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Cascade Locks hosts Sternwheeler Days this weekend

By SUE RYAN

News staff writer

July 12, 2006

The Columbia Gorge Lions have packed the schedule this weekend for the 31st year of the Sternwheeler and Portage Days festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Cascade Locks.

This year, organizers have coordinated with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to bring entertainment and culture to Thunder Island and Marine Park.

The festival began in 1975 with artisans and vendors from across the Northwest region converging at Cascade Locks. The Lions raise money for their programs by coordinating the festival.

This year’s schedule includes:

Friday, July 14

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. — CB food stands open.

Noon to 7 p.m. — Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs on Thunder Island.

Noon to 9 p.m. — Food and craft booths open; Kids’ Fun Zone open.

Saturday, July 15

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. — CB food stands open.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs on Thunder Island.

Noon to 9 p.m. — Food and craft booths open; Kids’ Fun Zone open.

10 a.m. — Parade preparation at Char Burger parking lot.

11 a.m. — Parade down WaNaPa Street East.

Noon to 8 p.m. — Lions Bingo

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Happy Howlie Hillbillies

4 to 5 p.m. — Hoop dancing

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Happy Howlie Hillbillies

9 to 11 p.m. — Kids and anyone young at heart

Sunday, July 16

6 a.m. to 5 p.m. — CB food stands open.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m — Intertribal worship service.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Church in the Park with gospel singer Rhonda Funk.

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs on Thunder Island.

11 a.m. to noon — Ritta Christie Trio

Noon to 8 p.m. — Lions Bingo

2 to 3 p.m. — Old Time Fiddlers.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Ritta Christie Trio

5 p.m. — Festival closes.

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