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12/4/2013 3:04:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Founders' Day may get new name

Sebastian Moraga
Staff writer

No more Founders' Day?

That may well prove to be the case, after the Cashmere Chamber of Commerce unveiled a renaming contest for the premier party of the city's summer.

The contest seeks to give the event "a fresh start," 35 and a half years after the party started, said Jill Leonard, the newly-hired festival director for the chamber.

"There's been talk about Founders' Day and [about] a fresh look and [about] the name," said Leonard. "We thought that with a different name, we could honor those in the community who are not necessarily founders but have done a lot to help the city of Cashmere."

Reaction to the new name will likely be mixed, Leonard predicted.

"Some may already have thought that a change to the name is positive, but there's going to be the old-fashioned older generation who is not going to be as excited."

Once the name is changed, the word Founders will stay on in some manner, like a tagline, Leonard said. At the same time, she said that parts of the event that focus on founding families will not disappear if the name changes.

"We just want to see what the community comes up with," she said, later adding that the chamber will try to figure out how to include present-day Founders' Day stuff into the newly-named party.

Entries for the contest must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 to be eligible.

A release from the chamber stated the festival committee will narrow the choices to the top names and present those names to the public for a vote. The name with the most votes by March 1 wins. The person who submits the winning name will receive an opportunity to ride in the Crunch Pak Grand Parade and a $50 prize.

The winning name may well end up being "Founders Day," Leonard said, but the public will have to decide by vote.

Entries may be in English and in languages other than English, she added, noting that the chamber is accepting entries now.

"We are going to see what the community comes up with, then we will narrow it down to, say, the top five and then we will put it out to a vote," Leonard said.

The chamber has not decided what else about Founders' Day will change, Leonard said, although the group will study past editions of the event and see what can be brought back.

"We are just kind of looking at all the possibilities of what we can do to make it a daylong festival," she said. "Instead of a parade, a ping-pong drop and some little activities. There hasn't been any major changes, just a lot of talks and what-ifs and exploring at this point. I don't think any of the concrete stuff will really come until after we have a name."

To submit an entry, send an email to In the subject of the email please write "Festival Naming Contest."  In the body of the email, include your name, phone number, mailing address and the proposed name of the festival.

The contest has no age restriction, no entering fee and no limit on number of entries. Participants must be residents of the Cashmere School District boundaries and no chamber board or festival committee members may participate.

If two people submit the same name, the prize will go to the first person who submitted it. The winner will be asked to participate in the 2014 Crunch Pak Grand Parade.

No profanity, ethnic, religious, sexual, or derogatory terms or verbiage will be allowed. If the submitted entry contains any such language, the entry will be immediately declared ineligible.

All the chamber board of directors' decisions are final and all submitted entries and proposed festival names become the property of the chamber upon entry.

If you have any further questions regarding the contest, contact Cashmere Chamber at 782-7404 or email the festival director at

Sebastian Moraga can be reached at 782-3781 or

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