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City of Zillah (509) 829-5151


“The Heart of Wine Country”

A Great Place To Visit! A Great Place To Live!

Centrally located for your wine-tasting tour.

Visit many wineries just minutes away, and then return to Zillah and enjoy good old-fashioned hospitality in an All-American town.


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April 16 .......................................................................... Community Wide Yard Sale April 23 ....................................................................................................Spring Fling May 12-14 ............................................................................ Zillah Community Days June 2 ................................................................................ The Full Experience Event July 4 .................................................................................. Old Fashioned 4th of July Sept. 10 .......................................................................... Not-Just-A-Farmers-Market Nov. 18 ................................................................................Lion’s Club Turkey Bingo TBA ....................................................................................Old-Fashioned Christmas

Old-Fashioned Christmas

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Agricultural Museum .....................................23

Mural Map, Toppenish ...................................56

Agriculture/Farms ........................................41

Naches ..........................................................66

Calendar of Events ........................................28

Selah .............................................................64

Fort Simcoe...................................................48

Sunnyside .....................................................43

Grandview .....................................................38

Toppenish ......................................................51

Granger .........................................................45

Union Gap ......................................................60

Greenway ......................................................26

Wapato ..........................................................58

Higher Education ...........................................32

White & Chinook Pass ..................................68


Wine Map ......................................................10

Maryhill Museum.............................................7

Yakima ..........................................................12

Moxee ...........................................................31

Zillah .............................................................46

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PUBLISHER Bruce Smith EDITOR Randy Luvaas PRODUCTION & DESIGN Julie Nalley ADVERTISING David Flink David Gonzales BOOKKEEPING Tammy Mitzel The Yakima Valley Visitor Guide is published annually by Yakima Valley Publishing, Inc.

Published every two weeks, this newspaper tracks business and political news around Yakima County. Subscriptions are $24.95 per year.

Spring Barrel Tasting April 22-24 • Yakima Valley Wineries Cinco de Mayo May 6-8 • Downtown Yakima Mural In A Day June 4 •Toppenish

The 115-year-old weekly paper covers community news and features in the Lower Valley area. Subscriptions are $24.95 annually.

Nile Valley Days July 16-17 • Jim Sprick Park, Naches 33rd Annual Farm Equipment Expo August 20-21 • Union Gap Not Just A Farmer’s Market September 10 • Zillah

The monthly Senior Times has provided news and entertainment for Central Washington senior citizens for more than three decades. Subscriptions are $19.95 per year.

Fresh Hop Ale Festival October 1 • Downtown Yakima Thanksgiving in Wine Country November 25-27 Yakima Valley Participating Wineries

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Zillah (509) 829-5055

Selah (509) 698-7303

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Naches www.nachesvalleychamber. com

Sunnyside www.sunnysidechamber. com 1- 800-457-8089

Union Gap (509) 480-7636 Wapato (509) 877-9906 Moxee Toppenish (509) 865-3262, toll free 1-800-863-6375

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Grandview (509) 882-2100 Yakama Nation www.yakamanation.nsn. gov (509) 865-5121 Wine Information


Art, Wines, Music And Scenery: Maryhill Has It All

Just a short, scenic drive from the Yakima Valley you’ll find a winery and art museum perched on top of a hill overlooking the majestic Columbia River. The area got its start in 1907, when millionaire lawyer Sam Hill purchased 5,300 acres to establish a farming community named after his wife, Mary. But her untimely death delayed his plans, though it was later built into Maryhill Museum. In 1999, Craig and Vicki Leuthold established Maryhill Winery that sits just west of the museum. It produces over 80,000 cases yearly, making it the 10th largest winery in the state. The tasting room, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., where 29 different wines are available. Or guests can go outside to a fireside table, an expanded deck or the grapevine-covered arbor. For more information, visit In the summer the winery brings in big-name musical entertainers for outdoor concerts in its amphitheater. Check the website for concert schedules. On view are more than 80 works by the sculptor Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objets d’art from the palaces of the queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of postWorld War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America area also on display.Today the museum’s Native American collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary. The Maryhill Stately Maryhill Art Museum displays Arts Festival, international art treasures, Native American a summertime art and more. The adjacent winery offers tastings and a summer concert series. tradition 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

Herrera, Mel Katz, Heath Krieger, Alisa Looney, Jill Torberson, Julian Voss-Andreae, Jeff Weitzel and Leon White. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat Coun-

Maryhill Winery offers a wide range of wines to sample in a stunning setting. Summertime concerts bring in big-name acts.

ty War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I. The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums. Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to Nov. Replica of Stonehenge. 15. It is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale. For information, visit www.

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WINERIES Wineries Offer Special Attractions And Events

Wine grapes are really the new kid on the block as far as the Valley’s agriculture scene goes, but they’ve 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 100plus wineries and vineyards are one of the main attractions, drawing visitors from around the world. To keep up with all the special events connected with Yakima Valley’s wineries, visit New events — and even new wineries — seem to sprout up all the time. There are several major wine-related events that you should know about. The summer season gets rolling with the Spring Barrel tasting event April 22-24, with most area wineries participating in this popular wine tasting activity. The Rattlesnake Hills wine region has its own spring barrel event the same weekend. The area’s 13 wineries are located around the Wapato and Zillah area. Learn more at Both these events offer a chance to get a jump on tasting and purchasing some of the best wines in Wine Country. A visit to the Valley on these weekends will allow you to sample yet-unfinished wines from the barrel. For the Spring Barrel Tasting you can purchase a Premier


Pass that allows access to exclusive benefits available only during this special weekend. Pass holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty food pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public. Get your pass and more information at That same website provides links to all the individual winery events and specials that are offered throughout the year. There are several other major Valley-wide wine events throughout the year, including the Wine & Chocolate pairings offered for Valentine’s Day in February. Oct. 8-9 many wineries participate in Catch the Crush to celebrate the fall harvest. Then there’s the Thanksgiving in Wine Country event Nov. 25-27. 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.

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

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• 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. ‘Wine Dogs’ Welcome Tourists traveling with their pets often find themselves 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 — 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.

Your Guide To The Valley’s 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. Cabernet Sauvignon (cab-air-NAY soveen-YOWN) Its character

can emerge as black currants, cherry, berry, chocolate, leather, mint, herbs, bell pepper or any combination of these. This wine ages beautifully. Many of the Yakima Valley vintners employ traditional blending practices, adding Merlot or Cabernet Franc to the wine. Syrah (sear-AH) 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-air-NAY FRAWNK) 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) 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. Gewürztraminer (ge-VOORTZ-tra-me-nair) 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. Other Whites Chenin Blanc (SHENnin BLAHNK) Lively fruit and mouth-watering 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.

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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

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

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YAKIMA The Heart Of Central Washington

You can leave your umbrella at home. But bring your sunscreen and sunglasses when you come to Yakima because this is Sun Country! Welcome to the Gateway to Wine Country, as you begin your exploration of one of the finest appellations in the West. For years, Yakima has attracted thousands of visitors because it’s a great place to have fun in the sun. With 300 plus days of sunshine a year, it’s a welcome relief to those who live in wetter, grayer climes. Add clean air, beautiful blue skies, and the friendly people of the Yakima Valley and you have an unbeatable combination. These days, more than the great weather Floral & Gift Shop draws visitors to Yakima. There is so much to do 222 N. Second St. Yakima (509) 426-5333 in the Valley, so many attractions. Donnie Tongate And with Yakima Roy DeGuzman and Union Gap’s many fine motels offering able accommoda-


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Great events crowd the calendar, including the famous Gap to Gap Relay, concerts by one of the top small city symphonies in the West, the great Fourth of July celebration, the world-class Central Washington State Fair, the myriad of performances presented at Yakima’s famous, fully-restored Capitol Theatre, the Vintiques car show, the Yakima Valley Folklife Festival, professional baseball with the Yakima Valley Pippins, Roller Derby with the Wine Country Crushers, some of the best rodeo action this side of the Pecos, and much more.

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You’ll want to check out the roadside fresh fruit and produce stands in Yakima, Union Gap,


You can enjoy day trips to the beautiful Cascade Mountains, only a half hour or so from your motel room, where you’ll find breathtaking vistas, fine restaurants and lodges, great fishing and hunting, outstanding skiing, and hiking.


Put your diet on hold when you come to Yakima, because the dining opportunities here will please any palate. You’ll find pizza in just about any style you desire. There are restaurants that will tempt you with Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Southwestern barbecue, Mexican, and good old American cuisine. Serving Yakima Sportsman Since 1917 There is gourmet Find New, Used, fare and there is and Unique Items homestyle cook• Guns • Rifles • Handguns • Ammo ing. In a hurry? • Knives • Law Enforcement Supplies You’ll find just • Jewelry • Instruments about any fast • Native American Goods • FFL Transfers food outlet you’ve ever heard of. Located in the


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Selah, and Naches—as well as minutes away in the Lower Valley. Hire a limousine or choose a designated driver and tour the Valley’s wineries, which are giving California a run for their money. Tasting rooms offer samples of their award winning wines and most have unique gift shops, too. The outstanding, award-winning Yakima Valley Appelation wineries are on the same latitude as the fine wine-growing regions of France.

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nature trails, playground equipment, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, picnic tables, grills, and softball fields. You won’t have a difficult time finding a place to toss the Frisbee. You’ll find a complete listing of the parks in this guide. And if you still want more, you’ll find horse racing, stock car racing, river rafting, boat-

ing, the arboretum, and the paved walkways of the Yakima Greenway. There’s just no place like Yakima. No wonder you keep coming back!

State Fair Is Just One Of State Fair Park’s Draws

The annual Central Washington State Fair in Yakima will open in late September for a 10-day run that will attract some 300,000 people for the unique food and fun. The fair, located at State Fair Park in Yakima, has become the number one family entertainment event in all of Eastern Washington.

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Started back in 1892, the fair has a deep heritage in showcasing the agricultural products of the fertile Central Washington region. In fact, it was named the original State Fair of Washington by the state Legislature during the 1900s. And, as it has been for over 112 years, the fruits, vegetables and livestock grown in the region are all on display during the fair, creating quite an impressive group of exhibits in the beautifully renovated historic buildings and 14 livestock barns. But there is more to the fair than just the agricultural displays. Each year over 70 different food vendors present unique and yummy edibles to fairgoers. For those looking for a unique item and a good deal, over 100 commercial vendors participate in the fair each year, some set up in 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 bigname 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

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most current hair-raising rides and challenging games. Dates for the 2016 Central Washington State Fair are Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 For more information on this year’s Fair entertainment lineup and/or year round activities at State Fair Park go to 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 — con-

certs, 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. and 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 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


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CASINOS & BINGO Try Your Luck At Our Casinos And Bingo Halls

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

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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 the interstate exit. The tropical atmosphere is carried throughout. It houses a restaurant serving American classic cuisine and bar, along with a card room and poker room. The card room includes Spanish 21, pai gow, Double-Deck Blackjack, Four Card Poker and more. The poker room has exciting action seven days a week and fun tournaments. For more information, visit casino-caribbean. net/Yakima. Or try your luck at Nob Hill Casino, 3807 W. Nob Hill Blvd. in Yakima. It’s open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. featuring regular Black Jack tournaments and other specials. There’s also a restaurant and bowling alley. Learn more at

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The hall has a complete kitchen with a menu of hamburgers, St Joseph’s Bingo, located at 3112 Main St. in Union Gap, is snacks and some popular specials like enchiladas. It also has a special place in the hall for pull-tab sales. a haven for bingo players. ProAnother gambling destination is RC’s Casino, located at ceeds from the hall go to St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic Schools 31 Ray Road in Sunnyside. But it’s more than a casino — it is also a sports bar and restaurant all in one. The restaurant of Yakima. offers a variety of food, including steak and seafood. The hall is open Wednesday, Its table games include blackjack, pai gow, Spanish 21, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Texas Hold’em, Texas Shootout, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em. Sunday. Weekday sessions are 11:30 and 6:30, Saturdays 11:30, For more information, visit 6 and 9:15 p.m. and Sundays 11:30 and 6. Doors open 90 minutes before games start. Bingo has changed a lot in recent years. The old hard cards with sliding plastic windows are gone, but the traditional paper games are still available. …more than just a flower shop! Many patrons now like to use electronic • Gift & Wine Baskets Open 7:30 - 5:30 Monday - Friday bingo cards. If you’re planning on playing 111 South 2nd Street • Stuff ed Animals Saturday 7:30 - 2:00 for Your several cards at once, it’s more cost-efYakima • Crystal Vases Convenience fective to use an electronic bingo game • Greeting Cards device. “Serving Yakima • See’s Candies for Over 85 Years” Bingo is one of the least expensive • Gourmet Food Baskets methods of gambling, making it attractive All Major Credit Cards Accepted to those who don’t want to spend a lot. “Bert” McDonnell and Dorothy Grabenstein


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SPORTS Want Sports? Yakima Valley Has All Kinds

Whether you’re a player or a spectator, the Yakima Valley is known as a great sports area. Here is a sample of the kinds of sporting fun awaiting you. You can check out the newest baseball team, the Yakima Valley Pippins, when they open their West Coast League season in June. Games run through most of August. The WCL offers top college players from around the country a place to show their talents. Home games are at Yakima County Stadium in Yakima’s State Fair Park. See Or watch the women skaters of the Wine Country Crushers roller derby team in action. Check for details and a schedule. The Yakima Mavericks are a semiprofessional football team, part of the Pacific Football League. They play home games at Marquette Stadium in Yakima. Learn more at their website, www.yakimamavericks. org. There is auto racing at Yakima Speedway, a half-mile oval near the state fairgrounds in Yakima. The Tri Track Super Late Model racing season starts in April with the Apple Cup and ends with the Fall Classic in October. The track runs races most weekends in several classes including Late Model Sportsman,

Superstocks, Hornets, Youth 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 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 One of the area’s most popular events is the annual Gap2Gap Relay, scheduled for May 30-31 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, in August. Hundreds


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of teams compete, bringing thousands of spectators to the downtown streets. Hot Shots is one of the largest 3-on-3 tournaments in the Pacific Northwest. Visit for more information. Yakima’s Pirate Plunder Adventure Race (July 23) is a four-mile obstacle course race that combines ever-changing terrain with obstacles to test your strength, stamina and love of mud as you climb walls, crawl through a mud pit, negotiate a water slide and more. Visit for more information. For a good rundown on local sporting events visit the website of Yakima Sports Commission,

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Celebrates The History Of America’s Hops

Special Events Spotlight Our Beers And Spirits

The Yakima Valley produces more than 70 percent of all the hops grown in the United States, it’s no surprise that we pay tribute to hops and the beverage that depends on them — beer. Several local craft brewers produce their own beers, Bale Breakers in Moxee, Yakima Craft Brewing in Yakima and Snipes Mountain Brewery in Sunnyside. There are also some craft distilleries springing up including Glacier Basin Distillery of Yakima, and Tieton Cider Works has a new tasting room in Yakima for its hard ciders. To learn more about these local producers and their facilities check www. Moxee pays tribute each year with its Moxee Hop Festival, the first Friday and Saturday each August — 4 to midnight Friday and 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday. Yakima’s Millennium Plaza is a hopping place during the It’s all free, but there is a cover charge to enter the beer Fresh Hops Ale Festival in the fall. garden. There are kids games, craft and food vendors. In downtown Yakima, there’s the Blues and Local Beers Festival June 11 featuring live blues music and a chance to sample brews from local breweries. Visit www. Mass-produced beer is the inspiration behind the Fresh Hop Ale Festival in downtown Yakima Oct. 1, at the Millennium Plaza on Third Street. Visit the website Downtown Yakima The First Friday specials are on the first Friday each month. You’ll find live music, food and drink specials at various wineries and establishments. Beer Garden And the downtown also has some big Live Music Kids Games special events scheduled, such as: Food & Crafts • Cinco de Mayo Cultural Fiesta, a Mexican-style celebration May 6-8. • Roots and Vines Festival, May 14 with music, beer, wine, cider and craft distillers along historic North Front Street. Learn more about these at Presented by: East Valley Community Enhancement Association

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The Yakima Valley Is Rich In Agricultural History

Museum Offers A Look At The Area’s Farm Heritage 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 Central Washington Agricultural Museum was founded in 1978. The museum’s buildings are open April 1 through October. Displays include antique tractors, sorters, harvesters, over 3,000 antique hand tools, a working sawmill and everything you can think of having to do with life on the farm. 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. You’ll see a 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. This year’s event is Aug. 20-21. See the museum website


at to learn more. New interactive exhibits include a 1930s replica gas station, general store and a drive-through 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 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 with an understanding of what it used to take to feed America in a real and tangible way Coin & Collectibles and experience the settling of the Now Buying Gold, Silver West as it really & Collectible Coins was, farming the • Vintage Toys • Trading Cards • and more… land and planting Lettermans Jackets crops in order to Available For All Valley Schools survive.

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Enjoy the sounds of the Yakima Valley

Be Sure To Check Out The Valley‘s Lively Music Scene

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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 Norman 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: Check

Yakima Folklife Festival is held each July at Franklin Park and Yakima Valley Museum in Yakima. It features some 50 performance acts over two days, with some of the top musicians also performing at downtown venues in the evening. There are vendors selling food and crafts and other activities. Check www.yakimafolklife. org to see what’s on the schedule. 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.

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The Blues and Local Brews Festival is June 11 with live blues performers, local brews and food. Then Oct. 1 is the Fresh Hop Ale Festival downtown with music, food and of course fresh local craft brews. On a more classical note, Yakima Symphony Orchestra performs at the beautiful and historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Yakima, bringing in topThere’s plenty to see and do at the annual Moxee Hop Festival in August, one of several notch guest artists for a classical big local events held in honor of hops and beer. series as well as a pops series. Check for schedule at schedules and information. You’ll also find tunes at Moxee Hop Festival in August The Capitol Theatre also presents its own schedule of ( and A Case of the Blues & All That Jazz musical acts, both in the main theater and also in its attached at Yakima’s Sarg Hubbard Park Aug. 20. (www.yakimagreen4th 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 with great acoustics. Check www.theseasonsyakima. com. Yakima Valley SunDome frequently books big-name acts, and each fall the Serving the Valley since 1937 Central Washington State Fair has an 9 S. 1st Street, Yakima• 457-8400 entertainment lineup featuring stars in country, rock, salsa and more. Look for a

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This Local Riverside Park Is The Jewel Of The Valley

Greenway Is A Haven For Walking, Running, Biking

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 trail is open dawn to dusk and 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. Dogs must be on leash, except at the off-leash dog park located along the Greenway path. There are a number of easy access points where you can The Yakima Greenway path is a continuous, 18-mile park and begin your Greenway adventure: See the map on paved path system along the Yakima River in and around the right for access point locations. Yakima, and is the perfect place for walking, bird watching, The Greenway also shares an area with the 46-acre Yakima Area Arboretum, which includes about 30 acres of lawn, trees and gardens and more acreage of wooded areas along the Yakima River. The Arboretum’s Jewett Interpretive Center features a carillon bell tower, the Heritage of Trees display, reference library, Gardenview and Solarium meeting rooms, herbarium, Tree House Gift Shop, and courtyard, as well as kitchen, restrooms and staff offices. McDonald’s of Yakima & Kittitas Counties es Plant habitat zones in the Yakima River Watershed range all the way from Providing You With Fast & Friendly Service ce the shrub-steppe to the subalpine to the riparian. Special Events We Believe In A variety of events are held at the GreCreating Leaders enway each year. For a full calendar and park access maps, check out Apply Online @ • The Gap2Gap Relay will be June 4 and 4 at Sarg Hubbard Park. Adult races m are June 5 and include a 2-mile field run, Locally Owned and Operated 12-mile mountain bike, 8-mile kayak, 20-


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mile road bike and 10K run. Adult Sport course includes a 2-mile field run, 8-mile mountain bike, 5K skate leg, 20-mile road bike and 5K run. The junior course (June 4) offers a run, bike, skate, kayak and obstacle course. There’s a Rock The Gap musical event on the 4th. • A Case of the Blues and All that Jazz is held Aug. 20 at Sarg Hubbard Park. The festival features blues and jazz music, award-winning Northwest wines and microbrews, delicious food and a silent auction. For a list of other activities and events held along the Greenway. Check the website at Off-leash Dog Park The Yakima Greenway has an 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 to the fenced area. Dogs can enjoy running free among the trees and rolling in the leaves, as well as meeting new dog friends. 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.


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FUN IN THE VALLEY’S SUN Calendar of Events

You’ll Find Your Fun In The Yakima Valley’s Sun

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. For an overall calendar of Valley activities, try the website at 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, or call the center for more info at (509) 573-3388, 800-221-0751. All the Valley’s communities have their special events going on, too. The easiest way to get more information is to check with their chambers of commerce. See page 6 for those phone numbers. Following is a list of events for which we have dates. APRIL 22-24 — Spring Barrel Tasting in Rattlesnake Hills ( Wine, food, live music and crafts. 22-24 — Spring Barrel Tasting at wineries throughout the Yakima Valley (800-258-7270)

23 — Spring Fling Wine Tasting Gala, Zillah 29 to May 1 — Cherry Festival, Granger

MAY 6-8 — Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Sunnyside 6-8 — Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande annual cultural festival, downtown Yakima 7 — Railroad Show, Toppenish 12-14 — Community Days, Zillah 19-22 — Community Days, Selah 14 — Roots and Vines Festival, craft beverage and music in downtown Yakima 14-15 — Yak Attack Soccer Tournament, Ahtanum Youth Park, Union Gap 21 — Antique Truck Show, Union Gap 22 — Your Canyon for a Day bike tour between Yakima and Ellensburg

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4-7 — 40th Annual Northwest Nationals Rod Run and Vintiques Car Show, Yakima 12 — Legends of Washington Wine Gala at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, Prosser 19-20 — Highland Community Days, Tieton 20 — A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz, Sarg Hubbard Park, Yakima 20-21 — Central Washington Antique Equipment Expo, Union Gap 27-28 — 13th Annual Hot Shots 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament, downtown Yakima

downtown Yakima 8-9 — Yakima Valley Crush, wine tasting and events at area wineries NOVEMBER 25-27 — Thanksgiving in Wine Country 26 — Lighted Christmas Parade, Toppenish DECEMBER 3 —Lighted Farm Implement Parade, Sunnyside 10,11,17 and 18 — Santa Claus Trolley, Yakima

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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 Railway Museum is located at the corner of South Third Avenue and Pine Street in Yakima. The museum is operated by Yakima Valley Trolleys. 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-the-century interurban electric railroad in the United States. The system was constructed between 1907 and 1913. Once up to 44 miles in length; just five miles of track remain. In its first years of operation, railroad service was limited to one line in downtown Yakima. 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 in 1911 the powerhouse substation was constructed, providing the electricity to operate the trolleys. The same time that automobiles were growing, trolley use was declining. In 1947, the YVT stopped streetcar service. Freight operations halted in 1985, and much of the system was donated to the city, which opened the museum. The trolley season runs through the summer and early fall. Trolley rides begin at the car barn. First run of the day is at 10 a.m. and the last run eaves the car barn at 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $6 for adults to $4 for seniors and kids 12 and younger. Check the website for hours and fares, They also offer charters all through the year. And the powerhouse can be a venue for parties, etc.

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MOXEE Pays Homage To Its Cultural And Agricultural Roots The city of Moxee may be small today, it’s huge compared to a few years ago. A recent housing boom grew the population from 820 in 2000 to more than 3,700 now. The area a few miles east of Yakima became home to several French-Canadian farm families around 1867, with others joining them to create a thriving French-speaking community with its own French school. Today that heritage is evident in the names of many of the rural roads around Moxee, named after the early French immigrants whose descendants still live in the vicinity. In 1921 the city of Moxee was officially incorporated. The early settlers quickly learned that hops grew especially well in the soil around Moxee, and that ingredient of beer became a major crop. Today the Yakima Valley grows about 70 percent of America’s total hop production, with Moxee still at the center of it all. More recently, though, Moxee has also developed into a center for manufacturing, shipping and processing, with

several large employers located at an industrial park. Moxee celebrates the hop industry on the first Friday and Saturday each August with the Moxee Hop Festival, including a parade, live entertainment, food and vendors — and naturally, plenty of beer. You can check the details at

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HIGHER EDUCATION Valley Offers Options For A Local Higher Education

The Yakima Valley is home to several colleges and universities that offer broad-based higher education opportunities, ranging from our community college to a medical university. Heritage University, located outside Toppenish, is an accredited, private institution offering a wide array of academic programs and degrees. Students enjoy a world-class, multicultural education and personalized attention. Classes are small, averaging only 11 students in each class. Heritage makes it possible to earn a college degree while continuing to live and work. Many undergraduate courses are offered during the evenings and graduate courses are offered on the weekends. In addition to the main campus in Toppenish, three regional sites in Tri-Cities, Moses Lake and Wenatchee bring classes closer to students. Heritage is a nonprofit, independent, nondenominational, accredited institution of higher education offering undergraduate and graduate education. Its mission is to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations that have been educationally isolated. Within its liberal arts curriculum, Heritage offers strong professional and career-oriented programs designed to enrich the quality of life for students and their communities. Located in Ellensburg, Central Washington University is part of the state university system, dating back to 1891. Today it serves some 13,000 students at eight locations. CWU is co-located with community colleges in Edmonds, Everett, Des Moines, Steilacoom/Puyallup, Kent, Yakima, Moses Lake and Wenatchee, where students can complete baccalaureate degrees without leaving their communities. A new dual admission program allows community college


students to be admitted to CWU when they are admitted to a college, streamlining the admissions, advising, and transfer processes. CWU also serves more students on-line than any other comprehensive university in Washington. “Finish Line” is an online campus launched in fall 2011 to enable people to complete degrees online. CWU graduates about 3,000 students a year, and has 3,100 students on its Ellensburg campus. It offers more than 135 majors including nationally and/or regionally distinguished programs in music, geology, paramedicine, physics and education. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima is a medical school offering education in osteopathic medicine. The school welcomed its first class of students in 2008, and now houses 280 students at the campus from all around the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. The school was founded with the mission of training physicians to work in rural areas and other locations facing a shortage of medical professionals. In their third and fourth years of study, students go to work and train at hospitals and clinics primarily around the Northwest. Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, founded in 1928, is one of the state’s oldest community colleges. YVCC is a public, two-year institution that offers programs in adult basic education, English as a Second Language, lower division arts and sciences, professional and technical education and community services. The school also has a branch campus in nearby Grandview, plus learning centers in Ellensburg, Toppenish and Sunnyside, serving a total of 10,000 students a year.

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GOLF The signature 17th green at Apple Tree is shaped like – what else? – an apple

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Nestled between grape vineyards, hop fields, rivers and 6,220 yards from the back tees and has a course rating of 66.9, a mountains, the Yakima Valley is home to 10 great golf courses. And slope of 111 and a par of 70. of course, our sunny weather makes for some perfect golf outings. Westwood West …9 holes, Yakima, (509) 966-0890 The list includes eight well-maintained public courses open to Designed by Melvin Curly Hueston and opened in 1964, the golfers of all skill levels, including: public golf course is nestled on the west side of Yakima. The total Apple Tree…18 holes, Yakima, (509) 966-5877 yardage for the course is 2,691 yards from the back tees and has a This public course was designed by John Steidel and opened course rating of 32.3, a slope of 107 and a par of 35. in 1992. Surrounded by apple orchards and known for its applePRIVATE COURSES shaped 17th hole, the course has hosted numerous celebrities Yakima Country Club including President George W. Bush and Bobby Knight. The total 18 holes, Yakima, (509) 452-2266 yardage for the course is 6,961 yards from the back tees and has a The private golf course was designed by A. Vernon Macan and built course rating of 73.5, a slope of 140 and a par of 72. in 1918. The total yardage for the course is 6,494 yards from the Black Rock Creek …18 holes, Sunnyside, (509) 837-5340 back tees with a course rating of 69.3, a slope of 123 and a par of Built in 1947 and designed by Kelly Bowen, the public course is 72. located off Interstate 82. The total yardage for the course is 6,657 Yakima Elks yards from the back tees and has a course rating of 71.3, a slope of 18 holes, Selah, (509) 697-7177 121 and a par of 72. The private golf course was built in 1950. The total yardage for the Cherry Hill…9 holes, Granger, (509) 854-1800. course is 6,640 yards from the back tees. It has a course rating of Built in 2000, the public golf course is located off Interstate 82. 71.6, a slope of 123 and a par of 71. The total yardage is 1,186 yards and it has a par of 30. CHERRY HILL FUN CENTER 509-854-1800 golf • 509-854-2294 pizza • Fisher Park…9 holes, Yakima, (509) 5756075 9 hole executive golf course with par 3s and par 4s • Riding carts, pull carts, rental Built in 1960, the public, par-3 golf course clubs • Lessons for all ages • Custom club work and repair • Driving range • 100+ inside seating • Reasonable rates • Family atmosphere is known as a great family course or a place to Driving Directions:Exit #58 (The only Granger exit), work with irons. The course is 1,354 yards and Turn towards town on S.R. 223, pass the Granger has a course rating of 45, a slope of 113 and a Gourmet handmade Pizzas • Original Sandwiches Travel Plaza intersection, Beer & Wine • Deliveries • 100 outside seating 1/2mile turn left onto Empar of 27. erald Rd., Immediate left onto Cherry Hill Rd. We Mt. Adams Country Club…18 holes, are 1/2 mile on the right. Toppenish, (509) 865-4440 Coming New Feature Party packages • Corporate outings • Baseball batting Attraction…A Human The public golf course was built in 1926 and Pedal Karts • Miniature golf • Scooters • Arcade games Foosball Court is located just off of U.S. Highway 97. The total yardage for the course is 6,292 yards from the (Friday Memorial Day Wknd thru Labor Day Wknd) Daily, 7am – Dusk • *Open at 6:30am once the hot weather hits • Open on Labor Day! back tees with a course rating of 70.6, a slope of 121 and a par of 72. River Ridge…9 holes, Selah, (509) 6978323 The public golf course was designed by Dean Laurvick and opened in 2003. The total City owned and operated Par yardage for the course is 2,250 yards from the back tees. It has a course rating of 59, a slope 3 – 9 Hole Course featuring: of 96.5 and a par of 31. Park-like setting • Concessions • Lessons • Moonlight Golf • Rentals & Resale Suntides…18 holes, Yakima, (509) 966Equipment • Affordable Play • Senior Rates • Daily Specials • Tournaments 9065. No need to call for tee times, first come – first serve. Typical hours are 8am to dusk. Designed by Joe Grier and opened in 1965, Early and late season will vary depending on light and weather. March-October. the public course is located off of U.S. Highway 823 South 40th Avenue • 509-575-6075 12 West. The total yardage for the course is Yakima Valley Visitor Guide 2016 •


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GRANDVIEW Grandview Celebrates Its Agricultural Background

Located about 40 miles south of Yakima, the city of Grandview has about 10,000 people living in a quiet, rural city that dates back to 1909. Offering glimpses of both Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, the city enjoys what struck the early settlers – a grand view. Grandview offers seven city parks, a swimming pool, the 18-hole Black Rock Creek Golf Course, four public tennis courts, a large community center, a nine-hole regulation disc golf course, and public library. Its Country Park Events Center includes an amphitheater, covered picnic area, ball fields, the Seahawk Play 60 Playground and is the home of the annual Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo. In recent years the city undertook a major renovation and upgrade of its downtown area, providing an attractive area for strolling and shopping. Yakima Valley Community College’s Grandview branch campus includes the Yakima Valley Vintners teaching winery, where tomorrow’s winemakers learn their craft and produce

their own wines. Tours and wine tastings can be arranged by calling 509-882-7069. Among Grandview’s special events is the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo, scheduled this year for Aug. 5-8. The annual show features a real country experience with a parade, livestock exhibits, entertainment, a car show, beer garden, food and merchandise vendors and, of course, rodeo. There’s also a parade on Aug. 6. Learn more at, email or call 509-882-1197. As part of that weekend the chamber of commerce puts on its annual car show on Aug. 8. Grandview also honors an ancient custom with its Great Grandview Grape Stomp — which is just what the name implies. Barefoot contestants climb into wooden barrels filled with grapes and stomp out the juice, the traditional winemaking technique. The event is held in September to celebrate the grape harvest. See for details.

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PRODUCE Local Fruits And Vegtables Easily Available

Yakima Valley’s Farms Offer An Amazing Variety

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 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 Blueberry Hill Berries, top producer of sweet cherries (2,500 a u-pick/we-pick blueberry farm, is owned and operated acres), plums/prunes ( more than 400 by the Weijohn Family in the acres), nectarines ( more than 600 acres), beautiful Yakima Valley. We peaches (more than 1,000 acres), and invite you to come and enjoy the freshest, sweetest, sunof pears (8,400 acres). In your travels ripened berries you’ve ever Heart & Soil through our county, you may also come tasted . . . grown with Heart & across apricots, tart cherries, pluots (plums Soil! 1520 W. Wapato Rd The 2016 Blueberry Season crossed with apricots) and even pecotums is coming! Our fruit stand Sunday Through Friday from 7:00WA to 6:00 • Closed Saturday Wapato, 98951 (peach/apricot/plum). opens in June. See You Then! Yakima County is No. 1 in the state in (509) 961-3001 dairy, milk production, cheese production, cattle and calves, sheep and lamb production, meat goats. The animal agricultural OVER 80+ VARIETIES OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC PEPPERS BOTH HOT & SWEET! PRODUCE annual gate value tops $600 million. Specialty extra hot peppers, Irrigated pasture totals 140,000 acres, including ghost peppers managed range totals 2.2 million acres POTATOES • ONIONS • SQUASH and approximately 40,000 people in the 15+ VARIETIES OF TOMATOES • MELONS county own from 2 to 20 acres. Seasonal JUICE GRAPES & MORE! Yakima County is the No. 1 producer of Open Sun.- Fri…7am-7pm Place your order today! melon in the State including watermelon, Closed Saturday ••• cantaloupe and muskmelon. We take 462 Knight Lane wholesale There is a growing berry industry that A family owned pepper farm orders Wapato, WA 98951 specializing in U-PICK organic, includes blueberries and raspberries that heirloom tomatoes, unique melons are on display in local farmers markets and


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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 in Washington. The Yakima Valley is home to the state’s highest concentration of wineries. Yakima County is the leading producer of squash (summer and winter) and peppers (bell and chili) in Washington and has over 3,600 acres of sweet corn. From May to September, roadside vegetable stands are loaded with asparagus, onions, snap beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Sometimes you may find crops like sweet potatoes, peanuts or okra where producers rely on greenhouse plantings to extend the growing season for crops normally found farther south. These markets bring farmers and food producers together The farms in Yakima in one spot, along with arts-and-crafts vendors, specialty food County range from largeproducers and entertainers to create a fun shopping experiscale orchards and other ence. big operations to the smallIn downtown Yakima, check out Yakima Farmers Market, scale family growers, many one of the bigger such gatherings in Central Washington. of them using organic methThe market operates each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ods to produce specialty a blocked-off area of Third Street, right in front of the Capitol crops. Theatre in the downtown core. From May to September, roadside vegetable stands are loaded with Opens Mother’s Day…May 8, 2016 asparagus, onions, snap beans, cucumbers, corn, peppers, tomatoes and more. Many of these farms offer U-pick options so that visitors can gather their own fresh vegetables fresh from the fields.

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The market runs from May through October. You’ll find fresh produce from around the region, including specialty items, organic crops, food vendors and more. And there’s a special Tuesday Market each Tuesday from July into the fall, located nearby on Fourth Street behind the Capitol Theatre. That runs from 4 to 7 o’clock. Check the website at 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. •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 •Sunnyside — Sunnyside’s market runs Wednesdays from 4 to 7 throughout the summer at Fourth Street and Edison Avenue near the city park.

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Produce Harvest Dates Apples ................................. Aug-Nov Asparagus ........... April through June Beets ............................July-October Blackberries ......... August-September Blueberries .......... August-September Broccoli ...................................... June Cantaloupe ...................July-October Carrots ................................. July-Oct 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

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SUNNYSIDE Sunnyside Has Lots Of Fun In The Sun To Offer

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 several wineries and Snipes Mountain Brewery. 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 Nationals Pro Hillclimb, which will be held May 13-15 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. Abundant Wildlife The Sunnyside area is also home to diverse wildlife at the Sunnyside-Snake River Wildlife Area. It is the perfect spot for hunters, bird watchers, hikers, horseback riders and school field trips. It includes 18 units that span over 20,000 acres in multiple counties.

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The management headquarters are located near Sunnyside, a site made up of 2,800 acres of a collection of small agricultural fields, interspersed with diverse habitats. Six ponds or lakes vary in size from 15 to 100 surface acres and the Yakima River runs through the area; evidence of old river oxbows can also be found throughout. Observation opportunities include birds of prey, eagles, shorebirds, songbirds, upland birds, wading birds, waterfowl, deer, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The key to great birding in Sunnyside is timing. Arrive in the summer and birds will be hard to find, but show up in the fall and the area will be hopping with waterfowl. For more information, visit and search Sunnyside-Snake River Wildlife Area. 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 in May. The museum offers a unique look at local history, including one of the largest barbed-wire collections in the nation. Exhibits include woodcarvings, storyboard historic photos and a display of military uniforms and memorabilia from both world wars. 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, 1-900-457-8089 or (509) 8375939.

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GRANGER Welcome To Granger, Where Dinosaurs Rule

When traveling along Interstate 82 or Highway 223 through the Yakima Valley, you can’t miss Granger — just look for the dinosaurs. These prehistoric creatures have pretty much taken over the rural community of about 3,000 people. They’re everywhere. 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. The town holds a Dino-N-A-Day event in June at the Hisey “Dinosaur” Park on Main Street. Visitors are invited to help apply cement, and complimentary gloves are provided.

Other annual events include the Granger Cherry Festival, which began in 1948. It gets under way at the end of April. This year ‘s festival will be held Friday through Sunday, April 29 to May 1 and includes a carnival, entertainment, games and vendors. A parade Saturday morning is followed by a fishing derby for the kids on Sunday morning. The Washington State Menudo Cook-Off Championships and Menudo Festival takes place the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in September and is centered on the famous Mexican soup made of beef tripe. 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

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“where dinosaurs roam” Take Exit 58 off I-82 and visit our Dinosaur Parks, our 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 Yakima Valley Visitor Guide 2016 •


ZILLAH Offers Small-town Charm And Attractions

tion. When visiting the Yakima Valley, be sure to schedule a The Teapot Dome has a long, interesting history. It was stop at Zillah — a town with wineries, a quaint historic landhandcrafted as a gas stationh in 1922 as a memorial to mark, community events and plenty of small-town charm. the Teapot Dome oil scandal during the President Warren Founded in 1891, the town was started at the completion Harding administration. of the Sunnyside Canal It remained a working project, which ultimately gas station for decades delivered water from before finally being the Yakima River to the abandoned. The city purLower Valley to allow chased it in 2007 and in for growing more crops. 2012 relocated and renoWalter Granger, supervated the building. It now intendent of the canal sits near a small park and company, chose the town public restrooms. site. Zillah gets a steady The town was named stream of visitors who for Zillah Oakes, daughstop by going to and from ter of Thomas Fletcher the many nearby winerOakes, president of the Northern Pacific Railway, The Teapot Dome in Zillah was built as a gas station in the ies. In April during Spring Barrel Tasting is an espewhich backed the building 1920s. cially popular time to visit. of the canal. One local landmark is the Teapot Dome Gas Station. The There are at least 20 wineries located just minutes away from Zillah, all offering special tastings and bargains. iconic teapot-shaped building that once sat off the highway You’ll also want to visit the Old Warehouse at 705 Railroad near Zillah is now at home in town. And it still draws a crowd. Ave. As the name says, it’s a former fruit warehouse built The small building is on the National Historic Register in the 1920s that was converted to a furniture store. Later a (since 1985) and is also on the Most Endangered Historic restaurant and lounge were added, and another area was Properties List with Washington Trust for Historic Preserva-


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converted into 50,000-squae foot events center. Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. there’s a lively auction — you never know what you’ll find. Special Events Every year, hundreds of locals and visitors turn out for Zillah’s Spring Fling, a fun event with wine, food and entertainment. Held during the wineries’ Spring Barrel Tasting, the day is filled with events like a classic car show, wine and food tasting and live entertainment. In May enjoy breakfast in the park and a parade as part of Zillah Community Days. The weekend celebration also includes vendors, a talent contest and a lot of fun, old-fashioned competitions like an egg toss, sack race, etc.

July 4th is Zillah’s Freedom Celebration. In September check out the Not Just A Farmers Market Gala with vendors from all over the state as well as live entertainment. Get ready for Christmas with Zillah’s Old-fashioned Christmas celebration in December. You can learn more about the town’s attractions and events at or

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FORT SIMCOE An Experience That 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 GUNS NEW & USED story of mid-19th Buy - Sell - Trade century Army life Handguns • Rifles • Shotguns Replacement Stocks • Holsters and providing Cleaning Products • Ammunition Hearing Protection • Eye Protection insights into local AR-15 Parts Native American culture. It was Open Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm Saturdays 9am - 4pm placed on the CLASS III DEALER National Register 22 S 1st St., Yakima 509.248.3421

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of Historic Places in 1974. Fort Simcoe State Park is open 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, the park holds its Fort Simcoe Military Days every year. This year it will take place April 30 Yakima’s Own Curiosi ty Shop and May 1, and includes Civil War Come see us today for books plus re-enactments, displays of military odd and unusual antiques and things. equipment and flag-raising ceremonies, We specialize in used, rare and out of print books. Northwest history living history specialists, traditional tribal and hiking books. dancers, antique car shows, free cake and A Fun Funky Place to Browse! refreshments. The event takes place at the park at Open Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 4 5150 Fort Simcoe Road. The two-day, free (509) 453-8207 event typically wraps up Sunday at dusk. 125 South Second Street For information, call Fort Simcoe at (509) Yakima, WA 98901 874-2372.

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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 Rodeo. Then celebrate our country’s independence with a Wild West Parade on the Fourth of July. 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,

2016 TOPPENISH EVENTS CALENDAR MAY Early in Month, Yakama Legends Casino Hotel Grand Opening, various activities and give aways 1st: Rail and Steam Museum, Hop Museum, Mural Horse drawn Wagon tours all open for season. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th: Central Washington Jr Livestock 4-H/FFA show, Rodeo Grounds 4th: Jr livestock show Stock Auction, Rodeo Grounds 6th, 7th, 8th: Cinco de Mayo celebration, Post Office park Downtown, music, vendors, carnival, parade 7th: NP Railroad rail and steam show, Depot JUNE 3rd: Lions Club Mural in a Day Steak Feed, 4th: Lions club breakfast, 4th: Mural in a Day.....Farm workers Building Vendors and entertainment 4th: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Grand opening, Music, Tours and Festivities 4th: Evening, All Classes Toppenish Alumni Steak Feed and Dance Reunion, Liberty Theater 9th-12th: Yakima Nation Treaty Days, Various location JULY 1st, 2nd: Toppenish Rodeo, fireworks each night 4th: Toppenish 4th of July Parade 30th, 31st: Junior Rodeo, Rodeo grounds SEPTEMBER Dinner Train to Nowhere, Depot OCTOBER 22nd: Pumpkin Run , Rail and Steam Museum, Train Depot, NOVEMBER 2nd: Ranch Party, Community civic/service awards steak and baked potato dinner, Middle School 26th: Christmas lighted parade, Downtown NOVEMBER & DECEMBER Nov 26th & Dec 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th: Toy Train Christmas, Depot

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TOPPENISH Old West Lives On With Toppenish Murals, Rodeo

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. 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. Be sure to also hop the Toppenish Mural Tours, which is an old-time horsedrawn covered wagon that takes visitors on a tour of the famous Toppenish murals. The murals are what truly sets the town apart — 76 of them covering the sides of buildings throughout the city, depicting

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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 4 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 weekend, 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 or call 865-3262.

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Toppenish’s Many Murals Bring Old West To Life

(See the mural map — pages 56-57 — for the location of murals. The number of each mural coincides with numbers on the locator map. *** Thanks to its extensive mural collection, Toppenish truly is a place “Where the West Still Lives.” 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 murals around the city, illustrating local history on the walls of buildings. Each mural costs thousands of dollars, and the Mural Society funds the project with donations and money earned from fund-raisers. A map of the city and a key to where the murals are located in this year’s Visitor’s Guide. A suggested walking tour is also featured on the map. 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. *** 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. The 40-foot painting is on the side of the Western Auto building at Washington Avenue

and Toppenish Avenue. 2. HALLER’S DEFEAT —Located just off East Toppenish Avenue on Asotin Avenue, it covers wall 108 feet long. The mural 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 — This painting on West First Street shows a Toppenish stagecoach depot of the 1880s. 4. NEWELL’S DRIVE — The art illustrates a horse roundup led by early Toppenish pioneer Charlie Newell. 5. THE INDIAN STICK GAME — This scene shows Northwest Indians playing the age-old stick game, which you can still see played at modern day pow wows, including at the Indian Village during the Fourth of July Toppenish Pow Wow. The mural is at 11 Washington Ave. 6. CHRISTMAS AT LOGY CREEK —In this mural, two Indians share their fire and food with a cowboy friend. The mural is at 14 Washington Ave. 7. THE RHYTHMS OF CELILO —This painting shows the traditional fishing ritual practiced by Indian tribes of the Toppenish area. The mural is located at Third Street and South Elm. 8. PARADISE ROW —This turn-of-the-century scene is based on a photograph of Toppenish’s first main street, taken in 1905. 9. WHEN HOPS WERE PICKED BY HAND — This mural shows an early hop harvest. Harvests attracted Indians from all over the Northwest, who set up villages of teepees at the during the harvest. 10. GONE 11. THE BLACKSMITH SHOP — This is 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


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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, showing how backbreaking potato harvest was until the development of mechanized harvesting. The art is across from Old Timers Plaza downtown. 13. RODEO — This recalls the early Toppenish roundups when cowboys and ranchers would get together for a little friendly competition. It is painted at South Alder and West First. 14. FORT SIMCOE...THE OLDEN DAYS — This 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. 16. THE BLANKET TRADERS — The artist made certain that the blankets being traded in this mural show the authentic patterns of the time. The mural is on South Toppenish Avenue downtown. 17. THE CROSSROADS TO MARKET — This shows the various methods of moving commodities to market in this collage. The mural is adjacent to Old Timers Plaza in downtown Toppenish. 18. GONE 19. HOUSE CALLS — OLD STYLE — Dr. Johnson purchased one of the first automobiles in the area for making house calls. Since he often had trouble starting the car, he always kept his horse and buggy ready. It is painted on the wall of Providence Toppenish Hospital on Fourth Street. 20. INDIANS’ WINTER ENCAMPMENT

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—The winter lodge was the gathering place for social functions. The mural is at the Kirkwood Building on South Toppenish Avenue, the same building where the Mural Society office is located. 21. THE OLD SATURDAY MARKET —The market and auction took place where the post office now stands. 22. THE RUTH PARTON STORY —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 painted by 11 artists from around the Northwest. Toppenish was one of the leaders in the growing of alfalfa hay. The mural is 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. 25. THE LIBERTY THEATRE —Panels on the theater depict wild horses running free as they did in the Toppenish area until recently. It is located on South Toppenish Avenue. 26. COW CAMP — For years the Logy Creek Cattle Association Cow Camp served as headquarters for local Indian roundups. This mural is 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. The mural is at 11 E. Toppenish Ave. 28. STAGE COACH RACES —In the early 1900s, this was one of the highlights of each rodeo. The mural is 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. 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 mural is located 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. She was the first woman to hold that post. 32. HOP MUSEUM MURALS — On two outside walls of the American Hop Museum at 22 S. B Street, this mural shows typical scenes in the hop industry. 33. WHEN A PERMIT WASN’T REQUIRED — In this painting, because of the impending storm, the spooked cattle run down the middle of Main Street. 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 mural is located on South Toppenish Avenue. 35. THE OLD SCHOOL BARNS — This depicts one of Toppenish’s old grade schools. Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools were built in 1908 and 1909. 36. WESTERN HOSPITALITY — When the frontier towns were settled, the “oldest profession” was part of the scene. 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. 37. HANGING OUT AND HANGING UP — This is one of the two murals on the downtown “Public Westrooms” 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.” 38. HALLOWEEN PRANKS — This is 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. 39. THE SURVEY PARTY — After Gov. Stevens was informed by Lt. George B. McClellan (later a Civil War general) that Snoqualmie Pass

was probably impassable during the winter, he directed A. W. Tinkam, a civil engineer, to resurvey the route. 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 portray early lawyers, judges and physicians who came to town in the early 1900s. The building is downtown on South 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. 42. WILDLIFE — This mural depicts wildlife native to this area prior to its settlement. The mural is located on the north 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. 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 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

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and buggy. Routes were about 23 miles long. If the postman was a bachelor, he occasionally found himself the recipient of home-baked goodies, delivered by the farmer’s daughter. 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 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 in 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. 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 during mating season. 50. THE OWL DANCE — This depicts a traditional tribal 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. The mural is at the corner of Washington Avenue and South Elm Street. 52. THE MARION DRAIN —The huge project helped control flooding, providing a channel for drainage of water on the reservation. Located at the Ideal Hardware building on West First. 53. CATTLE DRIVE — Chief Kamiakin brought in the first cattle to the Yakima Valley in 1840. This mural depicts the life and times of the cattle drover on such a drive. The art is 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. It is on a building at Highway 97 and Fort Road. 55. INDIAN HORSE RACES — Charlie Newell’s 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.

56. TRADING WITH THE YAKAMA — Some of the first contact between white men and the Yakama Indians involved trading. And some of the most prized trading items were horses. This scene is on a building at Highway 97 and Fort Road. 57. FROM HORSE TO HORSELESS CARRIAGE — 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 — Located at East Toppenish Avenue and H Street, this shows crews and farmers hooking up a farmhouse in the 1930s to electricity. 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 is on West First Street. 60. GONE 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. 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. 63. BARN DANCE — About a dozen women artists created this nostalgic scene of an old barn dance. 64. NP RAILROAD: ACROSS THE VALLEY — 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 — This mural shows the migratory waterfowl attracted to the Toppenish Creek refuge just south of town. 66. POW WOW, FERRIS WHEEL & COTTON CANDY —This two-panel double mural depicts 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 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 at Legends Casino on Highway 97 was done to celebrate 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. 70. FROM FIELD TO MARKET —This three-panel mural depicts local farmers harvesting their crops, trading them for goods and cash at a Toppenish grocery store, which then sold the produce to the public. 71. TRANSPORTATION IN THE WEST — Toppenish was once a major stop for the Northern Pacific Railroad. This piece celebrates all the modes of transportation that influenced the growth of the Toppenish area. You can see this mural on the side of the Visitor Information Center. 72. POLO MURAL — Polo was once a thriving sport in the lower Yakima Valley. The work is on a west wall in the 100 block of South Alder. 73. A CELEBRATION OF AGRICULTURE — This displays the impact agriculture had in shaping the Yakima Valley, depicting real fruit labels used to sell produce in the Valley. 74. SAFEWAY MEAT MARKET. 75. THE OLD SCHOOL BARNS —The mural depicts one of Toppenish’s old grade schools. Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools were built in 1908 and 1909. The mural is located on the corner of West First and South Division streets. 76. OLD FIREFIGHTING DAYS

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On the way through Wine Country, stop by Wapato, the first community south of Yakima and Union Gap, 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. In 1903, the Postal Service changed the

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name of the town from Simcoe to Wapato, because Simcoe was too much like nearby Fort Simcoe. It was incorporated as a town in 1908. Wapato has always been a farming Shop The Castle! community. Initial accomplishments were on the national historic register a city park and work beginning on streets and irrigation ditches. The early revenue came from the licensing of saloons and the first lending library was started in 1908 by the Wapato Ladies Club. City Hall, police station, jail, and fire protection were FLOWERS & GIFTS 1909 projects. Power came to Wapato in 1910. The 1911 project was a water Fresh Flower Arrangements & Gifts for All Occasions system. Silk Flowers • Plants • Home Decor • Teddie Bears The community has evolved into a Gift Items • Something for Everyone! showcase of cultural diversity, featuring influences from the Yakama Indian Nation, 620 S. 48th Ave. • Yakima, WA 98908 Filipino and Japanese farmers and 509.966.9340 • 1.800.359.1368 • Fax 509.966.1846 Hispanic cultures. • The first Buddhist temple in Washington Worldwide Delivery was built in Wapato and is still open. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am - 5:30 pm The area is known for its fresh fruit and Saturday 9am - 2pm vegetable stands and nearby wineries. Closed Sundays 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


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October. Wapato’s Tamale Festival is in its seventh year and is a fast-growing event that supports the town’s multicultural community, with people of Japanese, Mexican, Filipino, Italian, German and French ancestry as well as Yakama Nation Indian residents. The festival features a variety of multiethnic performers from the Wapato Middle School Indian Dancers to Latino dancers to an authentic Mariachi band. Tourists are invited to participate in a tasty tamale cook-off competition and buy tamales by the dozen during the event. Trophies and cash prizes are given for top entries. You can sample foods showing Wapato’s ethnic diversity at the festival, including tacos, Indian fry bread, barbecue sandwiches and pies of various varieties, and of course, lots of tamales. On Labor Day Wapato residents and tourists alike have a load of fun at the Harvest Festival. Its various activities, parades, foods, carnival and entertainment are a big treat for the whole family. The annual appearance of the Seattle Filipino youth performing group sponsored by the local Filipino community and is colorful and entertaining. Not only that — it’s the biggest fundraiser for the city’s swimming pool, wrestling club, baseball league,

children’s theater and high school scholarships. The Harvest Festival was founded in 1944 through the efforts of many Wapato citizens. The Wapato Lions Club is the festival’s sponsor each year, but it takes the whole community to put on the celebration. Everybody gets involved from the chamber of commerce to churches to individuals.

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UNION GAP Offers History, Shopping And Recreation

Union Gap is the oldest community in the area — hence its nickname, Old Town. But a lot has changed since it was first named Yakima City in 1869. Yakima City TRANSMISSION CENTER was given its char“The Best of the Northwest” ter rights in 1883. But things got off Front Wheel Drive • Overdrive to a shaky start in Four Wheel Drive • Clutches 1884 when the vil1814 S. 11th St. lage and Northern Union Gap, WA Pacific Railroad 98903 owners argued 509.952.8550 about land for a 509.452.8044 train depot. Feel-



ing it wasn’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 to the railroad, starting hauling their homes and businesses north, often with teams of horses, and relocated around the new depot. 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 numerous 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

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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, open-air museum. Central Washington Antique Farm Expo Aug. 20-21 is the biggest of several special events at the mu-

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seum. It features lots of vintage farm equipment, steam engines, demonstrations and more. 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 Ahtanum Youth Park on Ahtanum Road offers more outdoor spaces, with picnic facilities, basketball courts, a BMX track, soccer fields, an equestrian arena and meeting hall. Union Gap will hold is 133rd annual Old Town Days June 18-19 at Fullbright Park, featuring a parade, Civil War re-enactment, food, crafts, entertainment and more. For information: 509-480-7636 or visit

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SELAH Small Town That Is Big On Sports, 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 the Tree Top juice producer with its own store. 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.


The community’s biggest party is the annual Community Days celebration, which this year falls May 19-22. The festivities include several community meals, car show, live music, vendors and food, capped off with a fireworks show. For more info on these events visit

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NACHES Naches Is The Gateway To Outdoors Recreation

It is located on the foothills of the Cascades and if you love your fun outdoors, Naches is a great place to visit. Located on Highway 12 just a few miles from Yakima, it’s within easy reach of camping, skiing at White Pass, hunting deer or elk, fishing or rafting on one of the many creeks or rivers, hiking, caving, exploring nearby waterfalls. It’s a great place to stop on your way to and from White Pass, Chinook Pass or Mount Rainier National Park. In the summer, stop by one of its many roadside 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 Creek Wildlife area to see elk and bighorn sheep being fed. All year long you can enjoy the shops and restaurants in this quaint, small town. And don¹t forget to plan an extended visit during one of the town¹s many events. Nile Valley Days, held July 16-17 at Sprick Park, is packed with outdoor family-friendly activities: vendors with hand-crafted items, food booths, displays, kids games, eggtoss, live entertainmentand much more. A $1 donation is appreciated at the gate. Sportsman Days Sept. 9-11, is one of the longest-running community day events in the Yakima Valley. The event features free entertainment throughout the weekend along with a midway, rides, food booths, game booths, flea market, silent auction, button drawings, free shows and much more. 8 Piece To enjoy the small-town atmosphere, Set play or picnic at the two local parks (Ap$ 999 plewood and Cleman’s View), walk the Greenway started at the Naches Trailhead or visit the restored Visitors Center in the Sofa, Loveseat historic train depot, complete with public 2 Lamps, Coffee Table, 2 End Tables restrooms. and a Rug For more information on Naches events * Also available and things to do, visit www.nachesvalleyin 4 colors. *Accessories shown or www.whistlinjacklodge. sold separately 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. Custom Framed Photographs • Handmade Log Furniture Unique One-Of-A-Kind Gifts

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Shortly after the 1906 appointment of the Upper Valley town’s first postmaster the town moved to change the spelling of its name from Natchez to Naches. By 1922 the town’s population was still small at about 300, with the economy based mainly on forestry and agriculture. Even today the population is right around 800 people. The town is home to the Naches Ranger District that oversees a big chunk of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands in the area. You can stop by the headquarters along Highway 12 in Naches to learn more about recreational opportunities. To learn more call (509) 653-1401 or check the website at RV/Tent Sites & Cabins Boat Launch Boat Moorage & Boat Rentals Cafe & Store Bathhouse

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WHITE PASS - CHINOOK PASS Head for the Hills for More Recreational Opportunities

Sightings of nearby Mount Adams and Mount Rainier are a visual reminder of another great Yakima Valley asset — our proximity to recreation in the Cascade Mountains. White Pass Ski Resort is one of the state’s premier skiing destinations for downhill and cross-country ski adventures, showshoeing and snowboarding. Check out to learn all about this facility with its variety of ski areas, lifts and amenities. White Pass is about 40 miles up Highway 12 from the town of Naches, an easy drive from the Yakima Valley. Once ski season is over, the whole area of Wenatchee National Forest becomes a recreational hot spot for hikers, mountain bikers, campers, anglers, hunters, photographers, horseback riders, rafters — you name it. You can get the lowdown on forest trails, campgrounds and other activities at the U.S. Forest Service ranger station in Naches, located on Highway 12. Phone: (509) 653-1401, or visit the website under


Bumping Lake and Clear Lake provide big areas for boating activities, while numerous rivers, streams, alpine lakes and ponds offer a variety of fishing experiences. If you take the other turn at the Y outside of Naches and head into the mountains on Highway 410, Chinook Pass offers more outdoor splendor and activities. A stop at the pass summit and Tipsoo Lake offers classic up-close views of Mount Rainier — and if you time your trip right in the late summer, an astounding display of alpine wildflowers around the small lake, perfect for a picnic stop, a short hike and photos. And all this is right in our neighborhood. From Yakima, you’re only about an hour’s drive from Mount Rainier National Park, one of America’s most popular park destinations.

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The definitive guide of what to do and see in and around the Yakima Valley