Of all the small town festivals that take place throughout the summer, Chewelah’s Chataqua stands out above the rest for the readers of The Pacific Northwest Inlander.
Chataqua received thousands of votes to become the Best Small Town Festival of 2012 in The Inlander’s annual “Best of the Northwest” Reader’s Poll.
“We in Chewelah have always known it’s the best festival,” said Chataqua Coordinator Sharon Ludwig. “I am so excited that Spokane now recognizes that.”
The Inlander is a weekly magazine that reaches 179,000 people in Spokane and Kootenai counties each week. Now in its nineteenth year, the “Best Of” poll gives readers a chance to vote for their favorites in dozens of categories ranging from restaurants and hotels, to concert venues and local television personalities. Voting took place in February and March and two to three times the normal number of votes were cast due to increased interest in online voting.
Chataqua placed in front of second and third place finishers, Pullman’s Lentilfest and Odessa’s Deutschesfest, in the write-in survey.
According to the article in The Inlander featuring Chataqua (Page 88 of the March 22-28 issue), the local festival made a quick impression on reader Michelle Fulton although she only visited once in 2011.
“One, it’s that small town feel when you leave Spokane and head up there,” Fulton said. “And second, the venue is great. The public park with the river running behind it and the history behind it and learning what it’s all about.”
The 39th Annual Chataqua will be July 12-15, 2012. It is organized and operated by Community Celebrations.
“Winning this award in 2012 is truly an honor and great recognition for Chewelah and Community Celebrations,” said Sue Lind, secretary for Community Celebrations.
By Kellie Trudeau
The Independent Staff