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Mount Si

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Get gooey at eating contest, Page 8 Cherry pies, berry treats abound in competitions

The sounds of Si View, Page 9 Hear a world’s worth of music at weekend fest

Local dancers, world class, Page 10 Pro ballroom duo open Arts at Festival Hall

Youngest Grand Marshal, Page 12 Budding breakdancer Jonah Duvall rides high

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Indulge your sweet tooth in a variety of ways—some messy, some not—at the 2011 Festival at Mount Si. Berry-filled events at this year’s event include the Burstin’ with Blueberries cooking contest, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and the cherry pie eating contest, 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. Lifelong “foodie” and local food tour host Jan Marie Johnson mixed food into the Festival to knead in a spirit of competition. She started the blueberry dessert contest a few years ago to give cooks the chance to strut their stuff, then added a cherry pie-eating contest with the help of Twede’s Cafe to really spark some appetites. “There’s nothing like seeing someone gorge on pies,” Johnson said. Entrants will be divided into two age groups; age 5 to 12, and 13 and above. Winners will take home a trophy and bragging rights. Participants devise creative stage names to represent themselves, and spectators cheer for their favorites by ‘name’ as competitors pig-out on pie. Those interested in compet-

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ing are encouraged to register at 1 p.m. at the information booth on Saturday, as there will only be enough pie for a limited number of adults and children. Then it’s just a matter of working up an appetite and scarfing down as many pies as possible. The event draws upwards of 300 spectators and creates quite a bit of noise. Contestants need to be at the second stage by 1:45 p.m., and all eaters must fill out a waiver form. Children under 18 must have their parents sign; you must be at least age 5 to take part. The six-year-old contest has made good use of the staple cherry pies at Twede’s Cafe. The pastries got a shot of fame from the Twin Peaks cult mystery series; Cafe owner Kyle Twede says he goes through about 70 pies a week. They’re Twede’s most popular item.

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Lower on the mess scale, but just as heavy in food and fun, is the ninth-annual Burstin’ with Blueberries Dessert Contest. “We receive some really fun and interesting entrants,” Johnson said. Participants whip up their favorite home-made, blueberry-themed desserts to present to the contest judges. “I like to promote the local businesses and berry heritage of the Valley,” Johnson said. “It’s a great time to celebrate the season and what is home grown.” First, second and third prize winners will each receive a trophy. The top contestant will also take home $25 cash and five pounds of blueberries from Bybee-Nims Blueberry Farm. Those interested in entering one of their original creations can register at the information booth at 11:45 a.m. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 1:15 p.m. To learn more, call (425) 888-3788.

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Originally conceived as a hip-hop group, Eclectic Approach, playing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, has expanded its musical horizons and fully embraced the name. “It’s definitely a rock sounding feel, fused with a little hip-hop,” said member Ryan Jander. You can hear their music at www.eclecticapproach. com/. Playing folk, rock and pop

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Snoqualmie residents, and world-class ballroom dancers, Kora Stoynova and husband Simeon Stoynov show off moves in a recent professional ballroom competition. The pair will open The Arts in Festival Hall exhibition during the Festival at Mount Si.

Two of the best ballroom dancers in the world, and certainly the greatest dancers to call the Snoqualmie Valley home, will show audiences how music feels when they perform for the opening night of The Arts in Festival Hall this Friday at 7 p.m. “I enjoy making music visual, I enjoy creating emotion within my audience, I enjoy seeing tears in my audience’s eyes,” dancer Kora Stoynova wrote in an e-mail message to the Valley Record. “Dance has been my life since I was 5 years old, it’s a part of my soul.” Stoynova and her husband Simeon Stoynov, live in Snoqualmie, have represented Simeon’s native country of Bulgaria in world championship competition, are undefeated Pacific Northwest Regional champions 11 times running, and are ranked ninth in the world as ballroom dancers. They will give several of their acclaimed performances as part of the opening night of the Festival at Mount Si’s The Arts in Festival Hall. “For the festival, Simeon and I will be demonstrating four Latin dances: the Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble, and Rumba,” Kora wrote. These are four of the five dances in the Latin category, in which the couple competes, as well as the Standard, South American Showdance, and Classical Showdance. Competitive dancing rules are strict and specific, setting the order of dances and the music to be played, but the competition itself is all about the individuals. “Judging in Ballroom is entirely subjective,” Kora wrote. “Each judge has their own individual criteria, based upon their preferences, their knowledge, and their ability.” The flowing dresses and crisp tuxedos that competitors wear also affect the judging in showdance categories, where dancers can choose their own music and costume themselves according to the theme. They are allowed more athletic moves, such as up to three lifts, and “we are allowed to blend dances to create a more effective show,” Kora wrote.


A three-day exhibition held during the summertime festival, The Arts in Festival Hall will delight the eye and ear. This year, see locally grown flowers at a Flower Show sponsored by The Nursery at Mount Si. The Festival Hall lineup includes: Friday, Aug. 12 • 7 p.m., Dancing with our Stars: Kora & Simeon, US National Finalists, accompanied by Cascade Dance Troupe and a young jive dancing Pro-Am dance couple Saturday, Aug, 13 • 1 p.m., Seattle-based songwriter Ali Marcus; • 2 p.m., local singer Susanna Fuller; susannafuller. com • 3 p.m., Hejira World Music; Hejira.html • 3:30 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley Strings • 4 p.m., Fire Inside • 5: 30 p.m., Little Bollywood Sunday, Aug. 14 1 p.m., Cascade Dance Troupe 3 p.m., Sno Valley Idol Featured Demonstrations • Richard Buchmiller, nationally known, awardwinning counted cross-stitchery artist • Marilyn Romatka, spinning and weaving artist and teacher • Sue Yotz, exquisite hand-made doll artist • Jeff Griswold, expert potter with wheel throwing demonstrations The Festival Committee and City of North Bend hope that The Arts in Festival Hall will inspire a new emphasis on the arts in Snoqualmie Valley.


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Friday, Aug. 12

• Beer garden, 5 to 10 p.m. • Food booths, 6 to 9 p.m. • Arts and crafts, 6 to 9 p.m. • Kids Fun Zone, 6 to 8 p.m. • Arts in Festival Hall, 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13 • Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m. at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. • Grand Parade, 10:30 a.m., North Bend Way, sponsored by Straight Chiropractic • Food booths, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Arts and crafts, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • The Arts in Festival Hall, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Kids Fun Zone, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Beer garden, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Valley Bingo, 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. • Parade awards, 1:45 p.m. • Silent Auction, Noon to 6 p.m. • Blueberry Dessert Contest, 12:30 p.m., sponsored by Bybee-Nims Farms • Cherry Pie Eating Contest, 2:15 p.m., sponsored by Twede’s Cafe


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• Tour de Peaks Bicycle Ride, check-in is 7 a.m., ride begins at 10 a.m. • Arts and crafts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Arts in Festival Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Food booths, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Kids Fun Zone ,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Beer garden, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Annual chili cookoff, 1 p.m., sponsored by North Bend Bar & Grill

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• Mount Si Lacrosse Exhibition, 7 p.m.

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Second Stage, music and dance performance • Zumba Demo, 1:30 p.m. • Veils of the Nile Dancers, 3:30 p.m. • Amazing Pet Pageants, 4 p.m. • IGNITE Dancers, 5:30 p.m. • Late Summer Travelers, 7 p.m. • Snoqualmie Valley Winds, 7:45 p.m.

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Second Stage, local events

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Duck Derby helps vets project North Bend will begin a new rubber duck race tradition, the Festival at Mount Si Duck Derby, 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, as a fundraiser for the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Fund. Entrants can buy a duck for $5, and the toys that come in tops can win their owners one of dozens of prizes. Tickets can be purchased at Emerald City Smoothie and at the Festival at Mount Si. The race starts on the South Fork at the park directly across from Si View Park. About 300 ducks will race to the South Fork Bridge near Gardiner Weeks Park. Winners will be notified during the week following the race.

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12-year-old Festival grand marshal is more than just a good dancer BY SETH TRUSCOTT Editor

At 12, Jonah Duvall is likely the youngest person ever to ride as a parade grand marshal in North Bend. But his face, and his budding dance moves, have probably also been seen by more people than any prior Festival at Mount Si honoree. Duvall, who was chosen for his role in the community as a local dancer, thespian and all-around good kid, logged nearly 4 million views this summer after a video of him dancing at a Seattle Mariners’ game went viral on the Internet. From there, Duvall made an early-morning appearance on NBC’s Today Show in New York City July 23, performing his Moonwalk moves in a split screen with his M’s performance. Still, this incoming seventh grader at Snoqualmie Middle School hasn’t let all the instant fame go to his head. “I just forget about this stuff and start over,” he says. “I think these are really cool opportunities for me. But then it starts becoming a little much. It’s still fun.” That said, Jonah figures he’s at least among the top-five hip hop dancers at SMS. “There are a lot of dancers in my school,” he said. Duvall studies dance moves, from hip-hop to ballet, at IGNITE Dance studio in North Bend. His live career got a kick-start during a family outing last year in Mexico. Duvall was befriended by a group of young street performers, and wound

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Showing off his breakdance moves, Festival grand marshal Jonah Duvall, 12, is involved in theater and dance in North Bend. up dancing onstage with them at a local restaurant in Playa del Carmen. Dancing hasn’t always been his thing. He plays All-Star baseball, and football and basketball for his school. “I always really wanted to be a sports player,” Jonah said. “But when I see someone dancing, that’s when I want to dance.” He likes pop music. Right now, Jonah’s favorite artist is Bon Jovi, and he happens to love the Beatles. He likes hip-hop music, but is limited in what he can listen to, as he’s still not old enough for PG-13 movies.

He also plays drums and piano, and is an actor: he played Tiny Tim at a recent Valley Center Stage production, and also appeared in a Major League Baseball commercial. That spot will probably never air, as the athletes he appeared with were shortly traded away. Jonah downplays his acting, but mom Danielle doesn’t. “I would say you’re a very good actor,” she said. “I’m even more happy to have Jonah in the parade,” said Tina Brandon, parade director. “One of the most exciting things about being involved with the theater is being able to nurture young talent, and the Festival tries to promote local talent as well.” Right now, Jonah’s focus is firmly on his dancin’ feet. “When you’re a kid, and you try really hard to do a little bit of everything, you end up having to choose,” Danielle said. She was amazed by how quickly the video of Jonah’s robotic dance moves took off. From 600 in the first hour or so, it blossomed to two million in a few days. The video of Jonah has gotten some 20,000 ‘likes’ on the Internet, and maybe 400 ‘dislikes.’ Danielle gets a little defensive when she sees some of the negative comments. One person suggested he plays too much “Michael Jackson Wii”— Danielle says he’s never played a dancing video game—and that he should be focusing more on doing good for the community. “Jonah gets good grades, plays two instruments, dances, he’s a church kid, a good boy,” Danielle said. “That’s when Mommy starts to go, ‘You have no idea what you are saying.’” Thinking about his future, Jonah wants to keep studying dance until his late teens, and then go to college. His favorite subject right now is history. “School is definitely worth it,” he said. He’s also breaking into new ground at IGNITE, studying ballet as well as breakdancing. Danielle figured that when his fellow baseball players learned he was doing ballet, they’d never let him live it down. Not so. “They think it’s great,” she said. “A lot of them want to dance with him.”


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