Getting Ready for Cruizin’ Harrington

by Cassie Nixon


The town of Harrington has been busy preparing for its 8th Annual Cruizin’ Harrington and Car Show scheduled for May 18, 2019. The locals are looking forward to sharing live music, vendors, food carts, rummage sales, and quilt show, and the Classic Cars show sponsored by The Studebaker Garage. 


The Studebaker Garage is the host and organizer of the Car Show and will be hosting a raffle and awarding trophies for the car show. After the show, the cars will tour around the town. 


The Harrington Chamber of Commerce has been busy, as they are expecting twice as many vendors as last year’s event. Leaders are overseeing the Beer Garden preparations, sending out mailers to advertise the event, and organizing a clean- up day on Friday, May 17. The elementary students will meet to clean up the park by picking up trash, branches, and debris. The middle and high school students will meet to sweep the sidewalks, pick up trash, pull weeds and wash windows of store fronts along 3rd street. 


There will be community wide yard sales with maps available of each location, including at the Church of the Nazarene. The Harrington Athletic Booster Club will serve a Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast at Memorial Hall from 8 am – 10 am. 


Jerry and Karen Allen have been busy with their restoration work of the Electric Hotel, including their most recent project; visible from the street, a beautifully refurbished original vintage sign that will be lit up for the occasion. They are excited to welcome the return of last year’s vendors, Outlaw Woman Jewelry, artist Les LePere, pianist Rodney Aho (former resident of The Electric Hotel), and Hawk Creek Duo, to their lobby. Malachi Wynecoop of Deer Park will be offering limited tours of the historic building throughout the day Saturday. 


Owners, Justin and Heather Slack of The Post & Office say that they are “excited to participate in Cruizin’ Harrington again this year. It’s always a fun and busy day for people coming to town, sharing in the excitement of the day and experiencing of the day and experiencing all that Harrington has going on from the car show to the live music and historical building tours. We will be open from 8 am -4 pm with coffee, espresso, breakfast pastries, meatball sandwiches, cold drinks, and ice cream.” 


Studio 1 will be open 9 am to 4 pm and offering 10% off on home décor (including towels, pillows, aprons, and pictures) as well as wood products and owner Paula Harrington is excited to see both new and familiar faces in her shop that she owns with her husband, Ray. Studio One is home to the beautiful handcrafted wood work creations made by Ray and embroidered home items and quilts made by Paula. Their studio also hosts local artisan work. 


Harrington Hideaway RV Park has had 5 reservations made for Cruizin’ Harrington.


The PTA will host a Bake Sale and Rummage Sale at the Harrington School, and will feature beautifully delectable treats from Carolyn’s Cupcakery. The Rummage and Bake Sale will be held from 9 am to 3 pm at the school. Donations for the rummage sale can be dropped off in the morning, between 8 am and 9 am. Also happening at the school, the High School Horticulture class taught by Ag teacher and FFA advisor, Mrs. Betty Warner, will be having a plant sale behind the school from 9 am to 3 pm. Students will be selling a variety of flowers as well as herb and vegetable options. 


Harrington Food Mart will be open from 8 am to 5 pm, offering hot food fresh to order, and features a beautiful bar height counter and stools to enjoy taking a break from the weather. Restrooms are open to the public. Owner, Austin Fries is looking forward to guests enjoying the break area of the store and has put many hours into showcasing local talent to make it a beautiful and relaxing place to rest. 


Paula Harrington will be organizing and setting up quilts to be displayed for the quilt show at the Historic Opera House, and Cherie MacClellan, owner and artist of Cherishables handmade jewelry, will organize the 30 outdoor vendors including Northwest Bounce House and Water Balls on 3rd street and Main. 


The Harrington Opera House will also be having a Rummage Sale by donation all day Saturday, so quilt lovers and bargain hunters can enjoy both in the same location!


The Harrington Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Cade Clark, will be offering games and entertainment for children and families in addition to the yard sale at their location. 


Harrington Golf and Country Club and Restaurant will be offering a Prime Rib Dinner on Saturday and is offering golf at a discount on Friday and Saturday as well as a FREE golf day on Sunday. For Reservations, call 509-253-4308. 



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