September 13, 2007 in Voices

Valleyfest expands to three days

By The Spokesman-Review

Valleyfest entertainment


7 p.m. – Valleyfest Parade

Comcast Valleyfest Outdoor Cinema Theater

8 p.m. – WyldStylez Dance Troupe

8:30 – Comcast Friday Night Movie “Talledega Nights”


Festival Stage

10 a.m. – Inland Northwest Dance Association

11:30 – Revolver (Beatle tribute)

1 p.m. – Big Mumbo Blues Band (Blues)

2:30 – Milonga (Latin Dance)

4 – Jim Boyd Band (Native American)

5:45 – Bloodline (Contemporary hits)

Family Stage

10 a.m. – Red Wing (fiddlers)

4 p.m. – Dick Frost roaming site (magic)

Comcast Valleyfest Outdoor Cinema Theater

7:30 p.m. – “Happy Feet”


Festival Stage

2 p.m. – Smash Hit Carnival (rock and roll tribute)

4 – 2 Weeks Notice (teen fiddlers)

Park activities

9 a.m. –Bike event sponsored by Wheelsport

10:30 – Nondenominational church service

11 – Rollerblade (Spokane Valley Parks/Recreation)

11:30-2:30 p.m. – Loggingfest

1 p.m. – Ultimate Frisbee (high school)

2 – Eagles Nest (elementary/family game)

Valleyfest, the largest all-community celebration in Spokane Valley, will last three days this year, its longest run ever.

Event organizers released the entertainment schedule for the free festival, which occurs Sept 21 through Sept.23 at Mirabeau Point Park.

The biggest change to this year’s lineup is a full day of events Sunday, which will showcase the best performers of the two-day Valleyfest logging competition. Logging competitions are a glimpse into the way timber was harvested in the days before high-tech logging operations were born. Some of these events are only used in competitions. They’re a chance to celebrate the skills necessary to survive as a lumberjack.

The competition will pit lumberjacks and lumberjills against one another in competition with axes, crosscut saws and chain saws with prize money on the line.

Events will include both single and double hand bucking, springboard chop, underhand chop, standing block chop, hot saw, ax throwing, choker setting and birling – log rolling for those who haven’t become aficionados of ESPN’s “Great Outdoor Games.”

Billed as “Loggingfest,” the competition begins in Mirabeau Park at 11 a.m.

The popular Fishing at the Falls child’s fishing event is back at the Mirabeau Point Park waterfall and pond. A car show will take place Sept.22, with awards for best cars issued at 3:30 p.m. The entry deadline is 11 a.m. the day of the show. Participation costs $10.

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