Kiwanis Steak Fry opens rodeo festival events July 14

Marie Galyean
Marie Galyean Idaho Statesman

Get ready for a sizzling good meal this Thursday, as the Kiwanis Club of Nampa sets up its tables and grills in Lakeview Park for its traditional fundraiser that began in 1955.

Chairman Jim Reames says the event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature delicious New York strip steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, green salad, rolls and butter, and punch. Don Redican of Dreyer’s Ice Cream is donating dessert: vanilla and chocolate sandwich bars.

According to Reames, there will also be a designated area for beer and wine purchases and consumption.

The steak meal cost is $12 for adults; hamburgers for kids 12 and under cost $6. Tickets may be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at the park on Thursday. Two longtime cooks at the event are Leroy Horne, who has been serving here for more than 40 years, and Ed Schiller, who is an expert cook of more than 30 years. Hiz Honor Nampa Mayor Bob Henry will be helping with the serving.

County Gold will be the star performers, with the cool country music of Fred Buttram, Jim Geranios, Aaron Campbell, Bobby Lee McKinney and Jim Caward. An adjacent playground will beckon to youngsters with lots of fun equipment.

Some professional radio coverage will be complements of KAWO, Rick and Carly Morning Show DJs on WOW 104.3

The proceeds from the Steak Fry benefit community youth groups, including Reading Is Fundamental, RAD Choir (Race Against Drugs), the Boys and Girls Club of Nampa and the Kiwanis International Immunization Project.

After the Thursday event, the Snake River Stampede Festival gets into full swing on Friday with downtown Nampa vendors on 13th Avenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Nampa Fire Department barbecue from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music by the Soul Patch Band from 8 to 11 p.m. On Saturday, the Parade Breakfast will be from 7 to 11 a.m. on 13th Avenue, with the colorful Stampede Parade beginning at 10 a.m.

On July 18-19 the excitement really builds up with the Buckaroo Breakfasts and slack competition from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Ford Idaho Center. July 19 is opening night for the Stampede Rodeo — “The Fastest Show on Earth” — at the Ford Idaho Center. For more information, visit


For the eighth year of Encore Theatre’s Shakespeare Garden performances in Nampa, the delightful comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” will be presented on the last three weekends this month: July 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30, starting at 7:30 p.m. The shows will be on the lawn, south of the Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, off Fern Street. Parking and the show are free, and pass-the-hat donations will be “gratefully accepted.”

The production is directed by Jonathan Perry, of Nampa, and stars Andrew Thimmig as Falstaff. Andrew’s real-life wife, Julie, who is a drama teacher in Middleton, plays Mistress Page. A real father-son team in the cast are Joseph Stevenson as Caius and his son Emmit as Peter Simple. And making this a true family show, mother and daughter Rebecca Lyons as Host and Alice as servant Rugby also will perform. Caldwell residents in the cast include Brent Gunnell as Master George Page, Trista Pruitt as Slender, David Grogan as Bardolph, Steele Sommer as Pistol and Doug Brinkman as Sir Hugh Evans. A popular actress from the Boise Little Theater, Barbara Beautrow, has been cast as Mistress Quickly.

During a chat with Brinkman, he said a limited number of chairs will be provided, so those attending may bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic snacks. Some refreshments will be sold at the event. Brinkman described the play as a plot by Sir John Falstaff, who is broke, to woo some local wives so he and his low-life friends can steal their husbands’ money. The strong, moral and insightful women, Page, Ford and Quickly, teach a lesson to this rascally prankster.

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: