Festivals rule next few weekends
July 25, 2012
Biped or quadruped, you might just have yourself a time in the Valley next month.
On consecutive weekends canines and humans have their day, hopefully, in the sun. On Aug. 5, the annual Dog Days of Summer returns to Snoqualmie. Then, Aug. 10-12, North Bend’s iconic hill will witness yet another Festival at Mount Si.
The Dog Days of Summer starts at 1 p.m. and lasts for 90 minutes at the Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park in Snoqualmie, across the street from Centennial Fields.
The park will host vendors promoting their pet products, and offering giveaways, prizes and informational material. Pet owners and their pooches get to participate in contests, watch demos, have their photo taken and more.
Booth spots are free, but sales require a business license, according to a press release from the city of Snoqualmie.
Snoqualmie’s parks and recreation department organizes Dog Days of Summer. Call 831-5784.
Then, a week after the dogs have had their fun, it’s the humans’ turn.
Duck derbies, pet beauty pageants, cherry pie-eating contests, chili cook-offs, beer gardens, food booths and concerts will welcome the crowds to the Festival at Mount Si, 420 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend.
Other attractions during the three-day shindig at Si View Park will include a Kids’ Fun Zone, an arts exhibit, arts and crafts show, Tour de Peaks, a grand parade, a fireworks show, a silent auction and two stages rocking with the sounds of country, blues, jazz and other music genres.
Tour De Peaks returns with three bicycle rides, a 25 miler, a 50 miler and a 100 miler, the latter being a tour of the entire Valley.
The festival will include a chili cook-off with prizes for the winners. A blueberry dessert contest will allow those who think they own a legend in baking to show their talents.
Then, there’s the grand parade at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11 — it lines up along Cedar Falls Way, goes northwest on North Bend Way and then north on Main Street, southeast on Second Street and finishes at the North Bend Elementary School parking lot.
Go to www.festivalatmtsi.org for more information or to register as a volunteer.