Recent winds having ushered in the unofficial start of pine needle season, it's time once again to ask.
Should Spokane have a Pine Needle Fest?
Sure, we already have Art, Hoop, Spoke and one or two other fests I'm probably forgetting. But could anything be more Northwest-flavored than Pine Needle Fest? Why, you can practically smell the idea.
There could be the crowning of the Pine Needle Queen and the Cone Princesses.
There could be a Pine Needle Fest pie bakeoff.
Basketspalooza. (See above.)
Pine Needle sculpture.
Plenty of crushingly boring activities for children!
A Grownup's Garden of Beer (served on pine needle coasters).
Pine Needle bonfire (huge figure made of needles — “Pining Man”).
There could be an annual contest to see who can hold the most pine needles in his beard.
We could even bring back the old PineSong music and arts fair and incorporate it into Pine Needle Fest.
Or we could just forget the whole thing and sleep in that Saturday.