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Hillyard Festival was a blast

Share your comments on the 100th Hillyard Festival this weekend, below. It was a great event - lots of people, live music, hot rods and fun vendors in the park.
What did you do? What was your favorite part of the parade?
If you have a good snapshot, e-mail it to the blog at
Don't miss this picture story from Sunday's paper.
The Hillyard Festival Association is meeting today at 6:30pm at the Northeast Community Center, for a debrief and preparation for the Hispanic Festival this weekend.
Questions? Call Luke Tolley at 509-475-3509

Ten things to know about the 100th Hillyard Festival

- it starts tomorrow, Friday. The official proclamation for Hillyard Festival Weekend is at 4:30 p.m. in Sharpley-Harmon Park.
- the Hillyard Hi-Jinks Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday - going north on Market Street from Wellesley and Francis.
- there's another parade: Hot Rods in Hillyard parade south on Market immediately after the first parade. The Hot Rods stay in downtown Hillyard all day.
- find a place to park your car - the event is completely walk-able.
- Saturday is free swim day at the Hillyard Pool, all day. Remember to say thank you to Central Spokane Lions Club - they are footing the bill.
- there are more than 70 vendors at the park. There's bound to be one kind of food there you like.
- in case you left the house without cash, you can purchase commemorative 100th Hillyard Festival wooden coins with your debit or credit card to pay your way at the booths.
- you MUST have ID on you to get into the beer garden; no exceptions.
- pick up a Hillyard Festival Gazette at any Hillyard business for a full schedule of music and entertainment.
- If you haven't been to Hillyard in a while, come on up. It's going to be a great weekend.

Here's a link to this morning's story about the 100th Hillyard Festival

The blog is back -

- from vacation, just in time for the sun to come out.
Hey, does anyone have some great pictures from the Hillyard Chalk Art Walk this weekend?
E-mail them to and I'll share some on the blog.

And here's a link to the early edition of the Hillyard Festival Gazette. This is the 100th anniversary of the Hillyard Festival and it runs from August 5 to August 7. I know the good folks behind the festival need all the help they can get as this year's festival is bigger than it's been in years.
The Festival Association meets every Tuesday at 6:30  p.m. at the North East Community Center - just show up - or call Luke Tolley at (509) 475-3509.
You can also join the Hillyard Festival Association on Facebook here.

Hillyard parade fees went up

The fee to be in the Hillyard Parade this year is $20 - that's up from $5 last year. This spurred some discussion this morning, mostly focusing on what to do for children who can't afford to pay $20 to be in the neighborhood parade.
One suggestion is for merchants to pay part of the parade fee for low-income families; another suggestion is to simply not charge kids on bikes and with waggons.
The festival committee decided to raise entry fees because this is the centennial parade and the festival is expected to draw a much larger crowd (and parade) than other years.
Costs associated with porta potties and insurance are higher this year, too.
The Festival Committee has yet to make the final decision on the parade fees.

Hillyard Festival Gazette needs submissions

This year's Hillyard Festival is the 100th anniversary of the neighborhood celebration, so the Hillyard Gazette will be publishing more frequently begining at the end of May. Luke Tolley is looking for submissions - news bits, small stories, pictures, historical information - it can all be e-mailed to:

Hillyard Parade marshal needed

Please submit nominations for parade marshall for this summer's Hillyard Parade. It's the 100th anniversary festival and parade and the festival committee is looking for people with a strong connection to Hillyard. Visit the organization's Facebook page here to nominate.
Festival parade meeting is on Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Outlaw Cafe.

The festival association meets today

The Hillyard Festival Association meets on April 12 (today) at 6:30pm at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook Street. Lots of volunteer positions have yet to be filled and many decisions have to be made to pull off this summer's 100th anniversary festival.

Design the Hillyard Festival logo

This year is the 100th Hillyard Festival celebration and the good folks on the festival committee are looking for some creative people who can design a killer centennial logo, and a new design of a hobo mascot.
The best of each will win $50 - deadline is April 12 at 4 p.m.
Follow this link for more information.

Hillyard Festival 100th anniversary planning

There's a meeting on Tuesday, Jan 11th at 6:30pm at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street) of  the Hillyard Festival Association meeting and we need your help.
This year is our 100th anniversary of celebrating the Hillyard Festival, so I am asking you to attend and support our Festival.
The only donation we are looking for right now is a little bit of time and wisdom to the cause.
We've revamped how we do things to be more effective and efficient, but we need help to implement the system. We can't just let the 100th anniversary of our Festival pass like any other one.  We have to make it monumental, the best ever. Please help. If you can't make it on Tuesday but want to help, please let me know.  
Via e-mail from Luke Tolley - please rsvp to Luke at or by calling (509) 475-3509

Stay connected with Hillyard

I wanted to drop you a line and let you know there have been a lot of recent developments among them the Greater Hillyard Business Association Website at  which includes a calendar of all Hillyard meetings and events.


Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the Hillyard Festival so watch for more information coming soon.

Via e-mail from Luke Tolley in Hillyard - and thanks, Luke, for linking the Hillyard Blog to the GHBA site

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Welcome to the Hillyard neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last six years I've worked for The Spokesman-Review.

In April, I started a neighborhood blog on South Perry Street (where I live). When it came time to expand the blog activity, Hillyard was an easy pick: There is so much going on in this neighborhood in terms of new businesses and street improvements, festivals and new construction - and there is a strong sense of neighborhood history and pride. I'm looking forward to highlighting all of that on this blog.

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