Family fun, including a parade, fun run/walk, magic shows, musical entertainment, children's games, a dunk tank, a Guitar Hero contest and vendor booths are all part of Umatilla Landing Days.

"Building Bridges" is the theme for the annual event, which crescendos with a fireworks show Saturday, June 27. Most of the events occur at Umatilla Marina Park.

"It gives the community a chance to have a fun day with their family and enjoy good food and good music," said Karen Arbogast, who's heading up the vendor space.

"It's family fun and it's good to enjoy the outdoors," added Maureen Roxbury, who's heading up the entertainment committee.

On your mark, get set, go with the runners (and walkers) as they burst from the starting line during It's Just a Dam Run. The 5K run/walk begins at 8:15 a.m. at Spillway Park, located just west of McNary Dam.

"It's not too late to get into the parade, it's not too late to be a vendor and it's not to late to run or walk," Roxbury said.

Participants must pre-register in order to be judged in the parade, Roxbury said, although they can show up and participate. Before the parade begins, participants should gather at 10 a.m. along Eighth Street near the Little League field. The parade will get under way at 10:30 a.m.

The "Wet Zone" has been designated as Sixth Street between I and J streets.

"People that sit in that area need to know there will be water sprayed there from the fire trucks," Roxbury said.

After people have staked out their parade spot along Sixth Street, Canda Rattray, who oversees the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce's junior ambassadors, encourages people to head to Sixth and G streets for a sidewalk art contest.

Banner Bank is sponsoring the event from 9-10 a.m. and prizes will be handed out.

Roxbury said the marina park should begin to bustle with activity around 12 noon. Something new to look for is the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation's First Foods booth.

"They're going to be demonstrating traditional foods and have a story teller," Roxbury said.

Familiar activities include the makeshift jail and kiddie carnival games.

"The kids look forward to it," Rattray said about the Landing Days pokey in the park.

As warrants are issued and prisoners are rounded up, the junior ambassadors will have their squirt guns drawn to ensure no one escapes from the slammer during their watch. People can pay bail for immediate release or wait out their sentence, which may be a few minutes.

"We've been doing the jail for a long time and the kids and adults love it," said C.J. Saunders-Cribbs, a Umatilla Chamber staff member.

The kiddie carnival will feature a ring toss, baseball bean bag, fishing for ducks and a balloon dart game.

The Umatilla High School cheerleaders will coordinate three-legged and gunny sack races.

"They're just doing that to promote community fun and family activities," Roxbury said.

Raffle prizes from the vendors will be given away throughout the day. Additionally, Roxbury said "big prizes" will include tickets to the Pendleton Underground Tours, bicycle and a gift certificate for Smitty's Ace Hardware.

Arbogast said confirmed vendors include jewelry, embroidered items, woodworking, Indian flutes, glassware, metal art and T-shirts.

"You can pick out your design and T-shirt and he makes it right there, so that's kind of cool," Arbogast said.

Local entertainment will include Chelsea Fudge, John Wambeke and Pat Ward, a marimba band and dance groups. As the sun begins to sink into the horizon, musical groups Vagabundos and Nuketown will play during alternating sets.


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