Dam Days introduces new events, old faves

Pierce County Journal newsroom
Posted 9/14/23

SPRING VALLEY – The 55 th annual Spring Valley Dam Days is debuting a couple new events this weekend, Sept. 15-17.

Throughout the three-day festival, the Spring Valley Lions will serve …

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Dam Days introduces new events, old faves


SPRING VALLEY – The 55th annual Spring Valley Dam Days is debuting a couple new events this weekend, Sept. 15-17.

Throughout the three-day festival, the Spring Valley Lions will serve their world-famous hamburgers at the old Ford garage, while the Snow Valley Riders will grill up chicken and brats. The beer garden, community garage sales, other specialty food stands, bounce house and face painting and Happ-E Hill train rides will also make a return.

Here is a full schedule of events for the Valley’s biggest three days of the year.

Friday, Sept. 15

Meet Spring Valley: 5-9 p.m. along McKay Avenue. Meet area SV businesses and register to win $200 in Chamber Bucks.

The Spring Valley Lions and American Legion Post 227 will host live music from Eau Claire Funk Machine from 7-11 p.m. downtown. Or you can take a try at line dancing at 7 p.m. at Mooney’s Rusty Horse. If you prefer to do the singing yourself, head to The Spillway for karaoke at 8 p.m.

The evening will be capped by a fireworks show over the dam (north of McKay Avenue) at dusk, sponsored by the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce. The fireworks were postponed on 4th of July due to thunderstorms in the area.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Festivities begin bright and early at 7:30 a.m. with the 12th annual SV Community Cancer Fund Poker Walk/Run at Emmaus Church (S200 Sabin Ave.) The 2.1 or 5K walk/run will leave from the church at 8:30 a.m. Suggested donation is $25 per person, $15 per child ages 12 and younger or $50 per family. Pre-registration is required to guarantee a T-shirt. Head to the SVC-CF Facebook page or email svcommunitycancerfund@gmail.com to register. All proceeds stay within the SV community for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. There will also be Facepainting by Denise.

The Pierce County Historical Association’s 1942 flood display will be featured 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the back room of the SV Public Library (E121 Second St.) See photos and video from the historic flood that almost took out the town. Enjoy Dam Days crafts outside the library 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Youth Olympics’ registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the green space next to the ball field on Sabin Avenue. Events start at 10 a.m.

The Spring Valley Cardinal Quilters will host a quilt show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SV Community Center. The show will feature vendors, pieced quilts, demonstrations, thrift shop and quilt raffle. Admission is $2.

Head to the second annual Pop Up Market on McKay from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown. Acquaint yourself with local creative artists, crafters, bakers and entrepreneurs at various green spots on the north end of McKay.

Empty Bowls will host a pottery demonstration, ceramic sale, chalk drawing competition, snacks and more 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on McKay Avenue. The SV High School Art Department is raising money for the SV Food Pantry and backpack program.

The 28th annual Classic Car, Truck & Tractor Show kicks off with registration at 9 a.m. at Spring Valley Health & Rehab (S830 Westland Ave.) The event runs 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will feature dash plaques, trophies and a freewill offering for food. All classic car, trucks, tractors, farm machinery or special interest vehicle owners are welcome. Email Kevin Larson at KevinL@svhcs.org or Shannon Kasten at shannonk@svhcs.org for more information. A cruise will head downtown after the awards.

The Spring Valley/Elmwood Boy Scouts #9145 and American Legion Post 227 have planned a special flag retirement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Spring Valley Dental (W502 Highway 29).

Check out Thought Bubble Chess Club noon to 3 p.m. on the north end of Sabin Avenue. Other family activities include Bean Bag Toss Tournament at 1 p.m. at The Spillway, Bingo noon to 2 p.m. at the Brother Michael Center, a garden tractor pull 1-4 p.m. on Sabin Avenue and bicycle races at 1:30 p.m. on McKay Avenue in front of The Wandering Ewe (former Sneaker’s) Pub & Eatery.

Live music and entertainment round out the night with Rizer 3-7 p.m. on McKay Avenue, the Folliez performance at 7 p.m. at SV Stagehands Theatre, the band Fogpilot 8 p.m. to midnight on McKay Avenue, and outdoor movies at dusk across from the library. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Sunday, Sept. 17

Stuff your bellies with a delicious breakfast made by the American Legion Post 227 8 a.m. to noon at the Brother Michael Center before heading to the kids pedal tractor pull at 1:30 p.m. on McKay Avenue. The Legion will also be hosting a 50/50 duck raffle at noon in Handy Andy Park.

The festivities wind down at 2 p.m. with the grand parade, led by grand marshals Jim and Bonnie Houdek. If you wish to visit with them, you’re invited to refreshments 1-2:30 p.m. at Handy Andy Park on Saturday.

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