History takes center
August 2, 2012
By Christina Lords
The year is 1910.
The place is Newcastle — a bustling little town with about 2,500 residents.
So bustling, in fact, it was the only town with a post office at the time on the Eastside.
People from all around — including residents from Bellevue — had to travel to Newcastle to collect their mail or vote in local elections.
Newcastle Mayor and Newcastle Days volunteer coordinator Rich Crispo said that is just one of the many little known facts he has gathered in preparation of celebrating Newcastle’s 18th birthday as an incorporated town at this year’s Newcastle Days.
The Sept. 8 event’s theme, Return to Newcastle, highlights the city’s rich mining history and offers a chance to learn more about how Newcastle came to be, Crispo said.
He said he has gathered about 100 trivia facts about Newcastle that will be dispersed throughout the 60 booths at Lake Boren Park, with the chance for residents to participate in a trivia challenge with about $250 worth of prizes to the winner.
“To me, this is a way to see why we’re here, how we’re here,” he said. “People can have pride in that, especially people who have lived here for 40 years.”
Crispo said volunteers are needed to help direct traffic (the Lake Boren Park parking lot is reserved for handicapped parking, emergency services, sponsors and others with a parking pass), set up chairs and tables, and help people navigate the park.
New aspects of this year’s Newcastle Days include a lacrosse demonstration, a Cajun band and Cajun food.
The festival will begin at 10 a.m. Emcee Lance Lambert, of “The Vintage Vehicle Show,” will begin the live program followed by a Boy Scout opening ceremony.
Bands and dance troupes will be featured on the main stage. The headliner band is Heartless, a Heart tribute band.
A free classic car show will also be held for Newcastle Days at Lake Boren Park from noon to 4 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. that day; dash plaques will be given to the first 100 participants.
A beer and wine garden run by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce opens at 11:30 a.m. and will be open throughout the day for people 21 years old and older. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up and tear-down of the beer garden.
Food vendors will sell a variety of food.
There are special events for the children attending, such as inflatable bouncy toys and pony rides, as well as youth and kids’ bands.
Look for maps, articles and schedule information for this year’s event in the 2012 Newcastle Days guide in the September edition of Newcastle News.
If you go
- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8
- Lake Boren Park
- Free admission
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.