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Bonney Lake fun still rocked despite rain
By Judy Halone-The Courier-Herald
Even Mother Nature couldn't dampen the spirits of participants and spectators at this year's Bonney Lake Days, which took place over the weekend at Allan Yorke Park.
The festivities began Friday night when 400 people turned out to watch “Happy Feet,” events coordinator David Wells said.
Two events kicked off Saturday's fun simultaneously; the Fleet Feet Run got off on the right foot while the inaugural Bonney Lake Days parade made its debut.
The five-mile run included 60 participants who ranged in age from 4 to 73 years, assistant run coordinator Rich Nelly said.
The oldest, Mel Preedy of Ravensdale, has run more than 300 marathons and finished at 47:53. Fleet Feet Run entrants Trevor Kulvi, Lance Docken and Aaron Wilson placed first, second and third, respectively.
Saturday's parade began at Emerald Hills Elementary and ended at Allen Yorke Park. Blaring horns from an East Pierce Fire and Rescue engine and Boy Scout Troop No. 595 led the parade. Other entries included the Bonney Lake High School marching band, dancers and scouting groups. Bonney Lake High School's 2007 Daffodil Princess Nikki Hicks waved to the crowds aboard a vintage convertible.
Children and adults alike laughed to the antics of Beep-Beep and Pebbles the Clown, who caught front-row spectators unaware with her sprinkling umbrella.
“Am I raining on your parade?” she asked.
At the park, crowds gathered around food vendors' booths, senior bingo, Play-Dayz and a vintage car show. Several vendors shared their hobbies of birdhouse decorating, card and jewelry making and cooking.
“We had 105 vendors this year and about 4,500 spectators throughout the weekend,” Wells said. Looming rain clouds threatened the event in the afternoon. “About 3 o'clock we got a light rain and lost some of our group. At 5 o'clock it really started to dump. But there were around 100 people who stayed to hear the Great Pretenders, so that was great,” he said.
Sunday's on-again, off-again rain caused the event staff to cancel the skateboard competition during a downpour, Wells said. But other events, like the Lion's Club dunk tank, continued to draw in participants.
“We've got some intrepid folks who toughed out the rain,” Lions 4 Kids House founder and director Carol Wells-Reed said. “Considering how cold the water was and the lousy weather, I think we did really well. Our volunteers were just awesome, and we were able to share the $550 we raised between the Lions Club and the Lions 4 Kids House.”
David Wells said next year's event will include fireworks.