WEB EXTRA: Heartland Pride draws crowd

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter
Visitors to Heartland Pride July 25 get a coffee sample from The Blend as part of a mini Taste of Washington.

Mother Nature cooperated Friday with warm temperatures for the first Taste of Washignton that was part of this year's Heartland Pride.

Despite eliminating the annual car show, hundreds turned out for the yearly event and sampled the food, music, prizes and community spirit.

This year, the Washington Chamber of Commerce made the decision to replace the car show with the Taste of Washington, which turned out to be a great hit with all who came out for the event.

Chamber office manager Candy Liggin said she and director Carol Hamilton would like to expand the Taste of Washington in the future. The initial foray into a “Taste” started small, with 7 local restaurants and caterers, all Chamber members, participating.

About 700 tickets were sold this year for the Cherry Fest Raffle. The lucky winners for 2008 were: Brian Hays of Washington—Grand Prize, 50” Philips Plasma HDTV; Adrienne Berry of Washington—1st Place, $500 BP gas card; and Doug Betson of St. David—2nd Place, $200 Washington gift certificates.

Members of the crowd also participated in the traditional Chicken Dance with the Happy Heart DJs along with other music, as well the free ice cream provided by Washington Community Bank.

WMBD, Channel 31 broadcasted the 5 and 6 p.m. news live from the square on Thursday evening; and Chuck Collins was there Friday to be part of the festivities and to do the weather live from the square.