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Get ready Bonny Lake Days about to blast off

By Brian Beckley

The Courier-Herald

Final preparations are under way for the city's big Bonney Lake Days celebration Aug. 19-21 at Allan Yorke Park and while organizers are hoping for as large a crowd turnout this year as last, they are hoping the rains stay home.

"It's going to look a lot like last year's Bonney Lake Days, but we hope we don't have the pouring down rain," said Bonney Lake Days committee member Louisa Smith.

Like last year, the city has plenty of events, entertainment and vendor booths scheduled for the weekend, but has also added some new features to the mix.

"Things are falling into place," Administrative Services Coordinator Don Morrison said. "It looks like it will be a good event."

The weekend kicks off with the National Night Out, a crime-prevention show and softball tournament that pits the Bonney Lake Police Department and East Pierce Fire and Rescue against teams made up of citizens and local chaplains.

Last year, the Fire Department took home bragging rights in softball.

Following the games, the city is sponsoring a dance aimed at teens and young adults, featuring the band Open Rebuke.

Saturday kicks off with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Bonney Lake Kiwanis. Vendor booths and the Kids Zone, sponsored by the Bonney Lake Senior Center, will be open all day long and two new events have been added to Saturday for the 2005 edition of Bonney Lake Days.

"We've added the fun run and the 3-on-3 basketball tourney," Morrison said.

The fun run begins at 9 a.m. and the $10 registration fee includes a T-shirt and a chance to win one of eight gift certificates to event sponsor Fleet Feet Sports.

The cost of registering a four-person team for the 3-on-3 tournament is $40 and also includes a T-shirt, awards and prizes.

Saturday afternoon brings with it a classic car show, one of last year's most popular attractions.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day on the main stage, culminating in a dance at 9 p.m. featuring The Great Pretenders.

The fun continues Sunday with a second chance at a pancake breakfast, continued vendor and food booths and even more main stage entertainment,

"There's a lot of things to do, a lot of things to see, a lot of things to eat," Smith said. "Everybody should be there and have fun because it's a lot of fun."

To register for the fun run or the 3-on-3 tournament, visit the city's Web site at ci.bonney-lake.wa.us and click on the Bonney lake Days link.

A full schedule of events for the main stage is also available on the Web site.

Brian Beckley can be reached at bbeckley@courierherald.com.

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