SOAP LAKE – The Soap Lake Powwow returns Friday through Sunday featuring tribal members from throughout the Northwest.

The annual event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with a dancing and drumming parade at Smokiam Park, marking the official opening of the powwow. The shoreline park is located off state Route 17.

More activities are planned throughout the weekend with grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday before winners are announced.

A horse parade is also planned for Saturday before the grand entries and vendors will be set up at the park throughout the weekend.

Competition will include young tribal members as well as elders, with many dressed in traditional buckskin, beadwork and feathers.

Audience participation is encouraged during the powwow.

The powwow returned to Soap Lake in 2013 for the first time in more than three decades.

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