Happenings Out West
July 25th, 2018 by Pam Blair

Benton REA welcomes visitors to National Night Out in West Richland, Washington.
Photo courtesy of Benton REA

Planning a final hurrah before summer ends? Check out the following events as you hit the road throughout Ruralite territory


Friday, August 3, through Saturday, August 11
Tanana Valley State Fair, Fairbanks
The Tanana Valley State Fair is the oldest fair in the state. The event features family fun, including livestock, games, rides, an amusement park, horse shows, art and crafts, competitive exhibits, quilt shows, giant cabbages, contests, special events, and two outdoor stages with free entertainment.


Friday, August 17
Denali Blueberry Festival, Healy
This fun family event at Otto Lake features carnival games, face painting, live music, a barbecue and Frisbee golf on the water.


August 2-5, 9-12
Festival at Sandpoint
Don’t miss eight nights of music under the stars on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint. Since 1983, the festival has hosted a summer concert series in at Memorial Field in Sandpoint. This year’s lineup includes Big Head Todd and The Monsters, ZZ Top, Amos Lee, Spokane Symphony and others.


Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25
Hot August Nights, Lewiston
The Friday Night Car Cruise and the Saturday Show Shine take place in conjunction with Lewiston’s Hot August Nights concert at Boomers’ Garden. The event draws local, regional and national car enthusiasts to Lewiston each year. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the growing business and cultural scene by spending time at the town’s restaurants, shops, museums and entertainment venues.



Saturday, August 25
Western Heritage Day, Wells
The Society for the Preservation of Western Heritage welcomes visitors to Trail 49 Museum to relive the past through lectures and entertainment.
Call (775) 752-3540 for details.


Saturday, August 4
Frenchglen Jamboree, Frenchglen
The day includes dummy roping, a boot race, a stick horse barrel race, a potato race and musical grain sacks for children up to age 14. Team branding follows morning events. The jamboree also includes horseshoe and cribbage tournaments at Frenchglen Hotel.


Saturday, August 4
Oregon’s 66th annual East West Shrine All-Star Football Game, Baker City
Once a year, Oregon’s best senior football players from 1A to 4A high schools play an all-star football game to support Portland Shriners Hospital for Children. The day begins with a parade.


Saturday, August 7, through Saturday, August 11
Douglas County Fair, Roseburg
The midway features rides, food vendors, commercial vendors and livestock. Top-name musical entertainment is free with fair admission.


Wednesday, August 8, through Saturday, August 11
Tillamook County Fair, Tillamook
The fair includes live horse racing, world-famous Pig-N-Ford races, a carnival and a wide variety of vendors. This year’s theme is “There’s Magic in the Air, With a Country Flair!”
Entertainment includes Sawyer Brown, Jerrod Niemann and The Blues Traveler. There is a demolition derby Saturday.


Thursdays, August 9 and August 23
Music in the Pines, La Pine
This free concert series includes a great lineup of bands, food and craft vendors. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the entire family.


Friday, August 31, through Monday, September 3
Sumpter Flea Market, Sumpter
More than 150 booths and vendors make this one of the largest flea markets in Oregon. Visitors can ride the Sumpter Valley Railroad, visit the Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge and explore the region’s gold rush history at local museums.
Call (541) 894-231 for more details.



Tuesday, August 7
National Night Out, West Richland
Neighborhoods throughout West Richland join forces for the 33rd annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event at Flat Top Park. Visit with police officers, play games, and enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs as you learn more about crime prevention.
Other National Night Out events are planned throughout the U.S.
For more information, call (509) 967-0521.


Thursday, August 9
Downtown Sip & Stroll, Walla Walla
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and local merchants invite visitors to an evening of shopping and wine tasting while strolling downtown. Enjoy local wines, snacks, and access to special sales and giveaways. Tickets include six wine tastings at participating wineries.


Thursday, August 23, through Sunday, August 26
Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo, County Fairgrounds, Goldendale
The event celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Events include a Northwest Pro Rodeo Association rodeo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.


Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2
Maryhill Windwalk Gravity Games, Historic Maryhill Loops Road south of Goldendale
The event showcases standup skateboarders, street luge and classic luge on the first paved road in Washington.