Perched on the banks of the Snoqualmie River, Duvall is a destination featuring beautiful natural vistas, family-friendly community events, and a variety of outdoor activities. Outdoor and exercise enthusiasts will love the city’s proximity to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail Head. This trail system begins in Duvall and heads 32 miles south to Rattlesnake Lake. Along the way, people will see the area’s diverse vegetation, wildlife, and geographic features. The city is also home to a variety of quality restaurants. Food lovers will love sampling the local cuisine at Flavour Bistro, Red Pepper Pizzeria & Pasta, and The Duvall Grill and Taproom.
The Duvall Days Festival has been a go-to event in the Snoqualmie Valley for nearly 60 years, and it will take place June 2-3 in downtown Duvall. This family-friendly extravaganza is a celebration of Duvall’s community spirit. The festivities begin with a big parade (Saturday) along Main Street in downtown, which will include local fire and rescue vehicles, floats, and a variety of groups and performers. After the parade, the entire main street is closed to vehicle traffic, and becomes a pedestrian mall. Here attendees can shop at a variety of local vendors, as well as watch and listen to live music and dance performances. Foodies can purchase a variety of meals and snacks from food vendors, and those over 21 can buy beer and libations at local restaurants and two beer gardens. Those attending with children can partake in the Kids Play Zones, which will include bouncy houses, a giant slide, games, activities, and more. The Saturday activities come to a close with a concert in McCormick Park followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Sunday’s festivities include The Riverview Education Foundation 5K and 10K runs and the ever popular Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast at the Duvall Fire House. ResortsandLodges.com interviewed Event Representative, NJ Shelsby, to learn more about this celebration of small town living.
RAL: Tell us about the event.
NJ: The 58th annual Duvall Days Festival is coming, and there is something fun for everyone. Get ready to kick off summer at this classic event celebrating the “Small Town/Real Life” community spirit of Duvall.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
NJ: Duvall Days began 58 years ago.
RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?
NJ: Around 7,000 attendees.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
NJ: This is an excellent event for all ages and backgrounds.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
NJ: It’s an example of small town living at its best!
RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?
NJ: Attendees can expect a family-friendly small town fun event – all day long! We want our families to remember the event as an opportunity for making memories. The day starts with our small town parade that features our best local Cedarcrest High School band and athletes; we have floats and entries from our local valley businesses, as well as great dancers and performers for our Community Stage. We have over 85 vendors from the local valley and beyond, several Kids Play Zones, Frog Jump, trampoline, 24ft rock wall, 24ft zip line, and we have the 2nd Annual 3v3 Cedarcrest High School Basketball tournament. We cap it all off with three evening entertainment bands and some great Fireworks!
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
NJ: There will be food trucks on site, and the local restaurants will be open on Main Street.
RAL: Tell us about the overall atmosphere?
NJ: It’s a fun and family-friendly environment with something for everyone.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
NJ: The event is put on by a team of dedicated volunteers and local business sponsors, including members of The Duvall Days Festival, the Rotary Club of Duvall, Cascade Community Theater, all with help from the City of Duvall and various activities hosted by local businesses. We couldn’t have done it without sponsors like Red Pepper Pizzeria and Pasta, The Irwin Group, Duvall Veterinary Hospital, Alpine Integrated Medicine, Toll Brothers and Safeway!
RAL: Does the event support a particular cause in the community?
NJ: The Riverview Education Foundation hosts a fun run, and it benefits the foundation and supports local education.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
NJ: Life has gotten complicated with computers in our pockets and the 24-hour news cycle. Do you find yourself longing for simpler times? Are you up for some fresh air and unplugged good old-fashioned family fun? Then Duvall Days is your cure for the complications of modern life!