A ribbon-cutting ceremony during the June 1 Duvall Days Festival officially opened the city’s new Centennial Way. Kicking off the event was a "prance-by" by the Ixtapa horses acccompanied by the Mariachi Band and colorful dancers. Cutting the ribbon are Cedarcrest student and honorary "Mayor for the Day" Jake Knoth and Duvall Days Grand Marshal Ray Burhen who shared the honor with his wife, Tove (standing behind him). Centennial Way consists of a semi-arch at the top of the hill, a pergola at the bottom and new paving and sidewalks all the way to McCormick Park. A series of three sculptures that tell the story of Duvall from past to present are included in the project as well, the first of which was unveiled after the ribbon-cutting. That sculpture, titled "Free Spirit," is by artist Brandon Zebold and represents Duvall in the 1960’s-1980’s.
Tove and Ray Burhen (seated), longtime Duvall-area residents and civic activists, were chosen to be this year’s Duvall Days grand marshals. Standing behind them are three historical re-enactors, attired in period costumes, who have been making appearances at centennial events throughout the year. They are, from left, Michelle Tuck, appropriately dressed as legendary librarian Rose Norenberg, Ron Tuck, portraying Duvall’s first mayor, Lon Brown, and Kris Wylie, who portrays early pioneer Kate Dougherty.