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Columbia Falls Celebrates Heritage Days

Fun events slated for annual community festival

One of the valley’s oldest celebrations, Columbia Falls Heritage Days is this week with a full schedule of lively events. This year’s theme is “Remember When: 1960-1970,” and once again celebrates the history of Columbia Falls.

This year’s event is July 23-27, with most of the events hosted at Marantette Park. The inaugural festival, held in August 1956, was titled “Progress Days” and in recent years committee organizers have chosen themes based on decades.

One of the most significant events that occurred between 1960 and 1970 was the massive 1964 flood.

Wednesday, July 23

5-9 p.m.: Fifth annual car show at Marantette Park. During the car show, enjoy the Heritage Days Fundraiser barbecue.

Thursday, July 24

5 p.m.: Farmers market at Pinewood Park.

6:30-7:45 p.m.: Free open swimming at Pinewood Park Pool for adults and kids up to 10 years old.

8:45-10 p.m.: Free open swimming for adults and kids 11 and older.

7 p.m.: Lion’s Club Concert at Marantette Park.

Friday, July 25

5:30 p.m.: Wildcat/kat Athletic Endowment Auction and barbecue, behind the Columbia Fall and Grill on Nucleus Avenue.

5:30-7:30 p.m.: Barbecue and social hour, followed by silent auction and live auction.

7 p.m.: Open rodeo at Blue Moon Arena.

Saturday, July 26

7 a.m.: Fireman’s breakfast at Don Anderson Fire Hall, 624 First Ave. W.

7:30 a.m.: Check in time for Heritage Days 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

8 a.m.: Boogie to the Bank 5K and 10K races, North Fork to Discovery Square.

9 a.m.: Arts, crafts and food vendors at Glacier Discovery Square.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: North Valley Senior Center Fundraiser Luncheon. Noon: Main parade on Nucleus Avenue, from Railway Street to Seventh Street. Parade participants will stage along Railway Street at 11 a.m.

1:30 p.m.: Freedom Bank’s Wild Horse Drive on U.S. Highway 2 from Columbia Heights to the Blue Moon.

7 p.m.: Open rodeo at Blue Moon Arena.

7-10 p.m.: Barn dance at Marantette Park.

Sunday, July 27

9 a.m.: 14th annual WAE Wildcat/Kat Golf Tournament at Glacier View Golf Course. Notice: There will not be a community church service at Marantette Park this year.

For more information visit http://cfallsheritagedays.com.