The nights are getting cooler. Some leaves are already starting to fall. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find a parking spot near Mirabeau Point Park next weekend, Sept. 20-22.
All, surely, mark the ending of summer and the coming of autumn.
With the 24th annual Valleyfest only a week away, area children are sharpening their beanbag tossing skills while at the same time working on their free candy-taking technique to maximize the number of morsels that can fit in a tiny fist. As always, there will be plenty of familiar sights and sounds, but organizers are promising some surprises, as well.
As per usual, the “Morning Glow” will – weather permitting, obviously – light up the Spokane Valley skies with hot-air balloons will get underway around 5 a.m. with balloons launching around 6:30 a.m. That will be a precursor to the “Hearts of Gold” parade that will travel on Sprague Avenue between North Gillis and Pines roads beginning at 7:30 p.m.
This is the busiest day of the weekend, which begins with another balloon launch, a 5K/10K run and the 5th annual Step Up for Down syndrome walk.
Meanwhile, at CenterPlace, show up at 7 a.m. for the pancake breakfast. Then hang around for the car show, planetarium, beer and wine garden, music, robotics and comedy.
At Mirabeau Point Park, the booths will open at 10 a.m. and stay that will ‘til 6 p.m. Most will have kids activities, and there will be lots of family-friendly demonstrations and music throughout the day. Also, don’t miss out on the wide variety of food available.
There will also be “fishing at the falls” and there will be astronomy demonstrations starting around 7 p.m.
If you care to cap things off with a movie, “Surf’s Up” will be shown on the big outdoor screen at 7:30 p.m.
As things start to wind down on Sunday, check out the new boat, bike and run triathlon, where participants use kayaks and canoes on the Spokane River instead of swimming. There will be more music and vendors in the park, plus a bike ride on the Centennial Trail at noon. It’s also AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, so there will be plenty of canines about.
For more information on the events, visit valleyfest.org.