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Alpine Days festival rises from ashes

They began in January, four months behind schedule, but it didn't stop them from working to create a "can't-be-beat" festival for this weekend. The group, which now consists of Jill Massengill, president, Chris Garcia, vice president, Candice Dills, secretary, Charlotte Jacobs, treasurer, Terry Hill, Frank Smith, Jackie Driver, Camille Dec, Chuck and Dixie Smith, Dave Moyes, Lou Pujalet, Nels Melgaard and George and Sharon Wyrsch, was off and running with fundraising, booking music and arranging food and arts and crafts booths, while trying to make this year's event even grander than last year's in just six months time.

The enthusiastic crew collectively spent thousands of hours planning the festival, and feels that with the insight gained in this yearOs learning curve, they will be able to go into it next year more aware of what is required of them.

"We have been figuring this out as we're going," Dills said. "It's too much work to do it one year and not have the benefit of the planning the next year," She added.

This year's festival will include a spectacular fireworks display, a beer garden, more than 100 arts and crafts booths, enough food to feed a small nation, karaoke for kids, live music on all three days and a skate jam for in-line skaters and skateboarders. The parade also has a new twist this year that brings part of the route down North Bend Way. After heading down North Bend Way to Main Avenue, the route leads to Second Street before ending on Downing Avenue and Third Street at North Bend Elementary.

"It brings it more into our town and makes it more of a North Bend event," Dills said.

Volunteers are still needed for the weekend. Help can include such duties as manning a barricade during the parade, hanging posters, or working on the cleanup crew. For more information, call Chris Garcia at (425) 888-4477.

For more information, check out the official festival guide, inserted into this newspaper. The fun begins, Friday Aug. 10, and continues through the weekend.

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