Wednesday, September 4, 2002
The annual Huckleberry Festival in Bingen gets going this weekend.
This year's theme is "With liberty and huckleberries for all," and the grand marshals will be Teunis and Pat Wyers.
The popular festival, which gets started Friday, Sept. 6, kicks off with the talent show at 7 p.m. in Bingen's Daubenspeck Park.
Highlights include the huckleberry pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, the downtown parade, which starts at 11 a.m., and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, presented by Master Gary Muma, at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Music will run around the clock, beginning with the Hood River Valley Sweet Adelines at 12:15 p.m. Saturday and ending the day with the Connolly Brothers Band starting at about 8 p.m. Music starts again at 11 a.m. Sunday with Dee Winkler.
The event's final act is The HedgeHogs, a Goldendale band that starts at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Among the events geared toward kids, there will be the coin hunt on Saturday morning, then an egg toss and a watermelon eating contest later that day.
There will be a selection of Northwest craft beers and old American favorites at the "beverage garden," as well as local wines.
Of course, the festival's famous bratwurst will also be available, as Sonny and Rhonda Smith manage the brat booth. And huckleberry pies -- baked with Mt. Adams huckleberries -- will again be a showcase of the festival.
There will be a worship service starting in the park at 10 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Dan Kennedy will offer a short message during the service, and associate pastor Bob Long will share a personal testimony about God's influence.
Bingen Mayor Brian Prigel said he anticipated another fun and positive event for the city.
"Huckleberry Festival is a good event," Prigel said. "It brings a lot of people to town, and we need to support the festival."
Davis Shows Carnival will operate rides and other attractions throughout the three-day event.