Citizen of the Week Hard work for summer fun

While families from the Valley and beyond would agree that Fall City Days is a great party, most people may not realize that months of work go in to making it a blast.

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2008 4:14pm
  • News
For a decade

For a decade

While families from the Valley and beyond would agree that Fall City Days is a great party, most people may not realize that months of work go in to making it a blast.

Festival Chairwoman Judy Dix and other volunteers start preparing each February for the June event, which brings the community together and raises thousands of dollars for youth programs every year.

After a decade of coordinating vendors, and eight years chairing the event, Dix has gotten organizing down to a science.

“It’s getting vendor applications out, checking to make sure permits are in with the county, ordering equipment, making sure the carnival’s on board. It’s overseeing all the committees in a general way, but everyone on the committees works so hard. Now it’s kind of on automatic pilot,” she said.

The reward is when families tell Dix how much they enjoy their local street party.

“Kids will say, ‘Great job,’ and it’s their favorite day in Fall City. That’s why I do it,” she said. “It’s the kind of day where as long as your kids have a little money in their pocket and a place to meet you, you can walk around town and just have fun. We look out for each other, and everyone stays safe.”

That small-town character is what the New Jersey native loves most about Fall City, which she has called home for 20 years. Concerned with keeping the “rural character” of the area, Dix is also active with the Lake Alice Community Association.

“We feel blessed because we just love Fall City. I love that I know everybody. The community is everything we could have asked for raising the boys,” said Dix, whose sons Evan, 21, and Ryan, 18, both graduated from Mount Si High School.

Encouraged by her husband, Terry, Dix first got involved in the community volunteering at their sons’ schools.

“In the beginning it was just to see what kids were doing in school, and kind of spy on them,” joked Dix, who now works at Fall City Elementary part-time.

As her boys grew up, she saw coordinating Fall City Days as a natural evolution of her involvement, because proceeds go back to children, she said.

Being the public face of Fall City Days is also a great way to get to know more neighbors, Dix said.

“The people I’ve met on the committees are friends of mine, and they’re people who do so much for the community,” said Dix.

Fall City Days is a group effort, but Dix’s dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed by the team.

“While a lot of people give of their time and talents to make Fall City Days a reality, Judy is the one who makes sure everything is ready for the festival and that no detail is overlooked. She is tireless in her attention to detail and always ready with a great witticism to lighten everyone’s spirits,” said Vanessa Allen of the Fall City Community Association.

Dix will bring her skills and enthusiasm to next year’s Fall City Days, whose theme will be volunteerism. Dix thinks that’s fitting for her town.

“Our community works that way: We’re unincorporated, and we like to help ourselves. We don’t depend on the county. We try to make do and make it a community effort,” she said.

• Do you know Valley residents who deserve recognition for their good work? Nominate them for Citizen of the Week, an award co-sponsored by the Valley Record and Replicator Graphics. Send your ideas to, or call (425) 888-2311.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health
Inslee sets June 30 target for Washington to fully reopen

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places, the federal CDC said.

Matt Marshall, leader of the Washington Three Percenters gun rights group, addresses a crowd rallying for Second Amendment rights Jan. 17, 2020, at the state Capitol in Olympia. File photo
Open-carry of weapons now illegal at state Capitol, rallies

A new law bars people from carrying guns within 250 feet of a permitted demonstration.

As rates of stoned drivers increase, law enforcement face challenges

WSP trooper said a THC breathalyzer would be a “game changer” for law enforcement and courts.

Courtesy of Fall City Community Association
Fall City could finally have a septic system

State Legislature approved $6.5 million to help fund the project.

E. coli. Photo courtesy of the Food and Drug Administration
Seven King County children sickened with E. coli

Seven children in King County have been infected with E. coli, a… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. File photo
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital expands vaccination services

The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is joining the King County Vaccination Partnership Network,… Continue reading

Aaron Kunkler/Staff photo
The new Snoqualmie Valley Youth Activity Center is almost complete with board members expecting to be able to open it to youth nonprofits soon.
Thirteen years, and 10,000 labor hours later, the Snoqualmie Valley youth center nears completion

The new Snoqualmie Valley Youth Activities Center building is nearing completion.

Sound Publishing file photo
Remi Frederick, a Village Green employee, receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way.
County health officer looks to community immunity instead of herd immunity

Herd immunity may be unlikely to reach King County anytime soon, but… Continue reading

Courtesy image
Snoqualmie River bridge will be closed May 10 to 14

A paving project along State Route 202 will begin with closures on… Continue reading

Most Read