North Bend Block Party set for this weekend
July 17, 2013
By David Hayes
In 2009, the city of North Bend held a little get-together to celebrate the city’s centennial. The results were so overwhelmingly positive, the event became an annual tradition.
The Downtown North Bend Block Party returns July 20, bigger than ever. Gina Estep, community and economic development director, said the public has responded quite favorably to the one-day festival.
“The community knows it’s a great opportunity to come to downtown North Bend, get to know the local businesses and have a great time,” she said.
Estep said the original premise was to give North Bend businesses the opportunity to participate in a low-cost festival, presenting and marketing themselves to the community.
“The citizens seemed to love it,” she said.
The event takes up the entire length of North Bend Way from Bendigo Boulevard North to Ballarat Avenue North. Estep estimated the festival crams in as many as 3,000 people along the stretch of roadway throughout the day, with at least another 1,000 who show up for the entertainment headliner, Spike and the Impalers. The local cover band headed by radio personality Spike O’Neill culminates a day of musical entertainment on the main stage.
The community stage features more entertaining acts from the Reptile Man to Bella DiDomenico, the 2013 Snoqualmie Valley Idol winner. And there’s dancing, a pancake-eating contest, a climbing wall and petting zoo, among other activities, in between.
Estep said this year’s block party would also feature more than 60 vendors, each with their own activities throughout the day.
North Bend Block Party schedule
12 p.m. — Mysterious Fatmen
12:45 p.m. — Lisa D and the Groove
1:30 p.m. — Future Jazz heads
2:15 p.m. — Mordy Ferber
3 p.m. — Ignite Dance
4 p.m. — Locked and Loaded
4:45 p.m. — The New Cardinals
5:30 p.m. — Ask Sophie
6:30 p.m. — Dorian Blue
7:15 p.m. — Raffle winner announcement
8 p.m. — Spike and the Impalers
12 p.m. — Snoqualmie Strings
12:30 p.m. — Cascade Dance Academy
1 p.m. — Minute to Win It Games sponsored by Sterling Savings
1 p.m. — Mt. Si Gymnastics
2 p.m. — Pancake Eating Contest sponsored by Twede’s Cafe
2 p.m. — DMW
3 p.m. — Reptile Man
4 p.m. — Mount Si Sports & Fitness Zumba Demo
4 p.m. — Bella DiDomenico (2013 Snoqualmie Valley Idol Winner)
5 p.m. — Dance Like No One is Watching — line dancing demonstration