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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 23, 2014

Celebrate Washington kicks off Aug. 3

By David Hotle | Jul 26, 2013
Kids’ activities have been a major part of Celebrate Washington since the event started five years ago. This year will be no different, as there will be several new activities for young people.

Again this year, downtown Washington will be the stage to showcase the area’s contribution to the arts, athletic competition, music and food as the fifth annual running of Celebrate Washington kicks off Aug. 3.
Main Street Washington director Sarah Sadrakula promises new activities for children as well as a bean bag toss in the beer garden. Returning events include the Flying Pigs Duathalon, a basketball tournament, an art show in the park and some of the premiere live music the area has to offer. She said The Big Band Theory — a band made up of local musicians and musicians formerly from the area — is one of the showcases for the event.
“We have a full day of activities,” she said. “The bands are going to be super.”
She said the new bean bag toss contest begins at 4 p.m. in the beer garden. Anyone who registers gets a can Coozy, she said. The grand prize for the winner is a giant, golden bean bag.
The day starts at 8 a.m. with the Flying Pigs Duathalon. Sadrakula said registry for the event can be done at Bodywrx. At 10 a.m. the kids’ activities begin in the square, and the artisan trade show and the youth art show begin in Central Park. Sadrakula said that about 30 artists have signed up for the show and she is expecting a few more before Aug. 3. Food vendors open at 10 a.m.
The Street Heat 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which was introduced in 2011, also kicks off at 10 a.m. Again this year, the tourney will be held in six courts on South Iowa Avenue .
Local entertainment begins on the bandstand at 10 a.m. with Brandon Cook. Bob Wollenberg and Anam Cara will perform at 11 a.m. Beth Payne takes the stage at noon. Jaron Rosien performs at 1 p.m. Steve Ferguson is scheduled for 2 p.m. Mike Whittaker and The Yahoo Drummers are at 3 p.m. The Big Band Theory performs from 4 to 7 p.m.
On the street stage, The Bumps play from 7 to 9 p.m. At 9 p.m. the Street Dance begins with headliner Black Diamond.
Sadrakula said that the streets around the square will be closed to traffic from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, to 2 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, to provide space for the featured events.

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