Cashmere’s annual Founders’ Days festival will take place Friday and Saturday, with family fun events all leading up to the grand finale Saturday evening with the Crunch Pak Grand Parade through town.
The event has been a Cashmere tradition since 1979.
Festivities kick off Friday with a Free Community Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a barbecue hosted by Wenatchee Valley Youth Dynamics. The Cashmere Royalty will offer face painting while Joyful Scholars Montessori hosts a Chalk Art Contest, open to all. Entertainment will be provided by La Esperanza.
This year’s official Founding Family, the Brenders, also will be welcomed to the festival as they highlight their family history and Cashmere roots.
The celebration continues Saturday with live music, entertainment and attractions for the entire family. The Car and Motorcycle Show hosted by Mission Creek Community Club starts at 9 a.m. Vote for your favorite vehicles. Travel back in time with the Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village at a free open house from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Both the museum and Cashmere Library are having book sales throughout the day.
Head to Cashmere Riverside Park from noon to 6:30 p.m. for a vendor fair, live entertainment, free face painting and crafts. Be wowed by L-Bow the Clown and enjoy inflatables and photo stands at the Cashmere Valley Bank Kids Zone.
While you’re out, see Cashmere from the sky; Helicopter Tour Rides are offered from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Riverside Park by Flying M Air. The cost is $45 per person, reservations taken on site.
At 5 p.m., the Doane’s Valley Pharmacy Ping-Pong Ball Drop will leave adults and kids amazed at the sight of 3,000-plus ping pong balls falling from the sky. There will be three drops for three age ranges, 10-13 years old, 5-9 years old and 4 and under. One grand prize winner from each drop will take home a new bike. Kids 10 to 13 years old have the chance to win an iPad.
The Crunch Pak Grand Parade starts at 7 p.m., beginning on Division Street and running through downtown on Cottage Avenue, ending at Parkhill Street. Following the parade, the museum will host a reading by Founding Family member Lance Brender from his forthcoming book “Images of America: Cashmere.”
Bring the whole family and take in the sights and sounds as you spend the day in Cashmere enjoying all the festivities since 1979. Founders’ Days is an event of the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce, supported by local businesses, organizations and dedicated volunteers.
A complete event schedule is available at cashmerechamber.org or call the chamber office at 782-7404.
Gina Imperato is manager of the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce.