It takes more than 2,000 volunteers to put together the annual Sausage Fest, which is Sept. 21-22 at the Christ the King school grounds in Richland.
The 36th annual event is expected to draw nearly 30,000 people to the two-day festival, organizers said.
Hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 21 and from 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 22. Admission is free.
So what makes the Sausage Fest so appealing? It could be all the scrumptious sausage, served with or without sauerkraut. The beer gardens are another draw. Or it could be the farmers market, the arts and crafts booths, bingo games, live entertainment, dancing, more than a dozen food booths to please any palate, and plenty of games for the kids.
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Some of the live entertainment happening throughout each day include Smooth as Jazz, Primitive Circus and Vaughn Jensen Band.
Teen dance parties start at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 for middle school students and at 9 p.m. for high school students. The middle school admission is $8 and the high school dance is $10.
Babysitting also will be available for kids ages 1 to 6 from 4:45 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 21 and from 10:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Sept. 22. For information about babysitting fees, call 509-339-3141.
New to this year's Sausage Fest will be a Washington Wine Bar, which features select premium wines from Mid-Columbia wineries.
For more information, go to the festival website at www.cksausagefest.org.
* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com