Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bayview Daze Update

Bayview Daze is here again, featuring six bands leading off the festivities in a gigantic battle of the bands.

The most fantastic of a series of fireworks displays will happen this year. Bayview has, through the community fundraising efforts, increased the fireworks budget for this year by 50 percent. The real treat, though, is that if you are going to fireworks in Sandpoint or Coeur d'Alene or even Post Falls, you don't have to miss Bayview.

The reason? Bayview holds its display July 5, giving everyone the opportunity to double dip. The entire celebration stretches three days: July 4 through 6. The following is a schedule of events:

First up is the street fair. Arts, crafts and all kinds of neat stuff. If you haven't got your T-shirt from the Athol booth yet, here's your chance. Friday finds live music at JD's featuring Wyzer. Not to be upstaged, the Captain's Wheel presents the band, Comfort Zone. July 5 brings most of the events. Entertainment will be appearing all over town. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the feature is a kids' fair downtown with "The Fun Guy." At 11 a.m. there will be a street parade, which travels from Third and Spruce down to Main Street, ending at the Community Center. Entries must be lined up by 10 a.m.

It is also advised that those who are planning to attend the parade, get to town early while there are still a few inches of parking to spare. Following the parade, cars will be displayed at the Scenic Motel for Show and Shine. Parade awards will be presented at Ralph's Internet Coffee house at 2 p.m.

JD's will feature two bands on July 5: Afternoon features David Walsh, and the evening cranks up with the band, Four Times Over. From 4 to 8 p.m., the Bells will appear on the outside stage at the Captain's Wheel. As a special treat, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the main stage inside at the Wheel, the nationally acclaimed band, Too Slim and The Tail Draggers will play. If you are a fan of the blues, this is the one not to miss.

For entries in the Lighted Boat Parade, which kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Bitter End Marina, you must register at Ralph's Cafe by 7 p.m. The fireworks extravaganza happens at 10 p.m. Folks around Bayview who have seen the other shows in the area, including Coeur d'Alene, swear the Bayview show is the best.

By July 6, if everyone is still functioning, one last celebration will be the crowning of the Queen of Bayview at noon, also at Ralph's Coffee shop. For more information about Bayview Daze activities, call Ralph at 208-683-9107.

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