Arts and Entertainment

A hometown party 
under Mount Si

Mount Si High School cheerleaders perform in the 2013 Festival at Mount Si parade. The Grand Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. - File photo
Mount Si High School cheerleaders perform in the 2013 Festival at Mount Si parade. The Grand Parade starts at 10:30 a.m.
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Si View Community Park once again hosts the Festival at Mount Si in North Bend’s big back yard, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8 to 10.

Events start Friday with an arts show, live music, booths, vendors and children’s activities at the park.

A children’s parade and grand parade start at 10:15 a.m. downtown on Saturday. Then the action moves back to Si View, with food and pet contests and lots to see and do. Live music all day includes an 8 p.m. concert by Austin Jenckes of “The Voice” fame. Fireworks cap the day, launched from North Bend’s Torguson Park. On Sunday, come for family field games and a big chili cookoff.

This is the second year since Si View was remodeled, so newcomers to the park can enjoy the upgraded surroundings, children’s area and a new band shell.

We asked Jill Massengill, Festival committee president, what makes this summer event, which returns August 8 to 10, 2014, so beloved.

What makes the Festival special?

“I think it stands out as the longest running and largest community event. Generations of Valley families look forward to either attending for family fun, food, the parade and music, or they plan a party at their home that night for a barbecue picnic and spectacular fireworks show.”

How does it bring community together?

“It brings the community together through common interests. Not only the events and family fun, but the efforts on many many people and business to participate in donating or volunteering to pull something of this magnitude off.”

What’s your favorite part?

“My personal favorite part is the friendships I have made with a number of really super people that volunteer time and efforts AND the clean up party.....really! I have never laughed so hard in my life. Sunday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m.—come check it out.”

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