Newcastle Days lineup takes shape
August 1, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle will celebrate its 19th year as an incorporated city Sept. 7 with the annual Newcastle Days festival.
The daylong event held at Lake Boren Park will look decidedly different, though. The car show and a large portion of the vendor tents from last year’s festival have been scrapped.
The freed up space will be replaced by an array of attractions from entertainment supplier Clowns Unlimited, including an obstacle course, a climbing wall and a swing chair ride, according to Newcastle Days organizers Diane Lewis and Mayor Rich Crispo.
“Rich and I had heard from people that they thought a lot of Newcastle Days was boring, and we wanted to have something that will bring more people in,” Lewis said.
The Clowns Unlimited attractions will be in a pay-for-play area, requiring admission to participate. The toddler-centric bouncy house and pony rides will still be free.
The emphasis of the 2013 event is on activities, Crispo said, hearkening back to the 1800s, when the old town of Newcastle used to gather for its annual Fourth of July celebration.
“It was about games, it was about eating, it was about being together and celebrating who we are,” he said. “We’re trying to get back to that.”
With fewer vendor booths, there will also be more space to offer games such as a balloon toss or a three-legged race, Lewis said. There are a limited number of vendor booths available, so first priority will go to Newcastle Chamber of Commerce members.
Another new feature this year is a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. A fee of $15 per team is required for entry. The cost goes up to $18 after Aug. 15. All registrations must be turned in to City Hall by Aug. 27. An online application is available on the city’s website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.
If you go
The celebration will still include old favorites, including displays from Newcastle Trails and the Newcastle Historical Society, as well as tours of the Newcastle Cemetery. The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine garden will also return.
Four music acts will perform at the festival, including headliner Alan White, a Newcastle resident and drummer from the band Yes. Hairstorm, Seatown Rhythm and Blues Players and the Ricky Venture Revue will also perform.
The festival will include food vendors selling everything from kettle corn to pizza.
In the past, Newcastle Days was coordinated by a separate volunteer committee, but this year, much of the work was done by the city’s Community Activities Commission.
Volunteers are still needed to help coordinate parking and setup. Call the city at 649-4444 to get involved.
The 2013 event is sponsored by Regency Newcastle, Waste Management, the Animal Hospital of Newport Hills, Valley Medical Center and The Golf Club at Newcastle.
Look for maps, articles and schedule information for this year’s event in the 2013 Newcastle Days guide in the September edition of Newcastle News, publishing Aug. 30.