Borleske hosts last picture show in outdoor series

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This weekend will be the last chance to take in an alfresco flick at Borleske Stadium.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will be shown Saturday, wrapping up Inland Cellular's Family Movie Night.

The movie -- the Johnny Depp version -- will begin at dusk, which should be around 8:30 p.m.

It is the third movie in the summer series presented by Inland Cellular and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, in cooperation with the city of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation Department, Walla Walla Public Library and the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team.

This is the third year for the family event, but the first at Borleske, 409 E. Rees Ave. Last year the movies were shown at Heritage Square Park downtown. That space became too small as the program became more successful, said Inland Celluar consultant Michael Mettler.

"The new location has allowed us to accommodate significantly more guests as well as provide comprehensive concessions and easier access to restroom facilities," he said.

This year's series also included a new partnership with the library. All of the movies this summer have been featured in the library's Summer Reading Program series "Read the Book, See the Movie." Participants who finish the book receive a certificate for free popcorn at the movie nights.

Those planning to attend the free event should bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting in the outfield at Borleske. Concessions will be available at the stadium. Guests are asked to leave pets home, with the exception of service animals. For more details, call 529-8755 or 629-2500.

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The Walla Walla Fair Frontier Days will be mixing up its events this year with a new cocktail contest.

Bartenders from six local businesses will compete in the Walla Walla County Fair's first mixology contest known as the Cowboy Cocktail Showdown.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3 at the sound end of the grandstands, according to a description on a Facebook page dedicated to the competition.

Participants will make a featured drink of the night using Crown Royal Canadian whiskey as the main ingredient. Bartenders will battle for the winning drink, which will be featured for sale.

The six businesses that will be represented are The Green Lantern, Sapolil Cellars, The Vineyard Lounge, Red Monkey Downtown Lounge, Stone Hut Bar and Grill and Crossroads Steakhouse and Lounge. For more details, check out the Crown Royal Cowboy Cocktail Showdown Facebook page.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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