This year marks the 51st anniversary of Kuna days and it has always been about the community coming together. While there is an official Kuna Days committee, the organization in charge has changed over the years. Kuna Melba News reported last year that Pat Jones, who was the Kuna Days Chairman for many years wanted to hand the baton over to someone else to run this year. This year, the Kuna Lions Club took over the reins. Ironically, however, Pat Jones, who also was elected to the Kuna City Council, is also a Lions Club member. It looks like he wasn’t able to hand off much this year. When you see him around Kuna Days this year, give him a big thank you. While there are officially organized events by the Kuna Days organizing group, there are other events all weekend that aren’t officially part of Kuna Days. But, Kuna Days has always had groups attach themselves to this annual event. We’ve included all events scheduled this weekend in our 2015 Guide to Kuna Days, no matter who is putting that event on. We’re sad to let you know there will be no pie or taco eating contest as part of this year’s Kuna Days.
Friday, August 1
Kuna Days Begins
4 p.m. — Vendors in the Park
Live Music in the Bandshell
7 – 10 p.m.
Outdoor Country Concert
Doors open at 6 p.m.; Concert starts at 7 pm., 21 and over show, $10.
Sweet Briar, Carolina Morning and The Lost Trailers!
(See page 6 of Kuna Melba News for a description of the bands!)
Family Movie Night – Rio2
Dark-30 (about 10:30 p.m.), Kuna Baseball Field
For those who forgot that the Friday night fireworks were moved to Saturday night last year, we’ve got something to go it its place again this year. Kuna Melba News is proud to bring you the second annual Family Movie Night this year. We’ll be showing Rio2. Bring your blankets and snacks and prepare to laugh.
Saturday, August 2
Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast
7 – 10 a.m., Bernie Fisher Park Basketball Court
Normally the home of the Kuna Farmer’s Market (cancelled for just this Saturday), the basketball court will once again host the Boy Scout Fundraising Pancake Breakfast. Bring your appetites.
Lions Club 3rd Annual Car Show
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Greenbelt
Last year the car show was one of the biggest in the state of Idaho. This year, the Kuna Lions Club has been bragging it will be even bigger. Prizes will be awarded to Best Early and Late GM, Best Early and Late Mopar, Best Early and late FOMOCO, Best of the Rest, Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, President’s Choice, Best Bike, Best Japanese Car, Best All Original, Best European and Best Pickup. See who will win this year’s bragging rights for their wheels.
Not only are there great cars to look at, but there are dozens of prized you can win at the Kuna Lions Club Raffle.
Top prizes include a Treager Smoker, a 7” computer tablet donated by Rent-a-Center, a round trip private flight for two to McCall with breakfast at the Pancake House donated by Rick & Jackie Hollaway and lessons to drive a race car at Fire Bird Raceway. Tickets for this drawing will be $5.00 each. ALL the proceed from the Car Show and the raffles will help the Lions Club fund our “ SIGHT AND HEAR PROGRAM” that benefit our local families.
Vendors in the Park
9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce Parade and Giant Water Fight on Main Street
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (See center spread map for this year’s route)
A parade is a great thing to witness and the Kuna Days Parade, organized by the Kuna Chamber of Commerce, is the best one all year. Held for 51 years, you’ll see the Kuna marching band, floats, cars, horses and, in what has become perhaps the biggest part of the parade, the giant water fight that bring up the rear of the parade. Last year’s fight had hydrants turned on the fire trucks and firemen as they neared Bernie Fisher Park. Warning! You will get wet if you do not leave the area. Bring your squirt guns, water balloons and prepare to fire back at the Kuna Fire Trucks.
2014 Grand Marshall – This year’s Kuna Day’s Parade Grand Marshall is Boone Bartlome. Boone suffered a devastating neck injury last fall during the Kuna vs Bishop Kelley football game. The community came together to fundraise and support the family. (See the Thank You letter on page 3 from the Bartlome family.) He will be riding in a horse drawn carriage provided by Al and Phyllis Ellert.
15th Annual Quilt Show
10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Kuna High School, 637 Deer Flat Road
This year’s show will feature over 150 quilts, 23 vendors, the country store and demonstrations.
The profits from the show will be distributed among six charities. The Boise Chordsmen youth program, Project Kids, Syringa House, Idaho Women Veterans, DAV chapter 13 of Nampa and the Kuna Community food bank back pack program. Again this year Idaho Sewing and Vacuum has donated a new sewing machine to be raffled by the Kuna Community food bank. To enter this raffle, bring two food items or 2 dollars. Vicki Bellino, national quilt designer and teacher, has again donated one of her quilts to be raffled with proceeds going to designated charities.
FREE Kids Carnival in East Ball Field
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Live music at the Bandshell
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Duck Race in Indian Creek
Have you bought your duck yet? Get them at Paul’s Market for $5 each at the check stands. From noon to 1 p.m. they’ll be giving away hot dogs & drinks down by the Swan Falls Bridge. Then, at 1 p.m. they’ll let all the rubber duckies loose. The first ones to get to the pipe on the west side of bridge street floating down Indian Creek wins! Prizes this year include Roaring Springs Passes donated by the Kuna Chamber of Commerce, a family Fun Pack of Fireworks donated by Stubbs Rental & Stubbs Fireworks, a Summer fun basket & gift certificate from Custom RX Pharmacy, a Disc Golf Set from MTC-Placement Program Facility, two five-week gift certificates from ATA Martial Arts, a Twisted Tea Ice Chest and Float Tube from Hayden Beverage, and many more!
Chamber of Commerce Parade Award ceremony
2 p.m., Bandshell
Come see who won for best float and other categories during the morning’s parade! Sorry, no food eating contest will be held this year.
Kuna Rural Fire District Old Tyme BBQ
4 – 8 p.m., Kuna Fire Station, Corner of Linder Ave and Boise St., $10 adults, $8 Seniors 66+, $6 Kids 3-11, under 3 FREE
Auction at 6 p.m.
Get a little taste of heaven at this year’s BBQ. Also, enter the $10 per ticket raffle for a chance to win a Tactical Solutions X-Ring rifle with a Vortex optic and 650 rounds of .22LR, valued at over $2,000. They have many auction items available including a BSU quilt that will start at 6 p.m. All ticket sales benefit the Kuna Fire Training Fund.
Live music at the Bandshell
7 – 10 p.m.
The Best Fireworks Show in the Valley
Undoubtedly THE BEST fireworks show in the Treasure Valley-bar none. Not only do local businesses and residents pitch in and contribute but Fireworks America, locally owned by Lloyd Stubbs, doubles the value of the explosives fired off. Also, look for the big fire bombs, a special treat that very few shows have across the nation. They’re illegal in California.
Doors Open 6 p.m., Cowgirls Parking Lot, Dance Starts after Fireworks, 21 and over, $5.00
In the same location as last year’s street dance, the fine folks over at Cowgirls are hosting this annual tradition. Unlike historical street dances, however, you can’t bring your kids and then promptly forget about them to run amuck. It’s 21 and over.
Sunday, August 3
15th Annual Quilt Show
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kuna High School, 637 Deer Flat Road
This years show will feature over 150 quilts, 23 vendors, the country store and demonstrations.
The profits from the show will be distributed among six charities. The Boise Chordsmen youth program, Project Kids, Syringa House, Idaho Women Veterans, DAV chapter 13 of Nampa and the Kuna Community food bank back pack program. Again this year Idaho Sewing and Vacuum has donated a new sewing machine to be raffled by the Kuna Community food bank. To enter this raffle bring two food items or 2 dollars. Vicki Bellino, national quilt designer and teacher, has again donated one of her quilts to be raffled with proceeds going to designated charities.