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By Dena Wood
The Times 

Painting the Town Red . . . White, and Blue


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These banners will adorn Waitsburg light poles from early April until the end of May. The banners were designed to advertise Waitsburg Celebration Days while honoring the tradition of the Days of Real Sport horse races which formerly took place on the third weekend in May.

Celebration Days banners will liven up Main Street this spring

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg's Main Street will pack a patriotic punch this spring when Celebration Days boulevard banners are hung from the Main Street light poles in April. The Celebration Days banner committee hopes to raise enough funds to purchase winter banners as well.

The WCD banner committee worked with John Sasser, of Integrity Designs in Walla Walla, to create a design that both reflects the current Waitsburg Celebration Days and honors the former Days of Real Sport horse races. The banners are currently at the printer and will hang from April through May.

Thearlye two-sided banners will hang with alternating sides facing. One side recognizes Waitsburg Celebration Days, which is always held on Armed Forces Day, with patriotic stars and stripes. The other side depicts a rearing horse, in honor of the former Days of Real Sport, and in celebration of the many mounted entries in the annual WCD parade.

The WCD committee purchased 28 street banners and one large banner to cross Main Street. A $2,000 donation from Pacific Power, made last October, was earmarked for banner purchases, and covered the bulk of the cost.

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The Celebration Days banner committee is hoping to raise funds to purchase winter street banners depicting a lifelike Cardinal on a wintry branch, similar in concept to this design.

Banner committee members are hopeful that the Main Street banners can be swapped out several times a year. Committee chair Deanne Johnson spoke with the Waitsburg Historical Society members, who have expressed interest in purchasing fall banners to spotlight the Bruce House Museum Complex and/or the Pioneer Fall Festival.

The WCD banner committee would like to raise funds to purchase winter banners as well. The winter banners would have a lifelike Cardinal sitting on a snow-covered tree branch. The regular-size street banners cost approximately $85. They could be interspersed between the current City of Waitsburg banners if there aren't enough funds to order all 28 banners.

Citizens or organizations wishing to donate toward the purchase of winter Main Street banners may do so by sending funds to WCD treasurer Deanne Johnson at PO Box 822, Waitsburg, WA 99361.


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