The crowd celebrates a near-perfect axe throw by a contestant Sunday during the timber sports demonstration in Sandy Cove Park. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Snoqualmie celebrates Railroad Days 2017

Snoqualmie celebrated its 79th Railroad Days over the weekend, with pancakes and a parade, painters and pooches, classic cars, modern music, fun and games and everything else that a small-town celebration requires.

The weekend began brightly with firefighters cooking a huge community pancake breakfast at the fire hall, followed by the Railroad Days parade, featuring Grand Marshal Ed Wentz, riding in the historic Snoqualmie fire engine.

Events on the schedule for the weekend included timber sports shows by pro timber sports athlete David Moses and his team in Sandy Cove Park, living history demonstrations and artists at work in the gazebo and at Railroad Park, children’s activities in the Field of Fun at the Snoqualmie Depot, plus two stages of live music.

Sunday brought all of the weekend’s activities together, along with a substantial crowd with the Legends Car Show and fun awards.

Strong competition turned out for the beard contest during Sunday’s car show in Snoqualmie. Candidates included, from left, Cade, better known as “peach fuzz,” Isaiah Whalawhitsa, and the winner, John Delport. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Beautiful Belgian horses pulled the Carmichael’s Hardware float in Saturday’s Railroad Days parade. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Children and families exhausted themselves Saturday at the bounce houses and other Kids’ Field of Fun activities at the Snoqualmie Depot. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Colorful cars of every age, make and model lined the streets and parking lots of Snoqualmie Sunday. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Crowds saluted as the color guard marched by in Saturday’s parade. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Chunks of wood fly as David Moses demonstrated the springboard event in Sunday’s timber sports show. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Dick Kirby, with the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum booth, helps a youngster named Matthew to get started with a toy called the buzz saw. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Grand Marshal Ed Wentz had the place of honor in Saturday’s Railroad Days parade, in the Snoqualmie Fire Department’s historic truck. Wentz was a longtime volunteer firefighter and former assistant chief of the department. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Students on exchange from Snoqualmie’s sister city of Gangjin, Korea, marched in traditional costumes in the Railroad Days parade. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Twins Mila and Owen, 4 and a half years old, in front of a firetruck before the Snoqualmie Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast Saturday. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Raechel Frick and her son Henry donned firefighter helmets for Saturday’s pancake breakfast. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Snoqualmie Firefighters Mike Bailey and Tanner Webb serving pancakes, bacon and doughnuts. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Legends Pacific Northwest Car Club members took part in Saturday’s parade, as well as Sunday’s car show. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Snoqualmie Valley historian Dave Battey talks with visitors at the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum booth Saturday during Railroad Days. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Snoqualmie insurance guy/rocker Jeff Warren plays during the Railroad Days parade. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Junior cheerleaders perform for the parade judges Saturday. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Children go to great lengths to bend under the limbo stick during the fun awards games at the Legends Car Show Sunday in Snoqualmie. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

The Snoqualmie Valley Youth Marching Band was a big hit in Saturday’s parade. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Winners of the Plein Air Paint Out Saturday are, from right, Jacqueline Tribble, first place; Sarah Sedgwick Anderson; and the third-place painting, on the chair, of Susan Jenkins, who was unable to attend the awards presentation, but left her completed entry in a pizza box for the judges. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

A colorful mosaic of hand-painted puzzle pieces, created by children at North Bend’s Block Party in July, was on display at Arts in the Park during Railroad Days. The project was sponsored by the Mount Si Artist Guild. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Karen Haas, a historic re-enactor, spins wool into yarn as she welcomes a family with all of their questions about historic life. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

The Northwest Railway Museum hosted train rides, as it does every summer weekend, throughout Railroad Days. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Bob Ufford, of Lynnwood, admires the model trains on display at the American Legion Hall during Railroad Days. He said he comes every year for the car show, but always has to stop and see the model trains, too. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club members perform in the parade Saturday. (Jessie Koon Photo)

Belgian horses stand ready to pull a wagonload of passengers from Carmichael’s Hardware along Falls Avenue Saturday, during the Railroad Days festivities. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Belgian horses stand ready to pull a wagonload of passengers from Carmichael’s Hardware along Falls Avenue Saturday, during the Railroad Days festivities. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)