice as well as tropical fruit with zesty aromas and flavors. Previously made only in an off-dry or slightly sweet style, Gewürztraminer is now
being explored by Washington winemakers who wish to make dry styles that retain its rich aromatics. Other Whites Chenin Blanc (SHEN-nin BLAHNK) Lively fruit and mouthwatering acidity make this the perfect oyster wine. Pinot Gris (PEE-no GREE) Produces soft wines with delicate varietal elements of melon and spice. Viognier (veeown-YAY) A richly textured wine with distinctive aromatic notes of peaches and honeysuckle.
ART, WINERY, SCENERY
Art, Winery, Scenery — Maryhill Has It All
sought to fulfill his dream years after his wife, Mary. But her unJust a short, scenic drive from before. The winthe Yakima ery sits just west Valley you’ll find of the museum. a winery and In 2001, Maryhill art museum Winery opened perched on top its doors — one of a hill overof 600 wineries looking the main Washington. It jestic Columbia produces over River. 80,000 cases yearMaryhill’s ly, making it the grounds and 10th largest winery buildings are in the state. perfect for a Visitors can view day trip, whethgrapes growing er you are in the distance, looking for a Maryhill Winery offers a wide range of wines to sample in a and then step into glimpse of histori- stunning setting. Summertime concerts bring in big-name acts. the 3,000-square-foot cal treasures at the tasting room, open daily from 10 museum, beautiful views, summer timely death delayed his plans, and even construction on the fam- a.m. to 6 p.m., where 29 different concerts at the 4,000-seat amphitheater, picnicking or wine tasting. ily mansion stopped, though it was wines are available. The bar in the tasting room is made from an early The area got its start in 1907, later built into Maryhill Museum. 1900s tiger oak and stretches 20 In 1999, Craig and Vicki when millionaire lawyer Sam Hill Leuthold established Maryhill feet by 12 feet high. purchased 5,300 acres to establish a farming community named Winery adjacent to where Hill Continued on page 11� Page 10
The Maryhill Arts Festival is a summertime tradition that includes artists exhibiting and selling work in a variety of media. It features live music, food vendors, and hands-on art activities for children and families in the Maryhill Art Tent both days 1 – 4 p.m. Maryhill’s outdoor sculpture garden features work by Tom
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YAKIMA VALLEY WINERY LOCATION KEY 14 Hands Winery ........................... G6 Agate Field Vineyard ....................... C4 Airfield Estates................................. F6 AntoLin Cellars ................................B2 Barrel Springs Winery ..................... F5 Chandler Reach Vineyards ..............H6 Chinook Wines............................... G6 Claar Cellars ................................... C4 C么te Bonneville................................E5 Cowan Vineyards............................ G6 Cultura Wine.................................. C4
Dineen Vineyards............................ C4 Gilbert Cellars..................................B2 Hightower Cellars.............................I5 Horizon's Edge ............................... D4 J Bell Cellars & Lavender................. C4 Kana Winery ...................................B3 Kestrel Vintners .............................. G6 Kiona Vineyards and Winery............I5 Kitzke Cellars....................................J6 Knight Hill Winery.......................... C3 Maison de Padgett Winery ............. C4
Mas Chappell .................................. C3 Naches Heights Vineyard................ A2 Owen Roe .......................................B3 Paradisos del Sol ............................. C4 Portteus Vineyard ........................... D4 Reflection Vineyards ....................... C4 Severino Cellars .............................. C4 Silver Lake Winery at Roza Hills .... C4 Sleeping Dog Wines .......................H5 Southard Winery............................ A1 Steppe Cellars ..................................E4
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Tanjuli Winery ................................ C4 Tapteil Vineyard Winery...................I5 Terra Blanca Winery.........................I5 Thurston Wolfe Winery.................. F6 Treveri Sparkling Cellars ..................B3 Two Mountain Winery.................... C4 Upland Estates Winery....................E5 Wilridge Winery............................. A2 Wineglass Cellars............................ C4 Yakima Valley Vintners..................... F6
FARMERS’ MARKETS, FRUITSTANDS and more
Enjoy The Fruits Of The Valley’s Labor
Early boosters promoted the Yakima area as The Nation’s Fruit Bowl — and they were right. But there’s more to the Valley’s farm scene than fruit. Yakima County contains one of
Washington state’s most diverse agricultural systems. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007 Census, Yakima County is the No. 1 county in Washington based on market value
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of crop and livestock products. Agriculture contributes a whopping $1.2 billion to our local economy. Yakima County is the leading county in the nation in apple production with over 55,000 acres of apple orchards producing premier apple varieties like Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Honeycrisp as well as hundreds of antique apple varieties. Yakima County is also the leading county in the nation in the production of hops. There are nearly 19,000 acres of hops planted on trellis systems. Hops are the essential ingredient in the world-renowned brews of the Pacific Northwest. And Yakima County produces an estimated 70 percent of the hops grown in America. Within the state, Yakima County is the top producer of sweet cherries (2,500 acres), plums/ prunes (more than 400 acres), nectarines (more than 600 acres), peaches (more than 1,000 acres), and of pears (8,400 acres). In your travels through our county, you may also come across apricots, tart cherries, pluots (plums crossed with apricots) and even pecotums (peach X apricot X plums). Yakima County is No. 1 in the state in dairy, milk production, cheese production, cattle and calves, sheep and lamb production, meat goats. The animal agricultural annual gate value tops $600 million. Irrigated pasture land totals 140,000 acres, managed range
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totals 2.2 million acres and approximately 40,000 people in the county own from 2 to 20 acres. Yakima County is the No. 1 producer of melon in the State including watermelon, cantaloupe and muskmelon. There is a growing berry industry that includes blueberries and raspberries that are on display in local farmers markets and contribute to a fruit juice industry that ships worldwide. Our county also has over 19,000 acres of grapes including juice grapes like Concord. Premier grape varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Riesling and Chardonnay are grown here to feed a growing wine industry that earned the Yakima Valley the designation as the first American Viticultural Area
and food producers together in one in Washington. The Yakima Valley spot, along with arts-and-crafts is home to the state’s highest vendors, specialty food producers concentration of wineries. and entertainers to create a fun The Valley is also the leading shopping experience. producer of squash (summer and In downtown Yakima, check out winter) and peppers (bell and chili) Yakima Farmers Market, one of the in Washington and has over 3,600 bigger such gatherings in Central acres of sweet corn. Washington. The market operates From May to September, each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 roadside vegetable stands are p.m. on a blocked-off area of Third loaded with asparagus, onions, Street, right in front of the Capitol snap beans, cucumbers, corn, Theatre in the downtown core. peppers, tomatoes and more. The market runs from May Many of these farms offer U-pick options so that visitors can gather through October. You’ll find fresh produce from around the region, their own fresh vegetables fresh including specialty items, organic from the fields. crops, food vendors and more. Farmers Markets And there’s a special Tuesday During the summer months you’ll Market each Tuesday from July also find several farmers markets into the fall, located nearby on operating throughout the area, yet Fourth Street behind the Capitol another fun option for enjoying the Valley’s bountiful harvests. Continued on page 21� These markets bring farmers
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Savor the Flavors The Yakima Valley yields some of the finest and most flavorful produce in the state. From fruits and vegetables to dairy products and fish, the Yakima Valley can tantalize your taste buds every day of the week.
When planning your vacation to the area, stop by one of the many fruit stands throughout the valley and pick up your favorites.
Apples .............................................Aug-Nov Asparagus ........................April through June Beets ....................................... July-October Blackberries .....................August-September Blueberries ......................August-September Broccoli ..................................................June Cantaloupe .............................. July-October Carrots .............................................July-Oct
The following list is prepared especially for canning aficionados.
Lbs. Produce ...........................................Needed Apples...............................................2 1/2 - 3 Applesauce .................................2 1/2 - 3 1/2 Apricots...................................................2 - 3 Asparagus ..................................2 1/2 - 4 1/2 Beans .........................................1 1/2 - 2 1/2
Cauliflower .............................................June Cherries .........................Late June-early July Corn, Indian .....................................October Corn, Sweet .............................. July-October Cucumbers ............................... July-October Eggplant ................................... Aug-October Garlic and Onions ....................June-October Grapes .................................... Sept-October Green Beans .......................... July-October Hops ........................................ Aug-October Melons ..................................... July-October Nectarines .....................Late June-early July Okra .......................................... Aug-October Onions ...................................... Mid-Sept on Peaches ................................... July-October
Pears ....................................... Aug-October Peas ......................................................June Peppers ..................................... Aug 1- frost Plums ....................................... Aug-October Potatoes ..........................................July-Nov Prunes ..................................... Aug-October Pumpkins ................................ Sept-October Squash .......................................... July-frost Strawberries ..........................................June Tomatoes ................................. July-October Watermelon ........................... July - October Zucchini ..................................June-October
Beets (w/out tops)...................................2 - 3 Berries ..............................................1 1/2 - 2 Berries (jam - one batch) ........................3 - 4 Carrots ....................................................2 - 3 Cherries ............................................2 - 2 1/2 Corn ..............................................9 - 12 ears Cucumbers .......................................2 1/2 - 3 Okra ..................................................1 1/2 - 2 Peaches..................................................2 - 3
Pears ......................................................2 - 3 Peas, Green (in a pod) ...........................3 - 6 Peppers ............................................1 - 1 1/2 Plums..........................................1 1/2 - 2 1/2 Prunes ........................................1 1/2 - 2 1/2 Pumpkin............................................1 1/2 - 3 Squash (summer) ...................................2 - 4 Squash (winter) ................................1 1/2 - 3 Tomatoes ....................................2 1/2 - 3 1/2
CALENDAR OF EVENTS A Sample Of Fun The Valley Has To Offer The Yakima Valley has special events going on all year long. Here is a sample to help you plan your trips and activities. This is only a partial list of some highlights. Other events are added throughout the year — and some events weren’t fully organized when we put our publication together — so you’ll want to learn more details. For an overall calendar of Valley activities, try the website at www. visityakima.com. You can also pick up brochures, maps and other literature at the Visitors Information Center at 101 N. Fair Ave., located next to Interstate 82 by the downtown Yakima exit. You can call the center for more info at (509) 573-3388, 800-2210751. All the Valley’s communities have their special events going on, too. The easiest way to get more information on those is to check with the chamber of commerce in each town. Yakima www.yakima.org (509) 248-2021 Selah www.selahchamber.org (509) 698-7303
Wapato www.wapatochamberofcommerce. com (509) 877-9906
APRIL 25-27 Spring Barrel Tasting at wineries throughout the Yakima Valley 25-27 24th Annual Sunshine
Toppenish www.toppenish.net (509) 865-3262 toll free 1-800-863-6375 Zillah www.zillahchamber.com (509) 829-5055 Granger www.grangerchamber.net (509) 854-7304 Sunnyside www.sunysidechamber.com 1- 800-457-8089
Grandview www.visitgrandview,org (509) 882-2100
Prosser www.tourprosser.com (509) 786-3177
Union Gap www.stayinthegap.com (509) 480-7636
Yakama Nation www.yakamanation.nsn.gov (509) 865-5121
Classic Basketball Tournament, Sunnyside 25-27 22nd Annual ZIllah Lion’s Club Spring Fling Girl’s Basketball Tournament, Zillah 26Kids Fish In at Sarg Hubbard Park, Yakima 26 Spring Fling Wine Tasting Gala, Zillah MAY 3-4 Cinco de Mayo 13th Annual Fiesta Grande, downtown Yakima 9-10 Community Days, Zillah 10 Annual Canine and Wine Walk, Zillah 13 Family Field Day at Sarg Hubbard Park, Yakima 15-18 Community Days and Parade, Selah 16-18 Northwest Nitro Nationals Pro Hillclimb, Sunnyside 16 Indulge — A Premier Event for Women, downtown Yakima Continued on page 18�
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MAY 17 Tour of Artists’ Homes & Studios, Yakima area locations 17 Antiquity Fair at Central Washington Ag Musuem, Union Gap
18 Your Canyon for a Day Bike Tour between Yakima and Ellensburg 27-June 1 Fiddlin’ Under The Stars Bluegrass Festival, Goldendale 30-31 WIAA 1A and 2A state high school baseball championships, 1B, 1A and 2B softball championships, 2A softball champand 1B and 2B and 1A state tennis championships, Yakima 30-31 WIAA 2A state high school softball championships, Selah 31 Rock the Gap, Yakima 31-June 1 Gap2Gap Relay Yakima Greenway Foundation, Yakima JUNE 7 Mural in a Day, Toppenish 14-15 31st Annual Old Town Days at Fullbright Park, Union Gap 20-22 24th Annual Mid-Summer Soccer Classic, Yakima 21 Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games, Prosser JULY 3-5 Independence Day Festival, Selah Page 18
4 4th of July Celebration, Yakima 4 4th of July Wild West Parade, Toppenish 5-6 Toppenish Rodeo 4 Old Fashioned 4th of July, Zillah 4 Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Prosser 19 11th Annual Art Walk & Wine Gala, Prosser 19-20 Nile Valley Days at Jim Sprick Community Park, Naches 31-Aug.3 40th Annual Northwest Nationals Rod Run, Yakima 31-Aug. 3 Vintiques of Yakima Northwest Nationals, Yakima AUGUST 8 Legends of Washington Wine Gala at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, Prosser 9 Prosser Wine & Food Fair, Prosser 15-17 17th Annual Toppenish Western Art Show at Railroad Park, Toppenish 15-17 Bluegrass Festival, Zillah 16-17 Central Washington Antique Equipment 33rd Annual Expo, Unio Gap 16 A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz, Yakima
23 17th Annual Rail Show at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum, Toppenish 23-24 12th Annual Hot Shots 3-On3- Basketball Tournament, downtown Yakima SEPTEMBER 12-14 Naches Valley Sportsman’s Days, Naches
12-13 SunDome Volleyball Festival and Junior Varsity Satellite Tournament, Yakima 13-14 Skewered Apple BBQ Championship at Tree Top Store & Visitor Center, Selah 13 Not Just A Farmer’s Market, Zillah 19-28 Central Washington State Fair, Yakima 26-28 25th Annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally, Prosser 27-28 Wine Country Trek, Prosser OCTOBER 4 Pirate Plunder Adventure Race, Yakima 4 Fresh Hop Ale Festival, downtown Yakima 11-12 Catch the Crush Annual Event, Zillah , Benton City , Yakima , Prosser , Toppenish , Wapato 25-Nov. 1 10th annual Dia de los Muertos Community Altar Exhibit, downtown Yakima 25-26 Haunted Depot at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum, Toppenish. Also Oct. 29 to 31. NOVEMBER 14-15 WIAA 1B, 2B and 1A state volleyball championships, Yakima 28-30 Thanksgiving in Wine Country, participating area wineries 29 11th Annual Toy Train Christmas at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum, Toppenish DECEMBER 5 Lighted Parade, Selah 6 Old Fashioned Christmas, Zillah 6 Whispers of Christmas, Selah 6-7 11th Annual Toy Train Christmas at the Northern Pacific Railway Museum, Toppenish. Also Dec. 13-14, 20-21 6 26th Annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade, Sunnyside 12 Christmas Parade and Festival, Union Gap www.goyakimvalley.com
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Naches Is Gateway To Fun Outdoors
If you love your fun outdoors, Naches is a great place to visit â€” no matter what time of year you arrive. Located on Highway 12 just a few miles from Yakima, itâ€™s within
side fruit stands or U-pick farms, explore close-by attractions like Boulder Cave or hike one of the many trails in the area. During the winter plan a snowmobiling trip, or check out the Oak
restaurants in this quaint, small town. And donÂšt forget to plan an extended visit during one of the townÂšs many events. Nile Valley Days, held July 1920 at Sprick Park, is packed with outdoor family-friendly activities: vendors with hand-crafted items, food booths, displays, kids games, egg-toss, live entertainment, Lions Bingo, black-powder emonstrations, horseshoe tournaments, rescue demonstrations by Central Washington Mountain Rescue, Continued on page 20ďż˝
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and amateur wood events including the spike drive, cross-cut saw, wood-splitting and axe throw. A $1 donation is appreciated at the gate. Sportsman Days Sept. 12-14, sponsored by the Naches Lions Club, is one of the longest-running community day events in the Yakima Valley. The event features free entertainment throughout the weekend along with a midway, rides, food booths, game booths, flea market, silent auction, button drawings, free shows and much more. To enjoy the small-town atmosphere, play or picnic at the two local parks (Applewood and Cleman’s View), walk the
Greenway started at the Naches Trailhead or visit the restored Visitors Center in the historic train depot, complete with public restrooms. For more information on Naches events and things to do, visit www.nachesvalleychamber.com or www.whistlinjacklodge.com Originally called Natchez, the community was settled in the late 19th century and grew gradually.
The Northern Pacific Railroad came to Natchez in 1906, but it was the shuttle train tagged “Sagebrush Annie” that would establish a twice daily commuter link between Naches and the Yakima marketplace.
Area’s Golf Courses Are Waiting For You
Nestled between grape vineyards, hop fields, rivers and
mountains, the Yakima Valley is home to 10 great golf courses. The
The signature 17th green at Apple Tree is shaped like — what else? — an apple. Page 20
list includes eight well-maintained public courses open to golfers of all skill levels, including: Apple Tree Golf Course 18 holes, Yakima, (509) 966-5877 The public golf course was designed by John Steidel and opened in 1992. Surrounded by apple orchards and known for its apple-shaped 17th hole, the course has hosted numerous celebrities including President George W. Bush and Bobby Knight. The total yardage for the course is 6,961 yards from the back tees and has a course rating of 73.5, a slope of 140 and a par of 72. Black Rock Creek Golf Club Continued on page 21�
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18 holes, Sunnyside, (509) 8375340 Built in 1947 and designed by Kelly Bowen, the public course is located off Interstate 82. The total yardage for the course is 6,657 yards from the back tees and has a course rating of 71.3, a slope of 121 and a par of 72. Cherry Hill Golf Course 9 holes, Granger, (509) 8541800. Built in 2000, the public golf course is located off Interstate 82. The total yardage is 1,186 yards and it has a par of 30. Fisher Park Golf Course 9 holes, Yakima, (509) 5756075 Built in 1960, the public, par-3 golf course is known as a great family course or a place to work with irons. The course is 1,354 yards and has a course rating of 45, a slope of 113 and a par of 27. Mt. Adams Country Club 18 holes, Toppenish, (509) 865-4440 The public golf course was built in 1926 and is located just off of U.S. Highway 97. The total yardage for the course is 6,292 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 70.6, a slope of 121 and a par of 72. River Ridge Golf Course 9 holes, Selah, (509) 697-8323 The public golf course was designed by Dean Laurvick and opened in 2003. The total yardage for the course is 2,250 yards from the back tees. It has a course rating of 59, a slope of 96.5 and a www.goyakimvalley.com
par of 31. Suntides Golf Course 18 holes, Yakima, (509) 9669065. Designed by Joe Grier and opened in 1965, the public course is located off of U.S. Highway 12 West. The total yardage for the course is 6,220 yards from the back tees and has a course rating of 66.9, a slope of 111 and a par of 70. Westwood West Golf Course 9 holes, Yakima, (509) 966-0890 Designed by Melvin Curly Hueston and opened in 1964, the public golf course is nestled on the west side of Yakima. The total yardage for the course is 2,691 yards from the back tees and has a course rating of 32.3, a slope of 107 and a par of 35. PRIVATE COURSES Yakima Country Club 18 holes, Yakima, (509) 452-2266 The private golf course was designed by A. Vernon Macan and built in 1918. The total yardage for the course is 6,494 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 69.3, a slope of 123 and a par of 72. Yakima Elks Golf & Country Club 18 holes, Selah, (509) 697-7177 The private golf course was built in 1950. The total yardage for the course is 6,640 yards from the back tees. It has a course rating of 71.6, a slope of 123 and a par
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Theatre. That runs from 4 to 7 o’clock. Check the website at www. yakimafarmersmarket.org. Here are some other area markets to check out: •Selah — Selah’s market runs on Wednesday’s from 5 to 8 p.m. at 210 S. First St., in the parking lot behind the King’s Row restaurant. You can check the website at www. selahsmarket. com. •Prosser — The Prosser Saturday Market is open May through October in the park at 1329 Sommers Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Learn more at www.prosserfarmersmarket.com •Sunnyside — Sunnyside’s market runs Wednesdays from 4 to 7 throughout the summer at Fourth Street and Edison Avenue near the city park.
CITY OF SELAH
Experience the Sunshine and Adventure Selah is located at the South end of the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway and offers numerous outdoor recreation access points. Come experience several agricultural delights with our Self-Guided Agricultural Loop, Tree Top Juice’s Visitor Center and the Selah Ridge Lavender Farm. There are experiences for everyone throughout the entire year, including Community Days event held the third weekend of May, the annual Army Base Race held the third weekend of September, and the Yakima River Canyon Marathon held the first Saturday of April. The Wednesday Farmer Market starts in June each year. The market is held behind King’s Row Drive-In each Wednesday evening from June through the end of September. This is a great chance for local farmers and crafters to sell products for a reasonable price. For more Wednesday Market information go to www. selahsmarket.com. There are endless opportunities
to experience the outdoors in Selah and the Yakima River Canyon. In the summer, the river is perfect for a leisurely float. Winter is a great time to snow shoe one of the many trails in the area, and in the fall it’s a prime hunting spot for deer, elk, and big horn sheep. The river is also open for Blue Ribbon fly fishing year round. Selah also has top notch facilities for fastpitch and baseball. There are tournaments held March thru October including the WIAA 2A State Fastpitch Tournament. If you’re here for the weekend, stay at North Park Lodge our wonderful outdoor themed hotel. You can find them online at www.northparklodge. com. For further information call 509698-6000. Come visit Selah and you will see why it’s a great place to live, work and play. For more information about Selah go to www.discoverselah.com or call 509-698-7300.
2014 SELAH EVENTS April 5 .............................................Yakima Canyon River Marathon May 15 - 18 .......................................................... Community Days July 3 .............................................................3rd of July Celebration .............................................................** Color Run & Fireworks** Sept 13 - 14 ................................................................ Tree Top BBQ
PO Box 415 216 S. 1st Street Selah, WA 98942 – 509-698-7303 www.selahchamber.org email@example.com – facebook: Selah Chamber of Commerce Page 22
Sept 20 ............................................ Army Base Race Half Marathon Oct 10 ................................................................. Women to Women Oct 31 ..........................................................Business Trick or Treat Dec 5 ...............................................................Selah Lighted Parade **Movie sponsored by Lince and John Campbell Schools to follow** Dec 6 .......................................................... Christmas Selah-Bration *Dates may be subject to change, call Chamber for updates
“EXPERIENCE THE SUNSHINE AND ADVENTURE”
Selah Is Big On Its Fun And Recreation The small town of Selah provides more than its share of fun for people visiting the Valley. There’s a lot to do in town and plenty more in the surrounding area. Selah is located at the South end of the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway and offers numerous outdoor recreation access points. Visitors can also experience a multitude of agricultural delights including Tree Top juice and local wineries. Recreation is a big deal to Selah residents, so the city has developed a great complex of athletic fields that attract softball tournaments and more throughout the spring and summer months. You can also enjoy a dip at the community swimming pool and relax in several city parks. Sitting so close to the area’s outdoor recreation spots, Selah is a great jumping-off location for hunters, rafters, hikers, climbers, fishermen, birders — or anyone else who likes to head outdoors. Every April is the Yakima River Canyon Marathon, which runs through the nearby canyon and finishes up in Selah. If you’re not quite up to doing a marathon, the annual Why Not Give It A Try Beginner Triathlon might be more to your liking. This year it’s on Saturday, July 19, on a course completely within the city limits. It includes a quarter-mile swim at the city pool in Wixson Park, a www.goyakimvalley.com
six-mile bike race and three-mile walk/run. Entries are limited. Registration closes after the first 150 entries or June 30th, whichever comes first. There is a $25 fee at time of registration. You can sign up at www. ci.selah.wa.us at the tourism link. The community’s biggest party is the annual Community Days celebration, which this year falls May 15-18. Thursday, May 15, starts off with a free Lions health screening from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Red Apple parking lot, followed by the annual Hobo Feed dinner from 4:30 to 8 at the Selah Civic Center. The carnival opens at 5 p.m. at Lince Field. On May 16 is the chamber of
commerce’s Potato Feed from 5 to 8 at the civic center followed by free entertainment and a poker run
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tion, which this year falls May 15-18. Thursday, May 15, starts off with a
On May 16 is the chamber of commerce’s Potato Feed from 5 to 8 at the civic center followed by free entertainment and a poker run at 6. Saturday, May 17, has the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the civic center from 6 to 10 with the parade downtown starting at 10., followed by a full day of entertainment and food. Activities resume Sunday at 11. There are plenty more community gatherings, such as: •Independence Day Festival July 3-4. Along with that is the Les Schwab Tire Color Me Free 5K run at Carlon Park starting at 6 p.m. There is a fireworks display at music at Selah High School’s stadium. Other parts of the celebration include a pancake breakfast, parade and youth activities on July 4. •Aug. 13-14 — Skewered Apple BBQ Championship at Tree Top head-
The small town of Selah provides more than its share of fun for people visiting the Valley. There’s a lot to do in town and plenty more in the surrounding area. Selah is located at the South end of the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway and offers numerous outdoor recreation access points. Visitors can also experience a multitude of agricultural delights including Tree Top juice and local wineries. Selah Little League McGonagle Park: Recreation is a big deal to 440 McGonagle Road, Selah Selah residents, so the city has developed a great complex of ath- free Lions health screening from 9 letic fields that attract softball tournaa.m. to 8 p.m. at Red Apple parking ments and more throughout the spring lot, followed by the annual Hobo Feed and summer months. dinner from 4:30 to 8 at the Selah You can also enjoy a dip at the Civic Center. The carnival opens at 5 community swimming pool and relax p.m. at Lince Field. Continued on page 25� in several city parks. Sitting so close to the area’s outdoor recreation spots, Selah is a great jumping-off location for hunters, rafters, hikers, climbers, fishermen, birders — or anyone else who likes to head outdoors. Every April is the Yakima River Canyon Marathon, which runs through the nearby canyon and finishes up in Selah. If you’re not quite up to doing a marathon, the annual Why Not Give It A Try Beginner Triathlon might be more to your liking. This year it’s on Saturday, July 19, on a course completely within the city limits. It includes a quarter-mile swim at the city pool in Wixson Park, a sixmile bike race and three-mile walk/ Great Northwest Products and Gifts, run. Gift Baskets, Espresso and Smoothies! Entries are limited. Registration closes after the first 150 entries or June 30th, whichever comes first. There is a $25 fee at time of registration. You can sign up at www.ci.selah. wa.us at the tourism link. The community’s biggest party is 204 E. 2ND AVENUE, SELAH WA • 697-3226 the annual Community Days celebra-
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quarters brings in teams from around the region competing for the title of best barbecue. Visitors get to sample and enjoy the entertainment. •Sept. 20 is the Army Base Race, sponsored by Howard’s Medical •The chamber presents Cowboy Up for A Cure at the civic center Oct. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. •Oct. 31 is Business Trick or Treat •Get in the Christmas spirit Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. with the Selah Lighted Parade & Whispers of Christmas. Then on Dec. 6 cold-weather runners can join the Frosty Freezin’ 5K race at 11 a.m. For more info on these events visit discoverselah.com or selahchamber.org. You can always celebrate the area’s rich agricultural experience by taking the Agricultural Interpretive Loop. Check the website for information. And the city’s farmers market is open Wednesdays throughout the season for a taste of local fruit and produce plus arts and crafts and more. The market is behind King’s Row restaurant at 210 S, First St.
CANYON RIVER RANCH
Visit Tree Top Store & Visitor Center In Selah While in apple country, learn how produce goes from farm to table at the Tree Top Store & Visitors Center at 202 E. Second St. in Selah. Tree Top has been in the area for over 50 years producing apple juice, applesauce and fruit snacks. “Country general store” is the theme of the new store. Stained wood batten board walls line the facility with wood countertops. Twelvefoot-high ceilings showcase Tree Top memorabilia and history. It also includes indoor seating and a wrap-around covered porch for outdoor seating. The parking lot provides easy access for buses. Tree Top food products, other Northwest favorite treats, Tree Top merchandise, and unique gift baskets that feature local and Northwest items are available for sale. It also has a cafe that serves sandwiches, baked goods, coffee,
smoothies and, of course, juice. It’s a fun, family environment and a healthy destination as well. The new visitor center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from April to December 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can reach the store at (509) 698-1750.
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Greenway Promotes Outdoor Family Fun The Yakima Greenway path is a continuous, 10-mile paved path system along the Yakima River in Yakima. The Greenway is the perfect place for walking, bird watching, fishing, running, biking, skating, picnicking, and enjoying healthy outdoor activities.
It is wheelchair accessible, with fishing piers designed for the wheelchair-bound at Rotary Lake. The system is supported by thousands of residents and visitors every year. The trail is accessible from all Greenway parks and landings except Century Landing. Restrooms are located periodically along the path and there are numerous garbage cans, but there is no potable water. There is a large playground area along the path north of Sarg Hubbard Park, and at Sarg Hubbard itself there are play areas for kids, open fields for Frisbee or flying kites or whatever, a Frisbee golf course, covered picnic areas and more. A continuing project eventually will add another 10 miles of paved pathway, all the way to the town of Naches to the north. About 3 miles Page 26
east side of I-82 by the Humane of that path already is completed Society. from Naches. The Greenway also shares an Dogs must be on leash, except area with the 46-acre Yakima Area at the off-leash dog park located Arboretum, which includes about along the Greenway path. 30 acres of lawn, trees and garThere are a number of easy access points where you can park dens and more acreage of wooded areas along the Yakima River. and begin your Greenway advenThe Arboretum’s Jewett ture: •Myron Lake: Interpretive Center features a carillon bell tower, the Heritage of Behind Don’s Trees display, reference library, Dry Dock Gardenview and Solarium meeting on Fruitvale rooms, herbarium, Tree House Gift Boulevard, Shop, and courtyard, as well as south of 40th Avenue. kitchen, restrooms and staff offic•Sixth es. Avenue: Take Plant habitat zones in the Sixth Avenue Yakima River Watershed range under the railall the way from the shrub-steppe road bridge over the Naches River. to the subalpine to the riparian. Likewise, collection specimens •Harlan Landing: Take the Rest Haven Road exit off of I-82 just on display at the Yakima Area Arboretum range from native, to after the bridge over the Yakima River. adapted, to exotic species. •Rotary Lake: Turn right on East Special Events A variety of events are held at R Street from North First Street, go all the way to the end and turn the Greenway each year. For a full calendar and park access maps, onto Freeway Lake Road. Take this dirt road under the freeway to check out yakimagreenway.org. •The Yakima Kids’ Fish-In is held the parking area. •Sarg Hubbard Park: Located April 26. This event is helps kids just off of Yakima Avnue/Terrace Continued on page 27� Heights Drive near the Greenway Auto Mall and Wal-Mart. •Sherman Park: Located off of Valley Mall Boulevard in Union Gap, on the www.goyakimvalley.com
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Myron Lake: Fishing Lake andis western terminus learn1ofabout fishing and open to the Plath Pathway. the first 1,000 kids ages 5-14. Kids 2 16thaAvenue Parking and access bait, for receive rod,Parking reel,Lot: tackle the Plath Pathway. angler education, and T-shirt, plus 3 Harlan Landing: Includes parking, boat ramp, picnic/barbeque facilities. the opportunity to take home two fish. 4 Rotary Lake Parking Lot: Access to Rotary Lake, a fishing lake with access, parking, and piersGap2Gap designed for the Relay disabled. will •The 5 Sarg Hubbard Includes parking, be May 31 andPark: June 1 at Sarg restrooms, river access, picnic facilities, play area forPark. children, physical fitness course, Hubbard This is a multi-leg, Amphitheatre, and the Greenway Member and Visitor Center. multi-discipline relay race for kids and adults. Elite Course in6 Sherman Adult Park: Includes parking, Fred Westberg Memorial Picnic Pavilion (reservable). cludes a 2-mile field run, 12-mile 7 Robertson Landing: Boat landing/river access, mountain bike, 8-mile kayak, 20parking, restroom, picnic/barbeque facilities, and access to the Jewett Pathway. mile road bike and 10K run. Adult 8 Spring Creek/Valley Mall Blvd. Parking Lot: SportSouthern course includes a 2-mile terminus of Jewett Pathway, restroom, play area, picnic facilities, access to the Jewett field Pathway. run, 8-mile mountain bike, 5K skate9 Century leg, 20-mile road bike and Landing: Boat ramp/river access, parking, restroom at the southern end of the 5K run. Theonjunior course offers a Greenway, the east side of the river. run, bike, skate, kayak and obsta10 Sunrise Rotary Park/McGuire Community Playground; features large wooden playground, cle course. picnic and restroom facilities. •A Natural CaseArea: ofThis thearea Blues and All will remain largely undeveloped and protected. that Jazz is held Aug. 16 at Sarg Mileage Markers: There are granite markers every Hubbard Park. It atisHarlan a blues quarter mile, starting Landingand with mile 0, south to Valley Mall Blvd. Parking Lot, jazz proceeding festival benefiting the commuand at Berglund Lake with mile W-0, proceeding west to Myron Lake. nity through the Yakima Greenway Distances from Sarg Hubbard Park, north: Foundation and Junior League of McGuire Playground restroom ............... 1.1 miles Boise Pond Bench by river .................... 1.6 miles Yakima. The festival features blues Rotary Lake parking lot restroom .......... 2.1 miles Rotary Lake restroom .......................... 2.75 miles and jazz music, award-winning Harlan Landing restroom ....................... 3.5 miles Start of Plath Path .................................. 3.2 miles Northwest wines and microbrews, 16th Ave. restroom ................................ 4.1 miles Myron Lake parking lot .......................... 5.7 miles delicious food and a silent auction. Distances from Sarg Hubbard Park, south: There are many Wooded area by Arboretum ..................... .8 miles Park parking otherSherman activities andlot .................... 1.28 miles Robertson-Jewett Path boat launch ....... 1.6 miles Jewett Path mid-way events held alongrestroom the .............. 2.3 miles Wastewater creek ................................... 2.7 miles Union Gap/Valley Mall Blvd. Greenway. Check the parking lot ............................................... 3.3 miles Sarg Circle path...................................... .25 miles website at www.yakimagreenway.org. Off-leash Dog Park The Yakima Greenway has completed a new area for dogs to run free at Sherman Park. Take exit 34 off I-82, turn left across from K-mart. Head to the Humane Society building, parking at the area past the building. Walk up the trail from the parking lot, less than one-quarter mile to the
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fenced area. Enter this area by a double gate system Take your own dog, or walk a dog from the Humane Society. Dogs can enjoy running free among the trees and rolling in the leaves, as well as meeting new dog friends. The Humane Society helps by volunteering to show dog owners
the rules of the park and making sure that everyone picks up after their dog. There are also benches and a footbridge at the park. For safety reasons, young children should not be taken into the dog park. The park is to be used at the dog owner’s own risk. You can now buy a paver to immortalize your canine friend. The fund raised will help maintain the dog park. Page 27
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Try A Nostalgic Ride On Vintage Trolleys Experience an old-fashioned American street railway almost exactly as it was 100 years ago, and learn of the important role transit held in developing Yakima as well as the rest of the industrialized world. The Yakima Electric Railway Museum near downtown Yakima offers a unique museum experience as well as vintage trolley rides. The museum and car barn are located at the corner of South Third Avenue and Pine Street in Yakima. The museum is operated by Yakima Valley Trolleys, a nonprofit organization. The trolleys operate on the tracks of the former Yakima Valley Transportation Co., which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the last authentic, all-original, turn-of-thecentury interurban electric railroad in the United States. The railroad was constructed between 1907 and 1913. Once up
to 44 miles in length, most of the tracks have been removed; just five miles of track remain. In its first years of operation, railroad service was limited to one line in downtown Yakima. Then in 1909, the YVT was purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad so it could expand
the system as a feeder of freight and produce to the Union Pacific mainline. In 1910, the YVT built a car barn, and then in 1911 the powerhouse substation was constructed. This provided the electricity to operate the trolleys. Both buildings are still in use, and the overhead wire seen there is original.
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tents around the grounds, while others fill the giant Yakima Valley SunDome with dozens and dozens of booths selling everything from furniture to hot tubs, hand-made candies to Western art. Of course the fair wouldn’t be a fair without entertainment. The Central Washington State Fair features virtually nonstop entertainment at several different venues and stages around the grounds. And almost every night, the fair features a big-name singer, comedian or musical group at the Budweiser stage on the grounds. Add to that two nights of sprint car races, a demolition derby and other motorized events at the grandstands - all free with fair admission tickets - and patrons really get a big bang for the price. The Central Washington State Fair also presents one of the best carnivals around. Thrill-seekers of all ages enjoy 10 acres of midway attractions including some of the most current hair-raising rides and challenging games. Dates for the 2014 Central
Washington State Fair are September 19-28. For more information on this year’s Fair entertainment line-up and/or year round activities at State Fair Park go to www.fairfun.com. Other Park Attractions The state fair is the most visible and obvious crowd-pleaser each year at State Fair Park, but there are activities going on there all year long on this historic 120-acre site. For one, the park is home to the SunDome, a large domed facility that hosts all kinds of events and gatherings — concerts, trade shows, sporting events, rodeos and more. Some major attractions include the Home & Garden Show every March, WIAA basketball and state high school volleyball championships, Central Washington Sportsmen Show and more. The SunDome also is home to music concerts of all genres, recently drawing stars like Elton John and Carrie Underwood to name a few. And there are other special events throughout the year, everything from monster
truck shows to professional rodeos to roller derby. For more information and an events calendar, visit www.statefairpark.org and ww.yakimasundome.com. The fairgrounds are home to Yakima’s annual Fourth of July community celebration — a free family event with plenty of food, entertainment and activities. Be sure to pack blankets and chairs to view the fireworks celebration at dusk. In August the Vintiques NW Nationals Rod Run comes to State Fair Park. It is the largest car show in Washington, hosted by Vintiques of Yakima. For more information, visit www.vintiques. com The park is also home to Yakima’s new baseball team — the Yakima Valley Pippins, part of the West Coast League. Made up of college players from around the country, the Pippins will play at Yakima County Stadium inside the fairgrounds with games starting in June. To learn more about the team and the schedule, check out pippinsbaseball.com.
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Hornets, Mini Stocks and more. For information see the website at www.yakimaspeedway.us or call (509) 248-0647. There is more auto racing at Renegade Raceway, located on Track Road off Highway 97 between Union Gap and Wapato. Renegade’s season runs from April through October with a
wide variety of styles and classes including street-legal drags, street bikes, Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, bike/sled and more. Races are held Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights with some day races also. Go to www.renegaderaceway.com for details. For youngsters, the Racing Rascals hold their events at State Fair Raceway inside State Fair Park in Yakima. The Rascals are a quarter midget racing club for kids ages 5 to 16. See www.yakimaracingrascals.com. One of the area’s most popular events is the annual Gap2Gap Relay, scheduled for May 31 and June 1 at the Yakima Greenway. There are separate races for adults and kids, with different legs of competition in each including running, biking, boating, swimming, etc. You can learn more at 509-453-8280. The streets turn into basketball courts during Yakima’s Hot Shots 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Aug. 23-24. Hundreds of teams
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No matter what your tastes, the Yakima Valley’s entertainment scene will be music to your ears. Whether you like your music classical or go for something more country — or rock or salsa or blues — you can find it here. If you visit during the summer, catch a little piece of Normal Rockwell-style Americana with the Yakima Valley Community Band’s outdoor concerts. Since 1919 the band has pulled together musicians from around the area to provide music for the community. They have a series of free concerts in local parks this summer: Randall Park in Yakima (July 2, 4, 9, 16, 23 and 30) and July 29 at Selah’s Wixson Park, with other
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org to see what’s on the schedule. The Folklife Association also presents a series of concerts at the museum. Downtown Yakima has a variety of musical events on tap, including live music at different restaurants and wineries the First Friday celebrations each month. Downtown Summer Nights from June to August brings free concerts Thursday nights at the plaza on Fourth Street behind the Capitol Theatre. On a more classical note, Yakima Symphony Orchestra performs at the beautiful and historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Yakima, bringing in topnotch guest artists for a classical series as well as a pops series. Check www. ysomusic.org for schedules and in-
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formation. The Capitol Theatre also presents its own schedule of musical acts, both in the main theater and also in its attached 4th Street Theatre. Highlights include a Broadway series of touring musicals. See www.capitoltheatre.org. Also in downtown Yakima, The Seasons Performance Hall hosts jazz, classical, rock and other styles of touring musicians in a casual setting.
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When you consider that the Yakima Valley produces more than 70 percent of all the hops grown in the United States, it’s no surprise that we feature several big events paying tribute to hops and the beverage that depends on them — beer. Most of the hop farms in the Valley are concentrated in the Moxee area near Yakima. Moxee pays tribute each year with its Moxee Hop Festival, which this year is Aug. 1 and 2 — 4 to midnight Friday and 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday. It’s all free, but there is a cover charge to enter the beer garden. There are kids games, craft and food vendors, In downtown Yakima, there’s the Blues and Local Beers Festival June 13-14 featuring live blues Page 34
music and a chance to sample brews from some of our local breweries. Visit www.downtownyakima.com for more info.
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That’s the inspiration behind the Fresh Hop Ale Festival in downtown Yakima Oct. 4, at the Millennium Plaza on Third Street. All beer served must go from the hop vine to the brewing vat in less than 24 hours, so it’s as fresh as beer gets. There’s live music, craft beers, food and wine. Visit the website www.freshhopalefestival.com. Downtown Yakima Speaking of downtown Yakima, the wineries and restaurants there put on a number of activities throughout the year, like the First Friday specials on the first Friday each month. You’ll find live music, food and drink specials at various wineries and establishments. And the downtown also has some big special events scheduled, such as: •Cinco de Mayo Cultural Fiesta,
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Gaming and bingo have become a fun, important part of the Yakima Valley. From blackjack to classic bingo, there is a little something for everyone. The Yakama Nation brought Las Vegas-style gambling to the area in 1998 and now has the largest casino in the area. Legends Casino is located at 580 Fort Road in Toppenish, near the Yakama Nation tribe headquarters. Legends has 1,400 slot machines, blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat, roulette, pai gow, bingo and keno. The all-you-can-eat buffet is also legendary, offering a wide variety. Legends is open seven days a week, and adults 18
or over are welcome to play at all venues at the casino. Legends also has regular offers, giveaways, tournaments and live concerts. For a full events calendar, visit www. yakamalegends. com. Casino Caribbean is another eat-and play option, located at 1901 Boggess Lane in Yakima, off East Nob Hill Boulevard near
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Union Gap Offers History, Shopping Union Gap is the oldest city or town in the area — hence its nickname, Old Town. But a lot has changed since it was first named
to the railroad, starting hauling their homes and businesses north, often with teams of horses, and relocated around the new depot.
Yakima City in 1869. Yakima City was given its charter rights in 1883. But things got off to a shaky start in 1884 when the village and Northern Pacific Railroad owners argued about land for a train depot. Feeling they weren’t getting a good enough deal, the railroad went five miles north and built its first train depot in the middle of nowhere — what is today downtown Yakima. Yakima City residents, knowing they couldn’t thrive without access
About 100 buildings made the trip. Before long, the original Yakima City (today’s Union Gap — confusing, isn’t it?) was outgrown by its new neighbor, North Yakima. In 1917 North Yakima became Yakima, and what was left of Yakima City was renamed Union Gap. Today Union Gap has about 6,000 residents. But the small town packs an economic punch with the Valley Mall, the region’s biggest retail center, and numerThe valley’s original steak house since 1946
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ous other large stores and thriving industries. You can trace the area’s past with a visit to Pioneer Graveyard, dating to 1865, located at 120 E. Ahtanum Road. And you can track family lore at the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society at 1901 S. 12th Ave. Central Washington Agriculture Museum (4508 Main St. in Fullbright Park) preserves the agricultural heritage of the Valley with its large collection of antique farm machines and tools. Interactive exhibits highlight this 19-acre, openair museum. Central Washington Antique Farm Expo Aug. 16-17 is the biggest of several special events at the museum. It features lots of vintage farm equipment, steam engines, demonstrations and more. This year they’ll hold the first Antiquity Fair May 17 from 10 to 4. On the first Saturday in May, the Old Steel Car Club Car Show shows its metal at the museum. Other May events include the FFA Lawn Tractor Pull Competition at the museum and the American Historical Truck Society Show at Fullbright Park, a 30-acre span with creekside covered picnic facilities. See www.centralwaagmuseum.org. Ahtanum Youth Park on Ahtanum Road offers more outContinued on page 45�
Ag Museum Honors Our Farming Legacy The Central Washington Agricultural Museum is an 18acre, open-air museum located in Fulbright Park in Union Gap — and a tribute to the area’s farmers. The museum’s buildings are open April 1 through October.
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“COME PLAY. IT’S GOTTA BE YOUR TURN TO WIN!” door spaces, with picnic facilities, basketball courts, a BMX track, soccer fields, an equestrian arena and meeting hall. Union Gap will hold is 131st annual Old Town Days June 14-15 at Fullbright Park, featuring a parade, Civil War re-enactment, food, crafts, entertainment and more. For information: 509-480-7636 or visit www.stayinthegap.com. www.goyakimvalley.com
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on the farm. This museum showcases the strength and ingenuity of the American farmer through the preservation and display of a multitude of original agricultural artifacts. Every August the museum plays host to the Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment Expo, which brings in hundreds of vintage farm machines and exhibitors from around the region. Youâ€™ll see a
world. At the Amos Cabin, you may be met by someone dressed as a pioneer, explaining what life was like as a settler in the Wild
West. New exhibits are always in the works, providing new and unique opportunities for children and families to learn the history of agriculture. The hope is to leave each visitor large collection of steam-powered engines, early gas-powered equipment, horse-drawn machinery and more. There are demonstrations of a working sawmill and blacksmith shop, a parade of farm equipment, a threshing bee, flea market, live entertainment and more. See the museum website at www.centralwaagmuseum.org to learn more. New interactive exhibits include a 1930s replica gas station, general store and a drivethrough area for buses. At an irrigation exhibit you will learn how this semi-arid desert landscape was transformed into one of the most fertile growing areas in the Page 46
with an understanding of what it used to take to feed America in a real and tangible way and experience the settling of the West as it really was, farming the land and planting crops in order to survive. The museum has a great educational program that offers learning experiences for youngsters in school. The program is offered from Thursdays and Fridays from April 3 to June 6, with sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Fort Simcoe Takes You Back In Time
Located about seven miles west of White Swan, Fort Simcoe State Park is a 200-acre park and interpretive center on the Yakama Indian Reservation. It sits in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains
in an old oak grove watered by natural springs. Originally the site was an Indian campground where many trails crossed. Then during the late 1850s, Fort Simcoe was built as a U.S. Army fort. It housed troops who were stationed there to keep peace between local Indians and the growing number of settlers moving into the region. While the fort was active, it was a meeting, trade and cultural center. Later, when the fort was no longer used by the military, it became the first home of the Yakama Indian Agency, serving as a school for the Indian children. The park was established in 1956 and stands as an interpretive area to tell the story of mid-19th century Army life and providing insights into local Native American culture. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Fort Simcoe State Park is open Page 48
from 6:30 a.m. to dusk, April 1 to Oct. 1 as a day-use park. Five original buildings are still standing at the fort: the commander’s house, three captains’ houses and a blockhouse. Various other buildings have been recreated to appear original. Houses are filled with period furnishings. The interpretive center, the original commander’s house and two officer buildings with period furnishings open to the public from April through September Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Although the rooms are protected with glass, visitors feel as though they have stepped back in time. The original blockhouse and other recreated fort buildings are not open to the public. The park is also one of the largest gathering areas in the Northwest of the Lewis’ woodpecker, according to Washington State Parks. Named after explorer Meriwether Lewis, Lewis’ woodpeckers are among the most specialized of all American woodpeckers in fly-catching behavior. Unlike other American woodpeckers, 60 percent of their feeding time is spent fly-catching. The woodpeckers can be located throughout the park, with the best viewing areas near the officer’s houses and the picnic area. Military Re-enactment To kick off the spring opening of the park and to keep history alive,
Visitors at Fort Simcoe can get a glimpse of life at an 1850s frontier military outpost by touring several living areas that have been restored. The grounds at Fort Simcoe provide a step back in history as well as a pleasant place to picnic and relax.
the park holds its Fort Simcoe Military Days every year. This year it will take place May 3 and 4, and includes Civil War re-enactments, displays of military equipment and flagraising ceremonies, living history specialists, traditional tribal
dancers, antique car shows, free cake and refreshments. The event takes place at the park at 5150 Fort Simcoe Road The two-day, free event typically wraps up Sunday at dusk. For information, call Fort Simcoe at (509) 874-2372. www.goyakimvalley.com
“SALAD BOWL OF THE VALLEY”
Wapato Shows Off Its Cultural Diversity On the way through Wine Country, stop by Wapato, the first little community south of Yakima, where you will find the same family farms that have provided fruits and vegetables to locals for decades. The name Wapato is of Yakama Indian origin — Wa-pa-too — an edible root valued by native Yakamas and settlers alike. Settlers have been in the area since as early as 1885. The first Buddhist temple in Washington was built in Wapato and is still open. The area is known for its fresh fruit and vegetable stands
and nearby wineries. As one of the most diverse multicultural towns in Washington state, Wapato offers two fun tourist events for travelers visiting the Yakima Valley — the Harvest Festival in September and the Tamale Festival in October. Wapato’s Tamale Festival is in its seventh year and is a fast-growing event that supports the town’s www.goyakimvalley.com
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In the City of Murals and Museums capture a glimpse of the Old West as you climb aboard a covered wagon for a horse drawn tour of Toppenish’s 76 spectacular murals. Nestled in the heart of the Yakima Valley inside the Yakama Nation Reservation, Toppenish offers you a window into the past. Toppenish captures the spirit of yesteryear and the energy of today with fabulous festivals and events. Witness the painting of a new mural during the Mural-InA-Day on the first Saturday in June. June also marks the commemoration of the signing of the Yakama Nation’s Treaty of 1855. Join hundreds of Tribal members as they gather annually for the vibrant Treaty Day parade. Spend the Fourth of July weekend experiencing the thrill of the Toppenish Pow Wow and Rodeo. Then celebrate our country’s independence with a Wild West Parade on the Fourth of July. Mingle with the finest western artists during the Western Art Show in August. Our rich history, Native American traditions and cultural diversity create an inviting atmosphere for anyone with a passion for history. Three engaging museums showcase our history. The American Hop Museum chronicles the history of the hop industry, serving as a tribute to all of agriculture. The Northern Pacific Railway Museum takes you on a journey through time to the days of steam driven locomotives. Built in 1911, the depot museum displays vintage rail artifacts and memorabilia. The Yakama Nation Museum presents the dioramas and exhibits celebrating the heritage of the Yakama Nation. Stories of the Yakamas’ way of life are told in lifesize poetry adorning the walls of the museum. Your stay in Toppenish will be enhanced by endless activities. Take in a round of golf, visit the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge or stay and play awhile at Legends Casino, featuring full Vegas style gambling.
2014 Toppenish Events Calendar June 7: Toppenish Mural Society -“Mural-In-A-Day” July 4: Wild West Parade July: Toppenish Rodeo First Weekend August: Toppenish Western Art Show Third Weekend October: Haunted Depot at Northern Pacific Railway Museum. Call for dates. November: Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday after Thanksgiving December: Toy Train Christmas at Northern Pacific Railway Museum For a complete listing of scheduled events and dates please visit our website at: www.toppenish.net Toppenish Chamber of Commerce 504 South Elm Toppenish, WA 98948 509.865.3262 • 800.863.6375 firstname.lastname@example.org
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“WHERE THE WEST STILL LIVES”
Toppenish: Where The West Still Lives
Take a step back in time and visit the small town of Toppenish. Home to the Yakama Nation, it is full of rich Native American heritage and cultural diversity. The town of about 9,000 people is an exciting place to visit. The name Toppenish is from the Indian word “Xuupinish,” which means sloping and spreading. Toppenish combines a wild-west theme with Native American and Hispanic cultural influences that led American Cowboy Magazine to name it one of the 20 Best Places to Live in the West.
Whether you’re planning a day trip or a more extended stay, here are some highlights to consider. Try sleeping in a teepee at the Yakama Nation RV Park at 280 Buster Road off Highway 97. There are 14 teepees that accommodate five people each. Or if RV travel is up your alley,
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the park has 125 full hook-up sites with up to 50-amp services, 30 sites have access to cable TV and the whole RV park has free wi-fi. All park guests have access to the heated outdoor pool, hot tub, saunas, guest laundry, fitness center, basketball court and one-mile jogging/walking path. It also has two banquet facilities. Just a short walk from the RV park is the Cultural Center Campus, which includes the Yakama Nation Museum, Cultural Center Gift Shop, Heritage Inn Restaurant, Heritage Theater, Yakama Nation Library and the iconic Winter Lodge, all with a
great view of Mount Adams. The museum is one of the oldest Native American museums in the U.S. The 12,000-square-foot exhibition hall includes life-size dwellings of the plateau people, dioramas of the Yakama people, sound effects, narratives and music, Yakama Nation mannequin exhibit on The Great Native American Leaders, guided and self-guided tours and a veterans exhibit. Nearby is Yakama Nation’s Legends Casino, which offers plenty of gaming opportunities. Downtown Toppenish is another area of interest, offering a variety of quaint shops, including handcrafted, locally made items for sale. Kraff’s Clothing at 11 S. Toppenish Ave. has woven robes and shawls made from fleece and wool in true Native American designs. The Amish Connection, at 105 South Toppenish Ave., sells heirloom rockers, gifts, Amish food, and more. Where to eat lunch? There are lots of options in Toppenish, from
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an old-time horse-drawn covered wagon that takes visitors on a tour of the famous Toppenish murals. The murals are what truly sets the town apart ¾ 75 of them covering the sides of buildings throughout the city, depicting scenes and
people from the Valley’s history. You can get a map at the visitor center and tour the murals at your own leisure. And every summer (June 7 this year) there is a Mural-in-a-Day event where teams of artists from around the region gather to paint an entire mural in a single day. Check out the American Hops Museum to learn about that agricultural industry, or visit the railroad museum in the city’s historic train depot. You’ll also find plenty of community celebrations and special events, such as the rodeo on the July 4th week-
end, the Western Art Show the third weekend in August, Haunted Train Depot in October, Lighted Christmas Parade the Saturday after Thanksgiving or Toy Train Christmas in December. There is much more to see and do here. For more information, visit www.toppenish.net
Museum Celebrates The History Of Hops
Toppenish, it is the only hop muse- striking exhibits and intriguing disDrive around the Yakima um in the nation, and it celebrates plays, and a unique gift shop highValley, especially the Moxee and lighting an array of items devoted Toppenish areas, and you may no- the history of hop growing in the to the history and future of hop tice fields of plants growing up row region and current production. cultivation. after row of poles. The museum The typical visis open May 1 itor reaction is: through Sept. 30, What the heck are Wednesdays through those? Those are hops, which are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and used in brewing beer. They give Sundays 11 a.m. beer its bitter flavor. to 4 p.m. Since the Admission is $3 for adults, Yakima Valley is families $7, among the world’s Most of the hops grown in the U.S. and membiggest hop-producing come from the Yakima Valley. The inareas, it seems only bers and childustry is celebrated at the American dren under 5 fitting that Toppenish are free. is home to the American Hop Using photos, historFor more information, visit www. Museum. ic equipment and artifacts, the Located at 22 South B St. in American Hop Museum features Continued on page 54� www.goyakimvalley.com
are used in a variety of forms including dried cones in large bales,
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MURAL IN A DAY
Toppenish’s Murals Picture Area’s Past
(See the mural map for the location of murals. The number of each mural coincides with numbers on the locator map.) *** Each year on the first weekend in June, the Toppenish Mural Society gathers a talented group of artists together to complete a mural in one day. The Toppenish Mural project began as the Mural-in-a-Day activity in June of 1989, when “Clearing the Land” was created. Since that first mural more than 20 years ago, the local mural society has continued to commission artists each year for the event. The program has led to 75 mu-
rals around the city, illustrating local history on the walls of buildings. Since the creation of the popular event, three walls have been actually been built for the sole purpose of having a mural on them. Each year thousands of visitors arrive at the Toppenish Visitors Welcome Center to learn more about this fascinating program. The artists invited to participate in Mural-in-a-Day are professional Western artists from throughout the western United States and Canada. Among the artists included in past projects have been: Fred Oldfield, Val Kerby, Robert Thomas, Gary Kerby, Roger
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Cooke, Don Crook, Lesa Delisi, Karen Gulley, Phil Kooser, Bill McCusker, Newman Myrah, Ken Carter, Janet Essley, Don Brown, Jack Fordyce, Don Gray, Betty Billups, Robert Walton, Daniel DeSiga, Jan Whitefoot, Mavis Willson and Bill Ross. This year’s Mural-In-A-Day event will include food and craft vendors, a Friday night steak feed and a Saturday morning pancake feed. Visitors are encouraged to come and watch a dozen or more professional artists paint a historically accurate mural on June 7. Each mural costs thousands of dollars, and the Mural Society funds the project with donations and money earned from fund-raisers. The group is an independent, nonprofit organization with broad support throughout the Valley and beyond. A map of the city and a key to where the murals are located in this year’s Visitor’s Guide, along with full-color photos and individual mural details. A suggested walking tour is also featured on the map. For extra visual assistance, just follow the unique horseshoe prints on city sidewalks for help in finding the trail leading to each mural. The Toppenish Visitor Information Center is at 504 E. Elm St. The center also offers mural souvenirs, postcards and full-color books featuring the murals. Be sure to visit the Fred Oldfield Gallery inside the Visitor Center which houses several of Oldfield’s paintings donated to the Mural
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Following are short descriptions of each mural: 1. CLEARING THE LAND — The first mural was Toppenish’s first Mural-in-a-Day, painted on June 3, 1989, to launch the ambitious mural program. Designed by Phil Kooser of Yakima, the mural was painted under his direction by 15 noted western artists who collaborated on the 40-foot painting on the side of the Western Auto building at Washington Avenue and Toppenish Ave. It depicts the tremendous effort put forth by settlers in the area. 2. HALLER’S DEFEAT — Immerse yourself in Haller’s Defeat and it practically crackles with the sounds of gunfire and the beating of horses’ hooves. Located just off East Toppenish Avenue on Asotin Avenue, it covers a Les Schwab Tire wall 108 feet long. The mural, painted by Fred Oldfield, portrays a battle fought in 1855 a few miles southwest of Toppenish between 80 troops from Fort Dalles in Oregon and an estimated 1,000 Yakama Indians. 3. FIFTEEN MILES & A CHANGE OF HORSES — On a sunny Saturday in June of 1990, 14 western artists from around the Pacific Northwest gathered to paint the second Mural-in-a-Day on the Roadrunner building on West First Street. Designed by Phil Kooser, the mural takes you back to an old-time Toppenish stagecoach depot of the 1880s. The depot burned down in 1928. 4. NEWELL’S DRIVE — You can find artist Don Crook’s paintings in galleries around the country, but nowhere will you find a bigger one than this mural on the Reid Building facing South Toppenish Avenue. Crook painted “Newell’s Drive” to illustrate a horse roundup led by early Toppenish pioneer Charlie Newell. It took six weeks for Crook to complete the 70foot scene, assisted by his wife Shirley Crystal and Gary Kerby. 5. THE INDIAN STICK GAME — Gambling has been a favorite activity of many cultures through the ages. “The Indian Stick Game” shows Northwest Indians gathered around to pit their wits and luck against one another. Indians played the age-old stick game at any function where they had the space and time. You can still see it played at modern day pow wows, including at the Indian Village during the Fourth of July Toppenish Pow Wow. Yakima artist Mavis Willson painted this mural at Top Cleaners, 11 Washington Ave. 6. CHRISTMAS AT LOGY CREEK — Snow on the ground, a crisp chill in the air, a hot cup of coffee extended to a friend: It is Christmas day in the Old West. In his second mural for the Toppenish Mural Society, Fred Oldfield painted a scene from his own past, a scene he once lived as a former cowboy from Toppenish. Called “Christmas at Logy Creek,” in this mural, two Indians share their fire and food with a cowboy friend. The mural is on the Family Bargain Center building at 14 Washington Ave. 7. THE RHYTHMS OF CELILO — Nothing tells the story of Northwest Indians better than the saga of the majestic salmon. Nobody tells
that story quite like Yakima artist Phil Kooser. In “The Rhythms of Celilo,” Kooser has brought back the traditional fishing ritual practiced by Indian tribes of the Toppenish area. The mural, located on the former Pacific Power building at Third Street and South Elm, captures the life and feeling of a bygone day. Jack Fordyce assisted in the painting. 8. PARADISE ROW — It may be a far cry from heaven to our eyes, but to early-day settlers, this street was paradise. This turnof-the-century scene is the work of Val Kerby of Toppenish. It is based on a photograph of Toppenish’s first main street, taken in 1905. It was located on the side of S&S Sales at 311 Asotin Ave. next to the Toppenish school bus garage. Gary Kerby assisted his father with the painting. Currently the mural is down because of damage. There is no estimated time of return.
9. WHEN HOPS WERE PICKED BY HAND — This mural by Robert Thomas of Kooskia, Idaho, shows an early hop harvest when the crop was picked by hand. Indians from all over the Northwest, who came to the Toppenish area each year with their families, pets and chickens, usually did this. They set up small Indian villages of teepees at the hop fields, staying until the harvest was completed. The mural was funded by the hop industry, which also paid for and developed a park called Old Timers Plaza, adjacent to the mural. 10. HOT AND DUSTY WORK — The 10th mural in the series is the third mural-in-a-day, painted on what is now a free-standing wall near Central Valley Bank. Designed by Phil Kooser, the mural depicts the annual roundup and branding of cattle. 11. THE BLACKSMITH SHOP — Roger Cooke, a well-known artist from Sandy, Ore., has recreated a composite of Toppenish’s early blacksmith shops—there were four of them at the turn of the century. Blacksmith shops were the backbone of the local economy then, repairing wagon wheels, shoeing horses and manufacturing various metal products. 12. AT THE PEAK OF HARVEST — This mural depicts a potato harvest of bygone days. Sponsored by the Bouchey families—potato growers—the mural illustrates the backbreaking work potato harvest was until the development of mechanized harvesting. Fred Oldfield, with a little help from his friends, completed this mural across from Old Timers Plaza downtown in the summer of 1991. 13. RODEO — This recalls the early Toppenish roundups when cowboys and ranchers would get together for a little friendly com-
petition. Artist Newman Myrah of Portland, Ore., illustrates the rodeo theme with his version of a timeworn poster with brick showing through. It is painted on the west wall of Ferguson’s Saddlery at South Alder and West First. 14. FORT SIMCOE...THE OLDEN DAYS — A mural in four panels, it was painted in early 1992 by Val Kerby and shows the fort area as it was in the early 1850s. You can visit Fort Simcoe about 30 miles west of Toppenish. The mural is located on the American Legion building on West First. 15. THE SIGNING OF THE TREATY — 1855 — Gov. Stevens of the Washington Territory sat down with several Northwestern Indian chiefs to sign the far-reaching Treaty of 1855. In this mural in downtown Toppenish near the post office, the Indians were represented by Chief Kamiakin of the Yakamas. Roger Cooke of Sandy, Ore, painted it in May of 1992. 16. THE BLANKET TRADERS — Using a catalogue from the turn of the century, artist Robert Morgan of Clancy, Mont., made certain that the blankets being traded in this mural show the authentic patterns of the time. The mural above Kraff’s clothing store on South Toppenish Avenue downtown was painted in May of 1992. 17. THE CROSSROADS TO MARKET — Artist Robert Thomas shows the various methods of moving commodities to market in this collage. Thomas was born and raised in Toppenish and now resides in Kooskia, Idaho. The mural is on the wall of the Pow Wow Emporium adjacent to Old Timers Plaza in downtown Toppenish. 18. THE OLD CHUCK WAGON — Painted as the fourth mural-in-a-day by a dozen Northwest artists, this mural shows the red and green chuck wagon that was a common sight at roundup time. Artist Newman Myrah of Portland created the design. The mural is located on a freestanding wall near Central Valley Bank. 19. HOUSE CALLS — OLD STYLE — Dr. Johnson purchased one of the first automobiles in the area for the purpose of making house calls. Since he often had trouble starting the car, he always kept his horse and buggy ready. Painted by Yakima artists Jack Fordyce and Phil Kooser, this mural shows Johnson giving up on the automobile and switching to the buggy. It is painted on the wall of Providence Toppenish Hospital on Fourth Street. 20. INDIANS’ WINTER ENCAMPMENT — Although the winters were long, cold and bleak, the local tribes survived the hardships. The winter lodge was the gathering place for social functions. Hulan Fleming of Bothell painted this mural to depict a typical winter encampment. It is located on the north wall of the Kirkwood Building on South Toppenish Ave., the same building where the Mural Society office is located. 21. THE OLD SATURDAY MARKET — Dear to the hearts of many pioneers of the Toppenish area is the memory of Saturdays spent buying and trading livestock, produce and various wares. The market and auction took place where the post office now stands. Artist Robert Thomas, who remembers the Saturday mar-
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ket from his youth spent in Toppenish, brings the scene to life in this mural at Central Valley Bank. 22. THE RUTH PARTON STORY — Women like Ruth Parton helped put Toppenish on the map in the early days with feats depicted in this mural of several panels painted by Lesa Delisi of Cashmere. Parton rode broncos, performed as a trick rider and rode relay races at rodeos around the country. She was also inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. The mural is located on the United Telephone Co. building at Washington and Alder. 23. HAYING…A CENTURY AGO — This mural was the subject for the fifth annual Muralin-a-Day in June of 1993. Designed by Robert Thomas of Kooskia, Idaho, the mural was painted by 11 artists from around the Northwest. Toppenish was one of the leaders in the growing of alfalfa hay as well as one of the largest shippers of the product. The mural can be found at the corner of East Toppenish Avenue and B Street. 24. THE OLD LILLIE MANSION — In 1893, Nevada and Josephine Lillie built a 10-room, two-story home with two inside bathrooms, steam heat, and a generator for electrical power. She is remembered as the “Mother of Toppenish,” having platted much of the town. The mural was painted by Ju-hong “Joe” Chen of Portland, Oregon, on the H&H Furniture building. 25. THE LIBERTY THEATRE — Artist Lanny Little from Portland, Oregon, used “architectural illusion” to give this mural a three-dimensional look when viewed from a distance. Panels on the theatre depict wild horses running free as they did in the Toppenish area until recently. It is located on South Toppenish Ave. 26. COW CAMP — For years the Logy Creek Cattle Association Cow Camp served as headquarters for local Indian roundups. Here the unmarked calves were branded before being pushed out to higher range. Bob F. Pierce and Newman Myrah, both of Portland, Ore., painted this mural on the Toppenish Inn at South Elm near the intersection of Highway 97. 27. MAUD BOLIN — HER STORY — Maud Bolin was one of the first female pilots and one of the first women to parachute jump. She was also a rodeo rider who competed in Madison Square Garden and in many of the famous rodeos around the West. Larry Kangas, the artist, is from Portland, Ore. The mural is on the southwest wall of the Toppenish Review building at 11 East Toppenish Ave. 28. STAGE COACH RACES — There never was a dull stagecoach race. In the early 1900s, this was one of the highlights of each rodeo. Don Gray of Union, Ore., painted the action-filled mural. It is located on the State Farm building on South Toppenish Ave. 29. THE PALACE HOTEL OF TOPPENISH — To see what downtown Toppenish looked like around 1906, visit the mural on the El Corral Motel on Highway 22 near the intersection with Highway 97. Yakima artist Jack Fordyce painted the mural with help from Phil Kooser, also from
Yakima. 30. THE TOPPENISH TRADING COMPANY — The Trading Company was one of the first buildings in Toppenish and was built on railroad property since there were no lots available at the time. The painting was the sixth Mural-in-aDay, painted on panels in Pioneer Park on June 4, 1994, by 12 artists. The mural is located on the east wall of the Toppenish Review building, at the corner of East Toppenish Ave. and A Street. 31. ESTELLE REEL MEYER (1862-1959) — President McKinley appointed Mrs. Meyer as Director of Indian Education for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1898, was the first woman to hold that post. After 12 years in the position, she retired to marry Cort Meyer, a Toppenish rancher whom she had met at Fort Simcoe. The mural was painted by Joe Chen of Portland, Ore., and is on the Professional Images building on West First Street. 32. HOP MUSEUM MURALS — On two outside walls of the American Hop Museum at 22 S. B Street, false architectural features are painted on the otherwise plain stucco surface, incorporating three archways which open as windows onto a series of typical ag scenes in the hop industry. The artist is Eric Allen Grohe. 33. WHEN A PERMIT WASN’T REQUIRED — In this painting, because of the impending storm, the cattle are restless. The cattle dogs, which are dashing about, barking, and nipping at the cattle’s hooves, are not helping the situation. The spooked cattle run down the middle of Main Street. The artist is Gary Kerby, now of Montana. The mural is located on West First Street. 34. THE LOU SHATTUCK STORY — L. S. (Lou) Shattuck (1892-1978) was one of the original Toppenish Pow Wow Rodeo boosters. He helped organize the rodeo in the beginning. The artist is Don Gray from Flagstaff, Ariz. The mural is located on South Toppenish Avenue. 35. THE OLD SCHOOL BARNS — Painted as 1995’s Mural-in-a-Day, the mural depicts one of Toppenish’s old grade schools. Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools were built in 1908 and 1909. The designing artist was Roger Cooke of Sandy, Ore. 36. WESTERN HOSPITALITY — When the frontier towns were settled, the oldest profession was part of the scene. So it was in Toppenish. On the second-floor windows of the Logan Building on Division Street, you can see the ladies, and get a feeling for the ebb and flow of activities. Betty Billups of Sandpoint, Idaho, was the artist. 37. HANGING OUT AND HANGING UP — This is one of the two murals on the downtown “Public Westrooms” created as the eighth annual Mural-in-a-Day, June 1, 1996. The building is located across Division Street from Old Timers Plaza in downtown Toppenish. A breezy spring in the early 1900s finds mom hanging the clothes and dad reading a catalog in the “library.” Jack Fordyce of Yakima did the original painting. 38. HALLOWEEN PRANKS — This is the second half of the 1996 Mural-in-a-Day, on the public restrooms in downtown Toppenish, also with a theme relating to outhouses. In the early
days when outside plumbing was common, pranksters were on the prowl Halloween night and anybody using the facilities that night did so at their own peril. Jack Fordyce of Yakima is the creator. 39. THE SURVEY PARTY — After Gov. Stevens was informed by Lt. George B. McClellan (later a general) that Snoqualmie Pass was probably impassable during the winter, he directed A. W. Tinkam, a civil engineer, to resurvey the route. Gary Kerby of Toppenish completed this mural, on the Valley View Market building on East Toppenish Avenue in 1996. 40. THE PIX THEATRE — The J.D. Keck building, constructed in 1911, housed two early Toppenish businesses — a Chinese cafe and Mechtels Sugar Bowl Restaurant. In 1940, the Mercy Theatre chain opened the Pix Theatre. The 16 windows, painted by Lisa Delisi, portray early lawyers, judges and physicians who came to town in the early 1900s. The building is downtown on S. Toppenish Ave. 41. ALEX McCOY — Born near The Dalles, Ore., in 1835, Alex McCoy was a descendant of the Wishram and Wasco tribes. He was a policeman under four different Indian agents, and served one term as an Indian judge. The mural was painted by Beryl Thomas and Jack Fordyce in 1996, and is on the Logan Building on Division Street. 42. WILDLIFE — This mural, painted by Bill Ross and Jan Sovak of Alberta, Canada, depicts wildlife native to this area prior to its settlement. The mural is located on the north wall of the 88 Cents Store building at the corner of Washington and Toppenish Avenue. 43. IRISH DICK — In about 1910, a strapping, hard-drinking shepherd called Irish Dick traded a pet bear cub to a Toppenish saloonkeeper for whiskey. Some months later, the rowdy shepherd was in town when his grown-up pet escaped, panicking townsfolk. He offered to return the bear to its tether. A terrible fight on Main Street ended when an unharmed bear was returned to saloon servitude and a brave and bloodied Irishman was taken to the hospital. The mural, painted by Bill Ross and Jan Sovak, is on the 88 Cents Store building at Washington and Toppenish Avenue. 44. PRESUMED INNOCENT — The judge watches as the prosecutor presents the evidence. A small glass of water is held above an old milk can. Charged with diluting milk, the farmer sits with hat on knee, his lawyer standing behind him. The mural, also painted by Ross and Sovak, is on the east wall of the city jail building. 45. LONG ROUTE—SHORT DAY — 46. SPECIAL DELIVERY — In 1907, mail was first delivered to the rural areas of Toppenish. This was the early start of Rural Free Delivery. The postman had to furnish his own horse and buggy. Routes were about 23 miles long. These two murals were 1997 murals-in-a-day, designed by Jack Fordyce. One is a winter scene, the other is a summer scene. If the postman was a bachelor, he occasionally found himself the recipient of home-baked goodies, delivered by the farmer’s daughter. The murals are on the Los Murales Restaurant
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building downtown. 47. PATTERNS OF LIFE — The unique and beautiful designs on baskets made by the Yakama peoples represent the oldest continuous art form in the Valley, one that is still practiced today. The mural by Janet Essley is painted on the Toppenish Pawn and Trade building at Division near Toppenish Avenue. 48. 100 YEARS IN TOPPENISH — In 1896, Toppenish had lots of sagebrush, a few buildings and no churches. The town’s first church was incorporated as the Methodist Church on Aug. 26, 1898, at the corner of Asotin Avenue and Beech Street. It was moved to its present location in 1909, on the corner of Chehalis and Beech, where this mural was painted, recalling the early days of the building which served as both a church and school. Painted by Roger Cooke. 49. THE PRAIRIE CHICKEN DANCE — This dance is done to traditional Indian songs. The name was derived from a legend of some Indian boys who were playing warrior games on the prairie and who looked over a bluff to see a group of prairie chickens dancing (it was the mating season). It is also known as the Round Bustle Dance. Painted by George Flett on the Maid O’ Clover/Shell Station building. 50. THE OWL DANCE — Also painted on the Maid O’ Clover building by George Flett. It depicts a traditional dance in which both men and women participate. 51. ALL ABOARD — One of Toppenish more unusual murals, it was painted in colors reminiscent of sepia-toned old photographs. The Toppenish depot was a hub of activity for nearly 100 years, with both passenger and freight trains stopping on their routes east and west. Painted by Bill Ross at a visitor information and RV dumpsite at the corner of Washington Avenue and South Elm Street. 52. THE MARION DRAIN — The 1998 Mural-in-a-Day, was designed by Robert Thomas and painted by a dozen participating artists. The huge project helped control flooding, providing a channel for drainage of water on the reservation. Painted on panels and then mounted on the Ideal Hardware building on West First. 53. CATTLE DRIVE — Chief Kamiakin brought in the first cattle in the Yakima Valley in 1840. Many more cattle drives came through the Valley in later years. This mural depicts the life and times of the cattle drover on such a drive. Painted by Don Gray, assisted by Jared Gray, on the Washington Beef building at Highway 97 and Fort Road. 54. LEGENDS OF THE YAKAMA — This mural depicts several well-known and revered Yakama Indian legends, including the legend of Spilyay, the trickster who most often appeared as a coyote. Painted by Cameron Blagg, assisted by Gene Andy, Gene Andy Jr., and Pat Coffey on the Yakamart building at Highway 97 and Fort Road. 55. INDIAN HORSE RACES — Charlie Newell’s knowledge of the Indian language and his acquaintance with the Yakama enabled
him to avert a crisis. The Indian Agency had forbidden the racing of horses on the track and gambling at their meets. At Newell’s suggestion, the Yakamas drafted a request to Washington, D.C., to rescind the order, which was granted. This mural depicts the time and the races. Painted by Ken Carter on the Ray Reid building on Toppenish Avenue. 56. TRADING WITH THE YAKAMA — Some of the first contact between white men and the Yakama involved trading. And some of the most prized trading items were horses. Painted by Cameron Blagg, assisted by Gene Andy, Gene Andy Jr., and Pat Coffey on the Yakamart building at Highway 97 and Fort Road. 57. FROM HORSE TO HORSELESS CARRIAGE — Painted as 1999’s mural in a day and designed by Ken Carter, this mural shows one of Toppenish’s early day gas stations, at one time known as the Windmill Service Station. 58. WHEN ELECTRICITY CAME TO THE VALLEY — Painted as 2000’s mural in a day, it is located on the Benton Rural Electric Association building at East Toppenish Avenue and H Street. It shows crews and farmers hooking up a farmhouse in the 1930s to electricity. Designing artist was Ken Carter of Prosser. 59. THE MYSTERY HOUSE — Called the Mystery House because even today some details about its origin and use are not known, the house was built south of town near where Highway 97 now runs. It still is standing, in a weathered condition, on the old Goldendale Highway about six miles south of Toppenish. The mural was painted by Robert Walton and is located on the NAPA Auto Parts building on West First St. 60. EL SARAPE — The outline and design of this mural depicts the sarape, a woven blanket worn by Hispanics as a cloak or poncho. The mural tells the story of the braceros, workers who came from Mexico to help harvest the crops in the 1940s. The mural was painted by Daniel DeSiga and is located on the back of the Marketplace on Second Avenue. 61. SUMMER TIME FUN — On June 14, 1925, the first swimming pool was opened and was privately owned about a quarter mile west of Toppenish. This mural, painted in one day by a dozen artists, depicts the family fun enjoyed in those days. It is on the side of the swimming pool building on Lincoln Ave. Lead artist was Roger Cooke. 62. FUELING UP — This mural on the west wall of the school bus garage near the railroad tracks shows school buses in a scene circa 1930 at the Four Way Filling Station. The buses often gassed up there or had minor repairs done. Bill McCusker and Jack Fordyce painted it in October of 2001. 63. BARN DANCE — Painted on the wall of Coco’s Hair Salon on East Toppenish Avenue, this mural is unique in that an all-woman team of artists painted it. Noted western artist Fred Oldfield led the team of about a dozen women who created this nostalgic scene of an old barn dance. 64. NP RAILROAD: ACROSS THE VALLEY — A mural-in-a-day coordinated by Robert Walton, the painting represents an era when
sagebrush and bunch grass grew rampant on the Valley floor. It was in the early 1800s when the railroad came to the Valley, with construction beginning in the spring of 1884, depicted in the mural. See it on the building next to the old Toppenish depot. 65. WINTERING WATERFOWL — Painted by Dave Bartholet, this mural shows the migratory waterfowl attracted to the Toppenish Creek refuge just south of town. 66. POW WOW, FERRIS WHEEL & COTTON CANDY — Kennewick artist Don Brown designed this two-panel double mural depicting scenes from Toppenish rodeos in the past. The panels frame the south entrance to the rodeo grounds on Division Street. 67. YAKAMA LEADERS — This mural is located high on the 88 Cents Store building at Toppenish and Washington Avenues, on the south wall, depicting Yakama Indian Nation leaders of the early days. 68. YAKAMA NATION TREATY SIGNING OF 1855 — This Mural-in-a-Day was designed in three panels by Roger Cooke and painted on the Legends Casino building in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing. 69. PIONEER BUSINESS WOMAN — Clara Kraff was one of Toppenish’s pioneer businesswomen, first doing business with a small store at an area hop field and later with her husband in downtown Toppenish, selling clothing and shoes. Don Crook was the artist. 70. FROM FIELD TO MARKET — Located on the wall facing East Toppenish Avenue on the new Food Bank building, this three-panel mural designed by Bill Ross depicts some local farmers harvesting their crops, trading them for goods and cash at a Toppenish Grocery store, which then sold the produce to the public. Toppenish had many of these small grocery stores serving the towns neighborhoods. 71. TRANSPORTATION IN THE WEST — Toppenish was once a major stop for the Northern Pacific Railroad and Roger Cooke’s 20th anniversary mural-in-a-day celebrates all the modes of transportation that influenced the growth of the Toppenish area. You can see this mural on the side of the new Visitor Information Center. 72. POLO MURAL — Polo was once a thriving sport in the lower Yakima Valley. Located on a west wall in the 100 block of S. Alder, this impressive mural by Prosser artist Ken Carter was commissioned by members of the Toppenish Polo Club. 73. A CELEBRATION OF AGRICULTURE — Artist Gary Kerby displays the impact agriculture has had in shaping the Yakima Valley through this painting of real fruit labels used to sell produce in the Valley. The mural is located in the Yakima Valley Credit Union parking lot on Washington Ave., next to Safe Haven. 75. OLD SCHOOL BARNS — THhe mural depicts one of Toppenish’s old grade schools. Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools were built in 1908 and 1909. The designing artist was Roger Cooke of Sandy, Ore. Located at the corner of West First and South Division streets.
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Zillah Is A ‘Must-go’ Place For Tourists
When visiting the Yakima Valley, be sure to schedule a stop at Zillah — a town with wineries, a quaint historic landmark, community events and plenty of small-town charm. Founded in 1891, the town was started at the completion of the Sunnyside Canal project, which ultimately delivered water from the Yakima River to the Lower Valley to allow for growing more crops. Walter Granger, superintendent of the canal company, chose the town site. The town was named for Zillah Oakes, daughter of Thomas Fletcher Oakes, president of the Northern Pacific Railway, which backed the building of the canal. The name came about because the girl often threw tantrums on the way to the new town, and her father promised to name the town after her if she would stop. One local landmark is the Teapot Dome Gas Station. The iconic teapot-shaped building that once sat off the freeway near Zillah is now at home in town. And it still draws a crowd. The small building is on the National Historic Register (since 1985) and is also on the Most Endangered Historic Properties List with Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. The Teapot Dome has a long, interesting history. It was handcrafted as a gas station by Jack Ainsworth in 1922 as a memorial to the Teapot Dome oil scandal during Page 64
the President Warren Harding ad6:30 p.m. there’s a lively auction — ministration. Later because of the you never know what you’ll find. construction of I-82 it had to be Special Events moved, but was also hit by a car Every year, hundreds of locals and was rebuilt. It was located at and visitors turn out for Zillah’s 14691 Yakima Valley Highway for Spring Fling, a fun event with wine, many years until being bought by food and entertainment. This year’s the city and moved into Zillah. It remained a working gas station for decades before finally being abandoned.The city purchased it in 2007 with Zillah Spring Fling, generally held during Spring Barrell Tasting. plans to move it; city officials worried that being so far from the downtown core event is set for April 26, during it could be vandalized. The move Spring Barrel Tasting. The day is finally happened in 2012 and the filled with events like a classic car city set about restoring the building. show, wine and food tasting, gourNearby is a small park and public met food along with live entertainrestrooms. ment. Other Attractions There are several other events Zillah gets a steady stream of that happen in Zillah every year. visitors who stop by going to and May 8-10 enjoy breakfast in the from the many nearby wineries. In park and a parade as part of Zillah April during Spring Barrel Tasting is Community Days; July 4th is Zillah’s an especially popular time to visit. Freedom Celebration; Aug. 15-17 sit There are at least 20 wineries locat- back and enjoy the Zillah Bluegrass ed just minutes away from Zillah, Festival with musicians from all over all offering special tastings and barthe Northwest; and on Sept. 6 check gains. out the Not Just A Farmers Market You’ll also want to visit the Old Gala with vendors from all over the Warehouse at 705 Railroad Ave. state as well as live entertainment. As the name says, it’s a former Get ready for Christmas with Zillah’s fruit warehouse built in the 1920s Old-fashioned Christmas celebrathat was converted to a furniture tion Dec. 6. store. Later a restaurant and lounge You can learn more about the were added, and another area was town’s attractions and events at converted into 50,000-squae foot www.zillahchamber.com or www. events center. Every Saturday at cityofzillah.us. www.goyakimvalley.com
“WHERE THE DINOSAURS ROAM”
Dinosaurs Roam All Over Granger
Granger is one of the easiest communities to find when traveling along Interstate 82 or Highway
223 through the Yakima Valley — just look for the dinosaurs. These prehistoric creatures have become one of the defining identities of the rural community of about 3,000 people. Why dinosaurs? Why not! Neighboring cities were making their niche in the Valley with different themes. Since mastodon tusks and teeth were found at the Granger clay pit in 1958, going prehistoric just seemed fitting. The city’s public works department was given the challenge of producing something along a dinosaur theme. In 1994, crew members created the first dinosaur, a baby brontosaurus. There are now about 30 dinosaurs around town. Each individual dinosaur is conwww.goyakimvalley.com
mately noon and coincides with structed of a steel frame covered with wire mesh and then covered Toppenish’s Mural in a Day. Visitors are invited to help apply in cement. After smoothing the cement, a coat cement, and complimentary gloves of high-qual- are provided. The city-owned Dinostore concession stand is ity paint is added which open during the event, serving up snacks and treats. Public rebrings the strooms are housed in a building dinosaur to that resembles an active volcano. life. Other annual events include the Dinosaurs are scattered Granger Cherry Festival, which began in 1948, and is hosted by throughthe Granger Lions Club. It gets out the city under way at the end of April. The and parks. event, held at the main city park, The manincludes a carnival, entertainment, made pond games and vendors. includes a This year is the 66th annual plesiosaurus and a volcano-shaped water foun- run for the festival, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April tain. The pond is surrounded by a 25-27. The parade starts at 11 walking path measuring approxSaturday morning; signups for the imately 5/8ths of a mile. Take a nice stroll on the path and view the kids fishing derby starts at 7 a.m. Sunday. Yakima River at the same time. The Washington State Menudo Dino-N-A-Day is held the first Cook-Off Championships and Saturday in June each year at the Menudo Festival takes Hisey “Dinosaur” Park on Main Street from 9 a.m. to approxiContinued on page 66�
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place mid-September and is centered on the famous Mexican soup made of beef tripe. Some of the best recipes in the state can be found in Granger during the annual festival, competing for top honors and bragging rights, along with endless amounts of the dish. The festival also includes live music, entertainment and a variety of vendors lined up at Hisey Park. While you’re in Granger, be sure to check out Granger’s Scout Cabin, which is located next to City Hall. It has many historical pieces and pictures. Call the chamber of commerce for further information at 509-854-7304 or see the website www.grangerchamber.net. Granger was founded in 1909 and named after Walter Granger, superintendent of the Washington Irrigation Company, who also laid out the cities of Zillah and Sunnyside.
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“where dinosaurs roam” Take Exit 58 off I-82 and visit our Dinosaur Parks, our new 9-11 and Veteran’s Memorials. Enjoy a walk around the pond at the dinosaur park, or launch your boat in the Yakima River! Dinosaur Drive brochures are available at Granger City Hall located at 102 Main St. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 509-854-1725 or visit us on facebook: The City of Granger Page 66
“WHERE THE SUN SHINES BRIGHTEST”
Sunnyside Has Lots Of Fun In The Sun
Sunnyside is well known for its big dairies and as the headquarters for Darigold, but there is a lot more going on there than milk and cheese. Did you know that NASA astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar has her roots in the area? She graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1967. Sunnyside also holds many annual events -including probably the nation’s most famous Christmas parade featuring lighted tractors - and is home to a large
wildlife population. Sunnyside is also famous for its Cinco de Mayo celebration every year, which includes a big parade. Typically the city ropes off two blocks of the downtown area for food, clothing, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Every December is also Sunnyside’s famous Lighted Farm Implement Parade. The A&E network once named the event one of the “Top 10” such parades in the United States. The festive occasion was the first of its kind in the area, starting the tradition in 1989. The parade includes farm combines, boom trucks, sprayers, grape pickers, and all types of tractors decorated with many colorful lights. About 70 entries are expected each year for the parade, which always draws a huge crowd of 25,000 spectators and usually winds up being covered by some national TV network. You can also check out the fourth annual Northwest Nitro
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Nationals Pro Hillclimb, which will be held May 16 to 18 at the intersections of highways 241 and 24. Last year it drew nearly 450 competitors and around 3,500 spectators for the three-day event. It is Series 2 of five nationally sanctioned hill-climb events. Sunshine Days You’d expect a lot of sunshine in a place named Sunnyside, and you get it. In September Sunnyside holds its annual Sunshine Days, a weekend full of events for just about everyone. Some typical events in the community celebration include a 5k run and walk, firefighters pancake feed, vendors and bouncy houses, flea market and quilt show. There’s also a parade and the Sun & Shine Car Show that draws cars, trucks and motorcycles. There’s also a Miss Sunnyside Pageant. You can get a taste of the local history and culture at the Sunnyside Historical Museum. Located downtown at Fourth Street and Grant Avenue, it is open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, starting May 19. The museum offers a unique look at local history, including one of the largest barbed-wire collections in the nation. Right across the street is the cabin of Ben Snipes, the area’s pioneer cattle tycoon. It is perhaps the oldest building in the area. For more information, visit www. sunnysidechamber.com Page 67
“BEAUTIFUL QUIET OASIS IN THE VALLEY”
Hot-air Balloons To Fill The Prosser Sky
Every year at the crack of dawn, Parking and admission are free. balloon pilots from all over the Below is an abridged schedule Pacific Northwest converge at the of events for the rally weekend. For Prosser airport for the annual Great more information, visit www.prosserProsser balloonrally.org Balloon Sept. 26…6 a.m. Rally. Now —Balloonists prein its 25th pare to launch from year, this Prosser Airport year’s event •11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be held — Harvest Festival in Sept. 26-28. downtown Prosser This free •7 to 11 p.m. — Colorful balloons take flight event is street dance in historgreat for all each September during Prosser’s ic downtown Prosser ages. Watch Balloon Rally. Sept. 27…6 a.m. — as pilots and crews prepare the giballoonists prepare to launch from ant, colorful balloons for flight. Some Prosser Airport. lucky spectators are even asked •7 to 11 a.m. — breakfast by to assist the balloon pilots inflate, National Honor Society at Keenechase and recover the hot-air balRiverview-School loons. •8 a.m. to noon — Farmers The Prosser Airport is located off Market located between the library Wine Country Road not far from and the city park downtown Prosser. •9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Harvest The event is popular among proFestival l in downtown Prosser fessional and amateur photogra•5:30 p.m. — Gates open at Art phers alike. Balloon rally memorabil- Fiker Stadium for 6 p.m. pre-show ia is on sale at the airport throughout and dusk “Night Glow” balloon event weekend. Sept. 28…6 a.m. — balloonists A number of events will take place prepare to launch from Prosser throughout the weekend, including Airport the Harvest Festival. The festival •8 a.m. to noon — breakfast at the celebrates Prosser’s rich agricultural Prosser Senior Activity Center on heritage and features arts and crafts, Seventh Street food vendors and live entertainment. •10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Harvest There’s also the Caren MercerFestival Andreason Street Painting Festival. Prosser has many other activities Be sure to check out the special for its visitors, too. “Night Glow” event, where balloonAn area boasting many wineries, ists tether their balloons and light up Prosser is part of the Wine Yakima for spectators. Valley Spring Barrel Tasting April 25Page 68
27. The Scottish Fest and Highland games come to town June 21. Then on July 4 the community offers its Old-fashioned 4th of July Celebration. July 19 is the 11th annual Art Walk & Wine Gala. Another wine-themed event is the Legends of Washington Wine Gala at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center Aug. 8, followed the next day by the Prosser wine & Food Festival. To learn more about these and other activities visit the website www. tourprosser.com.
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