Pasco will heat up on Sept. 14 with the relaunching of the popular Fiery Foods Festival. The last time the Tri-Cities celebrated everything chili was in 2009, though there was an event called Viva Pasco last year.
"The Tri-Cities has always known the September festival as the Fiery Foods so the Downtown Pasco Development Authority wanted to bring it back for everyone, not just Pasco," said Michael Goins, executive director of the downtown group.
The free, one-day street festival will open at noon and run through 8 p.m. at the intersection of Lewis Street and Fourth Avenue in Pasco.
There will be food and beverage vendors, a beer garden by the main stage with bands and ongoing entertainment, and a second stage by the post office in the Family Fun Zone with cultural dancers, kids group bands and various children's entertainment. A new and classic car show is also planned.
One change from years past is that Pasco Farmers Market vendors will not be displaced from their usual location beneath the pavilions near Peanut's Park.
"The vendors have been unhappy in the past about being moved out," Goins said, adding that the market will be open extended hours during the festival.
Goins said the downtown group is looking for volunteers to help during the festival. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They're also looking for vendors and sponsors. Contact Goins at email@example.com or 509-546-1304.
For more information, go to www.fieryfoodsfestival.com.
-- Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; firstname.lastname@example.org