Cascade Days hits Concrete
By Jason Miller
Concrete’s biggest summer attraction is once again lined up, promising family-friendly fun for all ages during the weekend of Aug. 18–19.
Besides several popular returning events, this year’s celebration includes a special emphasis on entertainment for children, said organizer Gladys Silrus.
A three-hour stretch of kids’ games on Sat., Aug. 18, will be supplemented this year with additional activities. Children ages 5 and up will get a chance to design their own wooden cars, airplanes, and birdhouses, or make foam bracelets.
For younger kids—ages 3 and up—Silrus will provide a Spring Scratch-N-Reveal Craft. “Kids can have fun making small items to take home with them, keep, or give away,” said Silrus.
Sun., Aug. 19 will offer a scavenger hunt for kids ages 7 to 11, beginning between 1 and 2 p.m. Look for silly races on Sunday, too, such as a tire race and Slinky race.
The usual suspects
Cascade Days wouldn’t be itself without its parade, scheduled this year for 11 a.m. on Saturday, with lineup beginning at 9 a.m. Look for entries new and old, with Concrete’s own cedar man—the man who stared death in the face and lived to tell about it—Mr. Ed Rogge as Grand Marshal!
Also on Saturday, a car show will be staged in Concrete Town Center, running from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
In Veterans Memorial Park (formerly Town Park), look for the Firemen’s Muster at 12:30 p.m., with feats of strength on tap, as well as a contest to see who has the better aim with a water hose.
A fish tank sponsored by PSE, plus pony rides, will be available from 1 to 4 p.m.
The always-popular Log Show will start at 2:30 p.m. and end when the last axe is thrown.
At 2 p.m., scaffold races will be held on Main Street, in front of the Upper Skagit Library.
Chain saw carvers will display their skills along SR 20 at Douglas Vose Way beginning at 12:30 p.m., with an auction at 4:45 p.m. (Sunday auction at 4:15 p.m.).
Pie- and watermelon-eating contests will provide a messy and hilarious distraction during the afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Cascade Days 2012 SCHEDULE
Sat., Aug. 18
9–11 a.m.: Parade line up
11 a.m.: Parade
12:30–4:30 p.m.: Car Show
12:30 p.m.: Chain saw carving (corner of Hwy 20 and Douglas Vose Way)
12:30 p.m.: Firemen’s Muster (Veterans Memorial Park)
1 p.m.: Parade Awards
1–4 p.m.: Kids’ games, dunk tank (Veterans Memorial Park tennis court)
1–4 p.m.: Fish tank (Veterans Memorial Park)
1–4 p.m.: Pony rides (Veterans Memorial Park)
2 p.m.: Scaffold race (Main Street, in front of library)
2:30 p.m.: Log Show (Veterans Memorial Park)
4 p.m.: Car Show Awards (east end of Main Street)
4:30 p.m.: Duck Race (Main Street, in front of bank)
4:45 p.m.: Carving auction (corner of Hwy 20 and Douglas Vose Way)
6:30 p.m.: Cascade Ramblers (American Legion)
Sun., Aug. 19
10 a.m.: Entertainment (Veterans Memorial Park)
10 a.m.: Chain saw carving (corner of Hwy 20 and Douglas Vose Way)
11 a.m.: Pet Show (Veterans Memorial Park)
12 p.m.: Karaoke
12:30 p.m.: Jam Contest (Veterans Memorial Park)
1:30 p.m.: Pie-Eating Contest (Veterans Memorial Park)
2:30 p.m.: Watermelon-Eating Contest (Veterans Memorial Park)
3:45 p.m.: Button Drawing (Veterans Memorial Park)
4:15 p.m.: Carving auction (corner of Hwy 20 and Douglas Vose Way)
Published in August 2012 issue of Concrete Herald