County Fair royalty
The Okanogan County Fair is seeking fair royalty candidates for 2023. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 – 19 and a past or present Okanogan County Fair participant.
Applications can be found online at okanogancounty.org, or at the Okanogan County Fair Office, 175 Rodeo Trail, Okanogan. Applications must be turned into the Fair Office by Aug. 1. Horsemanship is not a requirement. For more information, call (509) 322‑2477.
Be in the parade
Want to be part of the Twisp Fourth of July parade? Find an application form at https://twispwa.com/4th-of-july-parade-application-form.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. from the TwispWorks campus and proceeds north to the end of Glover Street.
Parade entrants can include businesses and organizations. Parade participants can show off their prize horses, classic cars, musical talent, dance moves, circus skills, or patriotic entertainment.
Pedestrians, bikes and cars will stage at TwispWorks. Large vehicles like floats, boats and trucks will line up on Lincoln Street facing south towards TwispWorks. Horse riders are encouraged to meet in the parking lot behind Hank’s Harvest Foods where the Methow Valley Horsemen are staged. Riders will travel from behind Hank’s to the Methow Valley Eagles and cross Highway 20 at Glover Street at about 10:50 a.m. to lead the parade.
‘Water, Water Everywhere’ program
The Methow Watershed Council is hosting a community meeting with the theme “Water, Water Everywhere” on Saturday, June 25, from 1 – 4 p.m. at Twisp Park. The event is intended to bring together all elements of the community interested in water issues.
Organizations will give brief presentations about the work they are doing as it pertains to securing and protecting an ongoing water supply for people, agriculture and the natural systems and wildlife in the Methow Valley. The Watershed Council and other organizations will be available to provide more detailed information and answer questions.
Organizations confirmed to attend to date are the Methow Beaver Project, Methow Conservancy, Methow Valley Citizens Council, Okanogan Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service, Cascade Fish and Trout Unlimited. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Now and Then’ at Shafer
The Shafer Historical Museum hosts its “Now and Then” summer party, a celebration and appreciation event showcasing the museum and displaying the differences and similarities between life in 1900 and now, on Sunday, June 26, from 1 – 5 p.m. Watch a lasso demonstration, try out an old-time laundry washboard, talk with docents, investigate your property’s history, or sing cowboy songs along with Hank Cramer, Lauralee Northcott and Tommy Murray.
The event is free; donations are encouraged. For information, visit www.shafermuseum.org.
Methow At Home Events
Methow At Home sponsors a series of free events in the coming weeks. Register at methowathome.com.
- June 17, 9 – 11:30 a.m. via Zoom, “Suicide Prevention Training,” with Julie Rickard, a licensed psychologist and founder of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington.
Grass and willow workshop
The Okanogan chapter of the Native Plant Society and the Methow Naturalist are sponsoring a two-day workshop on how to identify grasses and willows, taught by local botanist Dana Visalli, on June 18 and 19. Cost is $75. Class size will be limited; register with Dana at email@example.com.
Kiesau fellowship presentations
A free event featuring recipients of Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship grants talking about their projects will be held at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp on June 25, starting at 7 p.m. To date, five awards of $1,000 each have been given to individuals working on a variety of compelling projects that highlight the intersection of art, education and stewardship of the environment.
Naturalist and photographer David Lukas will talk about his field work capturing local wildflowers in educational videos. Visiting multi-media artists Etsuko Ichikawa and Suze Woolf will talk about their upcoming residencies in the Methow that will allow them to expand on their projects spanning multiple locations. Local author, herbalist and educator Rosalee de la Foret will talk about her upcoming book, currently in the making. A copy of David Moskowitz’s newest book will also be available to view and purchase.