It has been talked about for years – a revamp of the Founders’ Days festival.
Well, we’re doing it.
The Chamber hired a new event director – organizer extraordinaire Jill Leonard was hired in October — just for the popular June celebration. Now we’re holding a renaming contest.
The Cashmere Chamber Festival Naming Contest aims to find the perfect name for a fresh start to Founders’ Days, which marks 36 years on June 28. Contest entries must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m., Jan. 23, to be considered eligible.
The festival committee will narrow the choices to the top names and present those names to the public for a vote. The name with the most votes by March 1 wins. The person who submits the winning name will receive not only recognition but also an opportunity to ride in the Crunch Pak Grand Parade and a $50 prize.
To submit an entry, send an email to Jill.Leonard.Events@gmail.com. In the subject of the email please write “Festival Naming Contest.” In the body of the email, include your name, phone number, mailing address and the proposed name of the festival.
Here are the rules:
- There is no age restriction to enter.
- There is no fee for entering.
- Enter as often as you like.
- Must be a resident of the Cashmere School District boundaries
- Neither Chamber Board members nor festival committee members are eligible to enter. Sorry, guys!
- The winning entry will receive the $50 grand prize and be honored as the contest winner at the Crunch Pak Grand Parade. If more than one person submits the same name, the prize will go to the first person to submit. In other words, you snooze, you lose.
- The winner will also be asked to ride in the festival parade on June 28. Transportation in the parade will be provided to winner. (Start practicing your parade wave!)
- Keep it clean. No profanity, ethnic, religious, sexual, or derogatory terms or verbiage will be allowed. If the submitted entry contains any such language, the entry will be immediately declared ineligible to win.
- All decisions made by the festival committee and Chamber Board of Directors are final.
- All submitted entries and proposed festival names become the property of the Cashmere Chamber upon entry submission.
If you have any further questions regarding the contest, contact Cashmere Chamber at 782-7404 or email the festival director at Jill.Leonard.Events@gmail.com
We couldn’t be more happy with the effort and creativity our businesses put into the first-ever Scare-Crazy in Cashmere event. As of today, there are some 75 individual scarecrows up around Cashmere!
All scarecrows that were registered by the deadline were judged last weekend in the scarecrow competition. Thank you to the Cashmere Royalty, who are no strangers to judging competitions, for serving as our judges.
This year’s winners of the first-ever Scare-Crazy scarecrow competition are:
Grand Champion: Horan Estates Winery. Millie Merlot was created by Abby Carlson and Katy and Ryan Mast.
Most Creative: Cashmere Cottage Yarn. Knellie Knitter was created by Jan Meredith-Evans.
Best Business Theme: Cashmere Fire Department. Fireman Sam was created by the fire department.
Best Ensemble: Cashmere Dental. Dr. Decayanator and his patient Candy were created by Shawn Mahon.
The Cashmere Museum is gearing up for its annual Apple Days celebration on Oct. 5-6. Most of the activities, such as the gold mining, children crafts, musical entertainment, and vendors, will be held in the Pioneer Village with an admission fee of $5 per adult and $2 per child. There will also be displays, crafts and food in the Park which are free and open to the public.
Hank Cramer will be performing both days headlining the musical entertainment. Other musical groups include Barbara Conrad, Heavenly Echoes from the 7th Day Adventist Church, the Cashmere Band, and ‘Collage’. Roy Wilson, a tribal leader from the Cowlitz Indians will be telling stories and teaching Native culture. The Tillicum Riders will attend, along with Mr. Whiskers the clown. The Shootists will provide some wild west action, and the Oregon Trail Travelers will demonstrate pioneer crafts. You may have watched last year as part of the visiting guests from Misawa, Japan got in on the action by putting on holsters and badges to arrest the bad guys and take them to jail.
On Sunday morning, Mike O’Neal from Monitor will lead an old fashioned Church Service at the Mission Church in the Village, and later in the day there will be chances to pan for gold and participate in the ‘petrified peanut’ hunt.
Apple Annies Antiques is sponsoring the annual Apple Pie Contest. Judges will award cash prizes to the winners on Saturday, and the Amish Quilt raffle winner will be drawn on Sunday afternoon. Come have your family photo taken in pioneer garb by River Street Photography, and try your skill at archery along with the Wenatchi River Traditional Long Bow. A drawing will be held for a child’s hand crafted bow with arrows and a quiver. The Wenatchee Youth Circus will show off their skills at a performance each day.
Friends of Old Mission will be providing an ‘anything apple’ bake sale along with a used book sale. It is here that you might buy a slice of an award winning apple pie, along with a book telling you how to grow the apple.
Activities in the park will include food vendors, a collection of antique cars, and a chance to see and take a photo with the Spirit of America traveling Memorial. Children will be making cards for veterans at this site.
8 a.m. Free Breakfast
9 a.m. Wenatchee Youth Circus
10 a.m. Barb Conrad—Country Music
11a.m. Roy Wilson—Native American Storyteller
11:30 am. Barbeque Lunch Begins
Noon Hank Cramer-Singer and Storyteller—Way Out West
1 p.m. Roy Wilson Storyteller/drumming/dancing
2 p.m. Wenatchee Youth Circus performs
3 p.m. Collage: Contemporary Music-Cashmere High School students
4 p.m. Military and 1st Responders: Celebration of 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial
8 a.m. Free Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Monitor Methodist Church Service
11:30 a.m. Barbeque Lunch Begins
Noon Wenatchee Youth Circus
1:30 p.m. Cashmere Jazz Band
2:30 Collage—Cashmere High School Students
3:30 Friends of Old Mission Quilt raffle and Traditional Bow Hunters’ Raffle
4p.m. Echoes of Heaven
5 p.m. Military and 1st Responders Closing of the Spirit of America Memorial Statue
Joining in the Scare-Crazy in Cashmere event this year? Make a handmade scarecrow and put it up in front of your business for the entire month of October. We want to make Cashmere Scare-Crazy!
Keep the following guidelines in mind:
- The Cashmere scarecrow event is for local businesses and families only.
- All scarecrows must be displayed in a commercial/business district from Sept. 30 through Oct. 31. Scarecrows made by businesses that do not have storefronts will be placed in a prearranged public space, as determined by the Chamber, in a commercial/business district.
- By participating, you are agreeing to display your scarecrow Sept. 30 through Oct. 31.
- By participating, you also are agreeing to maintain your scarecrow or arrange for someone to maintain it during the duration of this event. It is our hope that we attract local residents and visitors who want to see the scarecrows. They will be disappointed if they are not up or are damaged.
- All scarecrows must be registered no later than Sept. 16 to be included in any marketing or publicity, including the Scarecrow Map, which will be distributed to the public.
- Only scarecrows that have marked so on the registration form will be judged in the Scarecrow Judging Contest. They too must be registered by Sept. 16. Ribbons will be awarded for Grand Champion, Best Business Theme and Most Creative.
- A demonstration for participants interested in learning more about how to make a head or frame will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Overall Kitchen and Bath Design Center, 129 Cottage Ave.
- Mail your completed registration form (first page only) to Cashmere Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 834, Cashmere, WA, 98815. Or fax it to 509-782-1265. Or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or drop it off at the Chamber office, 103 Cottage Ave.
- The registration form is on the Chamber home page and is also available in the Chamber office lobby.
Questions? Call the Chamber at 782-7404 or email email@example.com
The Cashmere Chamber of Commerce wants to hire someone to lead the organization of Founders’ Days, one of Cashmere’s largest annual community events.
In July, the Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to allocate money to pay someone from the community to chair the Founders’ Days Committee.
Several factors led to this decision, said Alex Cruz, Chamber president. The board would like to see a year-round committee formed to expand the event. However, because the Chamber is growing and focusing on several economic development projects, the board also agreed it was time to take Founders’ Days out of the Chamber manager’s job description and hire someone who will focus on only expanding that event, Cruz said.
The new chair will be in charge of organizing the event, from leading monthly meetings to raising sponsorship funds to working with businesses to create new events held that weekend. The chair also will organize the grand parade.
“It’s hard to ask people to volunteer their time for an entire year,” Cruz said. “ We understand this position will be mostly a volunteer position. We’re hoping that by paying a chairperson a stipend, this will generate more interest in the position.”
Ideally, the new chairperson will be from Cashmere and has event-planning experience. Applicants must be motivated, organized and enjoy working with the community and business owners. The stipend will be negotiated between the new chairperson and board.
The board is asking for a two-year commitment from the new chairperson.
“That first year will include much learning,” said Chamber manager Jill FitzSimmons. “The Chamber has a committee of community members already in place and will provide all the necessary information and support the new chairperson needs. The board is looking for someone committed to rebuilding the event.”
Interested applicants can send a cover letter with contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The board aims to have someone in place in September.
“We don’t know what Founders’ Days will look like next year. It may even have a new name,” Cruz said. “We hope that by hiring a chairperson, the event is re-energized. We have a great community event that will celebrate its 36th anniversary in 2014. We want to make it bigger and better than ever.”