Spirit Valley Days returns with pageant, parades, live performances

The event's 42nd year kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday.

A dune buggy from the AAD Shrine drives during the annual Spirit Valley Days Parade in West Duluth on Thursday night. Spirit Valley Days continues through the weekend, including a street dance tonight. Mike Krebs /
A dune buggy from the AAD Shrine drives during the annual Spirit Valley Days Parade in West Duluth in 2017. Spirit Valley Days begins Thursday.
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DULUTH — Spirit Valley Days is back for its 42nd year. The annual festival celebrating all things West Duluth will return with most of its hallmarks and traditions and with a few new events.

Miss West Duluth Gracie Curtis, left, and Miss West Duluth Princess Destiny Corrigan smile for pictures after their coronation at Mr. D's Bar and Grill on Aug. 5, 2021.
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Events begin at 4 p.m. Thursday with the Miss West Duluth and Miss West Duluth Princess pageant at Mr. D's Bar and Grill, 5622 Grand Ave. The pageant, which recognizes Denfeld High School students who are dedicated to the West Duluth community and volunteer their time, provides the winners with scholarships.

The pageant is shortly followed by free line-dance lessons at In Harmony Reiki and Inner Wellness, next-door to Mr. D's at 5628 Grand Ave. This new event at 5:30 p.m. includes free lessons for ages.

Thursday ends with the traditional 6 p.m. Spirit Valley Days Summer Parade along Grand Avenue from 59th Avenue to Central Avenue and along Central Avenue to Ramsey Street.

Clubs and organizations will serve a variety of foods throughout the celebration Friday before live music kicks off. The Centerville Allstars perform at the Kom On Inn, 332 N. 57th Ave W., at 8 p.m. Blackhoof will play at 9 p.m. at Mr. D's and Bantix is set to play the Gopher Bar and Grill, 402 N. Central. Ave., also at 9 p.m.


Saturday events include the Western Garden Tour beginning at 9 a.m. Norton Park United Methodist Church, 436 N. 79th Ave W., and a craft fair and rummage sale in the parking lot at West Duluth American Legion Post 71, 5814 Grand Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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