Photo by David Rauzi
Kids scramble for candy thrown during the Kooskia Days parade on Saturday, July 28.
As of Tuesday, July 31, 2018
KOOSKIA Residents and visitors filed downtown and into city park last Saturday, July 28, at the height of activities for the annual Kooskia Days celebration.
Morning activities featured the Ram Run and 3-on-3 basketball tournament, with big attendance for the Main Street parade, and a packed city park to view the car show and shine, craft vendors and food. Events went into the day, finishing with the evening street dance on Main Street.
Downtown watching the parade were Mikaela, Kaeli, Mike and Caden Herrick, and Allexis Mangum, all of Kooskia.
“It’s a nice day to get out and see everything,” Mike said. “It’s fun for a little community like this to be able to put on stuff like this and bring the town together, and for people to see each other. And the crafts – a lot of people do good crafts here and people can see their work.”
“It’s a great town to live in,” Kaeli said, and it’s an event their family attends every year, for many reasons.
“The parade, fun activities like 3-on-3 basketball tournament,” said Mikaela. “The car show is fun to go watch. Hanging around with friends. And, going swimming in the river, but that’s a daily thing though,” she smiled.
If you want to enjoy the parade out of July’s heat, you do that in the shade along Main Street. Kicking back outside of Kooskia NAPA Auto Parts were Joe and Marlene Pattan of Kooskia, and Gloria and Bill Jacks of Clearwater.
“The parade,” Gloria said, as what she looks forward to every year. “You get to see a lot of local people…” with husband, Bill, adding, “who you haven’t seen for a while.”
“We just come to see the parade, see all the people,” Joe said.
“We’ve seen a lot of people to visit with that we see only once a year,” Marlene said. “We enjoy it.”
Some event results from this year’s celebration:
Hot dog eating contest, Dallon Wheeler (second-time winner) with 9 and a half dogs in seven minutes; chicken poop Bingo winner, Ben Bean; horseshoe tournament, Homer and Gary from Weippe. Parade: 1st- River Dance Lodge; 2nd- 5-star Forestry; 3rd- Clearwater Valley Roundup Association Taya Pfeffercorn.
The 2019 event dates for Kooskia Days are July 26-27.