June 21, 1997 in Washington Voices

Ride Valleyfest Bandwagon

By The Spokesman-Review

The eighth annual Valleyfest is in the works for Sept. 20, complete with the Spokane Symphony, the All-Valley Band, which plays only “Louie-Louie” and a musical by the Valley Theater Arts for Children.

As usual, Valleyfest will be at Terrace View Park.

Organizer Peggy Doering wants to hear from anyone interested in joining the parade or having an arts and crafts booth, as well as volunteers for the fun run and other events.

“We all need to recognize this as our community event and become involved in it,” Doering said. “Every year it gets bigger.”

“One of the benefits I’ve seen is involvement of middle school and high school kids working with the younger kids,” she said. Last year, students from leadership classes at high schools around the Valley worked on Valleyfest activities.

Doering said that putting on Valleyfest takes about $40,000. A $1,000 grant from the Spokane Valley Sunrise Rotary Club and $800 from Safeco have started off this year’s fund-raising.

A great deal of the financial support comes in the form of in-kind donations. Tidyman’s, Vera Water and Power, U.S. Bank and The Spokesman-Review are among the major supporters of Valleyfest.

For more information, contact Doering at 924-6829.

, DataTimes

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