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Centennial block party to make big splash

Adi Hienzsch stands in front of his carving of Snoqualmie Valley’s history for North Bend’s Centennial block party. The carving, which took over 150 hours, can be viewed at the party or at Hienzsch’s workshop at 14410 436th Ave. S.E. - Dan Catchpole / Snoqualmie Valley Record
Adi Hienzsch stands in front of his carving of Snoqualmie Valley’s history for North Bend’s Centennial block party. The carving, which took over 150 hours, can be viewed at the party or at Hienzsch’s workshop at 14410 436th Ave. S.E.
— image credit: Dan Catchpole / Snoqualmie Valley Record

Classic rock tunes, unusual events and plenty of fun for youngsters are on the menu for the North Bend Centennial Block Party.

The party runs 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 27, on the two main downtown blocks. Traffic will be detoured from North Bend Way to Park Street so partygoers can fill the streets in honor of the city’s 100-year milestone.

Activities and entertainment are planned for two stages downtown, at the Bendigo Stage at the corner of North Bend Way and Bendigo Boulevard, and at the Centennial Stage at Main Street and North Bend Way next to Cook Real Estate. A children’s fun area will be set up at Ballarat Avenue, and vendors will be placed throughout the downtown area.

Most of the party is geared toward children and families.

“This is a community, family event,” said Gina Estep, North Bend’s Community Development Director and an events organizer.

Entertainment events start around 4:30 p.m. and will continue through the evening. A finalized schedule is available at www.ci.northbend.wa.us.

Bendigo Stage events include:

• a doughnut-eating contest for children age 12 and younger;

• a team cheeseburger eating contest, hosted by Twede’s Cafe;

• a Valley Center Stage live performance;

• a dog fashion show; and

• a canine costume contest sponsored by Valley Animal Partners.

Centennial Stage events include performances by the Cascade Jazz All Stars, Harley Braumbaugh, Suzanna Fuller, The Dogtones and the Veils of the Nile belly dancers

Musical entertainment includes an 8:30 p.m. performance by a special guest rock band that organizers cannot name for contract reasons.

“They’re famous,” was all Estep could say. “You can hear them on the radio.”

Feats of strength

For partygoers with something to prove, Emerald City Smoothies and Alpine Fitness will hold a mini-strength competition, the Almost Strongest Man contest, behind the beer garden on Main Street. Men will compete to move big loads and other feats of strength.

North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing and other community leaders are on tap to get soaked at the dunk tank on North Bend Way. The tank will be filled with the newly aquired well water that is allowing North Bend to grow.

The Doggie Olympics take place on North Bend Way. Canines can perform tricks, such as jumping and catching a Frisbee, for glory.

The Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge will hold a beer garden to refresh the thirsty, between the Sure Shot Tavern and Easy Joe’s.

Children’s activities

Children can find plenty to do at the party. A children’s bike parade, sponsored by Rattlesnake Lake Cycles, heads down North Bend Way at 5 p.m.

The North Bend Panther Pride Unicycle team performs at 7 p.m. in the children’s area at Ballarat Avenue.

George’s Bakery and the Northwest Railway Museum will sell cookies from a Cookie Train parked by the depot. A Kid’s Salon sponsored by Destiny by Design and Encompass will allow children to color their hair in crazy colors and make it look wild. The Emerald City Raceway allows children to build a model go-cart out of Emerald City Smoothie cups and other gear, then race it down a runway.

North Bend Totz will stay open late to allow families with small children to find a sitter while they peruse the party.

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