Free Press / Norma Staaf
(L-R) New Harpster RV Park owners Michelle and Will Sherriffs are pictured with former owners Monty and Brenda Spears.
As of Tuesday, August 1, 2017
CLEARWATER VALLEY A bunch of people turned out for the grand opening of the Harpster Store and RV Park on Sunday night. Great to have something happening in downtown Harpster! New owners Michelle and Will Sherriffs and former owners Monty and Brenda Spears cooked up some tasty ribs and chickens on the grill, with pasta salad and baked beans. People enjoyed hanging out in and around the gazebo on the banks of the South Fork Clearwater, having a beer or a soda and visiting with friends and neighbors.
Michelle and Will bought the place in April. They knew the area from staying there on hunting trips, even honeymooning at the Harpster RV Park. They seem friendly and energetic, excited to meet all the new people coming in. Monty and Brenda have been a big help in the transition but are looking forward to travelling around and seeing more of Idaho. The store and café are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Michelle’s working on a new menu and some other changes coming, so stop by and check it out.
Are these hot summer days getting to you? My new cool-off remedy is stopping at the Kooskia Splash Park on the way home from work. The water is refreshingly cool. The three different intensities of jets shoot water into the air so you can get misted or drenched if you want to. Thanks again to Freedom Northwest Credit Union for providing this for the community!
The 64th Annual Kooskia Days (Aug. 4-6), the biggest event of the year in Kooskia begins Friday night with a coed softball game at 6 p.m., at the City Park. Ruth Mohr and the rest of the Diehard Sports Association love the game and invite women and men over 16 years to play. If you want to play, show up at 5:30 to register. Teams will be picked based on who shows up. The “Diehards” encourage people to come and watch also. Any questions, call Ruth at 926-7203.
Kooskia Days events run all day Saturday, with an all-you-can eat breakfast from 7-11 a.m., a fun run, basketball tournament for kids up to high school age and adults. Vendors of various types will be set up throughout the day. The parade starts at 11 a.m., with lineup beginning at 9 a.m. Lauretta Crabtree of the Battle Ridge area is the grand marshal for the event. She was just grand marshal at Elk City Wagon Road Days a few weekends back; she is popular, it seems. After the parade, all manner of games and carnival activities with horseshoes, chicken poop Bingo and ping-pong ball drop. The beer garden opens at 3 p.m., and the street dance runs from 8 p.m.-midnight with live music by Joshua Crosby. This event is the main fund-raiser for the Greater Kooskia Chamber of Commerce each year. Check out their Facebook page for more info.
If you get hungry in Kamiah and need a quick lunch, the Valley Market and Health Foods are starting this week to offer “grab and go” salads, sandwiches and soups with options for both meat lovers and vegetarians. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.