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As seen at Snoqualmie Railroad Days 2014 | Photo Gallery

Master blacksmith John Simpkins, right, fires a piece of steel as blacksmith Rich Repp, left, fans the flames in a demonstration of living history at Railroad Days Sunday. Spectator Bruce Larson, center, is making his own tools and says he
Master blacksmith John Simpkins, right, fires a piece of steel as blacksmith Rich Repp, left, fans the flames in a demonstration of living history at Railroad Days Sunday. Spectator Bruce Larson, center, is making his own tools and says he's learned a lot from the demo.
— image credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Snoqualmie celebrated its heritage over the weekend with a parade, music, art, timber sports, classic cars, living history, and, the star of the weekend, an authentic steam-powered locomotive engine. The Santa Cruz and Portland Cement Locomotive 2 steam engine, owned and operated by Skathi Pappan, drew a crowd of photographers and admirers with every stop at the Snoqualmie Depot, and turned heads with every blast of its whistle.

Competing for the crowds, the Fort Nisqually Time Travelers re-enacted scenes from life in the early 1800s and timber sports pro David Moses and team awed watchers with their demonstrations of chopping and agility. To wrap up the lumberjacking demo, Snoqualmie Police officers claimed the city's double-buck title, defeating both firefighters and public works crewmen in the two-man sawing race.

Santa Cruz and Portland Cement Locomotive 2 steams up the tracks in Snoqualmie. William Shaw/Staff Photo

Members of the Washington Fallen Soldiers Banners project carry 40 banners of fallen servicemen and women in the parade. Learn more at http://www.timeofremembrance.org/soldiers/fallensoldierbannerproject.aspx

Guitarist Eric Fridrich plays the Art Stage Saturday.Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Runners sprint to the finish, cheered on by the Railroad Days crowd during Saturday's fun runs. William Shaw/Staff Photo

The Clan Gordon Pipe Band assembles for the Railroad Days parade. William Shaw/Staff Photo

The Railroad Days parade begins with a salute to the U.S. flag. William Shaw/Staff Photo

Volunteer firefighter Cat Cotton and her Dalmatians enjoy the Railroad Days parade. William Shaw/Staff Photo

Members of the E Clampus Vitus "Presishun Drill Team" laugh as they entertain parade-goers Saturday.Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

A cluster of balloons sails over Snoqualmie Saturday afternoon. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

A happy but tired Peggy Barchi, Northwest Railway Museum marketing manager, smiles for the camera during Railroad Days. William Shaw/Staff Photo

Members of the Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club line up for the parade. William Shaw/Staff Photo

Anne Mahoney talks to youngsters about what is going on in her display hive Saturday. The Snoqualmie Valley Beekepers booth drew many curious people at Railraod Days. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

High school pottery student Madison Femling hands Wynn, Fall City, a ball of clay to touch. Femling and Mount Si pottery alumnus Ariana Chriest demonstrated working with the clay during Sunday's Art in the Park. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

MSHS Football Coach and parade grand marshall Charlie Kinnune waves to the crowd. Photo courtesy Calder Productions.

Sean Sundwall, center, and fellow club runners in the Railroad Days Fun Run.

Draft horses pose for a photo Saturday between wagon rides along Falls Avenue. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Ginger Castle befriends the draft horses outside Carmichael's True Value Saturday. "I love horses, and I never had one, so I like to get up close and give them a good sniff," said the North Bend woman. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Mount Si High School cheerleaders march in the Railroad Days parade. William Shaw/Staff Photo

Junior Wildcat Cheerleaders perform stunts at the judge's stand in Saturday's Railroad Days parade. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Junior Wildcat cheerleaders celebrate Railroad Days. William Shaw/Staff Photo

At the Kids' Stage, 8 year-old David Balin plays with the snake puppet during Eric Ode's show. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Anya Heller, 4, and her mom, Sarah, pick a favorite from among the paintings drying at the Kids' Paint Junction Saturday. The New York family was visiting Seattle and came to Snoqualmie for the day. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

As seen through the hood, a visitor to the Legends Car Show Sunday checks out Richard Hooe of Bellevue's 1941 Willys coupe. Cars are Hooe's hobby. "My wife always knows where I am," he says. Hooe has put countless hours into this car.

Ryan Kolodejchuk's Willys hunting truck, a 1933 model he's been customizing for seven years.

Snoqualmie resident Steve Crabb shows off his 1968 Stingray Corvette, a rag-top model with push-button doors. He's owned the car for 20 years.

Shelby Washington of Seattle shines up the roof of his 1966 Cadillac coupe at the Legends show.

A shiny hot rod rolls down Railroad Avenue during the parade.

A Ford roadster, highly customized.

Artist Julie Brain settles in to paint the steam engine for Saturday's Plein Air Paint Out. William Shaw/Staff Photo

Artist Roy Tan, Redmond, paints a scene from the Snoqualmie Depot during the Plein Air Paint Out. Tan took third place in the printout, for a painting he'd finished earlier in the day. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Artist Dan Riley of Bellevue, captures the energy of Railroad Days during the Plein Air Paint Out. He used his phone's camera to snap the central person in the piece because "I've been getting into trouble when I make up figures!" he said. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Firefighter Matt West flips hotcakes for the Snoqualmie Fire Department's pancake breakfast during Railroad Days. William Shaw/Staff Photo

The top three artists of Snoqualmie's Plein Air Paint Out are, from left: Roy Tan, Redmond, third place; Amanda Kindregan, Duvall, first place; and Mami Shimomura, Bellevue, second place. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Brian and Christina Baker enjoy a pancake breakfast with their children, Connor, Ava and Cole. William Shaw/Staff Photo

The band Ryegrass plays a mellow set for people taking wagon rides outside of Carmichael's on Saturday afternoon. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

 

 

Demonstrating the springboard chop contest, David Moses Jr. makes short work of a tree top. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Anya Heller, 4, and her mom, Sarah, pick a favorite from among the paintings drying at the Kids' Paint Junction Saturday. The New York family was visiting Seattle and came to Snoqualmie for the day. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Snoqualmie public works staff and police officers race to cut through a log in the double-buck competition. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Robert throws an axe in a friendly competition with David Moses Jr. during a timber sports demo Saturday. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Annette Moses slaps hands with Snoqualmie Police Officer Dmitri Vlados after he and his partner Nick beat the fire department in a double-buck sawing race. The police team went on to defeat Snoqualmie Public Works, and for the championship, the women on the pro timber sports team. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Cameron DeFoe of Issaquah plays with the toy trains in the kids' area of the Snoqualmie Depot Saturday. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Instead of candy, this parade fairy, part of the Kirby Nelson Dental entry, handed out toothbrushes. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

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