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Annual Huckleberry Festival Starts Friday

Grand marshal is Mallory Holtman

Be "Berry Proud" of the wonderful huckleberry!

Bingen's annual late summer party, the Huckleberry Festival, starts this Friday and runs through Sunday afternoon at Daubenspeck Park.

This year's theme is "Berry Proud," and it's an appropriate one. Freshly baked huckleberry pies, scones, and muffins -- with huckleberries grown on and around Mount Adams -- will be sold at the event. And you can top it off with huckleberry ice cream, huckleberry jam, or huckleberry syrup if you'd like. Always a highlight.

This year's Grand Marshal -- Mallory Holtman -- has become something of a national hero and celebrity. The 23-year-old Holtman recently won the ESPY Award for the "Best Moment in Sports" in 2008 for the sportsmanship she displayed in helping an injured opponent in a college softball game. Holtman has been featured on several national television shows as a result of her noble act of sportsmanship.

In addition to the huckleberry products, there will be a variety of other events at the park. On Friday, the main stage will feature a talent show at 6 p.m., and following that will be music from the band Eddie Corduroy & the Jackets. Other musical acts will follow on stage all weekend.

Among the other special events: the traditional Firemen's Breakfast at the White Salmon Fire Station, will be offered Saturday from 6-10 a.m.; the bratwurst stand, with the brats made especially for the Huckleberry Festival; a coin hunt and many other games for children; belly dancing from the Desert Harem Dancers (Saturday at 6:30 p.m.); Bald-Headed Bill the Magician on the Daubenspeck Park stage (Saturday at 3:30 p.m.); Richie the Reptile Man (Sunday at 2 p.m.); and the Sunday morning prayer service at 10 a.m.

The big event -- the downtown parade -- rolls through Bingen's downtown business district starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

All in all, it will be some proud huckleberry fun for all, so don't miss out!

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