Soccer, baseball, obstacle racing, trail runs, a bicycle ride and even a lineman rodeo. Sounds like the lineup for several weeks of sports events, but it’s not. They’re all taking place this weekend in Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan, providing spectators and participants a wide menu of choices.
Baseball, as you would expect this time of year, is beginning to ramp up. Besides the Wenatchee AppleSox kicking off a six-game home stand, there are also three youth tournaments in the valley. Recreation Park is the site of the Apple Valley Blues Junior American Legion Tournament, while just up the road at Morris Little League Park, Wenatchee Youth Baseball is hosting an 11-team 9- and 10-year old tourney. Meanwhile, Eastmont Youth Baseball welcomes 15 11- and 12-year old teams at the Eastmont community four-plex.
So if you like baseball, take your pick!
Leavenworth Ski Hill has a couple of events on tap. Saturday is the Bavarian Battle Adventure Race, while Sunday, competitors get a choice of a 10-kilometer or 8-mile trail run. There’s also the ninth annual Deputy Saul Gallegos Memorial Run at Manson on Saturday, or if cycling is your thing, then the Lake Chelan Century Challenge on Saturday; it offers a wide range of challenges.
If you haven’t taken in the new team in town – the Wenatchee United FC soccer team — Saturday is a good opportunity. The Capitals host WestSound FC at Wenatchee Valley College, beginning at 6 p.m. This is high caliber men’s soccer, with an eight-team league in the newly formed Evergreen Premier League.
Last, but certainly not least, is the 10th annual Andrew York Lineman Rodeo at Walla Walla Point Park. Checking this out is highly recommended for any age. There’s a pre-function at 6 p.m Friday, with music and kids activities. Then at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the competition begins with 21 three-man teams and more than 40 apprentices showcasing their lineman skills. Lots of action high up on the poles. Besides being an incredibly exciting and interesting event, there is also a bunch of activities for kids that are unique and fun.
Quite a weekend, to say the least! And besides the fun and games, the Wenatchee/East Wenatchee events alone will generate more than $175,000 in sports tourism spending, accounting for an estimated 550-plus hotel room nights.
Matt Kearny is coordinator of sports tourism for the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at 509-662-2116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.