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Come Celebrate Washington

By David Hotle | Aug 01, 2012

Ever since I became a reporter, I am constantly reminded that I have what is possibly one of the best jobs in the world. The reason I say that is because I get to be where something exciting is going on and get paid for it.

Sure, nothing is perfect. Many times you can’t control when said exciting occurrences will take place. It could be 3 a.m. It could be during the time that you have just sat down in a movie theater with a ticket you just paid $9 for. Sometimes the things you are covering aren’t so nice. But once in a while we get to go to something really fun that we know about well in advance and report on it.

This weekend is one of those times. This weekend marks the fourth running of Celebrate Washington, which will be held in Central Park all day Saturday. If you want to have some fun, see some friends and listen to some good local music, this is the event for you.

Celebrate Washington first came about as a “signature event” by Main Street Washington to showcase what Washington has to offer and to help bring people in from out of town. It was also meant to draw people to the downtown area. In order to draw people and keep them coming back year after year, you have to offer some really good stuff. At these events that I have been to in the past, my opinion has been confirmed – no one throws a party quite like Washington.

The first year the event was held, it was named “Celebrate Your Senses.” I remember that because I was able to take photos of people using all five senses to enjoy themselves. There is music, food, an art show, and general fun that runs from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The day opens bright and early with the Pigs Fly Duathlon at 8 a.m. The traditional 3-on-3 basketball tournament, as well as free throw and 3-point shot tourneys, begin at 10 a.m. The art show also starts at 10 a.m. in Central Park, along with plenty of kids’ activities. Local bands and other entertainment will perform in the bandshell beginning at 10 a.m. There will also be food vendors in Central Park, and a beer tent opens at 5 p.m.

Just this list doesn’t capture the opulence of the event. There are tons of people in the downtown area and there is never any problem finding something to do. I like seeing the children’s attractions, including the bouncy houses and the petting zoo.

If you have a few spare hours on Saturday and if it isn’t 100 degrees (even if it is, the extra heat will be worth it) you may want to think about coming downtown to see what’s in store for this year’s Celebrate Washington. It promises to be loads of fun.

 

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