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Parade kicks off big weekend of mural painting in Toppenish

TOPPENISH -- Head to Toppenish this weekend to watch the paint dry. It's time for the annual Mural-A-Day festival downtown, starting June 5.

About 10 artists are expected to participate in this year's mural painting, which is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6 on the south wall of the new Visitor Information Center at 504 S. Elm St.

The theme for this year's mural is "Bareback to Buckboards," and will focus on the history of transportation in the west. Lead artist for the mural is Roger Cooke from Sandy, Ore.

A parade kicks off events at 10 a.m. June 5 at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center. Visitors can then go through the museum to see all the Native American historic pieces as well as art.

There will be horse-drawn carriage rides offered to anyone who'd like a tour of the town's murals painted by local artists as well as a few renowned artists from other parts of the country.

Each of the murals -- the first one was painted two decades ago -- are historically accurate representations of a person, place or event in the Yakama Indian history in the Toppenish area.

More information about the event is at www.toppenish.net or call 800-863-6375.

Here's the schedule of events:

June 5

-- 10 a.m.-noon -- Treaty Days Parade at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center.

-- Noon - 4 p.m. -- Toppenish Mural Tours on horse-drawn covered wagons.

-- 3-6 p.m. -- Happy Hour at Post Office Park, 504 S. Elm St., local wines and microbrews from Masset, Hyatt, Eaton Hill & Knight Hill Wineries, plus Horse Heaven Hills Brewery are featured along with live music.

-- 6-9 p.m. -- Lions' Club Steak Feed & Beer Garden in Pioneer Park.

June 6

-- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Mural painting, live music and other entertainment.

-- 6-9 p.m. -- Wine and beer tasting at Post Office Park.

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