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Run for fun at Railroad Days BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter
Bigger and better are the buzzwords for this year’s Railroad Days fun runs. Registration for the 5K, 10K and kids’ 1K race has increased about 15 percent over last year, race organizer Sean Sundwall of Run Snoqualmie told the Railroad Days committee. He’s expecting 1,100 to 1,200 racers, “plus 800 to 1,000 spectators” for the Saturday races, he said. “It’s going to be the biggest we’ve had so far.” The level of competition has also increased, especially in the 10K race. “This will be... in terms of talent, probably the deepest 10K run in the west side this year,” Sundwall said. Some 30 or 40 of the top 10K runners in the area, both men and women, will compete in the 10K, for a local championship. “Even if you’re not into running, it should be quite
Club bringing big model track United NorthWest Model Railroad Club, a Seattle-based volunteer group that promotes the hobby of model railroading, is bringing its unique N-Trak layout to Railroad Days Their model railroad like no other can be viewed Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the former home of Bella Vita salon, the Corner Building on Railroad Avenue, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. UNW will host its 21st annual Model Train Show and Swap Meet in February. Ticket proceeds are donated to charity. To learn more about the club, visit www.unwclub.org.
an interesting event to watch,” Sundwall said. Race time is 8:45 for the children’s 1K, down Railroad Avenue. Older runners will have a 9 a.m. start time, announced by the nearby train whistle. The whistle start is a small detail, but appropriate, Sundwall told the committee, and “It’s becoming a fun tradition that I hear a lot of positive feedback on.” Both the 5K and 10K races start out on the same path, down Railroad Avenue, past the Snoqualmie Parkway, then up Mill Pond Road, and across the Meadowbrook Bridge. Here, the race splits, and the 5K runners will start returning to Railroad Avenue along Park Street,
while the 10K runners continue out on Park Street, around Centennial Fields and down Boalch before heading back to Railroad Avenue, where both races end. “The whole idea is the last tenth of a mile will be running down the parade route,” Sundwall said. Awards will be presented starting at 10:15, and the race course will be closed by 10:30, so scheduled to not interfere with the parade, starting at 11 a.m. For more information on the fun runs, or to register, visit Run Snoqualmie, www. runsnoqualmie.com.
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Rockin’ the railroad World of music, styles coming to two stages Snoqualmie didn’t forget the tunes for Railroad Days. The line-up of bands for the weekend fills two stages, and crosses a world of genres. On the main stage, the music starts Friday night with the Love Jacks playing a mix of current and classic rock, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Notorious Sensation. Playing dance hits from the 80s, the band claims to “transport you
back to the decade of big hair, skinny ties, and neon.” Saturday after the parade, the 20-plus member Clan Gordon Pipe Band will add a Scottish note to the day. The band, formed in 1955, has travelled the U.S., as well as representing our country in the International Highland Games in New Zealand in 2000. The pipers play from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Up next is Down the Road, the local folk and bluegrass trio of Cathi and Gary Davidson, and John Tubbs. With guitar,
mandolin and harmony singing, the three give a fresh voice to old-time American roots music, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Drawing from jazz, classical and world music, Cascade Jazz serves up a fusion of musical styles, instruments and vocal harmonics, starting at 2 p.m. The quintet includes John Chmaj, a professor of music and a composer; vocalist and local favorite Susanna Fuller; musician, singer, and dancer Sura Charlier; musician and SEE MUSIC, 10
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Club car show revives the past Celebrating the past is a big part of Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days, and no event does that with more flash than the Snoqualmie Classic Car Show. The show comes with a healthy dose of nostalgia, too. “A lot of people see cars they had when they were younger, and it brings back good memories,” said Gayle Sneesby, who with her husband Ray coordinates the event. It’s one of three put on each year by their classic car club, Legends, and the one that the Sneesbys take charge of. A full 22 classes of vehicles— the show includes motorcycles, too—can compete for prizes in the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
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Child’s play at Railway Museum Little ones will be rocking and rolling at this year’s Snoqualmie Railroad Days Children’s Stage. Children’s shows begin at noon Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Northwest Railway Museum, and continue Sunday. Past favorites who are back include Eric Ode, who will be bringing back his onstage friend Scratch, a sarcastic, edgy, rough-around-the-edges barn cat, as he performs fun songs. “Everything has a slant to it, that allows it to be a call-andresponse, movement, or hand motion song,” Ode said. Also onstage will be children’s songwriter Brian Vogan and his six-piece group, playing diverse music for all ages. To mix it up a little, singersongwriter Nancy Stewart will bring out more songs the tykes will get up and dance to, while puppeteer Clay Martin brings his puppet theatre. Here too, are the North Bend Theatre’s Banana Boogie and more model trains. Climb for Fun will have some of their inflatables here as well as in the next block. Saturday, August 20 • 12 p.m., Eric Ode • 1:15 p.m., Brian Vogan & his Good Buddies • 2:30p.m., Nancy Stewart • 3:45 p.m., Clay Martin Sunday, August 21 • 12 p.m., Eric Ode • 1:15 p.m., Brian Vogan & his Good Buddies • 2:30 p.m., Nancy Stewart
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The age of rail is far from over. Visitors can find interactive fun at Snoqualmie Railroad Days, learning about how railways have evolved in recent decades. Hosts at the Northwest Railway Museum will give demonstrations of upgrades that railroads have made since the days when train tracks were built by hand, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. Visitors will see machines that were instrumental in the first phase of mecha-
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“Come paint with us,” Jeff Waters invites. Whether or not you’ve ever painted before, he means it. The Plein Air Paint Out event that Waters coordinates for Snoqualmie’s Railroad Days is an opportunity for artists of all levels to get inspiration, learn from each other, and to participate in the magic. “The fun of going out in the field, of painting something plein air and having people come up (to watch) is they consider it magic,” he said. “This is voodoo.” Plein Air is French for open air, and the Plein Air Paint Out happening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday is simply a reason for artists to gather, create a painting in the outdoors, in a single day, in a beautiful setting. “Plein air has become the big thing in art. Of course it goes back hundreds of years to Cezanne and others, but plein air is suddenly what all the artists want to do,” Waters said. “They love to be outside painting. That’s part of it. The other part is the incredible beauty of this valley, and the things that are here to paint... this is just a rich tapestry of places to paint.” Rules and requirements for participation are minimal and, for those artists who don’t want to enter the poster contest, there’s only one rule: “You have to be on-site, working,” Waters said. Painters can also sell their works,
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Pancake breakfast helps firefighters Take a speeder ride During the grand age of rail, self-propelled track speeders were used to inspect tracks, transport workers to the work site, perform signal inspections and do other work. Now you can experience what it was like to ride on these unusual machines. Northwest Railway Museum hosts motor speeder rides several times daily during Railroad Days.
The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association holds its annual fundraising Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the fire station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, during Railroad Days. The firefighter-cooked breakfast includes pancakes, ham, orange juice and Starbucks coffee served in the main equipment bay at the fire station. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children (under 5 free). Children can also explore fire engines and ambulances, and parents can find lots of photo opportunities with the firefighters. A $2 raffle for items from local businesses is planned.
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