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Sportsmans' Days

Save the Date - September 9-10-11, 2016

sponsored by the Naches Lions Club since 1949

Lions Club logo

Sportsmans' Days provides a great time of community fellowship and fun which draws in visitors to Naches from around Central Washington.

The event will be held in Downtown Naches at the Historic Depot Park.

Sportsman’s Days is one of the longest running community day events in the Yakima Valley. The event features free entertainment throughout the weekend along with a midway, rides, food booths, game booths, silent auction, button drawings, free shows and much more. The event kicks off on Friday night at 5 pm when the midway opens.

Contact Us

For more information on Sportsman's Days events, please contact the Naches Lions Club organizers:

Lion John McGowan  - General Planning
      509-952-3250 Johnmcgowan1@clearwire.net
Lion Ron Freeze  -  General Planning 
Lion John Morrison - General Planning
     509-494-3550   morrisonjohn1980@gmail.com
Lion Rachel Toney  -  Booth/Vendor Registration
Gail Welch  -  Stage/Entertainment Schedule
     509-901-8285   gcarlton.layman@nwinfo.net 
Mary Rennie  -  Apple Bin Races
     509-961-8238   renren1@rocketmail.com
Lion Duane Lyons, Parade Chairman
     509-972-3885  nu2naches@yahoo.com

2016 Parade Entry Form

Booth Application Form - coming soon!


2015 Carnival Rides
Advanced Ticket Sales

$20.00 - advanced sales price
$25.00 - sales during event

Tickets are available for purchase now from Margaret's Deli and Highway Espresso in Naches.

The advanced ticket is redeemable at the carnival ticket booth during Sportsmans' Days where it will be exchanged for a One-Day wristband for the day you choose to ride.  No multiple day passes.

Questions? Contact Kit  930-1724

C&H Hardware
Sportsman's Days webpage scheduling sponsored by C&H Hardware

Sportsmans' Days Information:

Note: This infomration is changing as we approach the 2016 event, please check back before the event for final informaiton.

2016 Apple Bin Races - the popular Apple Bin Races return in 2016!

Download the 2016 Apple Bin Race Flyer
Download the 2016 Apple Bin Race Form

KID’S PARADE - The Kids’ Parade leads off our Grand Parade starting at about 9:45 am. on Saturday. Rewards and ride tickets will be available for all kids in the Kids’ Parade.  Prior registration is not required.  Call 509-653-2051 if you have any questions or need more information. The parade route is about ½ mile long. Assemble at Intermediate School on Shafer Ave. FREE!

GRAND PARADE - The Grand Parade, featuring community floats, cars, trucks, horses, bands and drill teams starts at 10:10 am. on Saturday, following the Kids’ Parade. Only community floats will be judged this year. All other entrees will be welcomed but not included in the judging. Entrees are encouraged to register early by filling out the on-line form, sending it in, or calling 509-972-3885. Registration desk will be at 24 Shafer Ave. All entrees must be in place by 9:40am. FREE!

TEEN DANCE - The Teen Sock Hop for seventh to 12th grade students will be held on Saturday, from 9 pm to 11 pm.  A current Sportsman’s Days button is required for admission. This dance is chaperoned. For more info check at the Lions' Bank on Saturday. Buy a button and dance!

FISHING DERBY - The fishing derby, with live fish, will start at 1:30 pm on Sunday for all fishermen between the ages of 4-12 years old. It will be on the ditchbank just down from the Gazebo in town.  Bring your own bait and pole. Prizes will be awarded. Call 966-4945 for more information. Buy a button and fish!

LIP SYNC CONTEST - The Lip Sync contest takes place on the midway stage at 7:15 pm on Saturday. Money prizes will be awarded to winners in each division. The contest is open to everyone who registers by 5 pm on Saturday at the Lions Bank near the stage. Sponsored by Avail Home Health. Sarah J from 99.7 will be the MC. Buy a button and sing!

Avail Home Health - Yakima

KIDS’ GAMES - Games for all youngsters and teenagers will take place Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm across from the Historic Depot Park behind the Nazarene Church. Sponsored by the Nazarene Church.  FREE!

FREE ENTERTAINMENT - There will be free entertainment on the stage all weekend. There will also be a free flower show. These shows are open to anybody who wishes to enter. Call 653-2113 for flower show information. Sportsman’s Days will also feature Bingo, game booths, carnival rides, food and fun for all.  Free Entertainment on the Lions Stage sponsored by Avail Home Health. FREE!

BUTTON DRAWINGS - There will be lucky number Sportsman’s Days button drawings throughout the three days for cash and other prizes. The Sportsman’s Days buttons may be purchased at local businesses, from Lions Club members or at the Sportsman’s Days event. Drawings will be hourly with numbers posted at the Lions Bank. Large cash prizes and all unclaimed hourly drawing prizes will be drawn near closing Saturday and Sunday night. Saturday’s cash prize is $500!

Spinner Wood Products
Thank you to H.R. Spinner Wood Products for sponsoring
the Nightly Cash Button Drawings.

Hourly button drawing for prizes:
Friday 6-9, Saturday noon to 9, Sunday 11-2

KIDS POTTERY MAKING – As a yearly tradition local Naches Artist Lyle Carter will once again be on the midway from noon to 5 pm on Saturday to teach kids how to make clay pottery. These are hands on lessons for kids.  FREE!

Fire 'Em Up 'SHOW & SHINE’ CAR SHOW – Open to all years car, motorcycles and bikes. Sponsored by Naches Fire & Rescue, contact Marlene at 910-7053 for information. Car Show Flyer

CARNIVAL RIDES – As usual Sportsman’s Day’s Midway will feature the best carnival rides for children of all ages!


A big "Thank You" to to Allan Bros. Inc and Rowe Farms Family for their many years of sponsorship support for Naches Sportsman's Days!

Thank you to All Safe Electric and the Lyle Kohl family for your generous sponsorship support of the event!





Schedule of 2016 Events

Subject to change!


5:00pm-7:00pm Youth BB Gun Shooting Range by Cabela's
5:00pm-7:00pm Lions Stage
5pm-9pm Preregister in Art Deco Building for Sunday's 5K
5:00pm-10:00pm Youth Archery Shoot with prizes by Mt. Clemans Archers
5:00pm-10:00pm Bingo for $ at the East Picnic Shelter by the Depot


Midway opens (Food, Rides, Booths, Fun)

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jeff Baker: Acoustic & Electric - Lions Stage


Entertainment - Depot Stage


$150 BUTTON DRAWING! See Lion a member or Lion bank for buttons.

10:00pm Midway closed



Applewood Park Boosters breakfast at midway/vendor area.

7:00am- 3:00pm

Fire 'Em Up SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW. Open to all years car, motorcycles & bikes.
Sponsored by Naches Fire & Rescue, contact Marlene at 910-7053 for information.


Kids parade in Naches (assemble at Intermediate School on Shafer Ave.) Registration table will be in front of the Administration Building at 24 Shafer Ave.


GRAND PARADE in Naches. Registration table will be in front of the Administration Building at 24 Shafer Ave.

11:00pm-8:00pm Kids games at the Art Deco Park presented by the Nazarene Church
11:00pm-11:00pm Bingo for $ in the nazarene Fellowship Hall across from the Depot
noon Grand Opening Ceremony - Presentation of Colors


MIDWAY OPENS (Booths, Food, Games, Rides, Hourly drawings).

noon Apple Bin Races - following the parade, by Town Hall


SUNSHINE Lions Club Silent Auction

12:00-5:00pm Kid's Pottery Class with local artisan Lyle Carter


"Treasures in the Woods" Flower Show hosted by Mt. Clemans Garden Club in the Naches Depot. Entries accepted Friday 3pm-6pm & Sat. 8am-9am. Youth entries encouraged. For detailed information call Leanne Jewitt at 509 658 2536


Gone Fiddling Again on Lions Stage

1pm to 5pm  Pony Rides

2:30- 3:00pm

Kids games on midway. Open to all ages. FREE


The Band: Day II - Lions Stage

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Entertainment - Depot Stage

5:00pm - 7:00pm "Five O Nine" Lions Stage
5:00pm-9:00pm Preregister in Art Deco building for Sunday's 5K
5:00pm-10:00pm Bingo for $ at the East Picnic Shelter by the Depot
7:00pm  Recognition of Kaley Roberts - Sportsmans Day Button Artist


LIP SYNC CONTEST. Register at Lions bank by 5 pm with music download or CD. $200 IN PRIZES. Free to watch but have Sportsman’s Days Button to participate


TEEN SOCK HOP DANCE - Admission by 2014 Sportsman’s Days Button. Teens 7th to 12th grade only.




Midway closes - Bingo open until 11:00pm.



Applewood Park Booster breakfast on midway.


Community church services on Lions Stage.

11:00am Splash & Dash 5K Fun Run - Naches


Midway opens


"Treasures in the Woods" Flower Show hosted by Mt. Clemans Garden Club in the Naches Depot. Entries accepted Friday 3pm-6pm & Sat. 8am-9am. Youth entries encouraged. For detailed information call Leanne Jewitt at 509 658 2536

12:00-1:00pm Big Bingo on Lion's Stage
1:00-2:00pm Gary Malner with his award winning accordion - Lions Stage


TROUT FISHING DERBY--Live fish---kids bring you fishing pole
PRIZES; Ages 4-12 FREE with Button!
Across street from midway in canal.

2:00-3:00pm Big Bingo on Lion's Stage


All community & organizations raffle ticket drawings on Lions Stage.




Sportsman's Days is over.

Pictures of Sportsmans' Day events

parade crowd enjoying the show
parade crowd enjoying the show
Naches Artist Lyle Carter teaching kids to make pottery
Naches Artist Lyle Carter teaching kids to make pottery
One of Lyle's pottery students
One of Lyle's pottery students


Pictures of the 2004 Sportsmans' Day events

Apple Country Chef
Apple Country Chef
The Clay Man
The Clay Man
Soccer Baked Tater
Soccer Baked Tater
Royalty Del Rae Rachel
Royalty Support Rachel and Del Rae
Mayor Charles
14th District Rep Charles Ross
Gail Sour Krout
Gail Sour Krout

Naches Sportsmens Days
Pole Climber




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