Gold Bar’s National Night Out event offered Sky Valley residents the opportunity to watch a parade, eat hotdogs and mingle with local law enforcement.
Also referred to as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” National Night Out is a yearly event that typically takes place on the first Tuesday in August. Organized by Gold Bar city staff and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department, Gold Bar’s night out event took place on Tuesday, August 5.
The evening was reminiscent of a community-wide summer barbecue with the added attraction of equipment and vehicles displayed by both the sheriff’s office and Snohomish County Fire District #26.
The parade started at 7 p.m. at the Gold Bar Family Grocer, proceeded down Lewis Street, and ended at Gold Bar Elementary School.
Sultan resident Sgt. First Class Dave Sivewright, also known as the “Hwy. 2 Freedom Runner,” marched with the flag, accompanied by 10-year-old Chloe Chenoweth and 8-year-old Tyee Eliason. Inspired by Sivewright, who frequently runs along U.S. 2 with a four-by-six-foot American flag, Eliason has started running through his own neighborhood carrying an American flag. He is currently running about a mile per day.
The parade was also an opportunity for some of the new Miss Gold Dust Royalty to make their first official appearance. Several of the girls were in the parade as the new Sky Valley parade float made its way down Lewis Street. In attendance at the event were Teen Miss Summer Stecher; PreTeen Miss Kiana Kendell; People’s Choice Jlynn Zimmerman; Ambassador Liberty Roeder, Queen of Queens Lin’z Lucey and this year’s Baby Miss, Briella Caniparoli.
Also accompanying the girls were last year’s Tiny Miss winner, Shiloh Bassetti, pageant co-
directors, Patty and Katelyn Baller as well as Mysti Traicoff, the winner of the Miss Sky Valley Academic title.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wallace River Hatchery had an informative booth with data on the life cycles of local salmon and other fish. The Wallace River Hatchery donates thousands of salmon eggs to the Sultan School District every year which are then grown in the hatchery located at Sultan High School.
National Night Out began in 1984 as a method for promoting crime prevention, community interaction with law enforcement and camaraderie within neighborhoods. Communities in all 50 states participate in National Night Out events every year.
The City of Gold Bar received assistance from several sponsors including Lowe’s of Monroe, the Gold Bar Family Grocer, the Mountain Deli Mart, Mountain Valley Chapel and the Sultan School District.