Market, music, laser light show for Darrington Day

DARRINGTON — The second annual Darrington Day is Saturday with activities throughout town.

Begun as a way to draw tourists to this mountain valley community, the event is reminding members of the Darrington Area Business Association that it’s also a good way for local people to begin the summer season.

“We have so much going on,” Marla Skaglund said. “Everybody’s going to be busy.”

Most activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. primarily along Highway 530 and on Darrington Street. Live music on the Whitehorse Musician’s Guild stage at Old School Park, Riddle and Givens streets, is set for noon to 9 p.m., followed by a laser light show at dusk.

The Darrington Open Air Market will be set up at the corner of Alvord and Emmons streets as well as on Darrington Street across from the Cascade Senior Center. The senior center is offering coffee and baked goods.

At the market on Darrington Street, the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe plans to display its dugout shovel-nose river canoe. The 30-foot canoe was carved in 2011 by Lummi tribal artist and Salish cultural scholar Felix Solomon as a commission from the tribe.

Skaglund expects dozens of vendors, including craftsmen and foodies, along with informational booths about coming events and recreational opportunities in the Darrington area. A display about logging is planned by the Darrington Historical Society, and Smokey the Bear and Sasquatch plan to be on hand.

A self-guided walking tour of historic Darrington is set up, and fundraisers for the town’s skatepark and basketball hoops are ongoing in several locations. Darrington’s IGA grocery on the highway plans a barbecue to raise money to help an injured member of the community.

At Mountain Loop Books &Coffee on Darrington Street, two authors are expected to sign books.

Brenda Ballard plans to talk about her second installment of “The Boy From Granite Falls.” Aaron Young plans to present his new pictorial book showcasing the waterfalls found off the Mountain Loop Highway.

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