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Updated:Kids Fest, bull ride, cars, this weekend

Despite rain, circus goes on


Kids pilot a paddle boat in 2010 at Coulee Playland, an annual favorite activity during Koulee Kids Fest. - Star file photo

Update: Despite a rainy day, the Wenatchee Youth Circus is performing at Lake Roosevelt's football field with a few umbrella protected fans in the stands.

The current local forecast predicts drizzle until about 6 p.m., which is the time the second performance is scheduled.

Either way, the old saying "The show must go on," is thought to have originated with the circus in the 1800s.


This weekend is for kids, cowboys and classic car lovers.

Saturday is the 12th annual Koulee Kids Fest, offering a whole range of activities. The chamber of commerce-organized event features, among other things, two performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus.

Those performances will be at 2 and 6 p.m., at the Lake Roosevelt football stadium.

The youth circus is sponsored by the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union as part of its 75th year celebration. Admission is free and is open to the public.

Also this weekend, on Friday night, the Ridge Riders are sponsoring the Fifth Annual Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Ride at the Rodeo Grounds. That event begins at 7 p.m., and features a $2,500 added purse for bull riders.

The evening also features a wild horse race and mini-bronc riding contest.

The Ridge Riders will have their Pendleton Whiskey and Coors Beer garden, and offer food and treats at its concession booth.

Price for the bull ride is $12; kids 10 and under get in free.

Scott Hunter

The show must go on, despite a little rain.

Kids can get started on their special day Saturday by picking up their passports and map at one of the following locations: Coulee Hardware, Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center, or the concession stand at the Lake Roosevelt High School football field.

Things to do include chalk art, getting a look inside a fire engine or the MedStar helicopter, ride a pedal boat at Coulee Playland, do a little face painting, enter a coloring contest and play a round of mini golf at Sunbanks Lake Resort.

Although not officially part of Kids Fest, the Coulee Cruizers are set to offer their annual show and shine of collector cars at Banks Lake Park on Saturday, too.

When your energy begins to wane, you can get a pick-me-up by getting one of Julie Tillman's turkey sandwiches at the Lake Roosevelt football field, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., while supplies last.

Kids, cowboys,and car lovers, have fun this weekend.

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