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Sunday, December 8, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.”

Soon after, Bolen was ready for more awesome.

“Mom, can we get on the train?” he said, already leaning in that direction.

The 25th annual Valleyfest was met with golden sunshine Saturday, as Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace filled with people looking for fun, food and games.

In keeping with its 25-year tradition, each of the vendors packing Mirabeau Park had to offer a free activity for kids. There were two stages of music, demonstrations and other live performances during the day as well as abundant sources of food and lemonade.

A new attraction garnering a lot of interest was the human foosball game, which allowed people of all ages and athletic abilities to try their hand at a unique game of soccer. People had to keep both hands on a span of PVC pipe as they twisted and stretched to get to the ball and score a goal.

Barry Aramburu tried out the game with his 13-year-old daughter, Faith, and 9-year-old son, Wyatt. “It was my first time doing it,” he said. “It’s so hard to get involved in the action and keep both hands on the pipe.”

Wyatt Aramburu scored two goals.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I’m really bad at soccer.”

Valleyfest continues today with Responsible Dog Ownership Day and other activities in Mirabeau Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also a family bike ride on the Centennial Trail at noon. Admission is free.

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