It's September, and that means it's time again for the annual Huckleberry Festival in Bingen.
We're looking forward to it. It's always a fun and festive event -- and the huckleberry products are wonderful -- but this year, the festival will also provide a respite from the ongoing "town hall" battles over health care reforms. For a couple days, we can stop wondering if Insitu is going to leave Bingen in search of greener pastures elsewhere. We can get away from questions about when White Salmon's seemingly endless moratorium on new water connections might be lifted.
In short, the Huckleberry Festival is like a weekend party for the community, and, hopefully at least, we can set aside conflicts and controversies for a couple days.
Every year, the Huckleberry Festival Committee does a solid job of organizing and putting on a grand exposition, and the members deserve a lot of praise for their efforts.
There will be a variety of musical performers, belly dancers, a Sunday morning religious service, reptiles on display, the traditional festival parade through downtown Bingen, the talent show, a beer brewer's festival, the venerable bratwurst booth, and the White Salmon Fire Hall will feature a huckleberry pancake breakfast Saturday morning starting at 6 a.m.
This weekend will be a good time to (hopefully) set aside partisan differences and disagreements, and simply enjoy celebrating the 46th annual Huckleberry Festival.