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By Brandon Cline

Community Days offer a variety of summer diversions


Brandon Cline

Scenes of Community Days: Despite temperatures near triple digits, reports are that this year's Community Days were among the city's best.

The weather was hot and the town was buzzing during Goldendale's Community Days, which ran from July 7-9 in and around downtown.

Put on by the City of Goldendale and the Goldendale Jaycees, featured events included live music and entertainment on the courthouse lawn, conveniently located next to the beer and wine garden. The Goldendale Motorsports Association (GMA) also held several events throughout the weekend, including the 2017 Show N' Shine Car Show on Saturday. The show featured vintage vehicles from throughout the 20th century, as well as showing off cars since the turn of the millennium. The GMA also hosted the Hot Wheels Contest, the Junior Pedal Tractor Pull and the Blow-up Car Contest.

A staple of the event, the Community Days Parade, saw hundreds of people turn out to crowd the sidewalks to watch firetrucks, tractors, mopeds and horses ride-and gallop-down South Columbus Avenue. Klickitat County Rural 7, the Goldendale Fire Department, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Department and the Department of Natural Resources showed off their muscle at the beginning of the parade, while the Goldendale High School classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2007 cooled off the crowd with squirt guns at the end of the parade.

Businesses and organizations threw candy to children who had lined the streets like it was Halloween in July, but Bishop Sanitation kept with tradition and threw out rolls of toilet paper instead. Councilwoman Carmen Knopes is running unopposed for her Goldendale City Council position this year, but that didn't deter her from campaigning in the parade on her four-wheeler.

Local and regional musicians braved near-triple digit temperatures on the mainstage on Friday and Saturday. Do-it-all band Huggy and the Bears and AC/DC tribute band Live Wire kicked things off Friday night, while the Pendleton-based band the Wheatlanders got the festivities started on Saturday.

Brandon Cline

Scenes of Community Days: Despite temperatures near triple digits, reports are that this year's Community Days were among the city's best.

Goldendale's own Ray Lemley and White Salmon's Bob "Baque Bob" Connolly both strapped on their guitars and performed solo acts throughout the brutal Saturday afternoon heat, playing oldies but goodies as well as original songs. Lemley was also the master of ceremonies for Community Days.

Connolly-a singer, songwriter, comedian, actor and producer-described his genre of music as "Americana," a blend of folk, blues, country, swing and rock and roll. Connolly has been performing for over four decades and will be releasing his next album, "Baque Bob's Greatest Hits," in the near future.

Wasco-based country rock band Jager Bumz and Portland-based dance rock band Adio Sequence closed out on Saturday night, as the beer and wine garden filled up with patrons. Community Days wrapped up on Sunday morning, with the American Legion Community Breakfast to help raise funds for the expenses of American Legion members who travel to other cities for medical reasons.


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