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Bands, bunnies, Twinkies and tunes: North Bend Block Party Photo Gallery
Ron Stettler of North Bend was so moved by Little Lion's performance, he approached the local band's singer and keyboard player, Madeline Wells, after her Community Stage performance with Parker O'Leary, and told her so.
Stettler is a fan of North Bend's free downtown Block Party since year one, and was thrilled with how it went in year six.
"Once a year, we get to see the best in the Valley," says Stettler. "And we are blessed with that.
"Every year," he's been here to check out the community events and performances. "It gets better and better."
The block party rolled from early afternoon to the late hours on Saturday, July 19, filling North Bend Way with family games, animals, vendors and plenty to see and do.
Local band Spike and the Impalers rock on the Main Stage, Saturday evening; Brian Woodwick Photo
Harlow, 2, of North Bend has a favorite bunny friend at the Animal Encounters block party petting zoo.
Griffin Godfrey, 4, of North Bend, takes his first pony ride.
Mount Si Senior Center's Joe Deatry gets in the mood in the center's Dance Like No One Is Watching show.
Friends Trinity, 10, and Serena, 9, try out line dancing with Mount Si Senior Center’s Jo Deatry. Below, Trinity mimics a shimmy with Deane Haugen.
Rainbow Girl Hannah Casper meets Callan, 4, and Ian, friends from North Bend, at the Unity Masonic Lodge booth.
Boxley's young performers, the Future Jazz Heads, play on Main Stage
In the Birches Habitat fashion show, mom and daughter Danielle Clark and Jayden, 3, of North Bend, have a blast.
Smiling riders near the finish line of the Tour de Peaks.
Tour de Peaks riders John Brown and Betsy Wooten of Seattle cross the finish line at the Block Party.
Lily Brady, 11, and mom Christine, gets ready for the Cascade Dance junior company performance, below.
Singer/keyboardist Madeline Wells and drummer Parker O'Leary are Little Lion, playing their song "Oliver Sudden" at Community Stage.
Isabel Watson tries her luck at a bucket toss at Umpqua Bank's Minute to Win It games.
Coke cans are about to topple in this Minute To Win It game.
Dino Macris, godson to George’s Bakery founder George Macris, channels the King | Mary Miller Photo.
Above, youth dancers and below, teen hip-hoppers show high energy in the IGNITE Dance show on Main Stage.
Twinkies go down easy, or not, for those who braved Twede’s eating contest. Winner Scott Golke, far right, ate 24 in five minutes. He wanted to reclaim his first in last year’s pancake contest. “This is a little heavier. The creme filling is…. yeah.”
Jake Hart of DMW Martial Arts shows Noah Watson how to do a move.
Emily Donnelly of Covington hand-paints a jewelry box at the Artist Alley at Block Party.
"It's given me the opportunity to discover trails that I didn't even know were in the Valley," said geocacher Berry Rogers, who shows the Block Party pathtag he awarded those who found four hidden geocaches.
James Mareth plays chess with his son Dillon at the Chess4Life booth.