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Spirit Valley Days returning Aug. 2

In a few weeks West Duluth will be bursting with activities, food and music. The 24th annual Spirit Valley Days celebration begins Wednesday, Aug. 2, and ends Sunday, Aug. 6.

In a few weeks West Duluth will be bursting with activities, food and music. The 24th annual Spirit Valley Days celebration begins Wednesday, Aug. 2, and ends Sunday, Aug. 6.
Finalizing the schedule of events is still in process, but loyal Spirit Valley Days fans can rest assured that this year will proceed as usual, with specific events -- like the parade and pancake feed -- having their own traditional time slots.
Wednesday begins with the Valley Youth Center Jail and Bail, which will last most of the day. This year the event will take place in a tent at McDonald's parking lot. See local celebrities and community members behind bars and dressed in prison stripes while they try to raise money for the center.
The annual Car Show will return this year in the Kmart parking lot. The show is from 5 p.m. to dark.
The anticipated West Duluth Pageant 2000 will be held at MacArthur-West Elementary School Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Jason Rice from KBJR TV 6 will serve as master of ceremonies. A record number of 13 young women will compete for the Miss West Duluth crown and the Miss West Duluth Princess title this year.
One of Spirit Valley Days' most popular events is the Pancake Breakfast at the American Legion. People can start filling their plates on Thursday at 7 a.m. and have until 12:30 p.m. to get in line.
Then, with full stomachs, pancake-goers can walk around and watch some daytime stage shows.
The bands Crush and Zooda will perform, Clifford the Big Red Dog will make an appearance, and youths from Hamlin Music Academy, Claudia's Spirit Valley Dance Academy, Dance Escape and Madill Dance Center will show their talent.
Kids activities, such as face painting, pony rides and more, begin at noon at the Legion's parking lot.
By 6 p.m. it will be time to take a rest and grab a spot on the sidewalk to watch the Spirit Valley Days parade along Grand and Central Avenues from 59th Avenue West to Bristol Avenue. After the parade, Ray Ahlgren will set up to perform for the family event called Music in Memorial Park.
More stage events are planned for Friday, including performances by the bands Kentucky Heart and The Spoogees. Dance Escape will perform again as well as music students from Hamlin Music Academy.
The highlight of Spirit Valley Days is always the Premiere Street Dance, which begins at 7 p.m. The rock band Loose Cannons and a country rock band will perform near Mr. D's Bar and Grill and the Rustic Bar until midnight.
A 5K run, kids races, sidewalk sales and a petting zoo begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and a softball game in Memorial Park will feature the Dukes vs. the media. Mayor Gary Doty may even approach the plate to bat.
Spirit Valley Days events will culminate on Sunday with a communitywide Ecumenical Service in Memorial Park at 10 a.m., or at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in case of rain.
For a complete schedule and stories about Spirit Valley Days entertainment and events, watch for the Spirit Valleys Days 2000 tab in the Sunday, July 30, edition of the Budgeteer News.

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