It’s already the biggest community event in West Richland. And this year, Hogs & Dogs organizers aim to step up the fun even more.
Starting with an updated name.
The free event now is called Hogs & Dogs Family Festival, with the new moniker reflecting expanded offerings for kids and families.
The event is from 4 to 10 p.m. June 18 at the Bombing Range Sports Complex.
“It’s a fun evening where people can go out without spending much money, if any, and enjoy themselves for hours and hours,” said Troy Berglund, president of the West Richland Chamber of Commerce board, which puts on Hogs & Dogs.
A few thousand motorcycles are expected, along with 300 to 400 classic cars, said Matt Nash, sales and marketing director for the chamber.
The band Colorblind will perform in the main park, and a microbrew and wine tasting garden is planned instead of a traditional beer garden. The entrance fee is $10 and includes a souvenir glass and two drink tickets.
Activities for kids include bounce houses and laser tag. Tip Pit BBQ will grill hot dogs and Papa John’s is bringing pizzas.
Stunt motorcycle rider Craig Latimer is set to perform.
And the chamber is holding a drawing for a 2015 Indian Motorcycle during the event. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the event, and also at Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium in Richland and Kennewick, Ranch & Home in Kennewick, Benton REA, the chamber office and Yoke’s Fresh Market in West Richland.
Shuttles will run from Enterprise Middle School and Tapteal Elementary School.
Hogs & Dogs started in 2000 and drew about 125 people the first year. This year, as many as 10,000 are expected to check out the bikes and cars, the music and the fun.
“We’re looking forward to a fantastic event,” Berglund said. “I hope a lot of people come out and enjoy it.”