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Fun for all at Fall City Days: A Valley Record photo gallery

  - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Photos by Kira Clark and Seth Truscott

Children chomped fast and furiously during the Young Life watermelon eating contest, which returned in all its messy glory Saturday afternoon, June 15, to Olive Taylor Quigley Park, as part of a hopping Fall City Days.

“It was a total success,” says Young Life staffer Michelle Carnes, who helped organize the event as part of a new crop of volunteers.

“The kids that won were the kids that attacked the watermelon and had juice coming off of their nose," she said.


Above, youngsters chow down on watermelon.

Abby Russell of Fall City tried "pretty much just eating" to win her age bracket. Here, she reacts to her win with friend Hannah Christensen, who talked her into the eating contest.

Sean "The Watermelon Man" encourages participants in the youth divisions.

"I am still hungry," says Abigail Hutchens, who won the middle school-level contest. Her parents run a booth, so she comes to Fall City Days yearly. There's so much to do in Fall City, says the 11 year old.

428 runners finished the 5k and 162 runners finished the 10k Fall City Days fun run. “A 10k is way too far for a person to run,” said 10k finisher Andrew Harris.

Ridley and Rhys Kippen ran in the Fall City Days kids 1k fun run. “It was no problem. I play football. I only walked a little bit,” Rhys said. His sister enjoyed the race because she made a friend.

Craig and Isabel Phalen, and Kelly and Kira Stedman, get their faces painted, of Carnation and Seattle.

Mother and daughter Alana and Bailey Hall, had their faces painted together. “Is this fun or what?” Mom asked.

Dennis Estrin rides his tractor with the Northwest Vintage Iron tractor club. These aren’t just any tractors; one club member owns a Porsche and Ferrari tractor. Another member has refurbished the tractor he learned to ride as a boy in Dallas, Tx.

Randy Sader has been making cotton candy at fairs and festivals in the Seattle area for over 30 years. “It’s a sticky business,” Sader said.

The Mount Si cheer team performs in the main parade. Bella Eriksen and Annie Bluher say the team worked on the routine for a week before the parade.

Children had their own parade before the main parade got rolling.

Brain Major, chalk artist, working on a chalk painting featuring the great blue heron using many of his favorite colors, earth tones mixed with blues and purples. “I think it is turning out very well,” Majors said.

John Mullen, master carver at the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, shows Alexandra Clark what it takes to make a cedar canoe. “Wow! That’s really hard,” Clark said.

“I saw some herons, and I want to paint one!” Julia Harris tries a splatter technique. Anyone was welcome to paint a 16 inch carved wooden bird during the community art project. Painter had 30 barrels of bright colors to choose from their imaginations to direct them. In September the birds will appear at the Fish Festival.

Ducks cascade into the Snoqualmie River during the annual Fall City Days Duck Derby.

A young boy watches at the rubber ducks take their short river journey.

Kevin Hauglie gets ready for the grand-prize-winning duck to flow into his net.

Bryce Tjossem, Kevin Hauglie and Jack Webber wrangle ducks during the rubber Ducky Derby.

Children dive in to help clean up following the annual Ducky Derby.

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