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Kooskia Days: Saddliers O-Mok-See is Aug. 2

Hailey Russell, Kooskia Saddliers Queen 2014, is seen here at one of the Border Days parades in Grangeville.

Hailey Russell, Kooskia Saddliers Queen 2014, is seen here at one of the Border Days parades in Grangeville. Photo by Lorie Palmer.

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KOOSKIA – It’s time for the annual Kooskia Days celebration the first weekend in August and with it comes the Kooskia Saddliers O-Mok-See.

The saddliers will host their O-Mok-See event Saturday, Aug. 2, 1 p.m., at the McConnell Arena (formerly called Edwards Clear Creek Arena). Go from State Highway 13 to Broadway to Toll Road past the Kooskia Fish Hatchery to get to the arena.

“I am hoping a lot of people come out to participate in this fun event,” said Kooskia Saddliers Queen 2014 Hailey Russell.

Russell is the daughter of Valor and Lorie (Palmer) Russell of Grangeville and will be a freshman at Grangeville High School this year. She participates in volleyball, basketball and track, is a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club, and has been taking tap dance lessons for 10 years. This fall she will be a member of the Varsity Blue select choir at GHS and will also play her clarinet in the school band.

Grand Prix available for kids at Kooskia park

Children 4-14 can build derby cars

KOOSKIA — Kooskia Days means it’s time again for the AWANA Grand Prix. For the fourth year, Valley Bible Church of Kooskia is sponsoring this activity for kids during the celebration Aug. 1 and 2.

Children ages 4 to 14 can build their cars from pre-cut pine blocks with the help of volunteers. Construction will be at the Kooskia City Park and will be open for business from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Car paint must be dried by 1 p.m. to compete. The Grand Prix will start at 3 p.m. at the Kooskia City Hall Community Room. All competitors will race their cars that were finished on site. Those of any age who still have “vintage” racers are invited to put them on display.

The kits, construction, and competition are free. Trophies will be awarded for placing and design.

AWANA is an acronym that stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, which comes from the Bible verse 2 Timothy 2:15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, and who correctly handles the word of truth.” It is an international children’s ministry that for more than 60 years has been reaching kids from 4 to 18 years.

AWANA this year starts on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., at Valley Bible Church, 319 N. Main Street, Kooskia (Broadway and Highway 13). Call 926-0182.

“I have enjoyed representing the Saddliers at many events this year, including in Asotin, Riggins, Kamiah and at Border Days in Grangeville,” Russell said.

The O-Mok-See will offer five age groups with high point and reserve to each age group and prizes for all those 7 and younger. The day will include barrels, pole bending, two stake, flag race, key hole, scurry race and musical hats for the young ones. Some team events may also be played. Cost is $3 per event or $15 for all day. Concessions will be available throughout the day. Sign-up is Aug. 2 just prior to the event.

A silent auction will be part of the event which will help raise funds for Saddliers activities.

To donate to the silent auction or for questions call Louise Haukedahl at 935-5680.

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