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  • Valleyfest fun on parade this weekend

    Valleyfest begins Friday night with a bed race and a parade on Sprague Avenue. It continues Saturday and Sunday with dozens of community events, a family bicycle ride and a …


  • Food, fun and human foosball at 25th annual Valleyfest

    Ian Bolen worked the controls, lifting a trash can with the giant arm on the side of the garbage truck. The 6-year-old declared the experience Saturday afternoon at Valleyfest “awesome.”


  • Valleyfest set to soar

    Valleyfest celebrates its Silver Jubilee this weekend. Among those participating in the festivities: Students at Spokane Valley High School. They’re building a float for the Hearts of Gold parade of …


  • Doug Clark: Frisbee dog champion lets fur fly in interview

    The first thing you learn in journalism school is that the public never gets tired of stories about cuddly animals. Or cuddly cannibals, for that matter.


  • Spokane Valley Lodging Tax Advisory Committee agrees on 2014 allocations

    After a lot of wrangling and discussion, the Spokane Valley Lodging Tax Advisory Committee agreed Wednesday on allocations for 2014, including $20,000 for Valleyfest. The past couple years, the advisory …


  • Engine crew douses car fire at Valleyfest parade

    The annual Valleyfest parade on Sept. 20 had a little extra excitement for the Spokane Valley Fire Department honor guard and a fire engine crew participating in the event. The …


  • Three days, many ways to celebrate Spokane Valley

    Valleyfest is part of the fabric of Spokane Valley, established as an annual community festival decades before the city incorporated in 2003. What started as a small one-day event in …


  • Valleyfest adds more activities

    A few new events have been lined up for this year’s Valleyfest the third weekend in September as organizers try to keep the annual community festival fresh and inviting. First …


  • Valley City Council wants input on lodging tax disbursement

    Even though their power has been taken away, the Spokane Valley City Council still wants to have a say in deciding which organizations and groups are awarded funding from the …


  • Spokane Valley council watching state on lodging taxes

    Lodging tax funds were a focal point of the Spokane Valley City Council’s winter retreat on Tuesday. A clause in state law that allows lodging tax money to be spent …


  • Council divvies lodging tax funds

    The Spokane Valley City Council had an extra $50,000 to dole out Tuesday as members decided how to allocate the city’s lodging tax funds. City finance director Mark Calhoun announced …


  • Grassel moving out of city, resigns from council

    Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brenda Grassel announced at the end of Tuesday’s meeting that she is resigning her position on the council effective Dec. 31 because she is moving outside …


  • Valleyfest eyes lodging tax money

    Once again, Valleyfest director Peggy Doering is waiting to hear whether her organization will receive any of Spokane Valley’s lodging tax funding. Valleyfest asked for $40,000 from lodging taxes for …


  • Spokane Valley debates hotel tax funds

    The Spokane Valley City Council had a familiar conversation Tuesday as it reviewed the funding recommendations made by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, which again did not support funding Valleyfest. …


  • 23rd Valleyfest attracts all types

    Several indicators give Valleyfest organizers a hint as to how many people visit the annual three-day event. How much food did vendors sell? How many marched in the parade? How …


  • Valleyfest scheduled for Sept. 21-23

    It seems like there is always something new to check out at the annual Valleyfest event, and this year will be no different. The 23rd annual festival started as a …


  • City Council funds Valleyfest

    Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved awarding Valleyfest $30,000 in lodging tax funding for 2012, putting to rest months of controversy. Valleyfest director Peggy Doering said she was …


  • CVB seeks lion’s share of lodging tax group funds

    The majority of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee wants to give nearly all the city’s lodging tax money to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau and only two of …


  • Valleyfest offered funds to not apply for lodging tax funding

    The ongoing debate over the failure of Spokane Valley to provide lodging tax funding to Valleyfest this year took a twist during Tuesday’s City Council meeting when a councilman revealed …


  • Council rejects Valleyfest request for lodging tax money

    Valleyfest director Peggy Doering is worried about securing community sponsors for the annual three-day festival after the Spokane Valley City Council recently decided not to give the festival lodging tax …


  • Vocal Point: With funding threatened, Valleyfest needs support

    Dec. 1 Valley Voice headline read: “Valleyfest granted no funds” It has become very clear how lack of funding will negatively affect a successful community festival. Valleyfest is a volunteer-driven, …


  • Valleyfest granted no lodging tax funds

    Spokane Valley’s only large community festival was largely ignored Tuesday when the City Council voted to allocate lodging tax money to three other organizations. Councilman Bill Gothmann made a motion …


  • Council divided on use of lodging tax

    Some Spokane Valley City Council members were displeased by the allocations of the city’s lodging tax money recommended by the Lodging Tax Committee. The committee includes two representatives of area …


  • Valleyfest celebrates 21 years, still growing

    As the Valleyfest community celebration enters its 21st year, the event is still experiencing growing pains. There are significant changes to this year’s “Hearts of Gold” parade at 7:30 p.m. …


  • Auction will benefit Valleyfest

    Probably more than a few people have already marked their calendars for the annual Valleyfest community event, which is set for Sept. 23-25 this year. But before the event can …


  • Vocal Point: Valleyfest organizers deserve city’s applause

    Last Friday was the Hearts of Gold parade that was the start of the Valleyfest community celebration for Spokane Valley citizens. I was so proud as my group of six …


  • Trout fishing one kid-focused Valleyfestivity

    Children donning face paint and clinging to balloon animals lined up and eagerly awaited their turn to cast their lines at Fishing at the Falls Saturday. The Mirabeau Falls pond …


  • Sunny day brings families out to Valleyfest

    Children donning face paint and clinging to balloon animals lined up and anxiously awaited their turn to cast their lines at Fishing at the Falls Saturday. The Mirabeau Falls pond …


  • Valleyfest offers more weekend events

    The annual Valleyfest community festival is also scheduled for this weekend, with events Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The festival kicks off with the “Hearts of Gold” parade Friday at 7:30 …


  • Valleyfest organizer honored

    As the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce gears up for its annual awards gala, the recipient of one award has already been announced. Longtime Valleyfest organizer Peggy Doering has been …

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