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JUNE 30, 1997


Sandblast '97 to celebrate diversity

Sandblast '97 For the third year in a row, the public is invited to picnic at the river below Duvall and play in the sand as part of Sandblast '97, the annual July 4th art event on the Snoqualmie River. The free community event will include live music, sand-sculpturing events for all ages and abilities, and food and fireworks.
   Heading up the sand sculpture project will be Bellingham artist Kali Bradford, who is also returning for the third time. Bradford, who has been working with sand for 19 years, says she "loves the mutability and transience of the medium."
   This year's project will include four different themes: gothic castle, parthenon Greek, Native American longhouse, and an African dwelling.
   The three-day festival begins at noon Wednesday, July 2, and ends after the Fourth of July fireworks. The fireworks will be set off after dusk at Cherry Valley Elementary.
   At 6 p.m. July 3, a banjo and fiddle band from Seattle will take the stage. Steel drum musicians will play all day on the Fourth, and at 6 p.m., Duvall blues guitarist Marc Bristol and his band the Hometown Boys will play their original music.