Headlining this year's Prosser States Day entertainment will be the finals for the "The Valley's Got Talent" competition, which starts at 1 p.m. Sept. 3 at City Park in downtown Prosser.
Ten finalists compete for the $500 grand prize. Cash prizes for second and third place also will be awarded.
Prosser States Day is in its 87th year and features a parade starting at 10 a.m. that travels down Prosser's main street. The rest of the day will be packed with all kinds of family activities, including carnival rides.
"States Day dates back to a time when farmers would put down the plow and head into town for an old-fashioned family picnic," said Jim Milne, president of the Prosser Chamber. "Games were played, a dance was held and over the years new events were added to the day. A rival baseball game between neighboring towns was the highlight for many years."
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One tradition that has stood the test of time, he added, is the registering of residents by the state they came from. In the early days, townsfolk would sign up and wear a paper badge proudly displaying their home state. The name "States Day" was adopted as the official community celebration that continues today, Milne said.
Events in the park start after the parade ends. There will be concessions from tacos to hamburgers and hot dogs to corn-on-the-cob.
For more information, call the Prosser Chamber of Commerce at 509-786-3177.
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