The Prosser States Day celebration, now in its 88th season, features all sorts of family fun starting with a parade at 10 a.m. Sept. 2 in downtown Prosser.
Festivities throughout the day include the finals for The Valley's Got Talent competition, where participants will vie for cash prizes.
The contest starts at 1 p.m. on the Sylvan Stage at City Park on Seventh Street. Admission is free.
States Day dates back to when farmers in the valley set down their plows for a day and headed to town for an old-fashioned family picnic with their neighbors. The gathering had people playing games and dancing most of the day, and a baseball game was usually held between neighboring towns.
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One tradition that has stood the test of time, organizers say, is the registering of residents by the state they hailed from. Everyone wore badges that gave their home state, which is how the event earned its name States Day.
After the parade, most events happen at City Park where there also will be food vendors, a dunk tank, bingo and a carnival.
Here's a schedule of events:
10 a.m. -- Grand parade.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- Starlight Quilter's Guild in the Prosser High School gym.
11 a.m. -- Concessions open at City Park.
11 a.m. -- Benton County Museum tours.
Noon -- Stage show featuring music by Rick James and Patsy Mercer, and the Prosser Grid Kid Cheerleaders.
12:15 p.m. -- Performance by accordion player Gary Malner, 2011 Valley's Got Talent winner.
1 p.m. -- The Valley's Got Talent finals.
1:45 p.m. -- Diamond Ridge Cloggers.
2:30 p.m. -- The Valley's Got Talent awards ceremony.