Sportsmans' Days provides a great time of community
fellowship and fun which draws in visitors to Naches from
around Central Washington.
Sportsman’s Days 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. The event kicks off on Friday night at 5 pm when the midway opens.
This year's Grand Marshals:
Fire Chief Dan Mansfield, Fire District 3, Naches
Fire Chief Jim Kohl, Fire District 6, Gleed
Fire Chief Steve Smith, Fire District 14, Nile-Cliffdell.
Details of the weekend's events:
WORLD MASTER SAND CARVER - Jeff Strong will once again be constructing a world class sand sculpture starting on Friday night at 5 pm and continuing until 5 pm on Saturday in the center of the Midway. FREE!
KID’S PARADE - The Kids’ Parade assembles at Third St. & Naches Ave. by 9:45 am. on Saturday. Ribbons and ride tickets will be available for all kids in the Kids’ Parade. Call 653-2408 for info. The parade route is about ½ mile long. FREE!
GRAND PARADE - The Grand Parade, featuring community floats, cars, trucks, horses, bands and drill teams starts at 10:10 am. on Saturday, following the Kids’ Parade. Only community floats will be judged this year. No other entrees will be judged. Entrees are encouraged to register early by calling 653-2408. All entrees must be in place by 9:40am Sat. FREE!
2013 Parade Entry Form - PDF
TEEN DANCE - The Teen Sock Hop for seventh to 12th grade students will be held in the multipurpose room across the street from Midway in Saturday, from 9 pm to 11 puma current Sportsman’s Days button is required for admission. Call 509-910-6418 for more information. This dance is chaperoned. Buy a button and dance!
FISHING DERBY - The fishing derby, with live fish, will start at 1 pm on Sunday, in the ditch behind the Ranger Baseball Field across the street from midway for all fishermen between the ages of 4-12 years old. Bring your own bait and pole. Prizes will be awarded. Call 966-4945 for more information. Buy a button and fish!
LIP SYNC CONTEST - The Lip Sync contest takes place on the midway stage at 7:00pmon Saturday. Money prizes will be awarded to winners in each division. The contest is open to everyone who registers by 5 pm on Saturday at the Lions Bank on the midway. Buy a button and sing!
KIDS’ GAMES - Games for all youngsters and teenagers will take place at the Midway on Saturday at 1 pm FREE!
FREE ENTERTAINMENT - There will be free entertainment on the midway stage all weekend. There will also be a free flower show and a free quilt show. These shows are open to anybody who wishes to enter. Call 653-2113 for flower or quilt show information. Sportsman’s Days will also feature BINGO, game booths, carnival rides, food and fun for all. FREE!
DRAWINGS - There will be lucky number Sportsman’s Days button drawings throughout the three days for cash and other prizes. The Sportsman’s Days buttons may be purchased at local businesses, from Lions Club members or at the Sportsman’s Days event. Drawings will be hourly with numbers posted at the Lions Bank. Large cash prizes and all unclaimed hourly drawing prizes will be drawn near closing Saturday and Sunday night. The Saturday’s cash prize is $300!
Golf Cart Derby – The rider giver directions to a blindfolded driver as he weaves a golf cart through an obstacle course of traffic cones! He who hits the least cones wins. Top prize $100, $50 runner-up! Saturday and Sunday at noon on the grass area south of the midway. Buy a button and ride!
KIDS POTTERY MAKING – As a yearly tradition local Naches Artist Lyle Carter will once again be on the midway from noon to 6 pm on Saturday to teach kids how to make clay pottery. These are hands on lessons for kids. FREE!
‘Show & Shine’ car show – Open to all years car, motorcycles & bikes.
Sponsored by Naches Fire & Rescue, contact Marlene at 910-7053 for information.
Carnival Rides – As usual Sportsman’s Day’s Midway will feature the best carnival rides for children of all ages!
For more information on the Sportsman's Days, please contact:
Lion Ron Freeze, Event Chairman - email@example.com
Lion Paul Kauzlarich, Parade Chairman – firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLD MASTER SAND SCULPTOR TO PERFORM AT SPORTSMAN’S DAYS
Jeff Strong and Katie Corning, master sand sculptors, will transform about 10 yards of ordinary sand into an intriguing and beautiful sculpture. Katie and Jeff are members of the five-person Team USA who will compete in the World Championship of Sand a few days after Sportsman's Days.
Strong who works as a lead programmer for the University of Puget Sound took up sand carving as a hobby and it has become one of loves. His college majors were Physics and art. He has produced a great collection of wheel-thrown pottery, photography and other works of art in his career. His art medium of choice now is wet sand. This accomplished artist talents exhibit an interesting combination of left and right hand brained activities.
Strong has worked with several leading teams of carvers from the Northwest, including “Hard Sand Café” and “Orbital Sanders”. Jeff also enjoys solo competitions and demonstrations. He has been invited to take part in international competitions and has won awards at the Tournament of Champions and the World Championships in Harrison Hot Springs, Canada. Other recognitions include awards at the Parksville, B.C. Canadian Open, and numerous guest appearances in cities around the US and Mexico.
Strong’s specialty is in creating sculptures that include open arches, one of the most difficult things to do in sand carving. “We are fortunate to have this talent in our valley for Sportsman’s Days” stated Ted Cowan Sportsman’s Days co-chairman. Strong plans to start preparing the sand on Friday evening, September 9th, and then carving all day Saturday, the 10th. Plans are being made to bring in special sand for the sculptor event that will take place on the outdoor basketball court at Sportsman’s Days.