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Shaniko Days coming

By Debra Holbrook
   Guest writer
   Shaniko Days will liven the ghost town's streets Aug. 3-5.
   The main event kicks off on Saturday with a parade at 11 a.m., followed by a performance by the Mud Springs Gospel Band.
   At high noon, a gunfighter showdown will take place on main street, just prior to the pit-barbecue lunch.
   The beef, slow baked in the earth for 10 hours, is served with yummy fixings. This part of the event is the major fundraiser for the city of Shaniko.
   For several years, it has been for the volunteer fire department, though it started years ago as a water system fundraiser.
   The Sunshine Exchange Cloggers, led by instructor Loy Samples, will perform at 2 p.m., right in the center of downtown.
   Dancing just might be this year's theme as many children and teens will be sharing Native American, Hispanic, and possibly Tahitian offerings.
   Raffles, a cake walk, and vendors have been consistent activities throughout the years. In the past, the scheduled variations that have come and gone have been a circus, dunk tanks, horseshoe contests, auctions, and other special music and historic talks.
   Saturday finishes with a dance, in the street, the school and on rare occasions it has been in the old wool warehouse.
   Dancing will be to DJ music, but a "Shaniko's Got Talent" will also be featured in the old schoolhouse.
   The invitation stands for anyone to come (for small entry fee) and share their special ability beginning at 8 p.m. The big raffle prize will be drawn at 9:30 p.m.
   For more information, call 541-489-3446.