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Barbecue Days to proceed, despite fires

The 2014 Kamiah Barbecue Days parade.

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The 2014 Kamiah Barbecue Days parade.

— Despite area fires that caused home and property loss, the town of Kamiah will celebrate its 79th annual Barbecue Days Sept. 4-6.

“The chamber felt that it was important to have a time for the community to come together and have a respite from all the chaos of the last month,” said Kamiah Chamber of Commerce President Robert Simmons. “Also, many out-of-town family and friends wanted to come and see the people who are important to them and help us all begin to heal and move forward.”

Simmons said the board decided to postpone the auction portion of the event until the end of October.

“We felt it was important for community members to continue helping with the fire relief efforts and not be concerned about the auction at this time,” Simons added. “However, the auction funds are used to support the chamber throughout the year and provide the free barbecue dinner annually, so we will need to hold it at a later date.”

Friday. Sept. 4, will start with the spaghetti feed at the Kamiah Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. The Kamiah Chamber of Commerce beer garden will be open at 5 p.m.

Everyone is invited to wear Kub colors for the football game at 7 p.m. where Kamiah will take on Pomeroy.

Highlights of Saturday, Sept. 5, will include the all school reunion at 9 a.m., the quilt show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the grand parade on Main Street at 11 a.m. A variety of vendors and youth activities will be held downtown at the Wa-A-Yas field all day.

The free barbecue will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. with chefs Charlie Nickel, Tim Christopherson and Barb Yates at the helm, all on Idaho Street. A street dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Riverfront Park will be home to the outdoor church service Sunday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.

“The chamber and the community of Kamiah would like to extend our deep appreciation to all of our neighboring communities for their support during this difficult time,” Simmons emphasized. “We’d like to invite all of you to join us at Barbecue Days this weekend.”

For details on the events see the full schedule in this week’s Shopper or log onto


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