Get ready to party, North Bend style
August 8, 2012
By Sebastian Moraga
In front of the big rock, get ready to rock big.
With the summer in full swing, North Bend kicks things into high gear with the Festival at Mount Si.
For those scared of heights, rest assured, the festival is not held atop the actual rock. It’s at Mount Si, not on it.
For three days, Si View Park will host scores of people looking for a family-friendly good time. Baking competitions, games, arts and crafts, concerts, a parade, food booths and a beer garden will help ensure that attendees can enjoy themselves, regardless of age.
Children in particular will have their own Fun Zone, packed with enough games that they will have no excuse not to dance, jump, laugh and run the day away.
Si View Park is at 420 S.E. Orchard Drive.
The parade will begin 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11. The route is from Cedar Falls Way to North Bend Way, Main Street, Second Street and ends in the North Bend Elementary School parking lot.
Concerts will include blues, country, rock, folk, R&B, funk and jazz bands, both from the Valley and around the Northwest.
The park will have two stages set for performances.
The skies above Mount Si will serve as a stage for a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. Aug. 11.
Those who will miss a meal in order to arrive in North Bend will not go hungry. In addition to myriad booths, the event will have blueberry dessert contests, cherry pie-eating contests and a chili cook-off.
Participants in the pie-eating contests must be 5 or older. They also need to come up with a “pie-eating” nickname.
The cook-off has a $300 first prize. The blueberry dessert contest has a first-place prize of $25 and five pounds of blueberries.
There’s a pancake breakfast, from 8-11 a.m. Aug. 11, at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S.
And if you just happen to pig out that day, you can always work it off Aug. 12, with the annual Tour de Peaks bicycle ride, starting at 7 a.m.
Like last year, the tour has three options: 25, 50 and 100 miles, the latter comprising the entire Snoqualmie Valley, so you can always take a “detour” when the ride swings near your house and take a nap.
Or you can tough it out and then brag to your friends at the festival’s beer garden. The beer garden kicks off all festivities Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.
Or you can skip the ride and the nap and the beer altogether and take a different peek at the Valley from a train, on the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.
The train goes from Snoqualmie to North Bend and back starting at about 11 a.m.
On the Web
Learn more about the festival or sign up as a volunteer at www.festivalatmtsi.org.