UMATILLA - Umatilla Landing Days 2004 has added a second day to its celebration, introducing a barbecue and concert sponsored by the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce at 7 p.m. Friday, June 11, in the Umatilla High School commons.
Duane Coffey and daughter Kim will perform live, in concert, at the Friday night event. Duane and his brother, Blane Coffey, performed locally and nationally as the Coffey Twins for the past 30 years with their band playing 1950s and 60s rock and roll. Members of the band include area performers as well as musicians living as far away as Arkansas. Some have since performed with such well-known names as the Oakridge Boys, Andy Williams and Aaron Records. Duane lived in Umatilla for 17 years, before moving with his family to Yakima. The Coffeys will donate the proceeds from their performance to Meadowood Speech Camp, which has been the recipient of Coffey benefit concerts for more than 20 years.
Coffey fans remain loyal, including Mary Dedrick, Umatilla Chamber of Commerce board member, who arranged the Landing Days appearance.
"He's still devoted to Umatilla," Dedrick said. "And you'd better have on your dancing shoes, because it's really hard to sit still when the Coffeys are on stage."
A barbecue meal of prime rib, chicken or ribs, salad, roll, beverage and dessert will be prepared by Crossroads Truck Stop catering. Advance sale tickets are available at Umatilla City Hall, chamber office and from chamber members for $20 per person. The event is a fund-raiser for the Umatilla Chamber.
The $500-cash-prize Spencer Trivia Trail game returns this year with more than 50 Umatilla businesses sponsoring the event. Players can pick up game forms from the chamber and city hall. Completed forms must be returned to one of those locations by 5 p.m. Friday, June 11. Participants can begin following the trail at 9 a.m. Friday, May 28.
Saturday, June 12, starts off with a Umatilla Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Senior Center, 201 Seventh St., while food lasts. Children 10 and younger and senior citizens 55 and older are $3, all ages in between are $5.
The 5K Fun Run, sponsored by the Umatilla Fire Department, starts at 7:30 a.m. at Spillway Park. Registration forms are available at the fire station, city hall and the chamber office.
The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. progressing from B Street to Switzler Avenue. Entries are accepted up to parade time. Forms are available at the previously mentioned locations, or by calling 922-4825. All children are invited to bring a broom and march in the parade behind the float carrying author Darlene Bailey Beard. Sign up at city hall or the library.
Bailey will be in town promoting her newest book "Operation Clean Sweep," based on Umatilla's 1916 "Petticoat Coup," a take over of the city government by women intent on cleaning up their community.
The antique quilt show and gold panning demonstrations will be at the Umatilla Museum following the parade. Activities, entertainment, raffles, games, craft and food booths will be open from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. at Nugent Park, Eighth and E Street. Cystic Fibrosis Association members from Umatilla and Tri-Cities are sponsoring 11 carnival game booths to raise funds. Umatilla Kiwanians will host a free book giveaway booth. Umatilla Schools FIRM Volunteers are sponsoring a bingo and raffle booth with prizes including resort packages, restaurant certificates and more. The Mayor's Potato Race and the Toddler Crawl are at 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Two Rivers Correctional Institution Employees Committee's "Sheriff's Office" store front will return this year. New features include stick-horse water balloon races and cream pie throwing events. Umatilla school district, city and TRCI staff, and others will serve as targets.
Round-Up City Cloggers, Somebody Else and other local groups are scheduled to perform throughout the day. Crossfire, a five-piece Willamette Valley rock and roll band, will also appear on stage.The band will perform at 7 p.m. in the park as a prelude to the Saturday night street dance at the Umatilla Marina. The street dance and beer garden include food booths, non-alcoholic beverages and a fire works display, an event the entire family can enjoy. It is sponsored by the Umatilla Volunteer Firefighter's Association as a fund-raiser for the charitable programs the volunteers support throughout the year. Admission is by donation.
For more information, call the chamber office at 922-4825.