Visitor Guide 2020

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A Visitor Guide for the Yakima Valley in Washington State.


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Discover All The Yakima Valley Has To Offer

Wineries ............................................. 7 - 12

Wine Map .......................................... 10 - 11

Yakima ............................................... 13 - 21

Calendar of Events ............................. 22 - 23

Dining ................................................24 - 25

Hops & Breweries .............................. 26 - 27

Recreation ......................................... 28 - 29

Sports ............................................... 30 - 31

Golf .................................................. 32 - 33

Arboretum & Greenway ..................... 34 - 35

Granger ............................................ 36 - 37

Toppenish .......................................... 38 - 41

Toppenish Mural Map ........................ 42 - 43

Toppenish Mural Directory ................. 44 - 47

Wapato ............................................. 48 - 49

Union Gap ........................................ 50 - 53

Selah ...................................................... 54

Naches ................................................... 55

Sunnyside .......................................... 56 - 57

Rodeos .............................................. 58 - 59

Casinos & Bingo ...................................... 60

Music ...................................................... 62

Museums ................................................. 63

Produce ............................................. 64 - 65

Take Flight ............................................... 66

Higher Education ............................... 67 - 68


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YAKIMA

www.yakimawa.gov

509-575-6000

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SELAH

www.cityofselah.gov

509-698-7328

NACHES

www.townofnaches.com

509-653-2647

UNION GAP

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509-575-8770

WAPATO

www.wapato-city.org

509-877-2334

TOPPENISH

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509-865-3262

ZILLAH

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509-829-5151

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GRANGER

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509-854-1725

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SUNNYSIDE

www.ci.sunnyside.wa.us

509-836-6305

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GRANDVIEW

www.grandview.wa.us

509-882-9200

www.visitgrandview.org

YAKAMA NATION

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509-865-5121

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Y A K I M A // Wineries

WINERIES &

VINEYARDS

PHOTO: Abhinaba Basu

More than 100 wineries and

vineyards currently call the Yakima

Valley home, drawing visitors from

around the world for various events.

For a list of all the special events

connected with the Valley’s wineries,

visit wineyakimavalley.org. New events

— and wineries — are consistently

emerging.

The summer tourism season in

the Valley typically begins in April

with the Spring Barrel Tasting

event, but the event was cancelled

due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Locals and visitors can still stop by

Valley wineries to help the industry

rebound from the pandemic. The

wineyakimavalley.org website

provides links to all the individual

winery events and specials that are

offered throughout the year.

There are several other major

Valley-wide wine events throughout

the year, including the Red Wine &

Chocolate pairings offered in February.

Many local wineries participate in

the Oct. 12-13 Catch the Crush event

to celebrate the fall harvest. There’s

also the Thanksgiving in Wine Country

event held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

Those interested in touring local

wineries can find maps online and

at the wineries. Several area limo

companies offer special winery tours.

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Y A K I M A // Wineries

MARYHILL WINERY

& AMPHITHEATER

The Maryhill Winery and Amphitheater, just

outside of Goldendale, hosts big names from

the music industry for concerts every year, and

features an art museum.

In 1999, Craig and Vicki Leuthold established

Maryhill Winery, which sits just west of the

museum at 9774 Highway 14 in Goldendale. It

produces more than 80,000 cases every year.

The tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6

p.m. and offers approximately 30 different wines

for tasting.

A Maryhill winemaker snatched a big industry

award last year. Richard Batchelor earned the

2019 Winemaker of the Year trophy at the annual

Indy International Wine Competition, which

was held in May 2019 at Purdue University. The

award is given to the winery and winemaker

that win the most gold medals by brand at the

competition. It was the third time in seven years

Batchelor won the trophy.

For more information about the winery and

concerts held there, visit maryhillwinery.com.

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Yakima WA 98908

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Y A K I M A // Wineries

Maryhill Blends Wine

& Culture Outdoors

The art museum is known for its works

by sculptor Auguste Rodin, as well as

European and American paintings, Orthodox

icons, unique chess sets and the renowned

Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale

mannequins attired in designer fashions of

post-World War II France.

Baskets made by indigenous people of

North America are also on display. The

museum’s Native American collection

represents nearly every tradition and style

in North America, with works of art from the

prehistoric through the contemporary eras.

Maryhill’s outdoor sculpture garden

features work by Tom Herrera, Mel Katz,

Heath Krieger, Alisa Looney, Jill Torberson,

Julian Voss-Andreae, Jeff Weitzel and Leon

White.

Learn more about the museum at

maryhillmuseum.org.

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Wilridge Winery

& Vineyard

Ehler Rd

Wilridge

Vineyard

Naches Heights Rd

JB Neufeld

W Powerhouse Rd

YAKIMA

Draper

EXIT Ackley Rd

Summitview

N 40th

7th Ave

Ahtanum Rd

SELAH

2nd Ave

Front St

Selah Rd

Gilbert

Cellars

AntoLin

Cellars

2nd St

Yakima

1st St

Kana

Winery

Valley Mall Blvd

UNION

GAP

3rd St

SR

823

N. Wenas

9th St

Harrison

82

EXIT 30

EXIT 31

Main

82

EXIT 40

SR

821

EXIT 26

Seattle

150 miles

YAKIMA

WINE COMMUNITY

Wine Yakima Valley

Mon–Fri, 8:30a–5:00p

EXIT 33

EXIT 36

Union Gap

Vineyard

Donald-

Wapato Rd

Yakima Valley Hwy

Knight Hill Rd

Buena

White

Bonair

Cheyne Rd

Roza Dr

Lucy Ln

WASHINGTON

Owen Roe Sugarloaf Vineyards

Treveri Elephant Mountain

Sparkling

Vineyards

Cellars

Knight Hill Winery

Masset

Winery

Parker Heights Rd

Lombard Loop Rd

VanArnam

Vineyards

Dineen

Two

EXIT 44

Vineyards

Mountain

Covet Cellars

Gilbert Rd

Cultura

J Bell Cellars

Wine Portteus Vineyard

Highland Dr

& Lavender

Tanjuli

Copeland Vineyard

Paradisos del Sol Houghton Rd

BUENA Winery

SR

Maison de Padgett

97

EXIT 50

ZILLAH East Zillah Dr

Horizon's Edge

SR

22

Severino

EXIT 52 Cellars

Gurley Rd

TOPPENISH

EXIT 54

82

EXIT 58

GRANGER

SR

97

SR

223

Cherry Hill

Beam Rd

Rattlesnake Hills

Gap Rd

Dekker Rd

Snipes Mtn

YAKIMA VALLEY

APPELLATION

Yakima Valley Wineries & Vineyards:

Yakima Wine Community Wineries

Zillah Wine Community Wineries

Prosser Wine Community Wineries

Red Mountain & Vicinity Wine Community Wineries

Yakima Valley Vineyards

ZILLAH

WINE COMMUNITY

DuBrul

Vineyard

N Outlook Rd

EXIT 63

Gap Rd

Chaffee Rd

Independence Rd

Gap Rd

Upland

Vineyards

Fordyce Rd

Maple Grove Rd

SUNNYSIDE

S 1st

SR

241

Côte Bonneville

Edison Ave

Co Dinn

Lincoln Ave

Cellars

Yakima Valley Hwy

EXIT 67

Vanbelle Rd

Ray Rd

EXIT 69

Portland

170 miles

SR

22

GRANDVIEW

Yakima River

EXIT 72

EASTBOUND

Yakima Valley Vintners

Fortuity Cellars

6

7

Appellations:

Yakima Valley

Red Mountain

Rattlesnake Hills

Horse Heaven Hills

Snipes Mountain

Naches Heights

MABTON

Beeman’s

Backacres

Vineyards

0 5 10

Miles

© 2018 WINE YAKIMA VALLEY

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WINERIES AND VINEYARDS OF THE

YAKIMA VALLEY

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WINERY LOCATION KEY

14 Hands Winery...........................G6

Airfield Estates.................................F6

AntoLin Cellars............................... A2

Barrel Springs Winery.....................F5

Chandler Reach Vineyards..............H6

Chinook Wines...............................G6

Co Dinn Cellars ...............................E5

Cooper Wine Company...................I6

Côte Bonneville................................E5

County Line Tasting Room...............F6

Covet Cellars .................................. C4

Cultura Wine.................................. C4

Dineen Vineyards............................ C4

Domanico Cellars ...........................G6

Fortuity Cellars ................................F6

Gilbert Cellars..................................B2

Hightower Cellars.............................I5

Horizon's Edge ...............................D4

J Bell Cellars & Lavender................. C4

JB Neufeld ...................................... A3

Kana Winery ...................................B3

Kitzke Cellars....................................J6

Knight Hill Winery.......................... C3

Maison de Padgett Winery ............. C4

Masset Winery.................................B2

Owen Roe .......................................B3

Paradisos del Sol ............................. C4

Pontin del Roza...............................G6

Portteus Vineyard...........................D4

Purple Star Wines...........................H5

Severino Cellars.............................. C4

Sleeping Dog Wines .......................H5

Tanjuli Winery ................................ C4

Tapteil Vineyard Winery...................I5

Terra Blanca Winery.........................I5

Thurston Wolfe Winery..................F6

Treveri Sparkling Cellars..................B3

Tucannon Cellars ..............................I5

Two Mountain Winery.................... C4

VanArnam Vineyards ...................... C4

Wilridge Winery............................. A2

Wit Cellars......................................G6

Yakima Valley Vintners.....................F6

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PROSSER

WINE COMMUNITY

Red Mountain

AND VICINITY WINE COMMUNITY

4

Grandridge Rd

Airport Ranches

Factory Rd

Tudor Hills

Vineyard

82

EXIT 73

WESTBOUND

EXIT 75

Fairacre Vineyard

N County Line Rd

Olsen Rd

McCreadie

Wine Country Rd

Boushey Vineyards

Kestrel View

Estates Vineyard

Barrel Springs

Winery

Fairacre

Vineyard

Airfield Estates

County Line Tasting Room

Thurston Wolfe Winery

Gap

Desert Hill

Vineyards

Evans

Hanks

Hinzerling

EXIT 80

Snipes

Crosby

Crosby

McDonald

Pontin Del Roza

Domanico

King Tull Cellars

EXIT 82

Benitz

Lee

Frontier Rd

Oasis Farms

Wittkopf

District Line Rd

Wit Cellars

Chinook

Wines

Old Inland Empire Hwy

Lonesome

Spring Ranch

82

Olsen Vineyards

BENTON CITY

Purple Star

Wines

Sleeping

Dog Wines

EXIT 93

Roza Rd

Corral Creek Rd

Whitmore

Chandler Rd

Chandler Reach

Vineyards

SR

225

Hightower Cellars

Tapteil Vineyard Winery

Klipsun

Vineyards

Kiona Vineyards

Tucannon

Grand Ciel Vineyard

Cellars

SR

224

EXIT 96

DeMoss

Terra Blanca

Winery

Sunset

Cooper

Wine

Company

Kennedy Rd

Distance Not

To Scale

Kitzke

Cellars

EXIT 102

TRI-CITIES

Dallas Rd

EXIT 104

EXIT 3A

182

Queensgate

82

5

6

SR

22

PROSSER

14 Hands

Winery

SR

221

Horse Heaven Hills

Portland

190 miles

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Y A K I M A // Wineries

Wineries and Vineyards

PRO S S E R

G R A N DV I E W

YA K I MA

S E L A H

Z I L L AH

14 Hands

Airfield Estates

Alexandria Nicole

Barrel Springs

Bridgman Cellars

Chinook

Coyote Canyon

Daven Lore

Desert Wind

Domanico Cellars

Gamache Vintners

Hinzerling

Hogue Cellars

Kestrel

Martinez & Martinez

Mercer Wine Estate

McKinley Springs

Milbrandt Vineyards

Pontin Del Roza

Smasne Cellars

Thurston Wolfe

Willow Crest

Wit Cellars

Coventry Vale

Jim and Jean Corliss

Tudor Hills Vineyard

Yakima Valley Vintners

WA PAT O

Elephant Mountain

Vineyards

Fortuity Cellars

Freehand Cellars

Masset

Owen Roe

Pontin del Roza

Red Willow Vineyard

Treveri Cellars

Windy Point

Valicoff Estates

AntoLin Cellars

Gilbert Cellars

Kana Winery

Mill Lane Winery

Ottis Vineyards

Wilridge Vineyard

Rider Cellars

Selah Heights

Southard Winery

SUNNYSIDE

Co Dinn Cellars

Columbia

Cote Bonneville

Kolibri Vineyard

Tucker Cellars

Upland Estates

M A B T O N

Bedker Vineyards

N AC H E S

Fontaine Estates

Naches Heights

Wilridge

Adytum Cellars

Agate Field Vineyard

Bonair

Covet

Cristopher Cellars

Cultura

Dineen Cellars

Eaton Hill

Horizonʼs Edge

Hyatt Vineyards

J Bell Cellars

Knight Hill

Maison de Padgett

Paradisos del Sol

Portteus

Severino Cellars

Sheridan Vineyard

Silver Lake

Tanjuli

Two Mountain

VanArnam

Velen Winery

Whisper Ridge

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YAKIMA

THE CITY OF YAKIMA

IS THRIVING WITH OPTIONS

Yakima continues to impress visitors with

its growing social attractions and productive

agriculture industry.

The growth of the local beer and wine

industries, plus a variety of new restaurants

have made Yakima a vibrant tourist destination.

Seasonal sports tournaments and an

abundance of outdoor activities within a short

drive of town — hiking, biking, skiing, fishing,

rafting, hunting and various others — have gone

a long way toward putting Yakima on the minds

of tourists. Business owners have also taken

to Yakima because of its central location and

downtown convention center.

Often called the Gateway to Wine Country,

Yakima is known for its abundant sunshine.

Yakima offers an abundance of outdoor

attractions, including the Greenway, Cowiche

Canyon, the Yakima River or one of the city’s

many expansive parks.

With a growing number of quality hotels and

motels, tourists are sure to find a comfortable

place to start their adventure in the Valley.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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events include the ever-popular

Gap2Gap Relay, the acclaimed

Yakima Symphony, a huge Fourth

of July celebration, the Central

Washington State Fair, musical and

drama productions at the Capitol

Theatre, the Vintiques car show and

the Yakima Valley Folklife Festival.

Yakima also is home to semiprofessional

sports clubs. The

Yakima Valley Pippins baseball

team was set to begin the 2020

season June 5 as of print time,

but the Yakima United men’s

and women’s soccer teams

postponed their seasons due to the

coronavirus.

Fans of live action can catch

roller derbies with the Wine Country

Crushers, auto racing at the Yakima

Speedway, rodeo events at the

SunDome and much more.

DINING

A plethora of dining opportunities

in Yakima are available to please

any palate.

The past few years have been

especially kind to the city, with

the introduction of more high-end

eateries than ever before.

Among them are the awardwinning

Cowiche Canyon Kitchen

downtown, Provisions Restaurant

and Market in Terrace Heights,

Yakima Steak Company, WaterFire

and EZ Tiger.

Plenty of other choices have also

shown up in recent years, offering

a full range of choices, including

Italian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese,

Japanese, Korean, Greek, barbecue

and seafood.

Pizza and hamburger options, as

well as delis, bakeries and mobile

eateries are plentiful.

There is no shortage of national

chain restaurants as Olive Garden,

Red Lobster and Buffalo Wild Wings

can all be found in the area. Fastcasual

food fans have choices too,

with Panera Bread, Five Guys and

Panda Express on hand.

PARKS

& RECREATION

One of the best kept secrets of

Yakima is its many large parks,

which offer rolling greens, beautiful

large shade trees, swimming

and spray pools, nature trails,

playground equipment, tennis

courts, multi-purpose courts, picnic

tables, softball fields and off-leash

pet areas.

Among them are Kissel Park on

32nd and Mead avenues, Randall

Park on South 48th Avenue and

Nob Hill Boulevard, Franklin Park at

South 20th Avenue and Tieton Drive,

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and the famous Yakima Greenway,

which sits on the Yakima River, not

far from Interstate 82.

The Greenway features a mileslong

walking and cycling path, while

Randall and Kissel parks have halfmile

paved loops for visitors to take

a stroll with their dogs. Most parks

offer play equipment for kids and

some (Randall and the Greenway)

have off-leash areas for pets.

Those who want to take a hike can

head over to Cowiche Canyon or take

a short drive to White Pass on U.S.

Highway 12.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON

STATE FAIR

The annual Central Washington

State Fair attracts 300,000 people or

more every year for food, music and

fun for all ages in late September.

Entering its 128th year, the fair

at State Fair Park in Yakima has

become known as one of the premier

family entertainment events in the

area.

Starting in 1892, the fair has a

deep heritage in showcasing the

agricultural products of the fertile

Central Washington region. It was

named the original State Fair of

Washington by the state Legislature

during the 1900s.

Some of the finest fruits,

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the region are on display during the

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Outdoor

Attractions

GRANGER

Hisey Park

NACHES

Oak Creek Wildlife Area

• Elk-feeding station

SELAH

Wixson Park

TOPPENISH

Murals

Pioneer Park

Stateʼs Tallest Flag Pole

Toppenish Wildlife Refuge

UNION GAP

Ahtanum Youth Activities Park

Fullbright Park

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Chesterley Park

( Play equipment, skate park )

Cowiche Canyon Trail

( Variety of hiking trails,

sightseeing, birdwatching )

Franklin Park

( Outdoor swimming, tennis )

Kissel Park

( Walking path, tennis,

basketball )

Randall Park

( Walking path, duck pond,

off-leash dog park, disc

golf, basketball )

Yakima Area Arboretum

( Visitor Center, duck pond,

nature walks )

Yakima Greenway

( Walking path, fishing pond,

picnic areas )

Yakima Sportsman State Park

WHITE PASS

Clear Lake

Rimrock Lake

White Pass Ski Area

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WHITE SWAN

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The Central Washington State

Fair is a main attraction in

the city of Yakima

historic buildings and more than a dozen

livestock barns. Each year, more than 70

different food vendors present unique

edibles to fairgoers.

More than 100 commercial vendors

participate each year, with some setting

up tents around the park. Others fill the

Yakima Valley SunDome with booths

selling outdoor supplies, furniture, hot

tubs, handmade candies and crafts.

Entertainment is a main draw, as the fair

attracts local and regional acts at several

different venues and stages throughout

the park. Every night, the fair features a

big-name singer, comedian or musical

group.

The fair also features an action-packed

carnival. Thrill-seekers of all ages enjoy

10 acres of midway attractions, including

hair-raising rides and challenging games.

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The Yakima Valley Sundome hosts

concerts, trade shows, sporting

events and other special events.

the year at the historic 120-acre

site.

The park is home to the SunDome,

a large domed facility that hosts

various events and gatherings,

including concerts, trade shows,

sporting events, rodeos and more.

Some major attractions include

the Home & Garden Show every

March, the WIAA basketball

and state high school volleyball

championships and the Central

Washington Sportsmen Show.

For more information and an

events calendar, visit statefairpark.

org and yakimasundome.com.

Every summer, the fairgrounds

are home to Yakima’s annual Fourth

of July community celebration — a

free family event with plenty of

food, entertainment and activities. A

popular fireworks celebration takes

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State Fair Park, hosted by Vintiques

of Yakima. For more information, visit

vintiques.com.

Nearby, Yakima County Stadium is

home to a semi-pro baseball team.

Entering their sixth year, the Yakima

Valley Pippins feature college players

from around the country. The Pippins

play in the West Coast League and

begin in June.

To learn more about the team

and its schedule, check out

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Many visitors will want to check

out the roadside fresh fruit and

produce stands in Yakima, Union

Gap, Selah, Naches and the Lower

Valley.

Hire a limousine, book a tour

with the Little Hopper or choose a

designated driver to tour the Valley’s

wineries, which are among the

nation’s best. Tasting rooms offer

samples of their award-winning

wines and most have gift shops.

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THE

SEASONS

Y A K I M A // The Seasons

Originally built in 1917 as the

Christian Science Church, this

historical building was purchased

in 2005 to be renovated into a

performance hall.

The Seasons Performance Hall

is one of the city’s premier concert

venues, located in downtown

Yakima at 101 N. Naches Ave. It is

managed by a nonprofit organization

that supports cultural events and

diversity in the Yakima Valley, and

encourages musical education and

performances.

Known as Yakima’s “second living

room,” the genres of music the

facility showcases include classical,

jazz, indie, rock, gospel, soul, folk and

more. Camaraderie is important to

the Seasons Performance Hall’s staff,

and they strive to give customers

the experience of a lifetime by also

offering good food and beverages.

Alongside concerts, the facility also

offers dance classes, balls, parties

and various other events. For more

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CAPITOL

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Y A K I M A // The Capitol Theatre

Built in 1920, Yakima’s historic

Capitol Theatre is a great place for

visitors to catch a show.

The Capitol Theatre served the

Yakima area for decades as a

vaudeville house and later, a movie

theatre. It was opened in the 1920s

by Frederick Mercy in the heart of

downtown Yakima, at 19 S. Third

Street. It initially hosted mainly road

shows and vaudeville acts. Later,

with the demise of vaudeville, it

became mainly a movie theater.

The theater has seen some

challenges, as a fire once devastated

the building. The community came

forward to support a campaign to

rebuild and restore it to its original

glory. The Austrian artist who

painted the original dome mural and

ornamentation restored his work

there. That dome painting was his

last.

To celebrate the grand reopening

of the Capitol Theatre in 1978, Bob

Hope visited Yakima to perform

in the newly renovated theater.

Since then, a long list of big-name

performers have graced the theater’s

stage — including Johnny Cash,

Steve Allen, David Copperfield, Shirley

Jones and George Carlin.

The theater is now a treasured

community resource. Two major

performance series are presented

each year — the Capitol Theatre

series and the Yakima Symphony

Orchestra concerts. Many other

special events are scheduled

throughout the year. Among them

are one-night concerts, lectures,

community musical events and

special events. It has hosted popular

comedians and iconic performances

such as The Nutcracker, Rent and

Chicago. Upcoming events are

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Y A K I M A // Calendar of Events

CALENDAR

OF EVENTS

2020

There’s always something interesting going on around

the Yakima Valley. With special events going on all year

long, there are far too many to name them all. But here’s a

sampling that should help locals and tourists alike find out

what’s happening.

Events are added throughout the year, while some events

may not be held every year.

For a full calendar of Valley activities, check out

visityakima.com.

Visitors can also pick up brochures, maps and other

literature at the Visitors Information Center at 101 N. Fair

Ave., located across the street from the Target shopping

center. Or call them at 509-573-3388 or 800-221-0751.

Check out the Chamber of Commerce’s website for

each of the Valley’s towns to find the most up-to-date

information.

Here is a partial list of events going on this spring,

summer and fall.

MAY

16 — Yak Attack 5 v. 5 Soccer Tournament, Yakima

17 — Your Canyon for a Day Bike Tour, Selah

22-24 — Legends Casino Hotel

Pow Wow, Toppenish

23 — Insane Inflatable 5k, Yakima

29-31 — Highland Community Fair, Tieton

30 — Gap2Gap & Junio Gap2Gap, Yakima

JUNE

9 — Treaty Days Celebration, Toppenish

20 — Summer Ale Fest, Sunnyside

20 — Dye Hard 5k Nighttime Color Run, Yakima

20-21 — Union Gap Old Town Days, Union Gap

JULY

4 — Fourth of July Celebration, Yakima

4 — Independence Day Celebration, Selah

4 — Old Fashioned 4th of July, Zillah

18-19 — Nile Valley Days, Naches

18-19 — Hot Shots 3-On-3 Basketball

Tourney, Yakima

AUGUST

1-3 — Toppenish Junior Rodeo & Little

Rascals Rodeo, Toppenish

1-4 — Vintiques Northwest Nationals, Yakima

6-8 — Moxee Hop Festival, Moxee

15-16 — Pioneer Power Show and Swap

Meet, Union Gap

X — Wapato Harvest Festival, Wapato

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Y A K I M A // Calendar of Events

SEPTEMBER

11-12 — Naches Valley Sportsmans’ Days, Naches

11-13 — Chinook Fest, Naches

12 — Yakima Taco Fest, Yakima

25-27 — The Great Prosser Balloon Rally, Prosser

25 - OCT. 4 — Central Washington State Fair, Yakima

26 — Sunfair Parade, Yakima

OCTOBER

3 — Fresh Hop Ale Festival, Yakima

10-11 — Yakima Valley Catch the Crush, Yakima Valley

NOVEMBER

27-29 — Thanksgiving in Wine Country, Yakima Valley

28 — Lighted Christmas Parade, Toppenish

X — Toy Train Christmas, Toppenish

DECEMBER

4 — Selah Lighted Parade, Selah

5 — Lighted Farm Implement Parade, Sunnyside

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Y A K I M A // Dining

DINING

Yakima features a growing and vibrant restaurant

scene, with a plethora of options. Higher-end cuisine and

additional ethnic options have been introduced to the local

restaurant scene. Below is a rundown of some of Yakima’s

popular restaurants. (Note: this is not a complete list and

there are many other great places to eat around town.)

• Cowiche Canyon Kitchen started the current craze

of higher-end cuisine in 2015, opening along Yakima

Avenue to wide acclaim, both for its exceptional menu and

contemporary design. The downtown eatery has become a

favorite for residents and visitors, offering quality food and

an inviting atmosphere. Cowiche Canyon can be found at

202 E. Yakima Ave.

• Another downtown establishment that consistently

earns rave reviews is Crafted, a “simple, seasonal, farmto-table

focused” restaurant and bar. The a la carte menu

is always changing based on produce that is available

seasonally. Customers can also enjoy a “hands-free” chef’s

menu, a multi-course experience for the entire party. Visit

Crafted at 22 N. First St.

• Gasperreti’s is one of Yakima’s oldest restaurants, and

was opened in 1966. The Italian food favorite at 1013 N.

First St. features more than a century’s worth of family

recipes, as well as an extensive fine wine list. Chef Brad

Patterson and his team aim to highlight the best produce

available in the Yakima Valley with their menu selections.

• Zesta Cucina is a casual fine dining restaurant in

Yakima’s Glenwood Square. The popular local hangout has

become a gathering place for friends where sophisticated

food is served in a contemporary atmosphere. The menu is

designed to satisfy a variety of palates, while the wine list

showcases the best of Eastern Washington. Zesta Cucina

also features private dining rooms for banquet events.

• WaterFire Restaurant & Bar has maintained a

consistent following since it opened in August 2018. Like

many of the restaurants on this list, WaterFire’s menu is

Northwest-inspired but with an international twist.

Head chef and owner Derrin Davis tries to draw upon

flavors from the Pacific Rim and beyond to create an

innovative culinary experience. He utilizes a 30-hour

process to prepare prime rib as a special dish on Friday

and Saturday nights. Visit WaterFire at 4000 Creekside

Loop.

• Provisions Restaurant & Market entered the local

restaurant scene in early 2018 and has quickly developed

a reputation for quality and freshness. The family-friendly

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Y A K I M A // Dining

restaurant at 2710 Terrace Heights

Drive also has patio seating and a

market that offers selections that are

hard to find in the Valley.

• EZ Tiger opened downtown in early

2018, serving Asian fusion cuisine

and high-end cocktails at reasonable

prices. The casual, yet contemporary

restaurant sits across the parking lot

from Cowiche Canyon Kitchen and

features favorites such as Pad Thai,

Kung Pao Chicken, Thai rice bowls,

pho noodle dishes and more.

• Yakima Steak Co. has quickly

earned a following for outstanding

food and service at its busy corner in

downtown Yakima. One of Yakima’s

only traditional steakhouses opened

in early 2018, serving everything from

prime cuts to salads, sandwiches and

burgers. An upstairs dining room is

available, along with a saloon where

visitors can hang out while waiting for

a table.

traditional curry and tandoori dishes.

The Yakima Valley is filled with great

Mexican restaurants that stay true to

their roots. Greek food can be found at

the Gyro House and the Kabob House.

• Yakima has numerous Asian

dining options. Kyoto Sushi and

Steakhouse has a hibachi dining area

and an extensive menu that includes

sushi and ramen. Last year, Yakima’s

first ramen shop opened. Captain Crab

& Ramen can be found at 420 S. 72nd

Ave. in suite 160. It serves authentic

ramen, seafood, margaritas and more.

• Minado Buffet opened at 501 N.

Front St. this year. It is an Asianthemed

restaurant that serves

all-you-can-eat seafood, hibachi

and sushi. A variety of Asian foods

including soups, dumplings and

desserts can be found there.

• A selection of long-standing and

ethnic favorites includes Taj Palace,

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HOPS &

BREWERIES

Y A K I M A // Hops & Breweries

The Yakima Valley produces more

than 70 percent of all the hops grown

in the United States, earning the

region recognition by many as the

hops capitol of the world.

So it should be no surprise that new

breweries are constantly opening to

join several local mainstays.

Yakima Craft Brewing Co. has

been in business for a long time,

and opened an all-ages hangout in

2018. The new taproom features

leisure games like foosball, cornhole

and shuffleboard, as well as a wide

assortment of beers and ciders from

around the Valley.

One of the Valley’s best-known beer

makers, Bale Breaker Brewing Co.,

opened to wide acclaim in 2013 and

now sends its products to bars and

restaurants around the West Coast.

Bale Breaker’s taproom in Moxee is a

popular draw for families and friends

almost every night of the week.

Snipes Mountain Brewery and

Restaurant in Sunnyside has earned

a solid reputation in the Lower Valley

in recent years, while Varietal Brewing

is also beginning to make a name for

itself there.

Cowiche Creek Brewing, about 10

miles west of Yakima, has built a

following for families since it opened

in the spring of 2017. Like Bale

Breaker, it works with mobile eateries

to give customers food options.

Bron Yr Aur Brewing in Naches is

popular with patrons of all ages. It has

become known for its beers as well as

its brick-oven pizza. D’Nile Taphouse

also offers an assortment of beers in

Naches.

Among the other breweries that

have entered the Yakima scene in

recent years are Berchman’s Brewing

Co., Redifer Brewing Co. and Hop

Nation Brewing.

In late 2017 and early 2018, Valley

Brewing Co. and Wandering Hop

Brewery joined the local lineup,

respectively. Single Hill Brewing

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opened in downtown Yakima last year.

The Valley isn’t all about beer

and wine, however. There are cider

companies and distilleries that are

also becoming well known, including

Tieton Cider Works and Swede Hill

Distilling.

To learn more about these local

beverage producers, check out

spiritsandhopstrail.com.

ANNUAL FESTIVALS

Moxee hosts its Moxee Hop Festival

during the first Friday and Saturday in

August. Activities are free, but there

is a cover charge to enter the beer

garden. There are kids games, craft

and food vendors and a parade.

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downtown Yakima has played host to

the Blues and Local Brews Festival,

featuring live blues music and a

chance to sample brews from local

breweries, wineries and cider makers.

Visit downtownyakima.com to learn

more.

Beer fanatics always mark their

calendars for the ever-popular

Fresh Hop Ale Festival, which is

consistently rated as one of the

nation’s best ale festivals. This

year’s event is scheduled to be

held on Oct. 3. To learn more, visit

freshhopalefestival.com.

First Friday get-togethers on the

first Friday of each month have been

gaining more attendees every year.

Visitors will find live music, food and

drink specials at various wineries and

establishments during the events.

Y A K I M A // Hops & Breweries

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OUTDOORS &

RECREATION

Y A K I M A // Recreation

Yakima offers all the popular outdoor activities that

make the Pacific Northwest famous.

Outdoor adventures are plentiful across the Yakima

Valley, with abundant recreational opportunities to explore

every season. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and

snowmobiling are popular in the winter; while hiking,

biking, climbing and camping are popular in the spring,

summer and fall. Opportunities for water sports like

kayaking, river rafting and paddle boarding are nearby.

Below is a breakdown of some popular destinations

within an hour of the city:

WHITE PASS

Skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers love to visit White

Pass Ski Area off U.S. Highway 12, just 45 minutes from

downtown Yakima. White Pass has a popular lodge and

numerous cabins for rent.

The area is also popular among hikers, cyclists and

campers during the warmer months. Dozens of trailheads,

campgrounds and river access points can be found along

the highway, so visitors should be prepared to pull off the

road and explore.

YAKIMA RIVER CANYON

Visitors can load up their rafting gear and head toward

Ellensburg on State Route 823. A half dozen recreation

areas can be found right off the road, a highway that weaves

through the lowlands of Yakima and Kittitas counties.

Most of the recreation areas are intended for day use,

though many allow overnight camping.

The canyon is also a great place for a leisurely drive.

There are plenty of spots to pull off and take in all of the

beautiful scenery. During the summer and fall, visitors see

fleets of rafters floating their way back to town.

COWICHE CANYON

This beautiful outdoor playground offers a variety of

access points all within a few minutes of downtown

Yakima.

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Y A K I M A // Recreation

Miles of trails greet day hikers and

birdwatchers, who visit the canyon

to “get out of town” for a great selfie

opportunity that allows them to stay

close to home.

The shrub-steppe environment

is a great place to discover various

wildlife, but be careful not to cross

paths with a cougar, coyote or

rattlesnake in the warmer months.

YAKIMA GREENWAY

Visitors can walk, bike, toss the

Frisbee or fish in the ponds along

the 20-mile Greenway, which follows

the Yakima River from Union Gap to

Naches.

There are also playgrounds for the

kids, plus lots of open grass areas to

have a picnic or sit back and enjoy

the agreeable Central Washington

climate.

The Greenway is right off Interstate

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LOCAL

SPORTS

TEAM SPORTS

& CLUBS

Whether you’re a player or a

spectator, the Yakima Valley is

known as a great sports area,

attracting teams from across the

region for tournaments and special

events.

The SOZO Sports Complex was

built in 2016 in west Yakima and

features 13 turf and grass fields

for soccer, football and lacrosse. A

new fieldhouse was added in 2017,

offering indoor training opportunities

for volleyball, baseball, soccer and

lacrosse teams.

A pair of indoor soccer facilities

recently opened in Yakima. The

Fieldhouse Yakima, off Fair Avenue,

hosts youth and adult teams for

futsal, a version of indoor soccer,

while the Eagle’s Nest on South

Sixth Street provides indoor soccer

for youth teams.

There are also professional sports

opportunities available for spectators,

including the Yakima Valley Pippins

baseball team, and Yakima United

men’s and women’s soccer teams.

The soccer teams’ 2020 seasons have

been cancelled due to the coronavirus

Y A K I M A // Sports

pandemic, however.

The Pippins open their West Coast

League season in June and play

through August. The WCL offers

top college players from around the

country a place to show their talents.

Home games are played at Yakima

County Stadium in Yakima’s State

Fair Park. Visit pippinsbaseball.com

to learn more.

The Yakima United men’s and

women’s soccer teams of the

Northwest Premier League typically

play in the spring and summer at the

new SOZO Sports Complex in west

Yakima.

AUTO RACING

Visitors can enjoy racing at the

Yakima Speedway, a half-mile oval

track near State Fair Park.

The track holds races most

weekends in several classes

including Late Model Sportsman,

Superstocks, Hornets, Youth

Hornets, Mini Stocks and more.

Additional auto racing can be

found at Renegade Raceway, located

on Track Road off Highway 97

between Union Gap and Wapato.

Renegade’s season runs from April

through October with a wide variety

of styles and classes including

street-legal drags, street bikes,

Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, bike/sled

and more.

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Raceway inside State Fair Park. The

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UNIQUELY

YAKIMA EVENTS

One of the area’s most popular

events is the annual Gap2Gap

Relay, scheduled for May 30 at the

Yakima Greenway, located off South

18th Street. Gap2Gap offers two

separate races for adults and kids,

with different legs of competition

for running, biking, boating and

swimming. Learn more about the

relay at yakimagreenway.org.

The annual Hot Shots 3-on-

3 Basketball Tournament will

be held July 18-19 at the SOZO

Sports Complex. With hundreds

of teams with players of all ages

and thousands of spectators

from around the region, Hot Shots

has grown into one of the largest

3-on-3 tournaments in the Pacific

Northwest. Food and beverage

vendors — and cooling tents — give

fans and players a break from the

action and the summer heat.

Visit HotShots3on3.com for

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For a rundown on local

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GOLF

The Yakima Valley is home to nearly a dozen beautiful

golf courses, with the area’s seasons providing for at least

nine months of playing opportunities.

Golfers can choose from first-rate, 18-hole courses like

Apple Tree in West Valley, nine-hole municipal courses like

Westwood West in Yakima, private courses like the Elks

Club Golf Course in Selah or nine-hole 3-par courses like

Fisher Park in Yakima.

PUBLIC COURSES

• Apple Tree, Yakima

18 holes, 8804 Occidental Road,

(509) 966-5877

This public course was designed by John Steidel and

opened in 1992. Surrounded by apple orchards and known

for its apple-shaped 17th hole, the course has hosted

numerous celebrities and state high school championships.

The total size of the course is 6,961 yards from the back

tees and it has a course rating of 73.5, a slope of 140 and a

par of 72.

• Black Rock Creek, Sunnyside

18 holes, 31 Ray Road,

(509) 837-5340

Built in 1947 and designed by Kelly Bowen, the public

course is located off Interstate 82. The total size of the

course is 6,657 yards from the back tees and it has a course

rating of 71.3, a slope of 121 and a par of 72.

• Cherry Hill, Granger

9 holes, 530 Cherry Hill Road,

(509) 854-1800.

Y A K I M A // Golf

Built in 2000, the public golf course is located off Interstate

82. The total size is 1,186 yards and it has a par of 30.

• Fisher Park, Yakima

9 holes (no drivers), 823 S. 40th Ave.,

(509) 575-6075

Built in 1960, the public, par-3 golf course is known as a

great family course or a place to work with irons. The course

is 1,354 yards and has a course rating of 45, a slope of 113

and a par of 27.

• Mt. Adams Country Club, Toppenish

18 holes, 1250 Rocky Ford Road,

(509) 865-4440

The public golf course was built in 1926 and is located

just off U.S. Highway 97. The total size of the course is 6,292

yards from the back tees with a course rating of 70.6, a slope

of 121 and a par of 72.

• River Ridge, Selah

9 holes, 295 Golf Course Road,

(509) 697-8323

The public golf course was designed by Dean Laurvick

and opened in 2003. The total size of the course is 2,250

yards from the back tees. It has a course rating of 59, a

slope of 96.5 and a par of 31.

• Suntides, Yakima

18 holes, 231 Pence Road,

(509) 966-9065

Designed by Joe Grier and opened in 1965, the public

course is located off of U.S. Highway 12 in Gleed. The total

size of the course is 6,220 yards from the back tees and it

has a course rating of 66.9, a slope of 111 and a par of 70.

• Westwood West, Yakima

9 holes, 6408 Tieton Drive,

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Y A K I M A // Golf

(509) 966-0890

Designed by Melvin Curly Hueston and opened in 1964,

the public golf course is located in west Yakima. The total

size of the course is 2,691 yards from the back tees and it

has a course rating of 32.3, a slope of 107 and a par of 35.

PRIVATE COURSES

• Yakima Country Club, Yakima

500 Country Club Drive,

(509) 452-2266

The private golf course was designed by A. Vernon Macan

and built in 1918. The total size of the course is 6,494 yards

from the back tees with a course rating of 69.3, a slope of

123 and a par of 72.

• Yakima Elks, Selah

18 holes, 318 Golf Course Loop,

(509) 697-7177

The private golf course was built in 1950. The total size of

the course is 6,640 yards from the back tees. It has a course

rating of 71.6, a slope of 123 and a par of 71.

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YAKIMA

ARBORETUM

Y A K I M A // The Arboretum

Yakima’s colorful Arboretum can be found off

Nob Hill Boulevard, just east of Interstate 82.

Located near the path to the Yakima

Greenway, the Arboretum features 46 acres

of urban green space. That includes about

30 acres of lawn, trees and walkways that

lead to wooded areas along the Yakima River.

The scene is perfect for picnics, dog walking,

exploring the Japanese-style garden and

celebrating weddings.

The arboretum hosts a series of free

educational events throughout the year. There

are nature camps, school field trips, bird

watching events and the property is available to

rent for events. Staff experts are always happy

to answer foliage and wildlife questions.

At the entrance of the arboretum is The

Jewett Interpretive Center, which features a

carillon bell tower, the Heritage of Trees display,

a reference library and a herbarium. The Tree

House Gift Shop and courtyard are there as

well.

For more information

visit AHTREES.ORG.

Books are just

the beginning.

Print and downloadable e-books.

Computers with free internet & wifi.

Free events, digital resources &

information services.

17 locations throughout Yakima Valley.

www.yvl.org

452-8541

Most anticipated gift card ... Massage, Hot

Stones, Body Treatments, Hydrotherapy Baths,

Facials, Nail Care ... And try our Organic

Chocolate Massage Butter. You will be loved!

ummelina.com

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Yakima: 509.225.4772 • Seattle: 206.624.1370

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Y A K I M A // The Yakima Greenway

YAKIMA

GREENWAY

The Yakima Greenway is an 18-mile

paved path along the Yakima River in

and around Yakima. It’s a great place

for walking, bird watching, fishing,

running, biking, skating, picnicking and

other outdoor activities.

The trail is open from dawn to dusk

and accessible from all Greenway

parks and landings (except Century

Landing). Restrooms are located along

the path.

There is a large wooden playground

area along the path, north of Sarg

Hubbard Park. The park features play

areas for kids, open fields for Frisbee

or flying kites and covered picnic

areas.

It is wheelchair accessible, with

fishing piers designed for the

wheelchair-bound at Rotary Lake.

Dogs must be on leashes, except at

the small off-leash dog park near the

Yakima Area Arboretum.

A variety of events are held at the

Greenway each year. For a full calendar

and park access maps, check out

yakimagreenway.org.

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Granger

This Lower Yakima Valley town of about 4,000 residents

has come a long way in recent years, adding to its

population and business base while making a number of

civic improvements.

Housing developments are being built throughout

the town, while the local schools have seen significant

upgrades thanks to a voter-passed bond measure. Granger

High School introduced a new competition gymnasium in

2017, and can now host district and regional tournaments

for basketball and volleyball.

Aside from its reputation as a friendly, sports-oriented

community, Granger is also known for the dozens of

dinosaur sculptures that have been built there.

Ever since mastodon tusks and teeth were found at the

Granger clay pit in 1958, going prehistoric has seemed

fitting for a town theme. So the city’s public works

department created the first dinosaur in 1994; a baby

brontosaurus. There are now more than 30 dinosaur

Welcome

to Granger!

“where dinosaurs roam”

Take Exit 58 off I-82 and visit our Dinosaur

Parks, our 9-11 and Veteran’s Memorials.

Enjoy a walk around the pond at the dinosaur

park, or launch your boat in the Yakima River!

Dinosaur Drive brochures are available at

Granger City Hall located at 102 Main St.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 509-854-1725

or visit us on facebook: The City of Granger or our Website: grangerwashington.org

36 YAKIMA VALLEY VISITOR GUIDE 2020


sculptures around town.

The city hosts a Dino-N-A-Day event the first

Saturday in June at the Hisey “Dinosaur” Park on Main

Street, and a new dinosaur sculpture is introduced

every year.

The city also hosts a flea market and 3-on-3 Dunkin’

Dinosaur Basketball Tournament at the main city park

in August.

Other annual events include the Granger Cherry

Festival in the spring, but this year’s festival was

cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Washington State Menudo Cook-Off

Championships and Menudo Festival takes place the

Sunday of Labor Day weekend and is centered on the

famous Mexican soup made of beef tripe. The festival

also features live music, entertainment and a variety of

vendors lined up at Hisey Park.

While in Granger, be sure to check out Granger’s

Historical Society Museum, located inside the Granger

library. It is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from

1-4 p.m.

To learn more, visit grangerwashington.org.

CHERRY HILL FUN CENTER

509-854-1800 golf • 509-854-2294 pizza • grangerfun.com

9-hole executive golf course with par 3s and par 4s • Riding carts, pull carts, rental

clubs • Lessons for all ages • Custom club work and repair • Driving range • 100+

inside seating • Reasonable rates • Family atmosphere

Gourmet handmade pizzas • Original sandwiches

Beer & wine • Deliveries • 100 outside seating

Party packages • Corporate outings • Baseball batting

Miniature golf • Arcade games • NEW Kids Outdoor

Play Area

SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR CURRENT HOURS

Driving Directions: Exit

#58 (the only Granger

exit), turn toward town

on S.R. 223, pass the

Granger Travel Plaza

intersection, 1/2 mile

turn left onto Emerald

Road, immediate left

onto Cherry Hill Road.

We are 1/2 mile down

on the right.

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Toppenish

Known as the city “Where the West

Still Lives,” Toppenish has maintained

much of its old-century charm while

keeping up with the present.

The town of about 9,000 people

has seen a growing number of new

businesses and restaurants arrive

over the past few years, and is also

home to the Yakama Nation.

The city’s name is derived from

the Indian word “Xuupinish,” which

means sloping and spreading.

Toppenish combines a Wild West

theme with Native American and

Hispanic cultural influences that led

509.865.2800

Learn about the Yakama

history through Mother Nature

dioramas, colorful exhibits,

Plateau artwork, the worldʼs

largest Strongheart collection

and more. Self or guided tours

are available. Call today for

your appointment.

Our comfortable 290 seat

theater provides a safe and fun

environment for all to enjoy.

Theater rental is available.

Regular Movie Shows:

Wed, Thur., Friday,

Saturday and Sunday

American Cowboy Magazine to name

it one of the 20 Best Places to Live in

the West.

Whether you’re planning a day

trip or a more extended stay, there

are plenty of activities around town,

whether it’s touring the historic

downtown, viewing the more than

80 murals painted around town,

visiting the Northern Pacific Railway

Museum, American Hops Museum or

the Yakama Nation’s Cultural Center

Campus off Highway 97.

The center includes the Yakama

Nation Museum, Cultural Center

www.yakamamuseum.com

This is the place for authentic

Native American treasures,

handcrafted by the proud

people of the Yakama Nation.

Enjoy one of our specialty

drinks while searching for

a one-of-a-kind souvenir to

take home.

Spiel-yi Loop & Buster Road • Take Exit 51 to Hwy. 97 • TOPPENISH, WA

Gift Shop, Heritage Inn Restaurant,

Heritage Theater, Yakama Nation

Library and the iconic Winter Lodge,

as well as a consistently great view of

Mount Adams.

The museum is one of the oldest

Native American museums in the U.S.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibition

hall includes life-size dwellings of

the plateau people, dioramas of

the Yakama people, sound effects,

narratives and music, a Yakama

Nation mannequin exhibit on The

Great Native American Leaders,

guided and self-guided tours and a

veterans exhibit.

Nearby is Legends Casino &

Hotel, which has become a popular

destination for Northwest travelers

for their gaming and entertainment

opportunities.

The murals are what truly sets

the town apart, with nearly 80 of

them covering the sides of buildings

throughout the city, depicting scenes

and people from the Valley’s history.

You can get a map at the visitor

center and tour the murals at your

own leisure.

Check out the American Hops

Museum to learn about that

agricultural industry, or visit the

railroad museum in the city’s historic

train depot.

Community celebrations and

special events abound year-round,

such as the Toppenish Rodeo on

Fourth of July weekend, the Haunted

Train Depot in October, Lighted

Christmas Parade in late November

or Toy Train Christmas in December.

There is much more to see and do

in Toppenish, so see visittoppenish.

com to learn more.

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IN THE CITY OF MURALS AND

MUSEUMS capture a glimpse of the Old

West of Toppenish’s 78 spectacular murals.

Nestled in the heart of the Yakima Valley

inside the Yakama Nation Reservation,

Toppenish offers you a window into the

past.

Toppenish captures the spirit of yesteryear

and the energy of today with fabulous

festivals and events. June also marks the

commemoration of the signing of the Yakama

Nation’s Treaty of 1855. Join hundreds of

Tribal members as they gather annually for

the vibrant Treaty Day parade.

Spend the July 4th weekend experiencing

the thrill of the Toppenish PRCA Rodeo,

and enjoy a Wild West Parade on July 4th.

Our rich history, Native American

traditions and cultural diversity create an

inviting atmosphere for anyone with a

passion for history. Three engaging

museums showcase our history. The

American Hop Museum chronicles the

history of the hop industry, serving as a

tribute to all of agriculture. The Northern

Pacific Railway Museum takes you on a

journey through time to the days of steam

driven locomotives. Built in 1911, the depot

museum displays vintage rail artifacts and

memorabilia.

The Yakama Nation Museum presents

the dioramas and exhibits celebrating the

heritage of the Yakama Nation. Stories of

the Yakamas’ way of life are told in lifesize

poetry adorning the walls of the museum.

Your stay in Toppenish will be enhanced by

endless activities. Take in a round of golf,

visit the Toppenish National Wildlife

Refuge or stay and play awhile at Legends

Casino Hotel, featuring full Vegas style

gambling.

TOPPENISH EVENTS CALENDAR 2 020

MAY

May 1st; “Open for Season” Northern Pacific Railway

Museum, American Hop Museum.

May 6th; Stock Show Auction - Rodeo Grounds

May 3rd-6th; Central Washington Jr Livestock 4-H/FFA

Show

May 2nd; 22nd Annual Railroad show, NP Railway

Museum

JUNE

June 1st; All classes Toppenish Alumni reunion.

June 9th; Yakama Nation Treaty Day,

June 7th-9th; Treaty Day All Indian Rodeo, White Swan

JULY

July 3rd-4th; Toppenish Rodeo

July 4th; Toppenish Wild West Parade

July 4th; Lions Club Breakfast

AUGUST

August 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Toppenish Junior Rodeo and

Little Rascals Rodeo

SEPTEMBER

September; Dinner train to Nowhere.

NOVEMBER

November 5th; 100th annual Ranch Party Communities

award banquet

November 28th; Toppenish Lighted Christmas

Parade/Tree Lighting

November 28th-29th, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20,

Toy Train Christmas NP Railway Museum

For a complete listing of scheduled events and

dates please visit our website at:

VISITTOPPENISH.COM

TOPPENISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

504 South Elm, Toppenish, WA 98948

toppenishchamber@gmail.com

509.865.3262

VISITTOPPENISH. COM

YAKAMA NATION

MUSEUM

AMERICAN HOP

MUSEUM

NORTHERN PACIFIC

RAILWAY MUSEUM

YAKIMA VALLEY VI SITOR GUIDE 2020 39


Enjoy the splendor of our great

Valley and come see Toppenish,

the city that is truly a work of

art! See all the giant outdoor

murals that have been painted

artists, depicting the early

day history and heritage of

Toppenish “Where The West

Still Lives.” Then it’s time for a

cool, refreshing stop at Miller’s

Dairy Queen. Choose from

a huge array of sandwiches,

basket deals, drinks & ice

cream selections. Indoor air

conditioned comfort or enjoy

or grassy picnic area. Drive-thru

window available, too!

GrillBurgers

DQ ® Bakes!

Artisan-style

Sandwiches

Chicken Sandwiches

DBL Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

Chili Cheese Dog

Chicken Strips BSK

Salads

French Fries

Onion Rings

Cheese Curds

Blizzard ® Treats

DQ ® Bakes!

Hot Desserts

A La Mode

Cones

Sundaes

Royal Treats ®

Dilly ® Bars

DQ ® Sandwich

Buster Bar ®

Misty Slush

Soft Drinks

Shakes & Malts

MooLatté® Frozen

Blended Coffee

MILLER’S

DAIRY QUEEN

401 West First • Toppenish • 509-865-4015

Come Join Us For The Ultimate

In Taste-Tempting Foods!

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TOPPENISH

MURALS ENHANCE CITY’S WILD WEST THEME

Thanks to its extensive mural collection,

Toppenish truly is a place “Where the West Still

Lives.”

The Toppenish Mural project began as the

Mural-in-a-Day activity in June 1989, when

“Clearing the Land” was created. Since that first

mural nearly 30 years ago, the local mural society

has continued to commission artists each year for

the event.

The program has led to approximately 80

murals being featured around the city, illustrating

local history on the walls of buildings.

Each mural costs thousands of dollars, and the

Mural Society funds the project with donations

and money earned from fundraisers.

A map of the city and a key to where the murals

are located in this year’s Visitor Guide are on

the next two pages. The number of each mural

coincides with numbers on the locator map.

The Toppenish Visitor Information Center is

at 504 E. Elm St. The center also offers mural

souvenirs, postcards and full-color books

featuring the murals. It’s also adjacent to

Washington state’s tallest flag pole.

BLUE SKY MARKET

• One-Stop Grocery Store with American/Mexican Selections •

• Authentic Mexican Pastries and Breads - Fresh Daily •

• Full-Service Hot Deli • Fresh Produce, Fresh Meat • In Store ATM •

FRESH FLOUR TORTILLAS MADE DAILY IN OUR STORE

• Large Assortment Of Fishing & Hunting Gear •

• Fishing & Hunting Licenses Sold Here •

• Area's #1 Western Union Agent With Low Priced Money Orders •

• Coin-Op Laundry • Fast Friendly Service! •

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HOURS: Mon-Sat 6am - 10pm, Sun 7am - 10pm

BRANDING IRON

RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

LUNCH SPECIALS

Monday - Friday

MEXICAN MENU

FRI, SAT & SUN

Smoked BBQ Ribs &

Other Specials

KIDS & SENIORS MENU

BREAKFAST AVAILABLE

24 HOURS

OPEN

24

HOURS

DJ ENTERTAINMENT

IN OUR LOUNGE:

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

9pm - 1:30am

RV & TOUR GROUPS

Bring your group to

our Banquet Room.

Huge menu to choose

from. Fast, attentive

service. To book:

call 509.865.5440.

HIWAYS 22 & 97 • TOPPENISH • 509-865-5440

YAKIMA VALLEY VI SITOR GUIDE 2020 41


7

TOPPENISH

MURAL MAP

County

Fire

Station

RV Dump

62

Washington Ave.

51

Olney

Park

Library

To I-82 Exit 50

78

77

Rentschler Lane

Patterson

Park

S. Elm St.

Washington Av

2

Yakama Nation

Cultural Center

54

56

to Yakima

58

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Hardware

52

Guyette Ave.

74

Safeway

33 31

Jefferson Ave.

P.O.

Park.

Alder St.

Legends

Casino

Hotel

Fort Simcoe 30 mi.

68

Fort Road

53

Washington

Beef

Hwy 97

West 1st Ave.

29

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50 49

21

7

26

Quality Inn

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Toppenish Inn

S. Elm St./Hwy 22

Pioneer Park

Mural

Office

3

60

76

71

19

Bolin Drive

West 1st Ave.

57

59 72

West 2nd Ave.

West 3rd Ave.

West 4th Ave.

Astria Toppenish

Hospital

13

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504 S. Elm Street

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67

42

40 9 17 47 36

15 16 43

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24

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Police

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Old Timers Plaza

65

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66

27

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61

30

64

Train Depot

A St.

69

B St.

23 70

32

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Park

C St.

Lincoln Ave.

D St.

American

Hop Museum

E St.

F St.

E. Toppenish Ave

63

M UR A L G U I DE

1. CLEARING THE LAND

2. HALLER’S DEFEAT

3. FIFTEEN MILES & A CHANGE OF HORSES

4. NEWELL’S DRIVE

5. THE INDIAN STICK GAME

6. CHRISTMAS AT LOGY CREEK

7. THE RHYTHMS OF CELILO

8. PARADISE ROW

9. WHEN HOPS WERE PICKED BY HAND

10. (Removed Blank)

11. THE BLACKSMITH SHOP

12. AT THE PEAK OF HARVEST

13. RODEO

14. FORT SIMCOE...THE OLDEN DAYS

15. THE SIGNING OF THE TREATY - 1855

16. THE BLANKET TRADERS

17. THE CROSSROADS TO MARKET

18. (Removed Blank)

19. HOUSE CALLS—OLD STYLE

20. INDIANS’ WINTER ENCAMPMENT

21. THE OLD SATURDAY MARKET

22. THE RUTH PARTON STORY

23. HAYING…A CENTURY AGO

24. THE OLD LILLIE MANSION

25. THE LIBERTY THEATRE

26. COW CAMP

27. MAUD BOLIN—HER STORY

28. STAGE COACH RACES

29. THE PALACE HOTEL OF TOPPENISH

39

G St.

H St.

Lane

Park

I St.

J St.

30. THE TOPPENISH TRADING COMPANY

31. ESTELLE REEL MEYER (1862-1959)

32. HOP MUSEUM MURALS

33. WHEN A PERMIT WASN’T REQUIRED

34. THE LOU SHATTUCK STORY

35. THE OLD SCHOOL BARNS

36. WESTERN HOSPITALITY

37. HANGING OUT AND HANGING UP

38. HALLOWEEN PRANKS

39. THE SURVEY PARTY

40. THE PIX THEATRE

41. ALEX McCOY

42. WILDLIFE

43. IRISH DICK

44. PRESUMED INNOCENT

45. LONG ROUTE—SHORT DAY

46. SPECIAL DELIVERY

47. PATTERNS OF LIFE

48. 100 YEARS IN TOPPENISH

49. THE PRAIRIE CHICKEN DANCE

50. THE OWL DANCE

51. ALL ABOARD

52. THE MARION DRAIN

53. CATTLE DRIVE

54. LEGENDS OF THE YAKAMA

55. INDIAN HORSE RACES

56. TRADING WITH THE YAKAMA

57. FROM HORSE TO

HORSELESS CARRIAGE

K St.

To Zillah & I-82 Exit 52 L St. & Meyers Rd.

0

2

0

58. WHEN ELECTRICITY CAME

TO THE VALLEY

59. THE MYSTERY HOUSE

60. BRACEROS

61. SUMMER TIME FUN

62. FUELING UP

63. BARN DANCE

64. NP RAILROAD: ACROSS

THE VALLEY

65. WINTERING WATERFOWL

66. POW WOW, FERRIS WHEEL

& COTTON CANDY

67. YAKAMA LEADERS

68. YAKAMA NATION TREATY

SIGNING OF 1855

69. PIONEER BUSINESS WOMAN

70. FROM FIELD TO MARKET

71. TRANSPORTATION IN

THE WEST/176’ FLAG

72. POLO MURAL

73. A CELEBRATION

OF AGRICULTURE

74. SAFEWAY MEAT MARKET

75. OLD DOWNTOWN

76. FIRE STATION

77. DON BROWN

78. DON BROWN


LIST OF MURALS 2020

Thanks to its extensive mural collection,

Toppenish truly is a place “Where the West Still

Lives.”

Each year on the first weekend in June, the

Toppenish Mural Society gathers a talented

group of artists together to complete a mural

in one day.

The Toppenish Mural project began as the

Mural-in-a-Day activity in June of 1989, when

“Clearing the Land” was created. Since that

first mural more than 20 years ago, the local

mural society has continued to commission

artists each year for the event.

The program has led to 78 murals around

the city, illustrating local history on the walls of

buildings.

Each mural costs thousands of dollars,

and the Mural Society funds the project with

donations and money earned from fundraisers.

The Toppenish Mural Society is at 501c3.

Please consider supporting. PO Box 1172

Toppenish.

The Toppenish Visitor Information Center is

at 504 E. Elm St. The center also offers mural

souvenirs, postcards and full-color books

featuring the murals.

•••••

Following are short descriptions of each

mural:

1. CLEARING THE LAND — The first mural

was Toppenish’s first Mural-in-a-Day, painted

on June 3, 1989, to launch the ambitious mural

program. The 40-foot painting is on the side

of the Western Auto building at Washington

Avenue and Toppenish Avenue.

2. HALLER’S DEFEAT — Located just off

East Toppenish Avenue on Asotin Avenue, it

covers wall 108 feet long. The mural portrays a

battle fought in 1855 a few miles southwest of

Toppenish between 80 troops from Fort Dalles

in Oregon and an estimated 1,000 Yakama

Indians.

3. FIFTEEN MILES & A CHANGE OF

HORSES — This painting on West First Street

shows a Toppenish stagecoach depot of the

1880s.

4. NEWELL’S DRIVE — The art illustrates a

horse roundup led by early Toppenish pioneer

Charlie Newell.

5. THE INDIAN STICK GAME — This scene

shows Northwest Indians playing the age-old

stick game, which you can still see played at

modern day pow wows, including at the Indian

Village during the Fourth of July Toppenish

Pow Wow. The mural is at 11 Washington Ave.

6. CHRISTMAS AT LOGY CREEK — In this

mural, two Indians share their fire and food with

a cowboy friend. The mural is at 14 Washington

Ave.

7. THE RHYTHMS OF CELILO — This

painting shows the traditional fishing ritual

practiced by Indian tribes of the Toppenish

area. The mural is located at Third Street and

South Elm.

8. PARADISE ROW — This turn-of-thecentury

scene is based on a photograph of

Toppenish’s first main street, taken in 1905.

9. WHEN HOPS WERE PICKED BY HAND

— This mural shows an early hop harvest.

Harvests attracted Indians from all over the

Northwest, who set up villages of teepees at

the during the harvest.

10. GONE

11. THE BLACKSMITH SHOP — This is a

composite of Toppenish’s early blacksmith

shops—there were four of them at the turn

of the century. Blacksmith shops were

the backbone of the local economy then,

repairing wagon wheels, shoeing horses and

manufacturing various metal products.

12. AT THE PEAK OF HARVEST — This

mural depicts a potato harvest of bygone days,

showing how backbreaking potato harvest

was until the development of mechanized

harvesting. The art is across from Old Timers

Plaza downtown.

13. RODEO — This recalls the early

Toppenish roundups when cowboys and

ranchers would get together for a little friendly

competition. It is painted at South Alder and

West First.

14. FORT SIMCOE ... THE OLDEN DAYS

— This shows the fort area as it was in the

early 1850s. You can visit Fort Simcoe about

30 miles west of Toppenish. The mural is

located on the American Legion building on

West First.

15. THE SIGNING OF THE TREATY — 1855

— Gov. Stevens of the Washington Territory sat

down with several Northwestern Indian chiefs

to sign the far-reaching Treaty of 1855.

16. THE BLANKET TRADERS — The artist

made certain that the blankets being traded in

this mural show the authentic patterns of the

time. The mural is on South Toppenish Avenue

downtown.

17. THE CROSSROADS TO MARKET —

This shows the various methods of moving

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18. GONE

19. HOUSE CALLS — OLD STYLE —

Dr. Johnson purchased one of the first

automobiles in the area for making house calls.

Since he often had trouble starting the car, he

always kept his horse and buggy ready. It is

painted on the wall of Providence Toppenish

Hospital on Fourth Street.

20. INDIANS’ WINTER ENCAMPMENT —

The winter lodge was the gathering place for

social functions. The mural is at the Kirkwood

Building on South Toppenish Avenue, the same

building where the Mural Society office is

located.

21. THE OLD SATURDAY MARKET — The

market and auction took place where the post

office now stands.

22. THE RUTH PARTON STORY — Parton

rode broncos, performed as a trick rider and

rode relay races at rodeos around the country.

She was also inducted into the Cowgirl Hall

of Fame. The mural is located on the United

Telephone Co. building at Washington and

Alder.

23. HAYING…A CENTURY AGO — This

mural was painted by 11 artists from around

the Northwest. Toppenish was one of the

leaders in the growing of alfalfa hay. The mural

is at the corner of East Toppenish Avenue and

B Street.

24. THE OLD LILLIE MANSION — In 1893,

Nevada and Josephine Lillie built a 10-room,

two-story home with two inside bathrooms,

steam heat, and a generator for electrical

power. She is remembered as the “Mother of

Toppenish,” having platted much of the town.

25. THE LIBERTY THEATRE — Panels on

the theater depict wild horses running free as

they did in the Toppenish area until recently. It

is located on South Toppenish Avenue.

26. COW CAMP — For years the Logy

Creek Cattle Association Cow Camp served as

headquarters for local Indian roundups. This

mural is on the Toppenish Inn at South Elm

near the intersection of Highway 97.

27. MAUD BOLIN — HER STORY — Maud

Bolin was one of the first female pilots and one

of the first women to parachute jump. She was

also a rodeo rider who competed in Madison

Square Garden and in many of the famous

rodeos around the West. The mural is at 11 E.

Toppenish Ave.

28. STAGE COACH RACES — In the early

1900s, this was one of the highlights of each

rodeo. The mural is on the State Farm building

on South Toppenish Ave.

29. THE PALACE HOTEL OF TOPPENISH —

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around 1906, visit the mural on the El Corral

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30. THE TOPPENISH TRADING COMPANY

— The Trading Company was one of the first

buildings in Toppenish and was built on

railroad property since there were no lots

available at the time. The mural is located

at the corner of East Toppenish Ave. and A

Street.

31. ESTELLE REEL MEYER (1862-1959)

— President McKinley appointed Mrs. Meyer as

Director of Indian Education for the Bureau of

Indian Affairs in 1898. She was the first woman

to hold that post.

32. HOP MUSEUM MURALS — On two

outside walls of the American Hop Museum at

22 S. B Street, this mural shows typical scenes

in the hop industry.

33. WHEN A PERMIT WASN’T REQUIRED

— In this painting, because of the impending

storm, the spooked cattle run down the middle

of Main Street. The mural is located on West

First Street.

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34. THE LOU SHATTUCK STORY — L. S.

(Lou) Shattuck (1892-1978) was one of the

original Toppenish Pow Wow Rodeo boosters.

He helped organize the rodeo in the beginning.

The mural is located on South Toppenish

Avenue.

35. THE OLD SCHOOL BARNS — This

depicts one of Toppenish’s old grade schools.

Lincoln and Garfield elementary schools were

built in 1908 and 1909.

36. WESTERN HOSPITALITY — When

the frontier towns were settled, the “oldest

profession” was part of the scene. On the

second-floor windows of the Logan Building

on Division Street, you can see the ladies and

get a feeling for the ebb and flow of activities.

37. HANGING OUT AND HANGING UP —

This is one of the two murals on the downtown

“Public Westrooms” across Division Street from

Old Timers Plaza in downtown Toppenish. A

breezy spring in the early 1900s finds mom

hanging the clothes and dad reading a catalog

in the “library.”

38. HALLOWEEN PRANKS — This is on the

public restrooms in downtown Toppenish, also

with a theme relating to outhouses. In the early

days when outside plumbing was common,

pranksters were on the prowl Halloween night

and anybody using the facilities that night did

so at their own peril.

39. THE SURVEY PARTY — After Gov.

Stevens was informed by Lt. George B.

McClellan (later a Civil War general) that

Snoqualmie Pass was probably impassable

during the winter, he directed A. W. Tinkam, a

civil engineer, to resurvey the route.

40. THE PIX THEATRE — The J.D. Keck

building, constructed in 1911, housed two early

Toppenish businesses — a Chinese cafe and

Mechtels Sugar Bowl Restaurant. In 1940, the

Mercy Theatre chain opened the Pix Theatre.

The 16 windows portray early lawyers, judges

and physicians who came to town in the early

1900s. The building is downtown on South

Toppenish Ave.

41. ALEX McCOY — Born near The Dalles,

Ore., in 1835, Alex McCoy was a descendant

of the Wishram and Wasco tribes. He was a

policeman under four different Indian agents,

and served one term as an Indian judge.

42. WILDLIFE — This mural depicts wildlife

native to this area prior to its settlement. The

mural is located on the north at the corner of

Washington and Toppenish Avenue.

43. IRISH DICK — In about 1910, a

strapping, hard-drinking shepherd called Irish

Dick traded a pet bear cub to a Toppenish

saloonkeeper for whiskey. Some months later,

the rowdy shepherd was in town when his

grown-up pet escaped, panicking townsfolk. He

offered to return the bear to its tether. A terrible

fight on Main Street ended when an unharmed

bear was returned to saloon servitude and a

brave and bloodied Irishman was taken to the

hospital.

44. PRESUMED INNOCENT — The judge

watches as the prosecutor presents the

evidence. A small glass of water is held above

an old milk can. Charged with diluting milk,

the farmer sits with hat on knee, his lawyer

standing behind him. The mural is on the east

wall of the city jail building.

45. LONG ROUTE — SHORT DAY

46. SPECIAL DELIVERY — In 1907,

mail was first delivered to the rural areas of

Toppenish. This was the early start of Rural

Free Delivery. The postman had to furnish his

own horse and buggy. Routes were about 23

miles long. If the postman was a bachelor, he

occasionally found himself the recipient of

home-baked goodies, delivered by the farmer’s

daughter.

47. PATTERNS OF LIFE — The unique

and beautiful designs on baskets made by

the Yakama peoples represent the oldest

continuous art form in the Valley, one that is

still practiced today. The mural by Janet Essley

is at Division near Toppenish Avenue.

48. 100 YEARS IN TOPPENISH — In 1896,

Toppenish had lots of sagebrush, a few

buildings and no churches. The town’s first

church was incorporated as the Methodist

Church in 1898 at the corner of Asotin

Avenue and Beech Street. It was moved to

its present location in 1909, on the corner of

Chehalis and Beech, where this mural was

painted.

49. THE PRAIRIE CHICKEN DANCE — This

dance is done to traditional Indian songs.

The name was derived from a legend of some

Indian boys who were playing warrior games

on the prairie and who looked over a bluff to

see a group of prairie chickens dancing during

mating season.

50. THE OWL DANCE — This depicts a

traditional tribal dance in which both men and

women participate.

51. ALL ABOARD — One of Toppenish

more unusual murals, it was painted in colors

reminiscent of sepia-toned old photographs.

The Toppenish depot was a hub of activity

for nearly 100 years, with both passenger and

freight trains stopping on their routes east and

west. The mural is at the corner of Washington

Avenue and South Elm Street.

52. THE MARION DRAIN — The huge

project helped control flooding, providing

a channel for drainage of water on the

reservation. Located at the Ideal Hardware

building on West First.

53. CATTLE DRIVE — Chief Kamiakin

brought in the first cattle to the Yakima Valley

in 1840. This mural depicts the life and times

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of the cattle drover on such a drive. The art is

on the Washington Beef building at Highway 97

and Fort Road.

54. LEGENDS OF THE YAKAMA — This

mural depicts several well-known and revered

Yakama Indian legends, including the legend of

Spilyay, the trickster who most often appeared

as a coyote. It is on a building at Highway 97

and Fort Road.

55. INDIAN HORSE RACES — Charlie

Newell’s his acquaintance with the Yakama

enabled him to avert a crisis. The Indian

Agency had forbidden the racing of horses

on the track and gambling at their meets. At

Newell’s suggestion, the Yakamas drafted a

request to Washington, D.C., to rescind the

order, which was granted.

56. TRADING WITH THE YAKAMA — Some

of the first contact between white men and the

Yakama Indians involved trading. And some

of the most prized trading items were horses.

This scene is on a building at Highway 97 and

Fort Road.

57. FROM HORSE TO HORSELESS

CARRIAGE — This mural shows one of

Toppenish’s early day gas stations, at one time

known as the Windmill Service Station.

58. WHEN ELECTRICITY CAME TO THE

VALLEY — Located at East Toppenish Avenue

and H Street, this shows crews and farmers

hooking up a farmhouse in the 1930s to

electricity.

59. THE MYSTERY HOUSE — Called the

Mystery House because even today some

details about its origin and use are not known,

the house was built south of town near where

Highway 97 now runs. It still is standing, in a

weathered condition, on the old Goldendale

Highway about six miles south of Toppenish.

The mural is on West First Street.

60. GONE

61. SUMMER TIME FUN — On June 14,

1925, the first swimming pool was opened and

was privately owned about a quarter mile west

of Toppenish. This mural, painted in one day by

a dozen artists, depicts the family fun enjoyed

in those days. It is on the side of the swimming

pool building on Lincoln Ave.

62. FUELING UP — This mural on the west

wall of the school bus garage near the railroad

tracks shows school buses in a scene circa

1930 at the Four Way Filling Station.

63. BARN DANCE — About a dozen women

artists created this nostalgic scene of an old

barn dance.

64. NP RAILROAD: ACROSS THE VALLEY

— The painting represents an era when

sagebrush and bunch grass grew rampant

on the Valley floor. It was in the early 1800s

when the railroad came to the Valley, with

construction beginning in the spring of 1884,

depicted in the mural. See it on the building

next to the old Toppenish depot.

65. WINTERING WATERFOWL — This mural

shows the migratory waterfowl attracted to the

Toppenish Creek refuge just south of town.

66. POW WOW, FERRIS WHEEL & COTTON

CANDY —This two-panel double mural depicts

scenes from Toppenish rodeos in the past. The

panels frame the south entrance to the rodeo

grounds on Division Street.

67. YAKAMA LEADERS — This mural is

located at Toppenish and Washington avenues,

on the south wall, depicting Yakama Indian

Nation leaders of the early days.

68. YAKAMA NATION TREATY SIGNING

OF 1855 — This mural at Legends Casino on

Highway 97 was done to celebrate the 150th

anniversary of the signing.

69. PIONEER BUSINESS WOMAN —

Clara Kraff was one of Toppenish’s pioneer

businesswomen, first doing business with a

small store at an area hop field and later with

her husband in downtown Toppenish, selling

clothing and shoes.

70. FROM FIELD TO MARKET —This threepanel

mural depicts local farmers harvesting

their crops, trading them for goods and cash at

a Toppenish grocery store, which then sold the

produce to the public.

71. TRANSPORTATION IN THE WEST

— Toppenish was once a major stop for the

Northern Pacific Railroad. This piece celebrates

all the modes of transportation that influenced

the growth of the Toppenish area. You can see

this mural on the side of the Visitor Information

Center.

72. POLO MURAL — Polo was once a

thriving sport in the lower Yakima Valley. The

work is on a west wall in the 100 block of South

Alder.

73. A CELEBRATION OF AGRICULTURE

— This displays the impact agriculture had in

shaping the Yakima Valley, depicting real fruit

labels used to sell produce in the Valley.

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75. THE OLD SCHOOL BARNS — The mural

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The town of 5,000 residents is known for

its many farms, wineries and produce stands,

so plan on making a few stops at roadside

businesses like Rembrandt’s and Imperial’s

Garden. A number of new wineries have also

been springing up, including Fortuity Cellars.

Wapato also welcomed a new restaurant in

late 2017. HopTown Wood Fired Pizza, also a

mobile eatery, opened right off Interstate 82 in

a former mercantile building. Stop in for some

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The name Wapato is of Yakama Indian origin

— Wa-pa-too — an edible root valued by native

Yakamas and settlers alike. Settlers have been

in the area since as early as 1885.

In 1903, the Postal Service changed the

name of the town from Simcoe to Wapato,

because Simcoe was too much like nearby Fort

Simcoe. It was incorporated as a town in 1908.

Wapato has always been a farming

community. Initial accomplishments were a

city park and work beginning on streets and

irrigation ditches.

The community has evolved into a showcase

of cultural diversity, featuring influences from

the Yakama Nation, Filipino and Japanese

farmers and Hispanic cultures.

The first Buddhist temple in Washington was

built in Wapato and remains open today. The

area is known for its fresh fruit and vegetable

stands and nearby wineries.

As one of the most diverse multicultural

towns in Washington, Wapato offers two fun

tourist events for travelers visiting the Yakima

Valley — the Harvest Festival in September and

the Tamale Festival in October.

For the past 15 years, the Tamale Festival

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Filipino, Italian, German and French ancestry as

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The festival, which began in 1944, features

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Visitors can sample foods showing

Wapato’s ethnic diversity at the festival,

including tacos, Indian fry bread,

barbecue sandwiches and pies of various

varieties, and of course, lots of tamales.

Every Labor Day weekend, Wapato

residents and tourists alike look forward

to the Harvest Festival, offering various

activities, a parade, food, carnival rides

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It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for

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Union Gap

Union Gap is the oldest

community in the Yakima Valley.

It was officially incorporated as

Yakima City in 1883.

When bypassed by the Northern

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more than 100 buildings were

moved with rollers and horse teams

to the nearby site of the depot. The

new city was dubbed North Yakima.

In 1918, North Yakima’s name was

changed to Yakima, and the original

town to the south was named Union

Gap. But a lot has changed since

the Yakima City days.

Union Gap is still known to many

locals as Old Town, but over the

past two decades, the city of about

6,500 residents has evolved into

the Valley’s largest retail center,

bringing in national and regional

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Union Gap is home to a fast-growing

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national and international businesses

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Union Gap also offers tourists

ample opportunities to learn about

the Valley’s history. The Central

Washington Agricultural Museum,

located in Fullbright Park, preserves

the agricultural heritage of the area

with its large collection of antique

farm machines and tools. A series

of interactive exhibits highlight this

19-acre, open-air museum, while a

Horse & Buggy Museum opened in

2017.

Every August, tourists and locals

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the largest annual special event

at the museum featuring vintage

farm equipment, steam engines,

demonstrations and more. In early

May, the Old Steel Car Show displays

its metal at the museum. Other May

events include the FFA Lawn Tractor

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the American Historical Truck Society

Show at Fullbright Park. The park

also hosts the annual Old Town Days

celebration in June — complete with

a Civil War reenactment — as well

as regular gatherings of the Central

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People of all ages dress up in oldworld

garb and engage in activities

like archery and sword fighting.

Union Gap has nearly 150 years

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largest retail hubs. This landmark lets visitors know they are now

in Union Gap.

And there is a lot more to Union Gap than the mall. A lot of big

business occurs there.

Valley Mall Boulevard has been transformed since Costco

relocated there in 2009, and that has led to other large retailers,

like WinCo Foods, to join the party, just across the street.

Union Gap is also becoming an entertainment destination.

The Majestic Theatre — the largest cineplex in the Valley — is

located there, along with Madd Hatter Amusements, which

features haunted houses and escape rooms. Nerds Laser Tag &

Fun Center (which features laser tag, video games, foosball and

billiards) is in Union Gap as well.

Valley Mall features many activities, hosting regular events

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campers, hunters, archers, ATV

riders, mountain bikers, trail runners,

birdwatchers and fishermen.

Sports tourism is a hit in Selah.

The Carlon Park Athletic Complex

attracts baseball and softball

tournaments and other events

throughout the spring and summer

months. A community swimming

pool also gives residents an

opportunity for outdoor fun.

The community benefits from

an active downtown association,

which promotes business growth

and supports various family events

throughout the year.

The community’s biggest party

is the annual Community Days

celebration, which is typically held

in mid-May. The 2020 event was

cancelled due to the coronavirus

pandemic.

Other local gatherings include the

Independence Day Festival in July,

the Army Base Race in September,

the Business Trick or Treat in

October and the Christmas Selah

Lighted Parade in December.

Selah is the home of international

fruit products manufacturer Tree Top,

as well as a number of well-known

fruit companies such as Matson Fruit

and Larson Fruit.

Visitors can always celebrate the

area’s rich agricultural experience by

taking the Agricultural Interpretive

Loop. Plus, the city’s farmers market

is held on Wednesdays throughout

the season behind King’s Row

restaurant on First Street.

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Naches

Naches, a pioneer town of about

830 residents, is located on the

foothills of the Cascades, just 12

miles from Yakima on U.S. Highway

12.

It sits within close proximity of

many sites that offer camping, skiing,

hunting, fishing or rafting. During

the summer, visitors can stop by one

of its many road-side fruit stands

or U-pick farms, explore close-by

attractions like Boulder Cave or hike

one of the many trails in the area.

During the winter, they can plan a

snowmobiling trip or check out the

Oak Creek Wildlife Area to see elk and

bighorn sheep being fed.

All year, visitors can enjoy shops

and restaurants, including the Bron

Yr Aur Brewery, D’Nile Taphouse

and Nier the Nook. Just a couple

doors down are two more popular

hangouts: Van’s 1885 Bar & Grill

and the Country Rock Café. The

Walkabout Inn is on Highway 12

The town also hosts many family

events throughout the year. Nile

Valley Days, held at Sprick Park in

mid-July, is packed with outdoor

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booths, displays, kids’ games, live

entertainment and more.

Sportsman Days in September

is one of the longest-running

community events in the Yakima

Valley. The event features free

entertainment throughout the

weekend along with a midway,

rides, food booths, game booths,

flea markets, silent auctions, button

drawings, free shows and more.

New city facilities are also on the

way. Yakima County Fire District 3

Chief Alan Baird has secured enough

funding to build a new fire station

in Naches, a project he has been

working to accomplish for many

years.

Naches is home to the Naches

Ranger District that oversees

a big chunk of Okanogan-

Wenatchee National Forest lands

in the area. Visitors can stop by

the headquarters along Highway

12 to learn more about recreational

opportunities.

To learn more about Naches

events and things to do there, visit

townofnaches.com.

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Sunnyside

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In the heart of Yakima Valley,

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MAY

Cinco de Mayo

Celebration

MAY-SEPTEMBER

Friday Farmers Market

JUNE

Summer Ale Festival

SEPTEMBER

Sunshine Days

DECEMBER

Festival of Trees

Lighted Farm

Implement

Parade

Yakima County’s secondlargest

city has continued to

grow in recent years, attracting

more businesses with its effort to

redevelop its downtown port area.

Sunnyside is well known for its

big dairies. It also has wine tasting,

parks, a museum, brew pubs,

restaurants, lakes and the Yakima

River to offer tourists plenty of

reasons to spend a few hours or

days.

The Snipes Mountain Brewery

and Restaurant has a regional

reputation as one of the best, while

Varietal Brewing Co. opened to

wide acclaim in 2018.

A growing number of wineries —

Cote Bonneville, Tucker Cellars and

Co Dinn Cellars — have also made

Sunnyside a popular destination

for wine lovers.

Sunnyside is home to a number

of annual events, including the

famous Lighted Farm Implement

Parade in December, Sunshine

Days in September and the

Sunnyside Summer Ale Festival,

which will be held June 20 this

year.

As a kick off to the holiday

season, Sunnyside hosts one of

the nation’s best lighted parades,

the Lighted Farm Implement

Parade. Farm combines, boom

trucks, sprayers, grape pickers

and a variety of tractors are

decorated with colorful lights for

a procession of 70 or more entries

for a crowd of thousands. The A&E

network once named the event one

of the top 10 such parades in the

United States. The festive occasion

was the first of its kind in the area,

starting in 1989.

Fans of motorsports can check

out the Northwest Nitro Nationals

Pro Hillclimb, which is scheduled

to be held in early May at the

intersections of highways 241 and

24. The event typically draws 400-

500 competitors and 3,000-plus

spectators.

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SUNNYSIDE

SUNSHINE DAYS

Every September, Sunnyside

holds its annual Sunshine Days,

a weekend full of events suited

for people of all ages. The

community celebration includes

a 5K run and walk, a firefighters

pancake feed, vendors and

bouncy houses, flea markets, a

quilt show and other attractions.

Sun & Shine Car Show hosts

a parade that draws cars, trucks

and motorcycles.

Get a taste of the local history

and culture at the Sunnyside

Historical Museum, located

downtown at Fourth Street and

Grant Avenue. The museum,

which is open Thursday through

Sunday starting in May, offers

a unique look at local history,

including one of the largest

barbed-wire collections in the

nation.

Exhibits include woodcarvings,

storyboard historic photos and a

display of military uniforms and

memorabilia from both world

wars.

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RODEOS

TOPPENISH RODEO

Entering its 86th year, the annual

Toppenish Rodeo is one of the Yakima

Valley’s oldest traditions, taking place

every Fourth of July weekend in the

town “Where the West Still Lives.”

Top cowboys and cowgirls from

across the U.S. converge at this

historic Pro West-sanctioned event

steeped in the history of the American

West.

In a typical year, more than 150

contestants compete in the traditional

rodeo events such as saddle bronc

riding, team roping, bull riding and

steer wrestling. More than $5,000

in prize money is available, giving

competitors an added incentive to

travel to Toppenish. Kids events like

mutton bustin’ and wild-cow milking

are also highlights.

General admission to the rodeo

grounds is free for those who just

want to enjoy the carnival-style

vendors on the rodeo grounds.

For more information and tickets,

visit the Toppenish Rodeo page on

Facebook.

TOPPENISH

JUNIOR RODEO

The Toppenish Junior Rodeo has

been part of the Yakima Valley for 50

years, with contestants coming from

across the Northwest to compete

every August. This event gives young

people a chance to compete, and

offers educational scholarships,

souvenirs and monetary rewards.

The organization’s goal is to

encourage local youths to portray

excellence in sportsmanship and to

develop strong social values.

A companion event to the

Toppenish Junior Rodeo over the

past few years has been the Rascal

Rodeo, which gives disabled people an

opportunity to participate in simulated

rodeo events.

Children and young adults with

developmental disabilities gather at

the fairgrounds on Saturday morning

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES // Rodeos

to participate in events such as calf

and steer roping, bronc riding, bull

riding, cow milking and barrel racing.

YAKIMA VALLEY

FAIR & RODEO

Grandview has hosted this popular

family event every summer for nearly

a century.

Now in its 92nd year, the Yakima

Valley Fair and Rodeo will be held Aug.

5-8 at the Country Park Fairgrounds,

at 812 Wallace Way.

More than 1,000 people attend each

day, with a Pro West Rodeo held on

Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30

p.m. The number of competitors has

varied from 100-250 over the years.

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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES // Rodeos

The fair also features a car show

on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The show

typically attracts 100 vehicles,

including everything from hot rods to

farm trucks, all competing for a $700

grand prize. A community parade is

held on the Thursday before the rodeo.

Fair hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m.

to midnight Friday and Saturday.

ELLENSBURG RODEO

The Ellensburg Rodeo is one of

the “old rodeos” and has earned its

place as one of America’s top 10

professional rodeos.

The annual Labor Day weekend

event also hosts the World Finale of

PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour. Started

in 1923, the rodeo has grown from

a local competition among ranch

hands to the professional event

it is today, with more than 600

contestants and prize money in

excess of $400,000.

The best riders, ropers and

wrestlers compete in what many

consider to be one of the best rodeo

arenas in the nation.

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CASINOS

& BINGO

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES // Casinos & Bingo

Gaming has become an important part

of the Yakima Valley tourism landscape,

offering the enormous Yakama Nation

Legends Casino And Hotel in Toppenish

and a number of smaller cardrooms in

Yakima.

The Yakama Nation brought Las

Vegas-style gambling to the area in

1998 and now has the largest casino

in the area. Legends Casino is located

at 580 Fort Road in Toppenish, near the

Yakama Nation tribe headquarters. It

added a hotel in 2017.

Legends offers nearly 1,500 slot

machines, as well as black jack, poker,

craps, baccarat, roulette, pai gow, bingo

and keno. An all-you-can-eat buffet is

also legendary, but no alcohol is served

on the grounds. Legends is open seven

days a week and hosts live entertainment

throughout the year. For a full events

calendar, visit yakamalegends.com.

Those looking to stay closer to Yakima

can visit Casino Caribbean, regarded by

many as Yakima’s best card room for

poker and other games. Located off East

Nob Hill Boulevard near Interstate 82, the

eat-and-play establishment features a

fun, tropical theme. For more information,

visit casino-caribbean.net/Yakima.

Nob Hill Casino is located in west

Yakima. It’s open seven days a week and

features regular black jack tournaments

and other specials. It features a

restaurant and bowling alley. Learn more

at thenobhillcasino.com.

St Joseph’s Bingo in Union Gap has

become a haven for bingo players. The

hall is open Wednesday through Sunday,

and doors open 90 minutes before

games start. Proceeds from the hall

support St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic

Schools of Yakima.

Bingo is one of the least expensive

methods of gambling, making it

attractive to those who don’t want to

spend a lot of money. The hall features a

special place for pull-tab sales.

The Valley Has Plenty Of

Places To Go For Gaming Fun

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MUSIC

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES // Music

The Yakima Valley entertainment

scene offers a little bit of everything,

from rock and blues bands to folk and

bluegrass to classical.

The Capitol Theatre and The

Seasons Performance Hall host

regular musical performances

throughout the year, while the Yakima

Valley SunDome has played host to

a variety of national acts over the

years.

Classical music fans always enjoy

the renowned Yakima Symphony

Orchestra — one of the best smalltown

symphonies anywhere — which

performs at the historic Capitol

Theatre on South Third Street.

Outdoor music is equally popular

around the Valley, with a growing

number of festivals such as Roots &

Vines dotting the calendar in recent

years.

Local festivals like Nile Valley Days

and the Yakima Folklife Festival also

bring in some top talent from around

the region, including many bands

from the Valley.

The annual Roots & Vines festival

is typically held in May, but this year’s

event has been canceled due to the

coronavirus.

The Yakima Folklife Festival is

held each July at Franklin Park and

Yakima Valley Museum in Yakima.

It features some 50 performance

acts over two days, with some of the

top musicians also performing at

downtown venues in the evening.

Events feature vendors selling

food and crafts and other activities.

Check out yakimafolklife.org to see

what’s on the schedule for this year.

Downtown Yakima is also a hotbed

for local music during the summer,

with live music at restaurants and

wineries during the First Friday

celebrations each month.

Another popular event in recent

years has been Downtown Summer

Nights, a series of free concerts

Thursday nights at the plaza on

Fourth Street behind the Capitol

Theatre.

The Franklin Park amphitheater is

one more place to catch free, familyfriendly

show during the summer.

Drop by the park on Friday evenings

in July and August to see who’s

playing.

Next up is the Fresh Hop Ale

Festival downtown on Oct. 5,

featuring music, food and dozens of

fresh local craft brews and ciders.

On a more classical note, the

Yakima Symphony Orchestra — led

by Conductor Lawrence Golan —

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performs in the fall, winter and spring,

bringing in acclaimed guest artists

for a classical series as well as a

pops series.

Visit ysomusic.org for schedules

and information.

The Capitol Theatre presents

its own schedule of musical acts,

both in the main theater and also

in its attached 4th Street Theatre.

Highlights include a Broadway

series of touring musicals. See

capitoltheatre.org.

Also in downtown Yakima,

The Seasons Performance Hall

occasionally hosts jazz, classical,

rock and other styles of touring

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MUSEUMS

CENTRAL WASHINGTON

AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM

The Central Washington

Agricultural Museum is an 18-acre,

open-air museum located in Fulbright

Park in Union Gap. It is a tribute to

local farmers.

The Central Washington

Agricultural Museum was founded

in 1978. Its buildings are open April-

October. A Horse & Buggy Museum

was added to the grounds in late

2017.

Displays include antique tractors,

sorters, harvesters, more than 3,000

antique hand tools, a working sawmill

and various items related to life on

the farm.

Every August, the museum hosts

the Central Washington Antique

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES // Museums

Farm Equipment Expo, which

draws hundreds of vintage farm

machines and exhibitors from around

the region. A large collection of

steam-powered engines, early gaspowered

equipment, horse-drawn

machinery and other items will be on

display. There are demonstrations

of a working sawmill and blacksmith

shop, a parade of farm equipment,

a threshing bee, a flea market, live

entertainment and more.

Interactive exhibits include a

1930s replica gas station, a general

store and a drive-through area for

buses. At an irrigation exhibit, visitors

will learn how the area’s former

semi-arid desert landscape was

transformed into one of the most

fertile growing areas in the world.

At the Amos Cabin, visitors are

often met by someone dressed as a

pioneer, who explains what life was

like as a settler in the Wild West.

Organizers hope to leave every

visitor with an understanding of

what it took to feed America while

experiencing the settling of the West.

Visit the museum’s website at

centralwaagmuseum.org to learn

more.

AMERICAN

HOP MUSEUM

The Yakima Valley is the largest

hop producer in the world, and there

is a lot of industry history to share.

This museum aims to preserve,

protect and display the historical

equipment, photos and artifacts that

have long been important to beer

brewing. The museum is located at

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YAKIMA VALLEY

MUSEUM

Located in Franklin Park, this

museum offers various historical

exhibits about the Valley. They

feature its natural history, plateau

cultural objects, pioneer life, early city

life, and the roots and development

of the local fruit industry. Visitors

can enjoy a collection of horsedrawn

vehicles, additional historical

exhibits and a reconstruction of the

Washington, D.C., office of former

Yakima resident and U.S. Supreme

Court Justice William O. Douglas. The

museum is located at 2105 Tieton

Drive in Yakima.

YAKIMA VALLEY RAIL

AND STEAM MUSEUM

The Yakima Valley Rail and Steam

Museum Association was formed in

1989 when the depot was remodeled

with help from the Fort Simcoe Job

Corps. After three years of work, the

museum officially opened in 1992.

The next year, the depot and adjacent

freight house were purchased from

the Burlington Northern Railroad.

Then in 2000, the museum portion

was renamed the Northern Pacific

Railway Museum. The museum

is located at 10 S. Asotin Ave. in

Toppenish.

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YAKIMA // Produce

PRODUCE

Yakima County is home to one of

Washington state’s most diverse

agricultural systems. Agriculture

contributes a whopping $1.6 billion to

the local economy.

Yakima County is the leading county

in the nation in apple production

with more than 50,000 acres of apple

orchards producing premier apple

varieties like Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp,

Cripps Pink, Granny Smith, Red

Delicious, and hundreds of others.

The county is also tops in the nation

in the production of hops. There are

nearly 30,000 acres of hops planted

on trellis systems for the essential

ingredient in the world-renowned

brews of the Pacific Northwest.

Yakima County produces an

estimated 70 percent of the hops

grown in America, and in recent years

surpassed Germany as the world’s

top hops producer. The county is also

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As visitors travel around the Valley,

they may also come across apricots,

tart cherries and pluots (plums

crossed with apricots). The county

is also the state’s No. 1 producer

of melons, including watermelon,

cantaloupe and muskmelon.

The growing berry industry features

a wide assortment of blueberries

and raspberries that are on display in

local farmers markets and contribute

to a fruit juice industry that ships

worldwide.

The county grows more than 20,000

acres of grapes, including juice

grapes like Concord. Premier winegrape

varieties like Merlot, Cabernet

Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Riesling

and Chardonnay are grown here to

feed a growing wine industry. The

Yakima Valley is home to the state’s

highest concentration of wineries.

Yakima County is the leading

producer of squash (summer and

winter) and peppers (bell and chili)

in Washington and has more than

3,600 acres of sweet corn. From May

to September, roadside vegetable

stands are loaded with asparagus,

onions, snap beans, cucumbers and

tomatoes.

The farms in Yakima County range

from large-scale orchards and other

big operations to small-scale family

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growers, many of them using organic

methods to produce specialty crops.

Many of these farms offer U-pick

options so visitors can gather their

own fresh vegetables from fields.

Yakima County’s agricultural

influence isn’t only limited to what it

grows. The county is also No. 1 in the

state in dairy, milk production, cheese

production, cattle and calves, sheep

and lamb production and meat goats.

FARMERS MARKETS

During the summer months, Yakima

Valley visitors will find several farmers

markets operating throughout the

area, offering yet another fun option

YAKIMA // Produce

for enjoying the Valley’s bountiful

harvests.

These markets bring farmers and

food producers together in one spot,

along with arts-and-crafts vendors,

specialty food producers, food

vendors and entertainers to create a

fun shopping experience.

Visitors can check out the Yakima

Farmers Market downtown on

Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on

a blocked-off area of Third Street,

right in front of the Capitol Theatre.

The market typically runs from May

through October.

Some other area markets worth

checking out include:

• Selah — Selah’s market runs on

Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. at 210 S.

First St. in the parking lot behind the

King’s Row restaurant. Check out its

Facebook page to learn more.

• Prosser — The Prosser Saturday

Market is open May through October

in the park at 1329 Sommers Ave.

Operating hours are from 8 a.m. to

noon on Saturdays. Learn more at

prosserfarmersmarket.com

• Sunnyside — Sunnyside’s market

runs Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.

throughout the summer at Fourth

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TAKE FLIGHT

YAKIMA // Take Flight

YAKIMA AIR

TERMINAL

The Yakima Air Terminal

provides the Yakima Valley with

air transportation services and

facilities, allowing residents

and business travelers an easy,

affordable alternative to driving

across Snoqualmie Pass to catch

a flight at Sea-Tac.

Commercial air service is

provided by Alaska Airlines,

while Swift Air and Sun Country

Airlines provide charter air

service. Alaska Airlines provides

daily flights to and from Seattle-

Tacoma International Airport and

accommodates 76 passengers.

Located off West Washington

Avenue, the airport also

accommodates emergency

medical flights, aircraft

manufacturing and testing,

corporate aviation and general

aviation.

The airport terminal building

was constructed in the 1950s, but

it has undergone a series of minor

remodeling projects to maintain

functionality with new tenants

and to meet federal regulations.

The terminal building has five

aircraft parking gates, all of which

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Yakima also has a dependable transit system.

transition passengers through a

ground-level terminal concourse.

The terminal also provides

space for three rental car facilities

— currently leased by Hertz,

Avis and Budget — which are

conveniently located adjacent to

the baggage claim area.

The airport has a big economic

impact on the local economy

and supports many aviation

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TRI-CITIES AIRPORT

About 90 miles east of Yakima

is the Tri-Cities Airport (PSC),

located in Pasco. PSC serves a

growing region that has taken off

dramatically in the past five years.

Since 2013, the number of

enplanements at the airport has

increased by nearly 100,000,

which represents both a vibrancy

in the region and the additional

flight services now available.

The airport is home to Delta,

Alaska Air/Horizon Air, United

and Allegiant airlines and offers

flights to Seattle, Portland, San

Francisco, Minneapolis/St.

Paul, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los

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YAKIMA // Higher Education

PACIFIC NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY

HIGHER

EDUCATION

The Yakima Valley is home to

several colleges and universities

that offer broad-based higher

education opportunities, ranging from

a community college to a medical

university.

• YAKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE,

located in the heart of Yakima, was

founded in 1928. YVC — formerly

known as Yakima Valley Community

College — is one of the state’s oldest

community colleges. It is a public,

two-year institution that offers

programs in adult basic education,

English as a Second Language, lower

division arts and sciences, certificates,

professional and technical education

and community services.

• On the east side of Yakima

is PACIFIC NORTHWEST

UNIVERSITY of Health Sciences, one

of only three state-accredited medical

schools. PNWU welcomed its first class

of students in 2008, and specializes in

osteopathic medicine. The school was

founded with the mission of training

physicians to work in rural areas and

other locations facing a shortage of

medical professionals.

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Have Steadily

Increased

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• Yakima is also home to PERRY TECHNICAL

INSTITUTE, a school that ranks No. 1 in the nation for

income mobility and has a 94 percent job placement. As

a trade school, its goal is to get people on the fast track

to success within just one or two years, depending on

the program of choice. Many students secure jobs before

they graduate.

• HERITAGE UNIVERSITY, located outside

Toppenish, is an accredited, private institution offering

a wide array of academic programs and degrees.

Students enjoy a world-class, multicultural education

and personalized attention. Heritage is a nonprofit,

independent, nondenominational institution, offering

undergraduate and graduate education. Its mission

is to provide quality, accessible higher education to

multicultural populations that have been educationally

isolated.

Heritage makes it possible to earn a college degree

while continuing to live comfortably and work. Many

undergraduate courses are offered during the evenings

and graduate courses are offered on the weekends.

Many of the Valley’s future teachers are currently being

trained at Heritage.

• On the other side of Yakima is CENTRAL

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, located about 35 miles

from Yakima in Ellensburg. CWU is part of the state

university system, and was founded in 1891. Today it

serves some 13,000 students at eight locations.

Its dual admission program allows community college

students to be admitted to CWU when they are admitted

to a college, streamlining the admissions, advising

and transfer processes. It offers more than 135 majors

including nationally and/or regionally distinguished

programs in music, geology, paramedicine, physics and

education.

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