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Bridgeport Daze expands to two days this weekend

Food, music, parade and more offered in town

— The annual Bridgeport Daze celebration this weekend is being extended to two days, Saturday and Sunday, with some new events, a bigger car show and more musical performances.

“It’s going to be two days of music and extra fun activities that we haven’t had before. New vendors, new food concessions, new parade participants,” Chamber of Commerce Treasurer Marilynn Lynn said.

“We’re closing off a few more blocks for Bridgeport Daze itself than what we normally do, and we’re going to keep that going for most of the day so people can really enjoy the cars. It should be really fun.”

The Tacoma-based Demons Car Club is returning for the Saturday morning parade and car show, Lynn said.

The parade down Columbia Avenue will begin at 10 a.m. Participants line up at 9 a.m.

As of last Friday, 15 participants had signed up, chamber Secretary Amparito Martinez said.

“I have heard more people are planning to participate, they just have not been able to complete the form yet,” she said.

One of the floats will feature at least one grand marshal, Lynn said.

“We wanted to honor the people who helped make the community what it was,” Lynn said. “There were just so many deserving people that we decided that one was just not enough. We have quite a few people; hopefully they will be able to participate.”

Lynn declined to share the names until all the nominees had been notified and grand marshals were selected.

The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, hosted by Bridgeport Sports Boosters on 10th Street, also begins in the morning.

The Jack and Jill softball tournament has been canceled, Lynn said.

Most of the action will take place in Fireman Park, located on the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street. Market square will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lynn said.

“I would say the park is full,” she said.

Music will start just after the parade and last until 7 p.m. Performances are by the Sam Buckingham Band at 11 a.m., the Wenatchee High School Mariachi Band at 12:30 p.m., the Terry Lee Hardesty Band at 2:30 p.m., and the Folclor Mexicano at 4:30 p.m.

Jacob Lucas, a wood sculptor who has crafted more than a dozen sculptures for the city, will be on hand at 1:30 p.m. for a demonstration.

The work he creates will be donated to the chamber, Lynn said.

“We will be auctioning that off sometime later in the year for a worthy cause,” she said.

Other new features include free stagecoach rides for children, provided by the Anderson-Varrelman Stageline Co., and a bouncy house and water slide.

Lynn said the chamber also hopes to add a dunk tank.

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