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August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

The Old West-theme town of Winthrop is hungry for visitors now that the region's fires are out. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

The Old West-theme town of Winthrop is hungry for visitors now that the region’s fires are out. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

“It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well away from Winthrop) and one of the best things Washingtonians can do to help the Methow Valley is to come visit and restore the local economy, she said Thursday.

Not sure what to do with your Labor Day weekend? The Methow would love to have you.

It’s rodeo weekend in Winthrop, a town where they take the Old West seriously. Produced by the Methow Valley Horsemen, a group of men and women committed to preserving the traditions of small-town rodeo, the broncos start busting at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the rodeo grounds between Winthrop and Twisp. Admission: $5-$10, or free for kids younger than 6.

Get to town Friday night for a fundraising concert, Blues for the Burn, to benefit wildfire victims. It’s 7-11 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn, next to the Methow River and Mac Lloyd Park.

The following weekend, Saturday, Sept. 6, is the annual Winthrop Vintage Wheels Show, featuring antique and classic cars filling the town. Another fire-victim fundraiser, a downtown street dance, is 4:30-9 p.m.

More info at winthropwashington.com.

 

 

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