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Schedule of Events 7 a.m., Registration for 5K Run for the Pies 8-11 a.m., Pancake Breakfast, Tolt Cong. Church 8:30 a.m., 5K Run for the Pies Start / Finish corner of Tolt & Commercial 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., First Aid/Diaper Changing/Water Refills, Tolt River Family Medicine, downtown 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Strawberry Shortcake Feast, Sno-Valley Senior Center 10:30 a.m., Kiddie Parade starts on Tolt Avenue 10:45 a.m., Flag raising at Tolt Commons Park; Singing of the national anthem 10:45 a.m., Mayor’s welcome, Parade Stage 11 a.m., Grand Parade, down Tolt Avenue; sign in at the corner of Morrison and Tolt Post parade, West Coast Country Heat Dancers, Ixtapa horse and band perform at Parade Stage Noon-3:15 p.m., Live music, Blakes Pizzeria Stage Noon-4 p.m., Carnation’s Customs & Classics Ca Show, W. Commercial St. 12:30-10 p.m., Live music, Tolt-MacDonald Park Main Stage 1 p.m., Just Moo It! 3 on 3 basketball tournament starts at Tolt Mac-Donald Park
Carnation Fourth Monday, July 4, 2017
A supplement to the Snoqualmie Valley Record 12:30-1:30 p.m., Eastside Improv, Tolt Commons 1-8 p.m., Knockerball & Archery Tag, hosted by TJ Sports at Tolt-MacDonald Park 1-10:30 p.m., Beer Garden, Tolt-MacDonald Park 1:30 p.m., “Snow Red and the Seven Pigs” by Duvall Children’s Theater Project, Tolt Commons 2-4 p.m., Live Music, Pete’s Club Grill Stage Dusk, Fireworks Display, Tolt-MacDonald Park ALL DAY, Vendor Village in Tolt Commons, Bouncy toys at Carnation Cafe parking lot
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Celebrate Independence Day, Carnation-style
It’s time for the Great Carnation Fourth of July celebration, stretching throughout the small town of Carnation, from the Tolt Commons Park on Bird Street, down to Tolt-MacDonald Park and the big fireworks finale at the end of the fun-filled day. The event is a traditional home town celebration with something for every appetite and all ages and this year, it’s so big it covers two days. Monday, on the eve of the celebration, the Sno-Valley Senior Center will host its traditional spaghetti feed, from 5 to 7 p.m. Earlier in the day, the Carnation Library will be celebrating its own 93rd birthday, with a historic toy-building workshop, (2 to 3:30 p.m.) plus cupcake decorating, raffles and sidewalk chalk coloring at 4 p.m. Get up early Tuesday for pancakes at the Tolt Congregational Church (8 a.m.) or Run for the Pies, the Carnation 5K race with
prizes of Remlinger Farms pies, (8:30 a.m.). Don’t miss the Kiddie Parade on Tolt Avenue at 10:30 a.m., then get to Tolt Commons for the Scouts’ flag raising and singing of the national anthem. The Grand Parade starts at 11 a.m. and will feature the crowdpleasing West Coast Country Heat Dancers as well as Ixtapa’s famous dancing horses. For afternoon entertainment, there are three stages of live music, plus theater, kids bounce houses, and the car show, in a new location this year, just off Tolt Avenue on W Commercial Street. Over at Tolt MacDonald Park, the Just Moo It! basketball tournament will take over the paved parking lot, in anticipation of the same numbers as last year. “We tripled in size,” in the week before the tournament, Carnation Fourth chairperson Kim Lisk said last week. “But it’s
a good problem to have, right?” Music in the park starts with Jack Ballard at 12:30 and finishes up with Beatles tribute band Abbey Road. Then it’s time for the fireworks finale, put on as always, by the usual pyrotechnicians from Western Fireworks Display. “I think that’s one of the reasons our show is so great,” Lisk said. “They do it every year and they know how to change it up… Ever year, people walk out of that park saying ‘That was the best show yet.’ Every year.” Organizers of the festival include Nicole Pitts, Denise Crutchfield, Sydney Lisk, Kevin Crutchfield, Theresa Tenney, Shelby Winston, Amy Hammontree, Alan Hansen, Gibson Lisk, Morgan Henley and Gena Ragsdale. Lisk noted that the festival wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of the city of Carnation’s Public Works crew. “They spend hours before the
Fourth cleaning up the city and they’re there for whatever we need. They’re really my righthand men on the Fourth of July,” she said, then added with a laugh, “or maybe I’m their righthand man, I’m not really sure!”
Top left, Ixtapa dancing horses; bottom left, 3 on 3 basketball; above, watching the parade; Cover: Driving in the kiddie parade; getting ready for Knockerball games.
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George Magnochi chosen Carnation’s Grand Marshal
By EVAN PAPPAS Staff Reporter
Lifelong Carnation resident and dairy farmer George Magnochi has been named Grand Marshal for the Carnation Fourth of July parade. A graduate of Tolt High School, now the home of Tolt Middle School, and California Polytechnic State University, Magnochi said he was honored to be recognized as this year’s Grand Marshal. As part of his float in the parade, he will be bringing his 1-year-old heifer, Cora, to walk in the parade. Cora is a descendent of one of Carnation Farms most popular show bulls in the 1960s named Carnation Royal Master. “I was surprised, I don’t think I’m any better than anybody else and there is probably a hell of a lot of people better to ride through the parade than I am, but I guess you could say it’s an honor,” he said. “I’ve always liked Carnation because it’s a small town and a nice community.” In addition to helping out with auctions held at Sno Valley Senior Center, he also works with local FFA and 4H groups, including the Cedarcrest High School FFA club, to provide sup-
port and work experience to students in the Valley who are interested in agriculture. “I came up through 4H and FFA,” Magnochi said. “There are a lot of kids that are interested and don’t have a place for their animals, so some of the will use these cows as their projects. They come here work with them and we’ll take them to the show for them.” Some students have their own cattle, and Magnochi offers to keep them at his farm as well. The growth and learning process of the students in these programs is one of the reasons he says he enjoys helping them out, watching them learn the ins and outs of agriculture. He has been involved with local FFA programs for decades. “It’s been 50 years, I was in it at Tolt FFA and when I got out, I just kept being involved and it’s fun to watch them,” he said. “They come out and don’t know nothing and as they progress they go into different areas and pretty soon, the older ones are helping the young ones and they are taking leadership.” Over the years he has worked in farms around the areas throughout the
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George Magnochi poses above with Mily, and below, with heifer Cora, the descendent of a Carnation Farm bull from the 1960s. ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, but has always lived in Carnation. Now he has his own farm on his property where he milks and breeds 30 dairy cows. He also prepares some of his cattle for shows, including the Evergreen State Fair and the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc. “Everybody comes there it’s like the world series, they come from all over,” he said. “If you can get in the top 10 there, you are doing pretty good.”
The reason Magnochi has stuck with dairy farming is simple, he said, he just loves it. He enjoys working with the cows and the freedom of being his own boss. “I’ve always liked it because you are your own boss and I’ve always loved the animals… working with them, cows don’t lie to you,” he said. “I just like them, I like to watch them go. You stand out here with a clear blue sky and it don’t get much better than that.”
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