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Parade honors for humble Fall City couple

Mike and Renae Tawney, owners of Fall City Welding, are the Fall City Days Parade grand marshals for 2010.  - Allison Espiritu / Snoqualmie Valley Record
Mike and Renae Tawney, owners of Fall City Welding, are the Fall City Days Parade grand marshals for 2010.
— image credit: Allison Espiritu / Snoqualmie Valley Record

For the past 33 years, Fall City Welding, Inc., has served its community.

Now, after years of coaxing by Fall City Days officials, owners Mike and Renae Tawney are being recognized for the service and outreach they offer to their hometown.

The Tawneys are grand marshals of the community parade, which rolls down main street at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19.

The marshals hold an honorary position chosen by the Fall City Days Committee, whose members felt the Tawneys were the best candidates, as they’ve given so much to their community.

The couple has raised funds for local youth sports teams, helps out in schools by starting a Booster Club for girls sports, and donating to many other organizations and groups.

“I don’t need recognition for the stuff that I’ve done around town,” Mike Tawney said.

Still, he grudgingly accepted the job of marshal. Mike and Renae will lead the parade in a VIP car, help judge parade entries and choose one parade entrant for the Grand Marshal’s trophy.

Though humble about what they’ve given to the community, the Tawneys love Fall City, where they’ve lived in for the past 35 years.

“It’s a great spot to raise kids,” Mike said. “We’ve had a lot of local kids who’ve worked for us.”

Remembering the days when they could walk into any store or restaurant and greet every person there by name, the Tawneys said Fall City, like the rest of the Valley, has changed a lot.

“But you can (still) do that some days,” Renae said. “You can find a lot of older people or people who’ve been in the community for a long time on the weekends.”

After years of watching the parade from their front deck, Mike and Renae will now have their designated seats at the judges’ table, where they’ll get an even better view than years past.

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