Arts & Entertainment

It's festival time in the Mid-Columbia

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - The annual Harvest Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at Flat Top Park in West Richland.

The event features a farmers market, kids games, musical entertainment, a hot dog and hamburger barbecue, arts and crafts booths, face paintings and a plethora of other fun stuff.

There is no admission charge. Catch next week's AT for a full schedule of events.

And just to get you warmed up for the Harvest Fest, you can hang with some red hot chili pepper fanatics Sept. 13-14 in downtown Pasco when the Fiery Foods Festival gets under way.

The festival opens at 10 a.m. each day and features a sweet and savory salsa contest starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 13.

Visitors can watch salsa chefs match wits with recipes for a shot at the title. A public salsa tasting starts at 12:30 p.m.

And if the spicy salsa doesn't fire up your tastebuds, then maybe the Chili Pepper Eating Contest will. It starts at 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Participants must be at least 18 to participate. Entry fee is $10. The contest will pit men against women and feature seven types of peppers ranging from hot to hottest.

The beer garden entertainment lineup for Sept. 13 includes Colorblind at 5 p.m., Mudshark at 7:30 p.m. and Junkyard Jane at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5. The beer garden is open to the 21 and older crowd only.

On Sept. 14, the street music features various local Mexican bands including Renovacion de la Sierra, Oasis Musical, Perros del Camino and Grupo Vega from noon to 5 p.m.

There also will be a plethora of dance demonstrations and other musical events happening throughout both days of the festival.

Admission is free.