The annual celebration of all things Millwood kicks off Saturday morning with a country breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon hosted by the Magnolia Chapter of the Masonic Lodge at the Millwood Community Center at Marguerite Road and Euclid Avenue.
The meal of pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, sausage and eggs is $8 for adults and $6 for kids under 12. “It’s a hearty breakfast,” said organizer Shireen Young. “It’s a good deal.”
The annual Millwood Daze event started 11 years ago as a way to attract people back to Millwood businesses after lengthy road work was completed on Argonne Road, said Young. “Really the whole thing is to celebrate Millwood,” she said. “We’re trying to get people to walk around Millwood.”
Many local shops will be getting involved in the event and some will have special deals available. Millwood Grocery and Spirits will offer free ice until 4 p.m., and Snap Fitness will offer activities for kids. Those in the mood for a treat can get $1.50 ice cream cones at the Corner Door, and Millwood Brewery makes its own root beer and cream soda.
The city will host a small ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new Millwood Trail with Mayor Kevin Freeman and other elected officials at 11:30 a.m. at the trailhead just west of Argonne Road on Euclid Avenue. The West Valley High School band will be performing.
The centerpiece of Millwood Daze is the street fair and car show happening between noon and 7 p.m. on Dalton Avenue between Argonne and Marguerite Road. There will be food trucks on site, and that’s also where the Wheels Parade for kids will kick off at 12:15 p.m.
No registration is required to participate, and children should arrive at noon to get lined up. Children can be in anything on wheels – bike, skateboard, wagon, roller skates or scooters. There will be a prize for children wearing the best costume. “The theme is your favorite animal,” Young said.
In prior years the street fair started early in the day but Young said they were trying to take other morning events, such as the Liberty Lake Farmers Market, into consideration. “This is the first time we’ve done a late start on our street fair,” she said.
There will be live music and country dancing from noon to 8 p.m. led by Dusty Wetzler and LiteFeet. The day will include dancing demonstrations and lessons.
This year the 5K fun run has shifted to be a sunset run, leaving from the street fair at 6 p.m. and going to Felts Field and back. Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m.
“It’s really been a popular event,” said Young. “We went to sunset this time because no one else is doing it.”
The run is being put on by Negative Split. The cost is $12 and a T-shirt is an additional $10. Visit nsplit.com/millwood-daze-run to register. Registered runners also get a $2 discount on breakfast that morning.
The Spokane County Library District will bring family games such as Jenga and Connect 4 for anyone to play. The day also includes cornhole games, art activities and a scavenger hunt. The Pug Club will be there with some dogs for pets and kisses “or the pug kisses you,” Young said.
People can end the day at the free showing of the movie “Madagascar” behind the Rocket Bakery at dusk (around 8 p.m.). Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.
“It will be a full day,” Young said. “There’s things all over our historical area to see and do.”
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