George celebrates with pie, music

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  • Rachal Pinkerton/Columbia Basin Herald George citizen of the year Courtney Felder and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Derek Sandison scoop the first bowls of cherry pie at George’s Fourth of July celebration Thursday.

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    Rachal Pinkerton/Columbia Basin Herald Little cherry-covered faces beam at the end of the pie-eating contest at George’s Fourth of July celebration.

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  • Rachal Pinkerton/Columbia Basin Herald George citizen of the year Courtney Felder and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Derek Sandison scoop the first bowls of cherry pie at George’s Fourth of July celebration Thursday.

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    Rachal Pinkerton/Columbia Basin Herald Little cherry-covered faces beam at the end of the pie-eating contest at George’s Fourth of July celebration.

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By RACHAL PINKERTON

Staff Writer

GEORGE — What is the Fourth of July without a trip to George? And what is George without the annual cherry pie?

This year was the 62nd annual George Fourth of July celebration. George citizen of the year Courtney Felder and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Derek Sandison scooped the first bowls of cherry pie. Felder grew up in George and owns Bellissimo in Ephrata. Other dignitaries in attendance included Washington State Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy.

Entertainment on stage this year included magician Joey Pipia, Brittany Jean, Darnell Scott Band, Mojo Dave Robinson, Mike Faast’s Archtops Swing Quartet and Los Vega. Youth Action Interact, of Quincy, ran children’s games and activities.

There was also a parade, a pie eating contest and a cherry pit-spitting contest. An open-air market and food booths were present for attendees to enjoy. Food vendors included barbecue, handmade popcorn and corn dogs. Things for sale included spoon jewelry, lavender products made in George, doTerra and kids’ toys.

The annual fireworks display was set by Pyro Spectators Way North, of Spokane. Justin Kooy of Ephrata was the lead pyrotechnician. In addition to all of the festivities, the TV show “Washington Grown” was in George as well filiming an episode for their award winning show.

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