Festival of Neighbors coming up Sept. 13

There’s a new celebration coming to Kettle Falls on Saturday, Sept. 13. This is a fall event to be held at Happy Dell Park. It has been named “Festival of Neighbors” in hopes of bringing together not only our local citizens, but also our neighboring communities as well. A new group of volunteers with great new ideas and plenty of enthusiasm are organizing it. Kettle Falls Mayor Dorothy Slagle stated, “We’re working with our Chamber of Commerce to create an event that celebrates our area and brings more awareness to our history and all we have to offer here.” There will be vendors, food vendors, a beer garden, entertainment and events for the kids. Four bands will be playing throughout the day with music styles to please just about everyone. You will hear everything from Country Music, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Rock and Roll, Blue Grass, Acoustic Guitar and Rock. The Haran Dancers will be on hand to thrill us with their Irish music and dance. A performance by Gypsy Moon belly-dancing group, is on the agenda as well. There will be surprise fun events that people can be involved in and will be announced as the event draws closer. A very special addition to this event will be Dave Madera and the Native American Dance Troupe. This group has long been sharing their Native American dance styles for audiences throughout the United States and Canada (winning many competitions along the way). They come together for performances to present a show of each individual dance style used today in the Pow-Wow dance circle. Madera explained, “Our troupe’s main goal and that of all Native dancers is to expose the beauty of our people and express the love we all have for our many different dance styles and help the non-native to better understand who we are as a people. Everything is handed down from generation to generation. This includes dance styles, learning to sew, hunting, gathering, beading designs, singing, drumming and even praying.” “The colorful regalia and the forms of Native dance are beautiful and exciting to see. We welcome this troupe to help illustrate our rich history of the “people of the falls” which can be seen in depth at the Kettle Falls Historical Center. This is a wonderful step back in time,” said committee member Donna Fosback. We are still accepting vendor applications and the cost of having a booth is very nominal at $10 to $20 depending on the amount of space needed. We welcome Native American beadwork and art as well as all forms of arts and crafts. Please call Sandy Sattler at (509) 738-2414 to secure your space. “We hope everyone will join us and support this exciting and fun filled new event. See you there,” Fosback said.