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City Blast and Disc Dogs return to Founder's Day

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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A couple of popular events are returning for the third time at this year's Medical Lake Founder's Day Festival.

Lake City Assembly's City Blast

The first event is Lake City Assembly's free City Blast event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at 400 E. Grace St.

There will be several activities and games for families to enjoy, including face painting, archery and tomahawk throwing.

City Blast will also have performances by the magician Dick Frost. According to the International Brotherhood of Magicians website, Frost "has been a professional magician for nearly 50 years. His shows are family friendly and full of laughter. In his many years as a magician, he has travelled around the country performing stage shows and strolling performances for audiences of all ages."

Other performances at City Blast include a comedian and a live band.

Lake Assembly's Janell Long said the church is also collaborating with Spokane County Library District and Shriners Hospital. Both organizations will have a booth with information for their families.

"We're excited about the year," Long said. "There are a couple of more surprises in the works."

Spokane Disc Dogs

For dog owners or animal lovers, the Spokane Disc Dogs team will be holding their third Skyhoundz Disc Dog competition at the Medical Lake High School bus loop at 12:30 p.m.

The team; formerly known as the Spokane Skyhoundz Disc Dogz, held their first competition Founder's Day festival in 2014.

"Founder's Day has become one of our bigger events of the year," John Barringer, one of the leaders of the Spokane Disc Dogs organizations.

This year's Founder's Day disc dog competition is sanctioned under the Skyhoundz Competition's and will be contested under the spot landing event rules.

According to the rules, a dog's owner will stand on the starting line and throw a disc to their dog.

If the dog catches it between 10-20 yards, the team earns one point. If the disc is caught between 20-30 yards, they score two points and three points if it's caught between for 30-40 yards. If the dog catches the disc at the end zone — 40-50 yards — it's five points.

The team will earn an extra half point if the dog catches the disc with all four paws off the ground.

The competition consists of two one-minute rounds for each competitor with a 10-15 minute break in-between.

Scores from both rounds will be calculated and the first, second and third place winners will receive trophies.

Rodney Jamerson, who is organizing the event, said this will be the last competition where dog owners can use their own discs.

According to its website, the Skyhoundz will only allow Hyper-flite flying discs to be used for its sanctioned competitions beginning in July.

"We'll provide discs for the competition," Jamerson said.

Medical Lake residents and visitors can bring their dogs to watch the competition or register them for the event.

Registration for the competition opens at noon, right after the parade. Jamerson said pet owners should not let their dogs' lack of experience of competing in disc dog events keep them from registering for their pets for the competition.

"Experience levels between dogs vary at competitions and we understand that there are some dogs who are beginners," Jamerson said. "During my dog's first competition he wasn't used to seeing so many people on the field, and sifter he heard the announcer over the PA system, something else he wasn't used to, he took off running."

Jamerson added that dogs of all sizes can compete, adding that people would "be surprised about the little dogs" in the competition.

"I've seen them (little dogs) come out of the gate and jump five times their heights,"

Jamerson said. "You never know what's going to happen at these events."

People who watch the parade may catch a glimpse of the Disc Dogs. Like the competition, the Disc Dogs have marched in the Founder's Day parade in the last two years.

"We give candy to the children," he added. "The dogs love the attention from the crowd. It's fun for everyone."

Al \Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com.

"Experience levels between dogs vary at competitions and we understand that there are some dogs who are beginners."

Spokane Disc Dogs member Rodney Jamerson



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Original Publication Date: June 16, 2016



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