Newcastle Days committee plans 2011 celebration

March 4, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

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The committee responsible for planning the 2011 Newcastle Days celebration has convened, and this year’s celebration will be Sept. 9 and 10.

The organizing committee is seeking volunteers to help with preparations.

The Friday and Saturday celebration will be similar to that of 2010, with a sidewalk sale in the downtown area the first day followed by festivities in Lake Boren Park the second day.

This year’s celebration in the park will feature a beer garden sponsored by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, live bands, vendor booths, main stage entertainment and food. This year’s celebration will likely include a car show as well, which has historically been a staple of Newcastle Days, although it was not part of last year’s celebration.

“We were so pleased with how it went last year,” Parks Commissioner Diane Lewis, who will work on the organizing committee again this year, said of the two-day event. “We’re looking to do it as well or better this year.”

Once again, this year’s organizing committee is mostly volunteer-driven with Parks Commission Vice Chair Koleen Morris at the helm.

Also on the committee are Mayor John Dulcich, City Manager Rob Wyman, Parks Program Manager Michael Holly, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Chair Angela Wingate, Coal Creek Utility District Commissioner Doug Kunkel, HTS Audio producer David Harris, Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon, Parks Commissioner Craig Belcher, former Parks Commissioner Suzi O’Byrne and Newcastle Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller.

The committee will meet the first Thursday of each month through September to plan the event. Meetings are at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way.

Due to budget constraints, a volunteer organization took over the duties of planning last year’s celebration. In previous years, city staff had taken a leading role in planning Newcastle Days.

To volunteer or become a sponsor for Newcastle Days 2011, call Holly at City Hall at 649-4444. Volunteers will be needed in the weeks leading up to the celebration as well as at the celebration.

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