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September days filled with fests in Elk

Billie Martin

The crisp, yet warm and sunny weather is just perfect for some outdoor activities. There are plenty of fun things to do in Elk this weekend to fulfill everyone’s tastes and fit into everyone’s schedule.

On Saturday, the Elk Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will hold its annual auction beginning at 10 a.m. and going until everything is gone. The group has collected a lot of interesting, gently-used items for auction. The funds raised will go to the post’s remodeling fund. Proceeds from the Veterans Sunday Morning Breakfast (open to the public from 8 to 11 a.m.) also will go to maintenance and remodeling. The Elk Music Association will host the Mountain Folk Festival at Elk Community Park, 1/4 mile north of the Elk VFW on Elk-Camden Road, on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, there will be open jams from 5 to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be varied, entertaining performances on stage from 1 to 10 p.m. and open jams all day at the River Pavilion: 1-5 p.m. – Michael Duncan, Sarah Phelps, Just Friends Now and LeRoy Wheeler; 5-6:30 p.m. – Teresa Wichman and Friends, Billy Moore and Friends, Jim Crowley and probably a few surprise guests. The last great performer will be Banjo Bob followed by a grand finale jam until 10 p.m.

Murphy’s Corner will be open for food sales both days, including breakfast on Saturday. You may want to enter your favorite recipe in the Dutch oven dessert cook-off on Saturday or be a judge for a $1 donation. There will be some raffle opportunities and Elk Days merchandise available for purchase. The festival is a free event, though donations will be greatly appreciated. Donations are tax-deductible.

So, if you sing or play acoustic blues, country, folk or bluegrass or just enjoy listening to good music, grab a chair and go on down to the Elk Community Park along the beautiful Little Spokane River for a delightful fall afternoon or evening.

The Eloika Lake Association will hold its third annual Kayak and Canoe Poker Paddle on Saturdayfrom 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jerry’s Landing Resort on Eloika Lakewest of U.S. Highway 2 just off Oregon Road, 22 miles northeast of Spokane. The event is open to any type of paddle craft for anyone age 8 and over. The Eloika Lake Association hosts the Poker Paddle with sponsorship by Spokane Parks and Recreation.

To preregister, contact Spokane Parks and Recreation at (509) 625-6200 or online at and enter activity No. 10441 to sign up. The cost is $12 per person. Late registration will be $15 beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call (509) 292-2100 or e-mail to Jerry’s Landing Resort is offering a reduced overnight camping fee for Poker Paddle participants. Call (509) 292-2337 for reservations.

Have a great weekend!

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