Newcastle Days 2011 lineup is taking shape

August 5, 2011

By Staff

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The Newcastle Days Committee announced more details in July about the 2011 celebration, including the stage lineup.

This year’s celebration will be Sept. 9 and 10, with a downtown sidewalk sale the first day and a celebration in Lake Boren Park the second day.

The 17th annual Newcastle Days, which celebrates the formation of the city of Newcastle, will have Lance Lambert, of the “Vintage Vehicle Show,” as emcee. The car show, which returns this year after a one-year absence, will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the north end of the park.

For the second consecutive year Valley Medical Center will be the event’s major sponsor, Lewis said.

Another returning attraction is the 5K race. Registration forms can be found at www.newcastle5k.com, or register in person until 8 a.m. the day of the race, Sept. 10. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Sept. 3.

Family entertainment on the main stage begins at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 with the Rainier Ballet Academy and continues with performances by young magician Matt Wells, children’s musician Tim Noah and Blue Dog Dance.

Music on the main stage begins at 3 p.m. with performances by classic rock cover band The Rain Kings, reggae and funk band Spirit of Ojah, and White, featuring Newcastle resident Alan White, drummer from the band Yes.

Children will have free pony rides, inflatable toys, magicians, and face-painting, said Diane Lewis, the public relations liaison for Newcastle Days.

Vendors wanting to have a booth had until Aug. 1 to sign up. The city will have a booth in the festival where residents can apply for passports.

Lewis said that volunteers are still welcome to offer their help.

“We’re doing fine in volunteers,” she said. “But if they want to volunteer, our coordinator Grace Stiller will be happy to place them in appropriate jobs.”

These jobs include help with parking, bringing water to the bands, and “various odds and ends,” Lewis said.

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