‘Return to Newcastle’ at Newcastle Days

September 6, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Organizers of this year’s Newcastle Days hope to bring a historical flavor to the 2012 event.

The theme of the annual celebration commemorating Newcastle’s incorporation as a town is Return to Newcastle, according to Koleen Morris, the chair of the committee organizing the event.

“We are celebrating our 18th year as a city and we are calling it Return to Newcastle, and we’re trying to put the coalminer’s spin on a couple of things,” Morris said. “For example, we’ve named the beer garden this year the Newcastle Saloon.”

Mayor Rich Crispo has gathered historical trivia about Newcastle, which will be dispersed throughout the vendor booths at the event. Visitors can receive prizes for correct answers.

“Mayor Crispo found all of these historical facts and wants the community to know more about Newcastle back in the coal-mining days,” Morris said. “He’s been working really hard on that, which I think will be fun.”

Morris said that Newcastle Days will again feature many of the regular staples, including live entertainment, several vendors, and a beer and wine garden run by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.

One new activity that Morris hopes to launch this year is a community tug-of-war.

“We are planning a tug-of-war and we are going to call it the Miner’s Challenge,” she said. “So we’re going to try and get homeowner’s association against homeowner’s association, or Eastside versus Westside. Even the City Council plans to have a team.”

Morris said there will also be Sea Gals on hand, as well as Blitz, the Seattle Seahawks mascot.

Newcastle Days begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome announcement and a Boy Scout opening ceremony.

The free classic car show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. that day; dash plaques will be given to the first 100 participants.

The headlining musical performer will be Heartless, a Heart tribute band scheduled to take the main stage at 6 p.m.

Children can enjoy inflatable bouncy toys, pony rides and live kid-friendly entertainment at the family-friendly event.

Vendors will be on hand selling a variety of food including Cajun and Creole food, cheesesteaks and kettle corn.

“I think it’s going to be a really fun day. We’re crossing our fingers for great weather, of course. That makes a big difference,” Morris said.

She said the committee has been planning the event for nearly six months, but it’s been a labor of love for everyone.

“People realize the importance of a city becoming a city and celebrating that and celebrating the community,” she said. “It’s a small community so it’s just really fun for people to get together and get to know your neighbors.”

If you go


Newcastle Days

  • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8
  •  Lake Boren Park
  •  Free admission
  •  www.newcastledays.com
  •  See a complete guide to the festival in this paper.
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