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Sportsmans' Days


2020 Event is CANCELLED due to Covid-19 Precautions


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Sponsored by the Naches Lions Club since 1949


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

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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.

2020 Forms:

Vendor Booth Application

Parade Entry Form - or complete online

Lip Sync Rules & Regulations


2019 Sportsmans' Days Information

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 509-509 901 8285 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. 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! Pictures of the 2016 Parade

FISHING DERBY - The fishing derby, with live fish, will be from 3:00 pm - 4:30pm on Saturday for all fishermen between the ages of 4-12 years old. It will be on the ditch bank just down from the Gazebo in town.  Bring your own bait and pole. Prizes will be awarded. Call 509 972 8640 for more information. Buy a button and fish!

LIP SYNC CONTEST - The Lip Sync contest takes place on the midway stage from 5:00-7:00pm on Saturday, September 7th. Three age groups: 8 & under, 9-12, 13 & up.

Money prizes will be awarded to winners in each division. The contest is open to everyone who registers by Saturday, September 7th by 3:30pm at the Lions Bank near the stage. Buy a button and sing!

KIDS’ GAMES - Games for all youngsters and teenagers will take place Saturday 11:30am-4:00pm 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!

BUTTON DRAWINGS - There will be lucky number Sportsman’s Days button drawings throughout the two days for cash and other prizes. The Sportsman’s Days buttons may be purchased at local businesses, from Naches 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 night. Saturday’s cash prize is $500!

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

Fire 'Em Up 'SHOW & SHINE’ CAR SHOW – Open to all years car, motorcycles and bikes. Sponsored by Naches Fire & Rescue, contact Jared Sutton at (509) 656-4680 for information.

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

FLOWER SHOW - Community Flower Show - Naches Historical Train Depot, Naches. "Games People Play". Open the the public, Saturday, September 7th from noon-9:00pm. Anyone can enter. Organized by the Mt. Cleman Garden Club. For detailed information call Leanne Jewitt at 509 658 2536Poster

YOUTH DESIGN WORKSHOP - Age 5-18 years, Friday, Sept. 6th 6:00-7:00pm at the Train Depot. Poster

MANIC THUNDER IMPROV - For nearly a decade these Yakima Natives have been bringing the funny with their quick wits and high-energy hijinks. An improve comedy group, Manic Thunders’ act is simple but effective; they produce instant comedic bits based on suggestions from the audience-nothing prepared, everything improvised. Starring two of our own; Tim Hubert & Rob Messer! FREE: Saturday 7pm-9pm on the Lion’s Stage

Live Entertainment - Jayleigh Ann & the Lost Boys will light up the stage Friday 5:30-8:30pm! They are already one of the most popular bands playing in Yakima. This, in spite of the fact that both Jayleigh and Isaac Gambito, the beating heart of the band, have not yet graduated high school. The addition of Nico Gambito, a middle schooler family member as a high energy drummer, completes the trio. Jayleigh's sings with big emotion and Isaac plays her collaborator and greatest admirer on stage: it's a winning combinaition. Nico soberly goes about his business, showing his joy in the music and rhythm. No matter their age, their musicianship is astounding and worth a listen, if you have no already heard them.

Project for Veterans  - Volunteers from the Naches Fire Department are seeking donations of new socks and gloves to be given to veteans. Bring the donations to the Parade! - Flyer

Test Tube Poets - an acoustic trio that defies musical categorization. They play alternative country, jazz, blues, and folk with an emphasis on vocal harmonies and creative arrangements. The group performs a variety of original material and mostly obscure covers. They are made up of Dan Noll on lead guitar, Mark Burns on rhythm guitar, and Dana Lemieux on bass and ukulele.

Contact Us

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

Lion Ron Freeze  -  General Planning 
Lion John Morrison - General Planning
     509-494-3550   morrisonjohn1980@gmail.com
Lion Gail Welch  -  General Planning & Stage/Entertainment Schedule
     509-901-8285   gcarlton.layman@nwinfo.net 
Lion Duane Lyons, Parade Chairman
     509-972-3885  nu2naches@yahoo.com


Thank you to our Sponsors

Sportsmans Day Sponsors
The Lion's Club would also like to thank all the Naches merchants for their continued support.

Schedule of 2019 Events

More events will be posted as they are organized!


5:00-7:00pm Entries accepted for the Community Flower Show “Games People Play”
Naches Depot, sponsored by Mt. Cleman Garden Club
5:00-10:00pm Bingo for $ at the East Picnic Shelter by the Depot. Bingo is sponsored by the Naches Valley High School Cheer Squad.
5:00-10:00pm Midway opens (Food, Rides, Booths, Fun)

Groove with Jayleigh Ann & the Lost Boys

6:00pm Sportsman’s Days hourly button drawing for prizes begins.
6:00-7:00pm Youth Design Workshop

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

10:00pm Midway closed


7:00-10:00am Applewood Park Boosters serving breakfast
7:00am- 3:00pm Fire 'Em Up SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW. Open to all years car, motorcycles & bikes. Sponsored by Naches Fire & Rescue, contact Jared Sutton at (509) 656-4680 for information.
8:00am- 9:00am Entries accepted for Flower Show
10:00am Kids parade in Naches (assemble at Intermediate School on Shafer Ave.)

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

Grand Marshals are Duane Lyons and Robert Bowman.

11:00am-10:00pm Bingo for $ in the East Picnic Shelter by the Depot. Bingo is sponsored by the Naches Valley High School Cheer Squad.
11:30-4:00pm Kid’s Korner presented by the Nazarene Church
noon Grand Opening Ceremony - Presentation of Colors
noon MIDWAY OPENS (Booths, Food, Games, Rides, Hourly drawings).
noon Hourly button drawing for prizes begins
noon-2:30pm Test Tube Poets on Lions Stage
12:00-5:00pm SUNSHINE Lions Club Silent Auction
noon-9:00pm “Games People Play” Flower Show hosted by Mt. Clemans Garden Club in the Naches Depot. Open to the Public.
2:30- 3:00pm Greased pole on midway. Open to all ages. FREE
3:00-4:00pm Abby Brown on stage

Kid’s Fishing Derby (Ages 4-12 years old)

3:30pm Deadline for registration for Lip Sync Contest
5:00-7:00pm LIP SYNC CONTEST. Register at Lions Bank by 3:30 pm with music download or CD. $300 IN PRIZES. Free to watch but have Sportsman’s Days Button to participate.
6:00pm Firewood Raffle Drawing (need not be present to win)
7:00-9:00pm  Manic Thunder Comedy Improv
9:30pm $500 BUTTON DRAWING
11:00pm Midway closes

Pictures of Past 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
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

Pictures of the a previous year's Parade

Last updated September 17, 2019

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