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Roy rodeo, Get out of the Rut, Blackberry festival, harbor days, lots of music and more this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm with No Comments »
August 31, 2012 3:44 pm

Tyler Krouse, 5, of Roy, has a front row seat as he waits for the start of the 50th Anniversary Roy Pioneer Rodeo Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 at Roy, Wash. Tyler's dad said that Tyler dresses like that every day. (Karie Hamilton/For The News Tribune)

Pull out your cowboy hat and head out to the Roy Pioneer Rodeo this weekend. There will be bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and more. You’ll be able to watch some of the best local cowboys compete in your own backyard at the Roy Rodeo Grounds, 8710 Higgins Greig Road S., Roy. The gates open at noon Saturday and Sunday, with the rodeo beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $4-10, cash only;

Want to discover nature, learn about local wildlife, and maybe even try out the new zip line course? It’s the Get Out of the Rut Weekend at Northwest Trek where you can do all that and more. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is located at 11610 Trek Drive E. in Eatonville. Admission is $8-$18, event activities are included with


Instead of cursing those darn blackberry bushes, celebrate them at the Bremerton Blackberry Festival this weekend as it revels in all aspects of the blackberry. There will be a children’s entertainment stage, vendors, chalk art applications, blackberry wine and beer garden, car show and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. Learn more at

Join in the celebrations of a working waterfront at the Olympia Harbor Days Festival today through Sunday. The annual festival is where tugboats return to the southernmost tip of Puget Sound for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to the summer. Join in the fun from 5-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. It’s all taking place at Percival Landing Park, 625 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Admission is free. Go to for a complete schedule of events.

Runners and walkers won’t want to miss the annual Over the Narrows Gig Harbor-Tacoma run on Saturday. Supporting Communities in Schools of Peninsula, Food Backpacks 4 Kids, Children’s Home Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Children of Fallen Soldiers, the chip-timed 10-mile run over and back on the Narrows Bridge offers great views. Families can enjoy a leisurely 5K fun run/walk across the bridge, and there’s a new Kid’s Dash course. Registration is $15 for anyone 12 years old and older. Go to to find out how you can register and participate.


Hailing from Southern California, alternative metal rock band Linkin Park has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards. Touring in support of its most recent release, “Living Things,” the band will perform at at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome. Incubus and Mutemath also will play. Tickets are $41-$67 through Ticketmaster.

Take in the Motown iconic groups, The Temptations and The Four Tops, at a 7 o’clock concert tonight at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie. They will be performing some of their famous hits including “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” Tickets are $30-$65 and available through Ticketmaster.

With hits like “Lazy Eye,” “Panic Switch” and most recently “Bloody Mary” from their new release “Neck of the Woods,” Silversun Pickups have been on the alternative rock scene for ten years. See them in a 7 p.m. concert Thursday at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond. Tickets are $35 and available through Ticketmaster.

For more ideas go to The News Tribune calendar

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