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Powering up Fall City Days: Volunteer Bill Aggenbach shares 20 years of service for Lower Valley party
By Kira Clark
On June 15, the Snoqualmie Valley community will usher in summer by celebrating the 42nd annual Fall City Days. Overly excited 8-year-old girls will ride horses, ambitious adolescent boys will challenge each other during the watermelon-eating contest, and jogging buddies will participate in the Fun Run.
But before any of Fall City Days festivities can begin, Bill Aggenbach will have been behind the scenes setting up sound systems, providing electricity and repairing riverside benches.Aggenbach has been volunteering his time at Fall City Days for more than 20 years.
The first time he volunteered was accidental. Aggenbach was just a regular guest at the event when he noticed a commotion by the announcers. The sound system wasn’t working and they couldn’t amplify themselves. Aggenbach calmly stepped in, fixed the public address system, and has been an integral part of the event since.
“I wear some different hats,” says Aggenbach who wants to help Fall City “in whatever way that I can.”
Several years ago, Aggenbach engineered and supervised the installation of an electrical outlet upgrade along the river bank. Shortly after undergoing a recent surgery, Aggenbach went out to repaired the electrical outlets so that Fall City Days would have power.
After graduating from Mount Si High School in 1970, Aggenbach worked for the Washington State Highway Department, doing surveys and crew inspections. After he and wife Karen married in 1973, they decided to move their family back to Fall City. They bought land for a home in 1981 and have been active members in the community ever since.
Both of Aggenbach’s children, Josie and Charlie, graduated from Mount Si. The first time Josie was involved in Fall City Days was as a Little League player walking in the parade. Except for a few years of absence, Josie has been in the parade each summer since elementary school. Today, instead of carrying a baseball mitt or a clarinet, Josie rides her Arabian horse with the Raging River Riders.
Aggenbach and Tom Sawnson, president of the riders club, have been working to repair a bench along the river bank. Aggenbach wants everything to look clean and fresh for the event.
On some years, Fall City Days lands on his birthday, June 20. One year on his birthday, Laurie Hauglie, treasurer of the Fall City Community Association, needed someone to volunteer for the dunk tank and asked Aggenbach if he would be willing. He agreed, and had a very cold experience.
Fall City Days is entirely run by volunteers—more than 100 people lend last year.
“Fall City doesn’t have a city government,” said Aggenbach. If Fall City Days is going to happen, “the community has to do it.”
Volunteer Bill Aggenbach and Raging River Riders president Tom Sawnson repair a riverside bench for Fall City Days.