June 28, 2009 in Idaho Voices

Bayview Fourth

Herb Huseland

At the foot of Farragut State Park lies a small, unincorporated town called Bayview. Sitting at the end of Scenic Bay on Lake Pend Oreille, most days one can hear a pin drop or maybe a lawnmower putt-putting in the distance.

Eight miles east of Highway 95, sailboats fly across the bay and the occasional fishing boat slowly crosses back and forth hoping to catch one of those bounty fish, either trout or mackinaw. The heads are worth $15 apiece from Idaho Fish and Game as the state tries to rescue the kokanee fishery.

This year, unlike most others, Bayview will celebrate the Fourth of July actually on the holiday. The Bayview Daze celebration and fireworks show is on the Saturday closest to the holiday and it lands on Saturday this year.

The Bayview Daze weekend attracts hordes of people from the more crowded venues such as Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. The sponsoring Bayview Chamber of Commerce has held Bayview Daze parades and fireworks for more years than most can remember.

It’s no longer a well-kept secret. Many from Coeur d’Alene come north to escape the crowds and discover the fireworks show of around 45 minutes is every bit as good as any other show in the area. Some claim better. But once the fireworks are finished, most families can exit Bayview within 30 minutes, instead of the hours it takes to escape Coeur d’Alene.

This year, as in the past, a street parade begins at 11 a.m. down Main and ending at the Community Center. Street closures will occur about 10:30 a.m., which can inconvenience those who aren’t parade followers. Bottom line, get into Bayview by 10 or expect long waits and blocked streets.

Following the parade, you can browse through the street fair and pick up an Athol T-shirt. The celebration Saturday goes on into the night with four bands playing.

Next year will be the Bayview centennial. Even though it’s not incorporated, the original plat was awarded in 1910. Old-time pictures and other mementos of 100-year-old Bayview will be available for sale at the street fair.

Friday and Saturday the Captain’s Wheel features the band Cary Fly. Also on Saturday at the Floating Patio, a charred stump just two months ago, the Teacher’s Band out of Coeur d’Alene performs, the Thanks For Nothin’ band is at JD’s and The Buttonhook has a much quieter solo act, Jennifer Hester with her acoustic guitar.

Ralph’s Internet Cafe will feature some huge blowup slides and such for the kids. The street fair will be open Friday through next Sunday.

On Saturday, a lighted boat parade will tour the harbor at dusk leading into the fireworks show. Chamber President Bob Prince believes Bayview has the best fireworks display anywhere in the area. All expenses are donated by individuals and marinas in the area.

“We would appreciate when confronted with a donation can, that you give generously,” Prince said.

I would be extremely remiss if I forgot to mention that with a total changeover of chamber board members this year, most of the work on Bayview Daze became the responsibility of newly elected vice president Cindy Post Grandy, who is introducing a new feature for the parade. A kazoo band. Only in Bayview.

Contact correspondent Herb Huseland at bayviewherb@adelphia.net. Read his blog at http://bayviews.blogspot.com/.

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