PROSSER — Crowds and parade entrants joining in the Prosser annual States’ Day celebration held on Labor Day this year, broke previously held records, according to Prosser Chamber Director John-Paul Estey.
The community of just over 5,000 was overflowing from end to end on parade day Monday and busy all weekend prior, as it closed out summer under the temperatures reaching the low 90s.
Estey said 136 individual participants were part of the 2019 version of the yearly parade, billed as ‘the longest parade in Central Washington.’ This was up from 110 entries in the 2018. This is the highest number of participants ever.
“The weather was a big factor for the really good turnout,” said Estey of the festivity’s success.
The bustling community celebrated its 94th consecutive year of reveling in its’ diversity. The all-town celebration began as a way for neighbors to learn and share information with each other about their roots. Prosser neighbors would don name tags identifying their home state – thus, States’ Day.
This year, the community honored its’ own, Dixie Amundson. Amundson is a long-time Prosserite, business owner and volunteer. Amundson served on the Prosser Chamber board in leadership roles and was a member of the Historic Downtown Prosser contingent who formed the non-profit. Amundson owned Keno’s the restaurant and bar for years after purchasing it from her parents. Following Amundson’s retirement, Keno’s became home to the current Horse Heaven Saloon on Sixth Street.
The Cascade Amusement Carnival was set up and ready for business in City Park on Friday night. Community kids bearing colorful ‘all you could ride’ arm bands were seen throughout the weekend, sporting their wristbands
Adding to the weekend’s fun were concessions at the park by service organizations, including all-age Bingo, non-stop music and entertainment on the outdoor stage. New this year to the entertainment lineup was the local Desert River Celtic Band.