Samuel Nearn beats the heat Saturday by squeezing a water bottle over his head. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

North Bend Block Party and car show bring festivities to North Bend

The sun was out, and so were the crowds at North Bend’s weekend festivities, which included the Downtown Block Party Saturday (this page) and the Legends car show Sunday (page 3).

Two stages of live entertainment, and a main street filled with booths, games and other children’s activities made the annual community celebration on Saturday another success this year.

Chaplins did a brisk business with families visiting the tie-dye T-shirt tents and the Mount Si Artist Guild quickly ran out of space to hang the hand-painted puzzle pieces from children who stopped in. Boys lined up to play human foosball and Si View Parks’ Gaga Ball pit was busy, too.

Over at the petting zoo, a capybara was a very popular, if unpronounceable critter to visit with and there were plenty of bunnies for everyone to cuddle.

Legends Car Club closed down North Bend Way from Bendigo Boulevard to Ballarat Avenue to display the cars brought by members of the club from around the Northwest. Classic cars, restored and maintained, lined the streets and owners spoke with visitors and answered questions.

Many of the cars on display were also being judged by a panel of Legends Car Club for 14 different categories of awards, including “City’s Choice” which was decided on by city staff.

They also held activities and contests for the attendees with trivia ongoing through the event, a best tattoo contest, as well as a raffle for a variety of gift baskets and prizes.

All of the money made through the event will be donated to the charity The Forgotten Children, as well as the club’s scholarship for students of Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

North Bend’s Arnold Hoke with his 1963 Aston Martin. He brought the car back from Europe when he was stationed there.

Cars line North Bend way as attendees get a chance to get a close look under the hood. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Various items were available to to win through a raffle. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

A tiny 1950 Cadillac was also on display, brought to the show by Nina Brooks from Seattle. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Susan O’Malley hangs painted puzzle pieces to dry at the Mount Si Artist Guild booth Saturday during the Block Party. The pieces, painted by children as an arts activity, will be assembled into a community collage, O’Malley said. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Wyatt DeVolt, age 3 and a half, finishes his popsicle before starting on a tie-dyed T-shirt project. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Volunteers with Night on a Dark Trail give a creepy welcome to people at the Block Party. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

On display by the Legends Car Club tent was a 1923 Model T Dirt Track Racer owned by Mike Conrad from Buckley. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Washington Fencing Academy student Allison Beedle spars with the father of another student, both of them left-handed, at the academy’s Block Party booth, Saturday. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Young goats at the petting zoo compete for a spot in a folding chair Saturday. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Sarah Goodspeed, volunteering at the Encompass booth, paints a heart on Kaethyn Franklin’s cheek. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Ignite dancers perform to the song “One way or another.” Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

A 1947 Ford Coupe was brought to the show by Larry Stokes of Burien. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Ignite dancers finish their performance with a flourish. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Ignite dancers perform to the song “One way or another.” Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Sara Lewis gets help from a Mount Si Artist Guild volunteer to start painting her masterpiece, a puzzle piece for a community collage. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

LocoMotive played the Bendigo Stage Saturday at the Block Party. Pictured from left are Bella Mariani, Ethan Horn and Ryan Horn. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Shravan Ranganathan pets a sleeping chicken at the Block Party’s petting zoo. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Legends Car Club judges look at the cars on display and make notes for the awards. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photos)

The rock-climbing wall at the Block Party drew a steady stream of adventurers Saturday. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

A tap dancer with Ignite puts on a solo performance. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Shayne Dickelman smiles as Encompass face painter Emily Creed transforms her into a tiger Saturday during the Block Party. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Cars on display outside of Twede’s Cafe. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)