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A trip through Festival at Mount Si history | Photo gallery
The Festival at Mount Si honors the community spirit of North Bend as it preserves the past, celebrates the present, and embraces the future.
The event has changed a lot over the past decades, but its focus on community spirit, coming together and fun for all ages has never diminished.
"We've got something for everybody," says George Macris, president of the North Bend Chamber of Commerce. That's pretty much the slogan for '75's Alpine Days, which featured a raft race sponsored by the Kiwanis, a salmon bake, chicken barbecue, a Sallal Grange fair, women's baseball tournament sponsored by North Bend Tavern, and a Bicentennial Picnic. Everything begins with a teenage street dance on Friday night. After that, one of eight pretty young students will be crowned Alpine Days Queen. Kids should love the Moonwalk.
The American Legion Pickering Post carried Old Glory once again. Marching with the color guard was Jesse Santini, holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Santini's heroism in combat during the Korean War earned him our nation's highest military decoration. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps, and now lives in North Bend.
"I've never missed a North Bend parade in 25 years," claims Ed Lane, the number one horseman in the Snoqualmie Valley, named grand marshal for 1983. He and wife Penny have ridden their horses in all the parades. Why change now? So, no convertible for Ed, who, at 80, still keeps busy on his "horse spread" just outside North Bend.
Alpine Days King Todd Mills and Queen Kari Miller rode in the convertible in the 1988 parade. Candidates for King and Queen are judged on talent, poise and ticket sales. Grand marshals are Jack and Mary Ferrell. Jack is a forest ranger and scoutmaster, while Mary is a den leader and Sunday school teacher.
Evelyn "Evie" Offield has always loved working with children. She taught third grade for decades at North Bend Elementary until her retirement. Now, she will lead the Alpine Days Torchlight Parade as grand marshal. One of six kids born at her family's Ballarat Avenue home, she graduated from North Bend High School in 1940. Offield served in the U.S. Army, including as part of a women soldiers' theater group.
Among activities planned are a Twin Peaks spoof at Twin Peaks High School (Mount Si), a Victorian Garden Party at the Vinnedge residence, gospel, rock and roll and country music, and a mini-aquarium on wheels at Si View Park.
Former Snoqualmie Middle School Principal Jack McCullough, who retired at the end of this school year, leads the parade as Grand Marshal. Principal for 11 years, he started in the Valley as an assistant principal at North Bend Elementary in 1978. McCullough came to love the Valley as much as he loved teaching. The community has always supported the schools, he says.
Photos courtesy Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum
Parades are nothing new in North Bend. This photo shows a parade formation on July 4, 1908, with mayor Peter Maloney at the head.
Girls pack a North Bend parade float in July of 1910.
A North Bend band rehearsal, 1949.
The Hill’s Hardware’s Frigidaire truck on main street in 1949.
The North Bend high school drill team and band march down the street in '49.
The Jamboree Riding Club members rehearse in 1949.
The North Bend crowd checks out a logger’s old-growth haul in the 1987 Alpine Days parade.