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Fall City Days 2014 Saturday, June 14

Walt and Boletta Watkins are this year’s Fall City Days parade Grand Marshals


all City Days Parade Grand Marshals Walt and Boletta Watkins have called Fall City home for 25 years. To date, they remain on their family farm on the Lake Alice Road. “I moved to Fall City to get a horse,” explains Walt, an avid horseback rider. Walt and Boletta grew up in eastern Washington. Walt was from Lind and Boletta was from Wenatchee. Walt was at a wedding in 1951, and back in those days, you lined up to congratulate the groom and kiss the bride. Walt was in line with his brother-in-law. “You know, we were a couple of ornery characters,” said Walt. They decided “we ought to kiss all the girls in the line, not just the bride.” So, after congratulating the groom and kissing the bride, Walt said, “I went in for a fake kiss on Boletta, a bridesmaid, and she puckered up, so I went ahead and kissed her anyway.” “So after I kissed her I said, ‘Hey babe, how about you and I go dancing out at Dancing as You Like It,’ a dancing club, and she said ‘OK.’” “When we got there, we got a table and a little three-piece band began to play the Love Sick Blues, and now that’s our theme song, said Walt. “And we were married five months later,” said Boletta. The pair began their married life in Seattle and have been married for 62 years. After serving in the Navy at the tail end of World War II, Walt started his career in the newspaper business as a printer. He worked for Pacific Coast Stamp Works in Seattle and the Issaquah Press before going to work for the Seattle Times in 1957. Walt received Supervisor of the Year from his peers in 1990 and after working for the Seattle Times for 33 years, he retired in 1991.

Fall City Days Carnival fun returns with new spot The children’s carnival rides return to Fall City Days this year, but in a new location. Rides will be held at 336th Street, next to Farmhouse Market. Clowns Unlimited brings the fun with a 22-foot slide, children’s obstacle course, funhouse, ferris wheel and a sports arena.

Highway 202 to close for Fall City Days State Route 202 will close during Fall City Days on Saturday, June 15, the festival committee announced. Route 202, between milepost 21.71, which is the Preston-Fall City Road, and milepost 20.64 which is 324th Avenue S.E., will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Alternative routes will be available through Fall City.

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Boletta and Walt Watkins are honored as the 2014 Fall City Days parade marshals. The couple have called Fall City home for 25 years. The couple had four sons, Daniel, Tim, Donald and David, and one daughter, Mary, when they moved to Fall City and their farm in 1969. Today, the couple has five children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Boletta worked outside the home for Critter Sitters Babysitting, about eight years altogether. She enjoys sewing. “She is so good, she sewed up a suit for our son Donald,” Walt said. “She’s also a very good cook.” “I also made our daughter Mary’s wedding dress,” Boletta added. Walt and Boletta both serve on the Fall City Cemetery Association Board and Walt has been the caretaker since the mid 1980s. Walt says every headstone is weed-wacked before Memorial Day. Walt has always been a horseback rider and was a member of the Raging River Riders for a good many years. “I helped build the Raging River Riders arena in the early ‘70s, just up the street on the Zengrell property, that

is long since gone,” he said. Walt remembers a funny story from when he rode with the Raging River Riders in the Fall City Days parade. “I was riding my horse Nugget and she was kind of antsy about flags and stuff,” he recalled. “As I was coming by a mother and her little girl, Nugget started prancing a bit and the little girl said, ‘look mommy, it’s a ….. it’s a cowboy!’ That was so cute.” Walt is currently a member of the Tahoma Branch of the Back Country Horsemen of America. He learned to play the ukulele in WWII, loves all forms of hunting, fishing at lakes in Eastern Washington and woodworking. The couple travels to Wisconsin often, allowing Boletta to visit with all of the grandchildren, while Walt goes fishing on Lake Michigan with his son, Tim. The Fall City community thanks Walt and Boletta for being this year’s Grand Marshals.


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Fiftieth year for Raging River Riders


he Raging River Riders saddle club was formed in 1964. Its purpose is to bring together people interested in horses and to provide an educational and fun atmosphere in which to promote good horsemanship. For 50 years, the family-oriented Raging River Riders have actively pursued this goal. Some of their interests include western gaming shows, parades, overnight campouts, prize rides and day rides. Social events include family potlucks, campouts, Christmas caroling, and awards banquets. The club’s community involvement includes working with Fall City Community Association, serving on clean-up committees, fund raising such as helping purchase the town’s first-aid unit and supporting local food banks. In 1983, the club designed and constructed the horse arena in Riverfront Park. This support continues with participation in annual Valley festivals including Fall City Days. Following the parade, the riders will host a free Play Day across the river at the arena in Riverfront Park. Visitors are invited to bring the family and enjoy the afternoon with the riders. To find put more about Raging River Riders, newcomers are invited to attend their monthly meetings, 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Valley Christian Assembly, 32725 S.E. 42nd St, Fall City.

Right before the main parade, children are welcome to bring their bikes and pets and show off in the Fall City Days Kiddie Parade. The children’s parade begins at 10:45 a.m., and the main parade happens at 11 a.m. Sign-up for the children’s parade starts at 10 a.m. • Antiques Saturday at the Totem Pole • Collectables garden. • Jewelry • Home Decor Children in the parade • Memorabilia have the option of taking a • Furniture hay ride. There will be a candy and coin-finding contest in the hay. Kids will have a designated viewing area of their own during the main Have fun at the Festival. parade. When you are done, come see us! Dogs aren’t the only beasts welcomed: Llamas, goats, Consignments By Appointment lambs, a cow on a leash are welcomed. Open 7 Days a Week M-F 9am-7pm • Sat & Sun Noon-6pm Get a grand parade entry 33511 SE Redmond-Fall City Rd, Fall City form online at http://www. 425 441-8471

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Members of the Raging River Riders parade during Fall City Days. The Riders, celebrating a half-century of history, take part in other community activities and rides, such as a Christmas carol ride, below.

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Schedule of Events

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• 6:30 a.m., State Route 202 closure, from 324th Street to PrestonFall City Road • 7 a.m., Fun Run race number and chip pickup at Olive Taylor Quigley Park • 7 a.m., Fall City Masonic Lodge’s annual pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall • 9 a.m., start of Fun Run Kid’s 1K race at Quigley Park • 9:15 a.m., start of Fall City Fun Run 5K and 10K races at Quigley Park • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., arts, crafts and food booths downtown, and pony rides on the grass by Fall City Elementary School and the Totem Park • 10:30 a.m., Fall City Fun Run awards • 10:45 a.m., Kids Parade • 11 a.m., Main Parade • Noon to 5 p.m., children’s carnival sponsored by Farmhouse Market at 336th Street • 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., live western music by “The Rangers” at Quigley Park • 1:30 p.m., Watermelon Eating Contest at Quigley Park • 1:30 p.m., Fire Department Dunk Tank at 335th Street • 2:30 p.m., Duck Derby Race begins on the Snoqualmie River Tickets on sale at Merchandise Booth until 2 p.m., supplies are limited • 4 p.m., Derby winner announcements on parade stage • 5 p.m., town clean-up

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Children get into the act of helping wrap up the Duck Derby contest in Fall City. Thousands of rubber ducks cascade into the Snoqualmie River in the annual fundraiser, which gives lots of great prizes to lucky winners.

Ducks dive and dash for cash, prizes

They’re out of the tub and on the loose, all for a great cause. During Fall City Days, rubber ducks get the chance to see the rushing waters of the Snoqualmie River, and take a thrilling tumble from the heights of the Fall City bridge. During the annual Ducky Derby, the little guys are now out of the tub and on the loose, racing their way down the Snoqualmie River for fun and prizes, to benefit Fall City Elementary. For $5, entrants in the Ducky Derby get themselves a specially numbered and weighted racing duck for the competition. Only 1,000 ducks are available, with Fall City Days more than 50 finishers qualifying for prizes. Duck Derby The grand prize in the Ducky Derby is a whopping $500, which is probably a lot What: Rubber ducks more than any rubber duck bobbing up and race for great prizes down in the tub ever dreamed of winning. When: 2:30 p.m. Top prizes include a Baxter Barn chicken Saturday, June 14 coop, a Mountains to Sound one-day motorWhere: The Snoqualmie cycle rental, a Model Garage battery, and two River Bridge in downentries in the Tour de Peaks Bike Ride. More town Fall City cash and lots of additional prizes, and gift certificates donated by local businesses are also Info: up for grabs. fallcitydays.html “It’s just a lot of fun,” said Laurie Hauglie, who has helped organized the Ducky Derby for the past several years. “There’s something about those yellow ducks, floating down the river,” Hauglie said. “Everybody giggles.” The ducks will begin the 400-foot course from the State Route 202 bridge over the Snoqualmie River. From there, they travel downriver with the help of a floating boom and volunteers with leaf blowers. The extra bit of oomph is required to help the ducks all go in the right direction and to keep them from washing up on the river banks. Local dogs and small children are usually tempted to chase after and catch the ducks as well, so volunteers do all they can to make sure every racing duck reaches the finish line. Tickets for the Ducky Derby are on sale now at several locations. An entry can be purchased at the Hauglie Professional Building, Fall City Elementary School, the Baxter Barn farm, Creative Business Solutions, the Fall City Schools PTSA, and Sno Falls Credit Union. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at Quigley Park, if any are still available.


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Fall City Days 2014 Saturday, June 14 Get ready for Fall City Days Fun Run

Watermelon fun at Fall City Days; Young Life hosts Messy, slurpy fun returns as Snoqualmie Valley Young Life hosts the watermelon eating contest for the 2014 Fall City Days. The contest begins at 1:30 p.m. at Olive Quigley Park. There are four age divisions: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14 years and older Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. Entry forms must be received at the Young Life booth no later than 1 p.m., so that participants can be organized into their respective age categories. Registration forms may be found at Click on the link to the Extreme Watermelon Eating Contest. Forms may be printed and returned to the booth the day of the

contest. There will also be blank forms available for people to sign up onsite. Contestants compete against each other to see who can finish a set amount of watermelon in the shortest amount of time. Hands-free eating is required and the watermelon has to be eaten to count. Completion of the watermelon is at the discretion of the judge. The winner for each age category will be awarded a prize ribbon and will be announced from the main parade stage at Fall City Days. Participation is free, thanks to the continued sponsorship of The Farmhouse Market.

What is Young Life? Snoqualmie Valley Young Life is a nonprofit religious organization reaching out to middle and high school stu-

dents. Volunteer leaders spend many hours in schools, on the sports field or anywhere else you might find children. By meeting them on their turf, they begin to build authentic bridges of friendship. There are many ways Young Life connects with young people, from the serious to the fun. And the watermelon eating contest? That’s all about fun! So come ready to enjoy some juicy watermelon, get messy and most of all, share in the laughter. Oh, and one past participants recommends that if you happen to have a retainer, remove it before the contest. For more information about Snoqualmie Valley Young Life and its fun-filled programs, stop by the Young Life booth at Fall City Days, or visit

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The 25th annual Fall City Days Fun Run will be held on Saturday, June 14. The event includes a 10-kilometer, 5-kilometer and a one-kilometer Kids Run. The 10k and 5K courses are USATF certified and sanctioned. The courses are flat and very fast through beautiful country settings. Register or learn more at The starting line is in front of Farmhouse Market located at 33521 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Rd., near Olive Taylor Quigley Park, in downtown Fall City. Prizes and refreshments follow the race, and runners are encouraged to check out the parade and downtown events that come afterward. Walkers and strollers are welcome, however, all participants must be finished by 10:30 a.m., when the course reopens to vehicle traffic.

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Fall City Days 2014

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The days of D.I.Y. Learn about early skills at Fall City Historical Society festival display

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Who was Olive Taylor Quigley? Home to much of the Fall City Days activities, Quigley Park is named for Olive Taylor Quigley, the first girl born to white settlers in Fall City. According to author Jack Kelley’s “History of Fall City,” Olive Maude Taylor was born on April 2, 1876 to David and Helen Taylor. As a teen, she worked in her family’s Taylor Hotel, and was there until it burned in 1902. In 1918, she married Joseph Quigley. When he died 11 years later, she devoted herself to her friends, Fall City clubs and community service. She was active with the Fall City Study Club, the Washington State Pioneers, the Fall City Methodist Church, Fall City Garden Club, and the Order of Eastern Star. “Olive Taylor Quigley was much loved in the community,” relates Ruth Pickering of the Fall City Historical Society. Keller writes that the future park, located on the south bank of the Snoqualmie River alongside downtown, was once a dumping ground with a mess of briars. The west side was a highway ditch, and the park area was lower than the road level. In the 1940s, Chet Bluher, a foreman for the State Highway Department, began looking for a spot to dump leftover dirt from road projects. He noticed the low-lying area along the bank, and decided to fill it in. Over time, the roadside park became popular with locals and travelers. In 1961, the Fall City Study Club, looking for a way to honor Olive Taylor Quigley, decided to name the new park after her. “As was generally the case when an event focused on Olive,” writes Kelley, “she was embarrassed by all the attention. It was during the dedication that we all discovered what a role model Olive Quigley was.” She died at age 98 on April 10, 1974, and is buried in the Fall City Cemetery.

Go back in time An important skill from Fall City’s early days was making your own cedar roofing shakes. In this 1957 photo, Ben Moore “rides a shaving horse,” making shakes to repair the roof of the new Fall City library building. Below, the cover of the 1902 Sears, Roebuck catalog, which can be viewed at the Fall City Historicy Society’s Fall City Days booth.

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A glimpse of times gone by One “time machine” at the Fall City society is that thick tome of yesteryear, the Sears and Roebuck catalog. More than 1,000 pages, long, with lavish illustrations, the 1902 Sears catalog, reprinted in 1969, is a veritable visual museum of that era. Inside are adverts for stereoscopes and harmonophones, fancy spurs and curry combs, barber’s chairs and parlor organs, ornate straight razors and strops, all manner of tools and machinery for farming and other occupations, hundreds of household items and clothing for all ages and seasons, and remedies such as “Dr. Rose’s Arsenic Complexion Wafers.” Swing by the booth and check it out. Be amazed by the products of yesteryear—and how cheap they were by today’s values. • Learn more about the Fall City Historical Society’s mission and artifacts at its new website,

History in a glass The Fall City Historical Society’s collector glass, available during Fall City Days, honors the historic Fall City Methodist Church. The collectible glasses cost $8, or $15 for set of two. Sales help the society preserve local history. According to Jack Kelley’s “History of Fall City,” the present United Methodist Church, at the corner of Main and Third Streets, was originally built in 1899 by the Baptists. It was once known as the Fall City Community Church. “The Baptists intended that the building be used by other denominations as well, and the Methodists, who were gaining in numbers, gladly shared the building,” Kelley wrote. By 1919, the Methodists had bought the building for $250. In 1929, the church was moved across main street, rolled on logs, and rotated to face the street. The Methodist congregation meets here to this day. The basement is home to the Fall City Food Pantry.

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“Do It Yourself ” wasn’t a fad. It was a necessity in the Fall City of 100 years ago. Cooking, repairing your house, and living in general required skills that today are becoming lost arts. Fall City Historical Society takes visitors on a trip back in time to experience those arts at its downtown booth for Fall City Days. Live demonstrations of home arts are planned from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Society volunteers won’t just show and tell, they will listen. “We would love to hear about skills passed down in your family,” says Historical Society president Ruth Pickering.


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