Arts & Entertainment

It'll be grapes, barbecue and more in Kennewick

Celebrate the grape's journey from fruit to wine at the annual Grapefest in downtown Kennewick. The festival runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and will be set up along Kennewick Avenue between Cascade and Auburn streets. Admission is free.

The festival kicks off with the Grape Crush Rush run. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Clock Plaza at Auburn Street and Kennewick Avenue. Cost for the run is $8.

"Everyone will be taking off at the same time," said Timothy Dalton, executive director of Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership. "But will then have the choice to go just one mile or the complete five-mile course, which loops around the downtown area."

To find the Best Ribs in the Tri-Cities barbecue cook-off, just follow your nose. Contestants will be set up in the Centennial Flag Plaza at Benton Street and Kennewick Avenue. The competition starts at 7 a.m. as each contestant begins slow cooking four to six racks of ribs.

"They have to be smoked -- no boiling or any other type of cooking is allowed," Dalton said.

Drop by the cook-off site around 1:30 p.m. for the judging and to buy coupons for sampling the smoked ribs. The People's Choice Award, $100, will go to the contestant with the most coupons.

Judges also will award prizes for first, second and third place ribs, for the best homemade sauce and the best decorated booth.

There will be a wide variety of local art and craft vendors, a kids chalk art contest and ongoing entertainment featuring DucTTape, a barbershop quartet, and Miss Tri-Cities Kyna Harris of Pasco.

New this year is the wine garden featuring local vintages from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Centennial Flag Plaza. Jazz saxophonist Barry Bergstrom will be in the garden during the afternoon. Scrip will be sold.

The messiest event, grape stomping, begins at 10 a.m. with the final stomp-off at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and costs is $50 per team. To register, call 582-7221.

There also will be food and beverage vendors, and a Kid's Corner with a bounce house and other youthful entertainment.

For more information, call Dalton at 582-7221.

*Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513;