WENATCHEE — With temperatures expected to soar into the mid-80s and a handful of events scattered around the valley the rest of the week, get outside and enjoy some of the sunshine over this Summer Solstice weekend.
These next four days are the longest of the year, making it the perfect weekend to have a barbeque, picnic at the park, run along the river or just take in an AppleSox game. Here’s a list of a couple of events taking place in Wenatchee this week:
The second-annual Solstice Run will be taking place Thursday at 6 p.m. at Pybus Public Market.
The course will begin and end outside Pybus Market, traveling along the Columbia River and up past Badger Mountain Brewery, 509 Bierwerks, Columbia Valley Brewery and Wenatchee Valley Brewery.
Once the race concludes, there will be a post-race party in the Local Tel Events Center at Pybus to celebrate the Solstice. Each brewery will be pouring their beers and there will be giveaways every hour along with live music.
There will also be non-alcoholic beverages and snacks for the kids.
Each paid participant 21 years and older will receive a token for one beer inside the Pybus Events Center and a commemorative steel pint glass.
Additional tokens for beer can be purchased inside the Pybus annex. People who wish to attend the event, but not run, will need to purchase a ticket.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solstice-run-tickets-53396653829 and run at $25 for adults and $15 for students (12 to 20 years old). Kids 11 and younger run free.
Wenatchee Valley Super Oval
Gates open at 4:30 p.m., Saturday for the Dick’s Heating and Air Conditioning Nights PLM Twin 50’s at the Super Oval, with races starting at 6 p.m.
This is the fifth event of the season and will feature the Johnson Electric Bump 2 Pass Invitational for the first time in three years. All Bump 2 Pass drivers from tracks in the Northwest are invited with a $200 entry and $500 prize for winning the race.
Also racing are the Jerry’s Auto Supply Pro Late Models, Plumb Perfect Roadrunners and Street Stocks.
Registration opens at 12:45 p.m., and for attendees, member pit passes cost $30 while non-member/traveling series pit passes are $40. First responders get in free after showing either their ID or badge at the front gate.
The Wenatchee AppleSox will return from their three-game road series against Port Angeles to take on the Highline Bears in a couple of non-league games Saturday and Sunday night.
It’ll be the last time fans can watch the AppleSox play for a week, with Wenatchee traveling to play Victoria and Cowlitz before returning home for a three-game set against Kelowna on July 2.
The Highline Bears play in the Pacific International League, along with the Seattle Studs, Northwest Honkers, Everett Merchants, Redmond Dudes and Seattle Wallbangers, and are (0-3) so far this season.
Wenatchee played Highline only once last season, winning 8-3 in a home contest in early June.
The AppleSox are currently riding a two-game winning streak after beating Walla Walla 11-10 on Sunday and winning 7-3 in the series opener against Port Angeles Tuesday night.
Wenatchee is currently four back of Victoria for first in the North Division with 13 games left to play in the first half of the season.
Both division leaders after the 27th schedule league game will secure a playoff spot. Wenatchee hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2013 when they finished second behind the Corvallis Knights, who have been the West Coast League champion each of the last three years.
First pitch Saturday is at 6:35 p.m., and 5:35 p.m., on Sunday.