Music, dancing and all sorts of outdoor fun are planned for Sacajawea Heritage Days' festival, set Sept. 24-26 at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.
"I'm really excited about (the festival) this year," said Reade Obern, a park ranger at Sacajawea park. "We have several new programs that should be really great."
Obern promises a day of outstanding music, from Seattle's Squirrel Butter to Native American drum music.
"Squirrel Butter is a duo who can really crank out the old-time music, and it's just amazing how full a sound can come from just two musicians," Obern said. "We also have the Umatilla dancers and drummers from Pendleton and this troupe really knows how to bring the past alive."
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The festival also features a Model A car show, a working steam saw that will demonstrate how it cuts wood, and a re-enactment encampment from the Lewis & Clark Expedition to the Northwest in the early 1800s.
"We have re-enactors playing York, the black slave of Capt. Clark, and Sacajawea, the teen Indian wife of trapper Charbonneau," Obern said. "The re-enactment will really give a new feel to the encampment."
More than 20 nonprofits will come together to participate and provide presentations for the festival. Organizers expect more than 1,000 students to attend activities Sept. 24, which will be packed with all sorts of historical presentations.
The musical entertainment starts Sept. 25 with string band Juniper Bush Huggers at 1 p.m., followed by Native American dancers and drummers at 2 p.m., and Squirrel Butter at 3 p.m.
The Sept. 26 stage show begins at 1 p.m. with local musicians and Native American dancers and drummers performing until 3 p.m.
Festival hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26.
Then from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 there will be a campfire program where mountain men will tell their tall tales and perform traditional music.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org