Founders Day planning under way

TONASKET – The Tonasket Founders Day Committee is hard at work planning this year’s parade and activities.

During their meeting on Tuesday, March 30, the committee spoke about what kinds of activities they would like to have in the Day Park after the parade.

A dunk tank has already been requested from Pateros, who is loaning it out for free. The committee decided to charge $1 for three balls in order to raise money for decorations for Winterfest in the Day Park. Mayor Patrick Plumb has already agreed to be dunked as have City Council Members Jean Ramsey and Connie Maden. The committee is still looking for more possible dunkees and the one who brings in the most money will receive a prize from the committee.

The parade will be 11 a.m. down Whitcomb Avenue and then activities will follow in the Day Park from noon to 2 p.m. Chamber of Commerce President Kari Alexander said she would like to have small wading pools in the park for children to play games in and the committee discussed different games they could play.

Gerry Beeman, with the Tonasket Comancheros, said Relay for Life would be doing face painting during the parade. She added that if the day is hot, Relay for Life will have snow cones and if the day is cold, they’ll have popcorn. They’ll be set up in front of City Center Service.

Beeman also filled the committee in on the details of the 75th Tonasket Comancheros Rodeo. On Thursday, June 2, there will be a barbeque with children’s games at the rodeo grounds and the time has not yet been set. On Friday, June 3 bull riding will begin at the rodeo grounds at 7p.m. and then Saturday, June 4, beginning at 7 p.m., bronc riding will be going on at the rodeo grounds. Also on June 4 will be the Queen’s Luncheon, which will begin right after the parade at the rodeo grounds.

Ramsey suggested the committee look into finding a store which will donate cases of water bottles to be sold by the chamber during the parade at a low cost and Renee Bretz suggested they contact the North Valley Community Schools to find demonstrators to set up in the Day Park.

There will also be vendors on Third Street, but a person to oversee them hasn’t yet been found. The committee is still looking for more volunteers to help with the planning of the event as well as with running the event.

Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. in the Tonasket Saloon.