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Millwood Daze focus is children

Thu., Aug. 21, 2014

Kids and their families decorate wagons for the annual wagon parade during Millwood Daze.
Kids and their families decorate wagons for the annual wagon parade during Millwood Daze.

The sixth annual Millwood Daze festival is Saturday, with food, fun, vendors and music.

“I’m so excited this year,” said Mollie Dalpae, executive director of Mid-City Concerns.

Dalpae said this time of year, families have been getting ready to go back to school, spending money on school supplies and new clothes.

“Why not send them back to school with one good memory,” she said.

Children are the focus of the celebration. All vendors have at least one kid-friendly activity; there is the wagon parade in which kids decorate their own wagons and join in the fun.

It’s the third year of the wagon parade. Dalpae said the first year, they had 20 wagons and last year they doubled that with 40. She thinks that number will double again this year and hopes someday to break the world record – they will need 141 wagons to do that.

The decorations are important since whoever wins the best decorated wagon competition gets passes for the Spokane Interstate Fair.

An accordion player will lead the wagon parade this year. There also will be a bagpipe player and many other musicians. More than 50 vendors will be lining the streets, many of whom have been at Millwood Daze before.

New this year is the car show and an all-city baseball game held in City Park.

The game is open to all ages and abilities – just bring your glove and join a team.

Dalpae said the 5K run is a highlight, with runners making their way through scenic Millwood and by the Spokane River. It’s a nice size for a run, with about 180 people running every year.

Most of all, the event is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels. Last year, the charity received around $9,000, enough for 2,200 meals.

“I love the family feel to it,” Dalpae said about Millwood Daze. “When you walk down Dalton, you forget your worries.”


 

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