The Lake Chelan Valley was a busy place this past weekend

by Richard Uhlhorn

All of the Photos from the Car Show are on
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This past weekend was a mish mash of events and activities and despite the fact that it isn’t summer yet, it certainly felt like summer.

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A beautiful 34 Chevy Coupe was just one of over 100 meticulously prepared cars entered into the Cruizin Chelan Car Show.

The Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce held the 12th annual Cruizin Chelan Car Show on Woodin Avenue with 100+ cars showing up. The results of the show were unavailable at press time. They will be added to this article when All Things Lake Chelan can get them.

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A motor head in the making

In addition to the Car Show, the PNWBA Pro BBQ Classic was taking place in Riverwalk with samples of BBQ meat for $2. We are waiting on the results of that event also.

In the evening, the Chamber held a fireworks show which seems to be a normal thing anymore. Used to be only during the 4th of July and Winterfest that fireworks were offered to the community.

There were a lot of people in town enjoying the Car Show. I ran across a visitor from Vernon, B.C. who said he and his wife, along with some other companions road into town on their motorcycles. “We didn’t know this was going on until we arrived,” he said. “The girls are out looking for a shoe store while we look at the machinery.”

Leo Miller and crew were situated at the corner of Woodin and Emerson in front of the Museum. One of his gorgeous old Dodge’s was advertising his Miller’s Lake Chelan Car Museum, which is slated to open on Saturday, June 23. All Things Lake Chelan will be giving a preview of the museum on the week of June 11, with an in-depth interview with Leo.

There were a number of newer cars on display at this year’s show, but I chose to concentrate on the vehicles I haven’t seen before, and there were some beauties.

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This beautifully restored 1927 Harley Davidson J was on display
at Cruizin Chelan this year. 

Harold Schell was situated behind his gorgeous Indian Motorcycle, but the real eye catcher was the 1927 Harley Davidson J with sidecar attached. Harold was decked out in his 20’s clothes to go with his motorcycle. All in all there were around 10 motorcycles on display.

Other events were also playing out on Saturday.

The annual fly-in had planes flying around the valley all day and Miss Veedol was back at the airport for visitors to get a good look.

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Miss Veedol and other planes were on hand at the annual Lake Chelan Fly-in out at the Lake Chelan Airport.

Out at Don Morse Park, the Lake Chelan Beach Bash 1 put on by the Kahiau Volleyball Club kicked off the sand volleyball season with U12s and U14s playing on Saturday and the U16s and U18s along with the first sand volleyball boys team playing on Sunday.

A great volleyball tournament will continue next week at Don Morse Park.

The Lake Chelan Beach Bash 2 will take place at Don Morse on June 9. If you like beach or sand volleyball, this is the place to be. These kids are fun to watch and there is plenty room to kick back and enjoy.

Activities:

Up on top of Chelan Butte, paraglide and hang glider pilots were checking out the World famous Chelan air with sled runs to Chelan Falls Park. In July, world class paragliders will descend on Chelan for a Pre-World meet. All Things Lake Chelan will keep you posted on that event.

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On top of Chelan Butte, hang gliders and paragliders were flying Chelan air.
File Photo by Richard Uhlhorn

Echo Ridge was busy with hikers and mountain bikers enjoying the many miles of trail and the incredible bloom of lupine on the north side of the system. The local riders are in awe at the new trail built by Bob Knauss that leaves out of Grand Junction and takes the rider all the way down to Alley Oop before looping back to the parking lot.

Over the past several years, Paul Willard, USFS, Bob Knauss and assorted volunteers from the Central Washington Mountain Bike Alliance have added 5+ miles of new single track trail which is making Echo Ridge a very popular, family oriented mountain bike venue.

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Eli Willard leads his mother Catherine down Dust to Glory in last year’s 30/60 mountain bike race at Echo Valley/Echo Ridge. Eli now races on the Wenatchee Vallely Composite Mountain Bike Team. 

Next Saturday, June 9, the annual NW Epic 30/60 Mountain Bike event will be taking place at Echo Ridge. Over the years, this event has proven to be one of the most popular races on Washington Multisports calendar attracting around 400 riders each year.

Summer might be just around the corner, but events and activities are heating up the Valley.

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