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Spirit Valley Days returns to West Duluth on Wednesday

After a year off due to COVID-19, the West Duluth celebration is back this Wednesday.

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Children run into the street to grab candy thrown their way by people in passing floats in the Spirit Valley Days Parade in 2012. File / News Tribune

Spirit Valley Days returns this Wednesday after a year off due to COVID-19. The festival includes several events in Spirit Valley Wednesday through Saturday including a car show, the Miss West Duluth Pageant, a parade and several other events.

Events begin Wednesday with the seventh annual Smalley-Moen Memorial Car Show from 4-8 p.m. at the Buffalo House. The free car show honors Kyle Smalley and Jerry Moen and has been traditionally held along Grand Avenue, but shifted to the Buffalo House in 2020.

The crowning of Miss West Duluth will also take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Mr. D's Bar & Grill. Contestants in the pageant must be 15-18, live in the Denfeld school boundary and have a grade point average of at least 2.5. Contestants write essays about why they love West Duluth and have personal interviews with the judges.

The West Duluth signature summer parade will begin at 6:30 on Thursday, Aug. 5. Line-up will begin along 59th Avenue West between Raleigh and Grand avenues at 6 p.m. The parade will be on Grand Avenue from 59th to Central Avenue and Central Avenue to Ramsey Street.

During the parade, several West Duluth organizations and businesses will have food for sale including burgers and brats at the American Legion, the Italian American Club selling food out of Mr. D's banquet room, a free ice cream social at Susan Coen's State Farm Office and more. Harmony Reiki and Inner Wellness will also offer a free line dance from 5:15 to 6:15 prior to the parade's start.

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Outdoor music and food sales continue on Friday and the festival will wrap up on Saturday with the Western Garden Tour breakfast and self-guided tour.

For a full list of events, visit spiritvalleydays.com .

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