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Summer festivals abound in the Valley
The spring and summer months bring plenty of festivals to
the Snoqualmie Valley. These festivals have a great small-town feel and
are enjoyed by people from all over the state.
The merrymaking starts with Fall City Days on June 17. The day
will start out with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall at 7 a.m. A
5K/10K Fun Run and 5K walk are next at 9 a.m. Registration for the run is at
7:30 a.m. at Olive Taylor Quigley Park.
A kiddie parade will begin around 11 a.m. and will be
followed by the grand parade through downtown on State Route 202. The
annual firefighters' water fight is immediately after the parade on the banks of
the Snoqualmie River. Parade awards will be presented at 12:45 p.m. at the
parade stage. Afternoon entertainment will start at 1 p.m. and will be held
on two stages. The Suffering Gaels and Jim Bassnight will both be
From noon to 5 p.m., there will be a dunk tank, with proceeds
going to the United Methodist Handbell Choir. There will also be arts,
crafts and go-Karts at Fall City Elementary, and helicopter rides.
New this year is the Ducky Derby, which will occur from 3 to
5 p.m. Rubber duckies can be bought for $5 and will be released down
the Snoqualmie River. The winning ducky owners will get a prize.
Next comes Carnation's Fourth of July Celebration. The
Sno-Valley Seniors will hold a spaghetti feed the evening of July 3. After a dinner
like that, thankfully the annual "Run for the Pies" happens the next morning.
Also that morning, Tolt Congregational Church will hold a pancake
breakfast. Late morning is parade time, with a kiddie parade preceding the grand
Another opportunity for eating comes along after the parade
strawberry shortcake at the Senior Center.
Other attractions include bands, food booths, arts and crafts
vendors and 4-H displays. In the afternoon, look for the Hot Rod and Harley
show and the Tolt River inner tube race. Fireworks sponsored by the City
of Carnation will start at dusk. For exact event times, call Doreen or
Steve Norton at (425) 333-4024.
Summer festivities switch to the Upper Snoqualmie Valley in
August. Snoqualmie Railroad Days will take place August 4, 5 and 6. Events
kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. with food vendors and games in Railroad Park
and the Snoqualmie Tribe Salmon Bake at the entrance to Sandy Cove
Park. There will be entertainment and bike decorating for kids in the Log
Pavilion at 6 p.m., and a teen dance starts at 8 p.m. in King Street.
Saturday morning starts off with a pancake breakfast at
the Snoqualmie Fire Department from 7 to 11 a.m. The Ridge to Trails
Fun Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. at Optiva and is followed by an
end-of-race party at the beer garden with food and entertainment by Jr. Cadillac.
Snoqualmie United Methodist Church will hold a rummage sale
starting at 9 a.m. The children's parade will start at 11 a.m. on Railroad
Avenue and will be followed by the grand parade. The annual Ping-Pong Drop
will also occur after the parade.
Several events start at noon, including live entertainment at the
Log Pavilion, the dunk tank charity fund raiser in Railroad Park, the fourth
annual Classic Car Show and another salmon bake with the Tribe.
Volunteer firefighters will have water ball fights at 1 p.m. in
Riverview Park. In the evening, live music can be found in the beer garden and a
Keg toss will start at 4 p.m. An adult street dance happens later in the evening
on King Street.
The next morning, registration for the annual Snoqualmie Tour de
Peaks bicycle ride starts at 7 a.m. at the Log Pavilion. There will also be pony
rides in Riverview Park, the dunk tank and more live entertainment on
Sunday. Events on Sunday last until 5 p.m.
All three days feature helicopter rides at Snoqualmie Middle
School, art, craft and food vendors, games and inflatable rides. And, of course,
the Snoqualmie Railroad will have train rides and self-propelled track
Last, but definitely not least, the festival season ends with Alpine
Days in North Bend on August 11, 12 and 13. On the 11th, opening
ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. at Gardiner Weeks Park. Entertainment and a street
dance will follow. Saturday starts off with a 5K race at 8:30 a.m. at the
Factory Stores and a pancake breakfast at Mount Si Senior Center at the
The Farmer's Market starts at 10 a.m. in Gardiner Weeks Park
and the grand parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of North Bend Way
and Cedar Falls Way. This year's theme is "Magic in the Mountains."
Entertainment will be set up at the Gardiner Weeks Park main stage from noon
to 11 p.m. and at an acoustic stage at North Bend Depot. Check out
the Classic and Custom Car Show downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy
a street dance at the main stage with Jumbalassy at 7 p.m. The night will
end with a spectacular fireworks show sponsored by the Wyrsch family
at Torguson Park, starting at 9:45 p.m.
Both Saturday and Sunday will provide arts and crafts in the
North Bend Depot, food booths in Gardiner Weeks Park, downtown kiddie
events and helicopter rides at North Bend Elementary. Festivities end at 3
p.m. on Sunday, so make sure to get plenty of summer fun before this last
festival runs out. But then again, there's always next year.