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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Three-day Valleyfest event kicks off Friday with parade

Silas Bollman, 3, makes friends with miniature pony, Ruby Red, of the 2nd Chance Ranch for unwanted or abused animals during Valleyfest. Ruby Red has only one eye after a barb wire accident. The pony also has on her ruby red slippers. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

The 28th annual Valleyfest celebration kicks off Friday night with the “Hearts of Gold” parade down Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Sprague Avenue will be closed between Pines Road and University Road at 6 p.m. for the Lions Club bed races at 6:15 p.m. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s events in Mirabeau Point Park and at CenterPlace include live music, a car show and fishing, as well as a beer and wine garden. There will be a pancake breakfast in the park from 6:30 to 10 a.m. A hot air balloon launch is scheduled at 6:35 a.m. and a night glow is set for 8 p.m. – both weather permitting.

Sunday’s schedule features TotFest and AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. A family bike ride leaves on the Centennial Trail near the park at noon, and a duathlon and a 5K/10K run start at 8 a.m. at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex on Wellesley Avenue just west of McDonald Road.