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  • www.valleyrecord.com Snoqualmie Valley Record June 13, 2012 9

    Published as a suPPlement to the snoqualmie Valley RecoRd

    Saturday, June 16Downtown Fall City, Wash.

    Fall City Days 2012

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    Firefighters get soaked for SantaFall City firefighters have volunteered to be dunked for a good cause during Fall City Days, Saturday. Staff at King County Fire District 27 are hosting this years dunk tank, 12 to 5 p.m. next to Fall City Firearms. Donations for dunkings raise money for Operation Santa, in which Fall City firefighters help local families and chil-dren in need. Every holiday season, they provide gifts for children and boxes of food. Firefighters will also hand out fire helmets, stickers and safety information, and offer bike helmet fittings during Fall City Days.

    Local band Left Coast Gypsies brings unique sound to Fall City Days

    By Carol ladwigStaff Reporter

    Its tricky to try to pin the Left Coast Gypsies, the band slated to perform during Fall City Days festivities Saturday, down to a specific musical style.

    Its a mixture of different genres, says band frontman Mike Antone. Its folk rock, blues, and country, reggae, and its sort of all over the place.

    Nor is it easy to categorize the Gypsies with a specific fan base Antone says theyre all local, but range in age from their 20s to their 70s or even a specific band. Many of the members perform solo or belong to other bands, includ-ing Antone (Satellite by Night, and a duo with Camelia Jade, the Gypsies sound technician and guest vocalist) and bass

    player Jonathan Nelson. One thing is definite about

    the band, which includes Antone, Nelson, Jade, Lynn Cornelison, Steve Forsythe and Caycee Furulie, and its the rea-son they play.

    We like to just get together. We barely practice, and we just come together and play songs that we know and remember them all, said Antone. I guess the theme probably would be all the music that we play together collectively is coming from our hearts.

    Much of their music is origi-nal compositions by Antone and poet Cornelison, who are essentially the groups founders.

    Weve written many songs together, and then we made this group, Antone explained.

    Of course, their shows include plenty of classics, too, something for everyone, really.

    We play basically in bars a lot, so (for) the older gen-eration, we have songs like King of the Road and

    16 Tons, and then well go to a song from the Wailers, then a country song, then a Neil Young folk rock song, Antone explained.

    For their debut appearance at Fall City Days, Antone said

    theyll play a two- or three-hour show, and hope it doesnt rain.

    With any luck, theyll get some people dancing, too.

    We have people that get up and dance when they are called to, Antone said. Its all about

    following their hearts, as much as we do when we play.

    The Left Coast Gypsies will take the stage at Fall City Days at 12:30 p.m.

    For more information, visit www.mikeantone.com.

    Vagabond style

    Courtesy photo

    Left Coast Gypsies band and crew members gather with family members in this photo from the bands Facebook page. The dogs are there just for giggles, frontman Mike Antone says.

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    This week in Fall City Days history

    Thursday, June 24, 1982The Fall City logging show was dominated by

    three men, who somehow managed a three-way tie. They were Dan Jackson, Greg Downing, and Lee Williamon. In an axe throw face-off for first, Jackson was declared all-around logger.

    Thursday, June 20, 1991One of the most creative floats for the Fall City

    Days parade proclaimed, Weve survived another storm. Vincent Community Club pulled a small, makeshift barn with their tractor. The barn had painted windows and cows looking out, and big clowns waved from the rear.

    Thursday, June 20, 1996Ten-year-old Andy Lund did not have to look far

    to find inspiration for his fly-fishing art, which won the Fall City Days logo contest. His signed artwork will be featured on the festival T-shirts and hats, and also will grace the T-shirts for the 1996 Fall City Days 5K-10K Fun Run.


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    Duck races mean cool prizes, help for schoolTheyre out of the tub and

    on the loose, all for a great cause.

    During Fall City Days, rub-ber 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 race their way down the Snoqualmie River for fun and prizes, all 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 more than 50 finishers qualifying for prizes.

    The grand prize in the Ducky Derby is a whopping $500, which is probably a lot more than any rubber duck bobbing up and down in the tub ever dreamed of win-ning. More cash and lots of additional prizes, and gift cer-tificates donated by local busi-nesses are also up for grabs.

    Its just a lot of fun, said Laurie Hauglie, who has helped organized the Ducky Derby for several years.

    Theres something about those yellow ducks, floating down the river. 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.

    These measures are the result of the Ducky Derbys inaugural run, which was down the Raging River.

    The first year was just wild, said Hauglie. Heavy rains, rough waters and generally not knowing what to expect when 1,000 rubber ducks were released on the river gave organizers a lot to think about for future events.

    Fortunately, the Ducky Derby runs as smoothly as the Indy 500 these days, which allows everyone to concen-trate on just having fun, espe-

    cially at the big start.Aside from being good

    old-fashioned fun, Hauglie feels the Ducky Derby adds an important element to the Fall City Days celebration by

    incorporating the river and the communitys connection to the waterway into the fes-tivities. Without the river and the Falls, there would be no Fall City.

    You can purchase your racing ducks in advance at Hauglie Insurance, Sno Falls Credit Union in Fall City, Creative Business and from Fall City PTSA members.


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    Kid, pet parade is a Fall City traditionRight before the main parade, children are welcome to bring their animaljust about any animalto show off in a kids and pet parade. Dogs arent the only beasts welcomed: It could be a llama, a goat, a cow on a leash, said volunteer Laurie Hauglie.The childrens parade begins at 11 a.m. The main parade follows at 11:15.

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    Here come the duckiesThe Ducky Derbywhat: rubber ducks race for great prizeswhen: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16where: The Snoqualmie river Bridge in down-town Fall cityInfo: www.fallcity.org/fallcitydays.html

    william Shaw/Staff Photo

    Rubber ducks tumble from the Fall City bridge in 2011. The random race helps Fall City Elememtary.

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