On Saturday, Sept. 8, residents, performers, businesses and various other vendors will return to Center Boulevard on the Ridge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the sixth Snoqualmie Valley Block Party.
The Snoqualmie Valley Block Party, which took a year off in 2016, has moved their date to earlier in the month of September in order to avoid bad weather. The block party features local business and artists through stage performances, vendors and activities.
Jason Green, co-founder of the block party, said their will more than 50 vendors at the event representing local businesses and nonprofits around the Valley. A new Block Party also means a new lineup of live performances including DMW Martial Arts, Cascade Dance Academy, an the Big Star Studios Competition Performance team.
Green said the Block Party wouldn’t be able to happen if it wasn’t for the hard work put in every year from volunteers. Last year’s event had 15 volunteers from business owners to high school students chipping in to make sure the block party went off well.
Green also wanted to recognize Kathy Gehrig, Jessica Self, Kendra Miller, and Kristine Haak, all volunteers who have put time an effort into organizing sponsors for vendors, putting together activities, scheduling live performances, and more.
After a few years running the Block Party has gotten a bit easier, Green said, mostly due to becoming more experienced in running a community event year after year. Green has enjoyed meeting and developing deeper relationships with the ridge business owners and working with them on the event as well.
The Block Party now brings in more than a thousand attendees, Green said, after only starting with a couple hundred in it’s first years.
The sponsors of this year’s event include Pineapple Life, Frankie’s Pizza, Sno Falls Credit Union, Infusion Bar and Grill, Snoqualmie Valley YMCA/Community Center, QFC, All Weather Heating, Snoqualmie Modern Dental Care, Big Star Performing Arts Studio, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Northwest, Snoqualmie Optimal Health Chiropractic, Imageworks Northwest, and JAKZ Group.