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Sportsman Days Brings Community Together

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NACHES, Wash. -- Sportsman Days celebrated it 65th year in Naches. Saturday was the second of three days and this year has been bigger than most.

Sportsman Days started in 1948 as a way for the small community to raise money for local sports teams but it has grown to be much more than that.

The second of three days included a parade, a carnival, food booths and more. A big hit for the crowd every year is the apple barrel races which you can imagine brings some laughs from onlookers. This year the event is larger because it is the first time in a long time the event has been moved off school grounds and into the downtown area. Sportsman Days has turned into much more than fundraising, its about bringing a community of hundreds together.

"It helps celebrate small town America," Parade Chairman Duane Lyons said. "It helps boost the community. It's a great community event. You see everybody in town, everyone you've ever known in Naches you can see here in one spot."

The Lyons Club has been organizing Sportsman Days for over six decades. They got some help from the Naches Chamber of Commerce and the City of Naches this year to make the celebration even bigger.

If you want to head there Sunday the big headline event is the Youth Fishing Derby.