The Kuna Days schedule, posted at www.kunadays.com, changed after the Kuna Melba News went to print. Following is the updated schedule, with notable differences in eating contest times.
Vendors in Bernie Fisher Park — Food, craft, retail and information booths are open for business in the city park from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enter a raffle, check out the wares of talented local artists and craftsmen, get some information — and perhaps join — a community organization, get your face painted or find your next favorite thing. There’s something for everyone.
Kuna Days Parade — This year’s parade, which begins at 10 a.m., has a motion pictures theme. The parade will wind down Boise Street, south on School Street, east on 4th Street, south on Avenue E, then east right down Main Street. The Kuna Fire Department, bringing up the rear of the parade, will keep the crowds cooled off with blasts of water from their trucks along the parade route. So if you want to stay dry, stand back.
Live music in the park bandshell — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Check out the schedule on page 14.
Free Kuna Days Kids’ Carnival — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the city park ball fields. Fun activities for kids include a dunk tank, obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, water slides, fast pitch, bungee run and swing. And it’s all free. Donations are accepted, and go toward supporting Kuna Days next year, but are not required.
Antique Tractor Pull — An old-fashioned tractor pull, hosted by the Treasure Valley Antique Power Association begins at noon behind U.S. Bank. This event coincides with, but is not associated with Kuna Days.
El Gallo Giro Taco-Eating Contest — Begins at 5 p.m. at Col. Bernard Fisher Veterans Memorial City Park. One winner from each of four age groups will also walk away with a $15 gift card to the popular downtown Kuna restaurant.
Paul’s Market Pie-Eating Contest — Begins at 5:30 p.m. at Col. Bernard Fisher Veterans Memorial City Park. Like the preceding taco-eaters, pie-eaters will be separated into four age groups. Winners will also each receive a $15 gift card to Paul’s Market.
Duck Race — begins 1 p.m. Hundreds of numbered rubber ducks will bob along after they’re dumped from the Swan Falls Road bridge above to the Bridge Street overpass. Prizes will be awarded to the purchasers of winning ducks, including $200 cash, Kingsford charcoal grill, wooden picnic table, 4 full-day passes to Roaring Springs Water Park, a bobber and lure set, pop-up awning, outdoor-type speakers, coolers and more. The duck race is sponsored by Paul’s Market to benefit the Kuna Chamber of Commerce. Ducks are $5 each, and available at Paul’s Market before the event, and can also be purchased at the starting line on race day. Paul’s will provide free hotdogs, chips and pop.
Parade awards—at the park band shell, 2:30 p.m.
Kuna Reunion Dirt Jam —The 12th annual BMX free-style dirt jump exhibition takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the dirt bike jump track on Second Street, near the Kuna Senior Center.
“We have all the best BMX-ers in the valley coming out, and some coming from out of state,” said event organizer Matt Moore, noting he’ll also have lots of freebies to throw out to kids in the crowd; everything from tubes to helmets to stickers and posters. The event is free. This event coincides with, but is not associated with Kuna Days.
Beer garden — New this year, the beer garden will be held in a fenced area of Col. Bernard Fisher Veterans Memorial City Park; 21 and over only.
Kuna Fire Department BBQ – Smokin’! The 14th annual Olde Tyme BBQ, hosted by the Kuna Fire Department, takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kuna Fire Station no. 1, 150 W. Boise Street and includes an all-you-can-eat dinner of pulled pork, baked potatoes, homemade beans and rolls, along with scones and ice cream for dessert and hot dogs and French fries for kids.
Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for kids age 4-6. Children under 3 eat free. Seniors are invited to come early at 4 p.m.
The event also includes an ongoing raffle (winners must be present to claim prizes), a live auction beginning at 6 p.m. and the opportunity to soak fire department employees in the dunk tank—rumor has it Fire Chief Dennis Johnson may end up all wet.
A separate raffle will also be held for a 1978 Chevrolet brush truck formerly used by the department. It is currently on display at the Firehouse Cafe. Tickets are $5 each and are available during normal business hours at Kuna Fire Station no. 1, as well as at the Firehouse Cafe. The winner will be revealed at the Kuna Days BBQ event. The winner of the truck does not need to be present to win, but fire department representatives said it would be “more fun to present the winner with keys” at the drawing. For more information about the truck and raffle, contact Derek at 331-4042.
The event helps sustain the community burn-out fund and also allows for the purchase of additional equipment to support the fire department.
Family Dance — A family dance with live music from ‘Come Together’ is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the bandshell for families and others who want to get their groove on while avoiding the adults-only atmosphere of the street dance. This event will be alcohol-free and open to the public free of charge.
Street dance in downtown Kuna — As the sun begins to set, make your way downtown for the Kuna Days Street Dance, back again for the fourth year. The Street Dance takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight, and is open only to those 21 and older. A portion of Main Street will be fenced off for the street dance. The band iRock will perform live on stage. Inside the Street Dance area will be beverage service from several of the local bars, along with food from the Firehouse Café. A $5 donation is suggested for entry, and helps fund next year’s Kuna Days events.
City park parking lot will be open — Kuna Boy Scout Troop 181 will handle parking duties at the city parking lot at Avenue B and Second Street. The lot can be accessed from Main Street to Avenue B to the parking lot. The Boy Scouts help maximize the use of parking spaces at the lot and will be accepting donations as a fund-raiser.
The Kuna History Center — located at 415 W. Second Street, will open for extended hours Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.