Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
What began as a one-day event to celebrate “hunting and harvest season” in a small town of 300 has turned into a three-day community extravaganza. Over 60 years ago the Naches Lions Club began the Sportsmans’ Days to coincide with deer and elk hunting season as well as the fall harvest of fruit orchards. It was also a way for local community groups, churches, and youth clubs to raise funds for their projects throughout the year. Today, the Naches Lions Club is still the primary organizer of the event in this town of 795. However, don’t let that small number fool you, the Naches Sportsmans’ Days attract families from throughout Central Washington for one of the region’s longest running community day events and is still the primary fundraising event for those same community and youth oriented clubs.
According to local historian Margaret St. Martin, “Folks who live in Naches and the surrounding mountainous areas know how important this event is and support it generously. It’s a chance for youth and school clubs to learn leadership skills in running their fundraising activity, but mostly, just to recognize what a wonderful town we have.” The festivities begin Friday evening after Labor Day and guarantees to feature something everyone can enjoy before it ends mid-afternoon Sunday. Folks can enjoy carnival rides for the kids, an assortment of games for all ages, dancing groups performing from around the Valley, plenty of musical entertainment, a Kid’s Parade followed by the Grand Parade on Saturday morning, a teen dance, a fishing derby, not to mention a sand carving demonstration by two master sand sculptors, a golf cart derby, and even a flag pole climbing contest! The fun never stops and that’s why The Sportmans’ Days continues to remain one of the more treasured events in the region.
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