May 11, 1998
Entries such as last year's Xtapa's colorful dancers and Marachi Band are a traditional part of Duvall Days Country Living Festival parade which attracts thousands of visitors.
Everyone and their families are invited to come join the fun in Duvall this weekend at the 23rd annual Duvall Days Country Living Festival. Two days of fun activities will begin with a 5K (3.1 mile) Fun Run with the 8 a.m. registration. Main Street will close at 9 a.m. on Saturday and the Street Fair and Food Court will open.
Beginning at 11:00 on Saturday, Duvall Days' spectacular parade will take place, with the Kids' Parade first, followed by the Grande Parade. Children do not need an entry, but they do need to show up by 9 a.m. and check in with the Parade Coordinator at Main and Valley. Children in costumes, decorated bicycles and wagons, kid groups, etc. are invited to participate and be a part of the fun. Each child will be presented a special Duvall Days Festival participant ribbon.
The Grande Parade begins immediately following the kids' parade. Numerous "country theme" entries including floats, horses, oxen, antique tractors, wagons, trucks and cars will be on hand. The Fire Department will parade its impressive fleet of trucks, medic vans, and even some old time engines for all to see. Commercial entries are invited to join in. There is a $5.00 fee for each vehicle. Antique and farm-related vehicles are especially appropriate to the theme of the festival and are encouraged to participate. Jill Giuliani and Beckie Ish are parade co-chair. For inquiries about the parade please call the Duvall Chamber hotline at 788-8384 or visit Valley Mailbox for further information and to pick up a parade entry form. Ribbons and awards will be presented at the grandstand immediately following the parade.
Right after the parade there will be pony rides for kids at the corner of Stella and Main, soft rides at the Fit Happens parking lot on the corner of Richardson and Brown (one block off Main), go cart rides in the Coast to Coast parking lot on Main and Richardson, hydro races on Lake Loutsis, Cow Pie Bingo, music and entertainment, followed by a frog jumping contest and other events, and much more. Special entertainment by country gospel bands The Circuit Riders, Mended Heart, Wayne Barne's Band, as well as a rock band, Branded, will begin at noon.
A fireworks spectacular can be viewed from Cherry Valley Elementary parking area or Cherry Valley Hunting Area off Hwy 203 just north of town Saturday evening.
On both Saturday and Sunday mini-hydroplane races will be held on Lake Loutsis, a half-mile south of Duvall up Big Rock Road a half-mile. A celebrity race will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. and Margie Coy, Duvall Days' Chairperson will challenge Clarence Larvius, Cedarcrest High School Principal.
On Sunday, plan to enjoy the 38th annual Fire Fighters' Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Duvall Fire Hall, with all the pancakes, ham and eggs you can eat. The price is $6.00 per adult, $4.00 for children and $5.00 for senior citizens.