Loads of Events Coming

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There are a lot of events planned in the coming weeks to keep you and your family busy. So if you need something to do this summer, check out what the area has to offer.

» St. Maries

St. Maries Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast

Once again, pilots from around the region and their airplanes will land in St. Maries July 18 as part of the annual St. Maries Fly-In. Forty to 60 planes have attended the in the past. Breakfast will be available and visitors should arrive at the St. Maries Municipal Airport between 8 and 11 a.m. Courtesy cars, fuel and services will be available. Call (208) 245-2914 for additional information.

Summer Sucks Grass Drags

The 6th Annual Summer Sucks Grass Drags, organized by the St. Joe Snow Riders, is July 18 and 19. On-site registration will be available both days. Pre-registration is July 17. Races will start at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and are held at the hay field near St. Maries High School on Lumberjack Lane. A beer garden is planned as well as a snowmobile, ATV and motorcycle swap meet. Food vendors will be on site both days and camping is available.

For more information, call 245-4455, 245-5084 or 245-3523.

St. Maries Saddle Club Horse Show & O-Mok-See

The St. Maries Saddle Club has set its annual show and O-Mok-See events for July 25-26 at the Benewah County Fairgrounds.

Placings are awarded through fifth place for each day and two-day overall winners, and high point awards will be given for each day in each age group. Additionally a custom buckle will be awarded to the competitor with the highest point total for the weekend.

Pre-entries should be received by July 20. Visit the club’s website at http://www.stmariessaddleclub.com/ for registration forms, rules and additional information about the event.

Elexus Moore pushes for speed in one of last year's O-Mok-See events.

Elexus Moore pushes for speed in one of last year’s O-Mok-See events.

Hospice Hyjinks Golf Tournament

Spend a day on the green this summer. The Hospice 2015 Hyjinks Golf Tournament is July 25. It is one of the largest fundraisers for Hospice of Benewah County, which provides end-of-life care. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun scramble at the St. Maries Golf Course. The cost is $25 per person plus green fees or $150 sponsor fee for a four-person team plus green fees.

Hole sponsorships are also available. A barbecue lunch will be provided to all entries and there will be prizes and special events. Teams or individuals can register at the Hospice office or the St. Maries Golf Course. Call 245-5734 for more information.

Medal of Honor Highway Dedication

Plans are underway for a dedication ceremony for State 3, which was designated as northern Idaho’s Medal of Honor Highway. A group of local veterans from the American Legion Lloyd G. McCarter Post 25 in St. Maries is planning the event, which takes place nearly four years after the designation. The ceremony begins at noon July 25 in the football field at St. Maries High School. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people are expected to attend.

Souvenirs for the event may be purchased through the post’s website at http://lgmccarterpost25.com and are also available from Jim Shubert or Marilyn Barker. Items, which include silver coin, T-shirts and patches, will be available at the ceremony.

Benewah County Fair

Every August, the Benewah County Fair is held at the fairgrounds in St. Maries. This year’s event is Aug. 20 through Aug. 23 and the theme is “A Star-Spangled a Fair.” Those who attend can expect to see a variety of indoor exhibits including clothing, cooking, art, photography, quilting, sewing, archery, firearms, gardening, hobbies, crafts, canning and more. The fair also includes the Junior Show. Several 4-H members will show pigs, goats, sheep, cows, rabbits and more.

The St. Maries Rotary Club’s annual Family Fun Day will also coincide with the fair again this year. Family Fun Day includes activities for adults and children as well as several contests.

For more information about the fair, call the Benewah County Extension office at 245-2422.

Paul Bunyan Days

More information will be available as the event gets closer, but the largest event of the year in St. Maries is Paul Bunyan Days during Labor Day weekend. Logging competitions, pool events, carnival, demolition derby and a fireworks show are just a few of the things to do.

The sun sets over the carnival at the 2014 Paul Bunyan Days celebration at City Park in downtown St. Maries. Rides like the Ferris Wheel are a mainstay, year after year.

The sun sets over the carnival at the 2014 Paul Bunyan Days celebration at City Park in downtown St. Maries. Rides like the Ferris Wheel are a mainstay, year after year.

» Plummer

Buffalo, Blue and Brews

Enjoy buffalo meat, music and home brews. Advance tickets are available for the third annual Buffalo, Blues and Brews, July 18 in Plummer. This event is located at the county lot between A and B Streets and is organized by Pathways Development Corporation.

The afternoon includes a meal of smoked buffalo meat, music, and home brewer/craft beer competition. This year’s artist is Billy D and The Hoodoos with Robb Boatsman and Rampage and Spun Munkee. Space is available for vendors as well.

Call 686-1677, 661-6313 or 686-1629 for tickets and more information. Vendor forms are available online at http://www.pathwayscdc.org/buffalo-blues-and-brews.html.

Plummer Days celebration

A full weekend of activities is planned for the annual Plummer Days celebration July 17 and 18. The weekend kicks off with a dance Friday and several events are planned Saturday including the parade, fun run, horseshoe tournament, bed race, barbecue rib cook-off, a lawnmower race, watermelon eating contest, tug of war, three-legged race and timed log chopping. Children’s activities will include three-legged race, egg races, potato sack ace, water balloon and a talent show. Saturday’s events will conclude with a movie in the park. Entry forms and rules for most of the events are available from Leticia Kennar by calling 686-0424 or 582-4921 or at her business Native Touch Salon. Many of the events require individuals to register by a certain date so be sure to get a hold of forms for the activities you plan to participate in.

» UpRiver

Pioneer Day

A new activity will be offered at the annual Pioneer Day in Fernwood. A children’s fun run is being planned by the parent-teacher organization.

As always, the Fernwood Fire Department will get the day started with the firemen’s breakfast. Other activities throughout the day will include a softball tournament, parade, horseshoe tournament, auction, children’s activities and more. A memorial is also planned for Harold “Doug” Lewis who was a championship horseshoe player. Every year, the winner of the Pioneer Day horseshoe tournament will have their name added to a plaque. Food will be available all day and ice cream is served by the Friends of the Library.

For more information call Joanne O’Dwyer at 245-4903, Debby Powell at 245-3097 or Christine Ashmead at 245-3869.

UpRiver Saddle Club Horse Show & O-Mok-See

The UpRiver Saddle Club has set its annual horse show, trail classic and O-Mok-See events Aug. 1-2. It is the 54th year for the horse show and O-Mok-See and the 14th annual Trail Classic. Riders of all ages will compete in different classes during the two-day event. High-point is awarded.

Pre-entries for the horse show are due by July 24 and pre-entries for the O-Mok-See should be returned to organizers by July 27. Registration forms, rules and additional information are available at the club’s website, www.ursc.org.

» Harrison

Old Time Picnic

A three-day celebration, July 24-26, the Old Time Picnic in Harrison includes a myriad of actives and fun “old time” contests like sack races, baby crawling, nail driving, greased pole climbing, and an obstacle race. Festivities start on Friday with the coronation of the Old Time Picnic Royalty and community potluck. Awards are presented to Oldest Old Timer; Youngest Old Timer; and Old Timer in Attendance Living Farthest Away.

For more information, visit http://www.harrisonidaho.org/

Boat Regatta

The 12th Annual Performance Boat Regatta is August 15 and 16 at the Harrison Docks. The schedule will include the Show and Shine, raffles, auctions and free give-a-ways throughout the day.

Car show and shine

Classic cars and boats will be at the center of attention during the 16th Annual Classic Car and Boat Show-n-Shine Sept. 12 in Harrison. Registration will be available in the morning and the show is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Russ Wilbur at (208) 661-9989 for more information about the show.

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