Family carnival kicks off school year

August 29, 2014

By Sam Kenyon

Celebrate the Mount Si Wildcats fall sports season and the beginning of the school year with a free carnival at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at the high school. The family carnival celebrates football, all fall sports and clubs offered by the school.

“It’s not just about the football kickoff, it’s the kickoff to starting the school year,” said Laurie Farmer, a booster and mother of junior running back Mark Farmer.

The carnival is geared to younger siblings as well as the high school students and will be held in the Mount Si High parking lot at 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E. in Snoqualmie.

There will be a jump house, food, hayrides, a cake walk, ponies, a photo booth, fire trucks, crafts and more. The Mt. Si Drumline, cheerleaders, and other sports teams will be participating.

“We have a great cheer staff, we have a great band,” said head football coach Charlie Kinnune. “You go on a Friday night to Mt. Si stadium and it’s pretty special.”

The school hopes the carnival will attract anyone in the community who wants to celebrate the school such as football fans, parents, students, and the junior football players who will one day play for the Wildcats.

Farmer said one reason for the carnival is that the team wants to give back to a community that has supported them so much throughout the years.

“I think the Mount Si football program is a really unique experience,” she said. “The stadium is always packed. Even when their kids graduate, people still come to the games. It’s a social thing, you see your friends on Friday night.”

Mt. Si is the only high school in the district and the small town atmosphere of Snoqualmie and North Bend has made the football team a hub of the community for years.

“It’s everything,” Kinnune said. “We feel a real sense of responsibility to put on a good show. “We take it seriously. Representing our community is very important to us. It’s something we do not take lightly.”

The annual Scarlet and Gray Football Game, a practice match that features all levels of high school players, follows the carnival and starts at 7 p.m.

Sam Kenyon can be reached at or on Twitter @samuel_kenyon.


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