Days of Real Sport goes on in Waitsburg

The city won't have horse races, but it will have a parade and activities in Preston Park on Saturday.

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WAITSBURG -- The track at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds will be silent this year, a result of cancellation of the Days of Real Sport pari-mutuel racing by the state racing commission, but the community isn't going to let the weekend pass unnoticed.

The community hopes the racing and related events will be back on track in 2012, but "we felt we needed to do something to 'save the day' so to speak," organizer Deanne Johnson wrote in an email.

Parade Waitsburg begins Saturday with a cowboy breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Towne Hall, 121 Main St.

The Main Street parade will start with a flyover in honor of local veterans at 10 a.m. Parade marshals are longtime Waitsburg residents Jane Butler and Betty Chase.

Following the parade, activities will move to Preston Park for Wait's Market, where music, vendors, and family activities will take place until 6 p.m.

The music lineup begins with Waitsburg's newest Bluegrass band, The Rezonators, who will open the events in the park at 11 a.m.

The Ryegrass String Band performs at 1 p.m., Dennis Sedam at 2 p.m. and Heather Stearns at 3 p.m.

Musicians Paul Gregutt and Joe Abrams will be featured from 4 to 6 p.m. Gregutt, a wine columnist, is also a musician and has written hundreds of songs. Abrams is a working musician from the Seattle area who has recorded a number of CDs. Both men are guitarists and singers.

Other attractions at Wait's Market include Izzy the Camel, who will be available for pictures. Izzy will also be seen in the parade.

Northworld Ventures will bring miniature golf, fish toss, carousel and bouncer for children's entertainment.

An area is set aside for World War II and Korean War veterans to gather and tell their stories.

A group of Waitsburg students earning money for a trip to Washington, D.C., will have a carnival in Wait's Market.

A barbecue dinner will be served at 5 p.m. at Town Hall, with proceeds from the dinner and a silent auction to go toward installation of new front doors on the building. The dinner is a choice of chicken or ribs with green salad, potato, bread and dessert.

Cost is $12 per person, $20 for couples and $40 for a family of 3-5 people. Advance tickets are available at AmericanWest Bank, Waitsburg Grocery Store, Waitsburg Hardware, Hugs, Gifts & Collectibes and from any Town Hall board member.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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