Pateros is the party hot spot this weekend. During the hydro races, the Pateros-Brewster Community Resource Center (PBCRC) will host its third annual Whole Hog BBQ in Pateros Memorial Park. Fill your belly with pulled pork, baked beans, dinner rolls, corn on the cob and coleslaw — all for a good cause. Food will be served this Saturday (Aug. 17), from 11 a.m.– 1 p.m.
A Methow design canvas teepee from Julianne Timentwa, hand-crafted by Cyndy Miller, will be raffled off during the event. Raffle tickets are $5 each. Food for the event has been provided by Kallstrom Farms, Brewster Marketplace, Hank’s Harvest Foods, Sweet River Bakery and Cascade Mechanical. All proceeds from the BBQ and raffle benefit the PBCRC.
During the Whole Hog BBQ, PBCRC representatives will provide information on the center’s efforts to provide disaster preparedness through the Map Your Neighborhood program. Attendees are encouraged to register and participate in the emergency management program. Visit www.paterosresource.com for more information, or contact PBCRC Executive Director Gene Dowers (509) 449-9028.
Now that we’ve covered the important part — food — let’s move on to the rest of the weekend.
Friday through Saturday, high-speed hydro boats will zip around Lake Pateros, aka the Columbia River behind Wells Dam. With a shady shoreline along Pateros Memorial Park, spectators are guaranteed an excellent front row seat to all the action.
Started in the 1990s, the “Pateros Hydro Classic” brings racers from all over the country to race on Lake Pateros. Not for the faint of heart, hydroplanes fly at speeds up to 140 miles per hour. The park will be filled with vendors and food.
While in Pateros, meander on over to Pateros City Hall and Museum. According to www.pateros.com, the city hall used to be a truly multi-purpose building with a fire department, municipal court and a police department.
When the present-day museum was created, it kept the jail cells. Winthrop visitors may get their old-timey photographs, but can you get a selfie in a jail cell? You can only get one of those in Pateros. Exhibits portray the history of the diverse people who formed early Pateros, including Native Americans, fur trappers and explorers, Chinese miners, and early orchardists. Pateros museum hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Outside the museum, visitors can continue to explore Pateros history via walking the historical trail. Interpretive signs along the shoreline, at the Methow Monument, and the Pateros Mall provide details about the exciting history of the town, the gateway to the Methow Valley.