The annual Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival is July 17-18 in the downtown area near the Walla Walla County Courthouse at the intersection of West Main Street and North Fourth Avenue. The free festival features music, kids' games and contests as well as onion-inspired foods.
Here's the schedule to plan your visit:
-- 7 a.m. -- Sweet Onion 5K Registration at Third and Main
--9 a.m. -- Festival and farmers market opens
-- 9 a.m. -- Daniel Mark Faller on stage and Thundering Hooves' Chefs' Challenge featuring the Valley's finest chefs
-- 10:30-3 p.m. -- Children's games and contests featuring onion sack races, onion bowling, Mr. and Mrs. Onion-head decorating at Fifth and Main on the courthouse lawn; Massey Ferguson Farm Equipment on display on Fifth Street
-- 11 a.m. -- Onion Eating Contest.
-- 11:30 a.m. -- Grass Roots of Walla Walla, a "Salad Slaw-ter" with hands-on demonstrations and recipe cards at Fifth and Main under the canopy
-- Noon-4 p.m. -- Second annual Sweet Skip. A self-guided tour will provide visitors with a map to 10 restaurants and bakeries where they can exchange a token for a sample of Walla Walla sweet onion-inspired food. A packet of 10 tokens is $35 at the event.
-- Noon -- Bald as an Onion Contest
-- Noon -- Beer and wine garden open
-- 12:15 p.m. -- Steppin' Country Dance Team
-- 1 p.m. - The Jim Basnight Band on stage
-- 4:15 p.m. -- New Horizon Dance Team
-- 5-11:30 p.m. -- Saturday Night Street Dance at FourthAvenue and Main Street
-- 5 p.m. -- The Johnny No Land Band
-- 8:30-11:30 p.m. -- The Vaughn Jensen Band
-- 9 a.m. -- Daniel Mark Faller on stage
-- 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. -- Children's games and contests
-- Noon -- Onion-eating contest, beer & wine garden opens
-- Noon-4 p.m.: Second annual Sweet Skip. A self-guided tour will provide visitors with a map to 10 restaurants and bakeries where they can exchange a token for a sample of Walla Walla sweet onion-inspired food. A packet of 10 tokens is $35 at the event
-- 12:30 p.m. -- Food Network Canada's Bob Blumer tries to break Guinness Book of World Records and his previous record of peeling 50 pounds of hot onions in less than 3 minutes and 18 seconds while filming one of his 2011 episodes
-- 1:30 p.m. -- Blumer will try to eat a hot onion in less than 48 seconds
-- 1-4 p.m. -- The Jim Basnight Band on stage
* More information: For tickets call 509-525-1031 or go to www.sweetonions.org.