The annual Huckleberry Festival in Bingen -- now in its 45th year -- begins on Friday, Sept. 8. The first scheduled event on the Daubenspeck Park stage will be a talent contest, which begins at 7 p.m.
The parade through downtown Bingen will start Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. The grand marshals for this year's Huckleberry Festival are Bingen Fire Chief David Spratt and White Salmon Fire Chief Bill Hunsaker.
This year's festival theme is: "Huckleberries Coming 'round the mountain," which incorporated the Broughton Lumber Co.'s timber flume in the logo's design. A refurbished section of the historical flume is on display in Daubenspeck Park.
Among the many festival highlights: the pie booth in the park, the Saturday morning huckleberry pancake breakfast at the White Salmon Fire Hall, bratwurst sales, the beer garden, the Sunday morning worship service, reptiles on the stage, a wide variety of musical talent, and much more.
The festival runs through until about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.