Clouds couldn’t shut down the smiles Saturday, June 14, at Fall City Days.
The volunteer-run street fair, parade, live entertainment, fun run, and all-town party drew a crowd, like always.
The theme this year was “Still Wild,” and wildness did reign at the annual Watermelon Eating Contest. Youths and adults were fed by the local Young Life hosts, with the fruit from Farmhouse Market. As always, the hungriest diners won.
Andrew Harris, who won the teen eating event, trained all year for this—”Working hard every day in sports, doing extra in track, just to build up to this moment—building up my metabolism so I could just process all that watermelon,” said the 16-year-old.
Another wild moment was the afternoon’s Duck Derby, when the ducks actually started going the wrong way at first.
With the river low, the little squeakers actually started heading upriver, before volunteers moved the boom and helped them catch the current. The flotilla then headed downriver and into a plastic chute, where Kevin Hauglie grabbed the first couple dozen prize-winners.
Proceeds from Fall City Days help fund local schools, community groups and charities.
Photo gallery: Photos by Seth Truscott and William Shaw
Above and below, racers are out of the gate at the Fall City Days Fun Run.
Above and below, cooks get breakfast ready at the Fall City Masons’ annual pancake meal.
Mike Johnston and Art Farash carry the colors during the parade.
Parade grand marshals Walt and Boletta Watkins cruise in a carriage.
Raging River Riders start the parade; Happy 50th anniversary, RRR.
Mount Si cheerleaders show off their stunts during the parade.
Chief Kanim Middle School’s band at the parade’s start.
Jenny Brown walks Brio while Todd Bohle holds Scoop! following the parade.
Ducks go in the water at the start of the Ducky Derby, Saturday.
Kevin Haughlie awaits the winning ducks during the benefit derby.
Teens from Fall City, and a visiting group from Germany, about to start eating in the Young Life watermelon contest.
Andrew Harris celebrates his melon munching win.
Sean Christensen, left, keeps the melon coming in the eating contest. Shawn Carnes cheers on eaters in the melon-man costume. Hannah Christensen, 11, center, won one of the youth watermelon event
Visitors to Fall City Historical Society’s booth watched as Dr. Rocky Hammond ties a fishing fly nymph.
Best friends Zoe and Kaila go down the slide at the Fall City Market carnival.They’re been best buds since they were 2 years old.
Cascade Vaulters Rachel Cathro and Zoe Anderson show off their moves in Quigley Park.