Walhalla celebrates the 4th of July–Pembina Hills Show and Shine

After an extremely successful first year, the Pembina Hills Show and Shine is gearing up for an even bigger and better second year after numerous events have been added to the weekend schedule of July 1 through 3 in Walhalla.


Posted on 6/25/16

By Melissa Anderson

Last year was the first year for the Pembina Hills Show and Shine over the July 4 weekend. The single day packed full of events proved to be highly successful and was well received by the community of Walhalla and surrounding communities.

“It went very well. That’s why we went from one day to three,” Aaron Zarahia, the founder and organizer, stated.

The busy weekend of events kicks off on the evening of July 1 with a demolition derby. Zarahia stated that there are already almost 30 cars registered to participate in the event.

Following the demolition derby, there will be a street dance featuring last year’s band, Dirty Dawg, which will be sponsored by the local bars.

The fun continues early the next morning as Choice Financial invites runners and walkers alike to lace up their sneakers and join them in their annual 5k run which starts at 7 a.m.

From there the fun doesn’t stop as the parade starts at 10 a.m. followed by the carshow registration at 10:30 with the show beginning at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Pre-registration for the car show is highly encouraged. Cost is $10 for first vehicle and $5 for every vehicle after. Pre-registration is due by June 26.

Just like last year, the show will feature cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors. There will be seven classes total including works in progress. The first 50 kiddos coming to the show will receive a free Hot Wheels courtesy of the Pembina Hills Show and Shine.

While the Show and Shine is in the spotlight, Zaharia didn’t forget to have other events going on. Similar to last year, there will also be an Old Fashioned Soap Box Derby Race, Kids Pedal Pulls, stereo competition and a burn-out competition following the award ceremony for the Show and Shine.

The evening events  start with a community supper sponsored by the Pembina Hills Show and Shine to show appreciation to all the vendors, sponsors, and entries into the car show. Following the feed, participating entries will take a little drive to showcase their rides at the Walhalla Nursing Home to allow the older residents of Walhalla to inspect and appreciate the entries.

“We are taking the cars out there since last year the residents were upset that they didn’t get to see the cars,” Zaharia said, “We hope they enjoy viewing all the entries for this year’s show.”

To finish off the night, the streets of Walhalla will jam to the music of Junction 281, formerly known as Midnight Special. The night will close with a professional fireworks show.

As if those first two days were not enough, Sunday, July 3, has just as many family-orientated events for the public to enjoy. Beginning at 11 a.m. a non-denominational church service will take place at Riverside Park.

The Show and Shine gives attendees one more chance to view the amazing vehicles and tractors starting at noon until 4 p.m.

During the course of the afternoon, there will be two events helping to support the local ambulance and fire department.

“We are holding a 50/50 tournament as a way to help the ambulance and fire department,” Zaharia said.

At 1 p.m. the Tug-of-War competition will begin. A team of five is needed to compete, and participants can only be on one team. Cost per team is $10 with a 50 percent payback to the winning team. The balance will be donated to the Walhalla Ambulance Service.

Following the Tug-of-War competition will be a single elimination volleyball tournament.

“Hopefully we can make a mud volleyball tournament to add to the fun for both participants and those watching,” Zaharia said.

The teams for the single elimination volleyball tournament must be made of three males and three females. The entry fee for the tournament is $60, which is $10 per person, with 50 percent of the pot going back to the winning team. The remaining money will be donated to the Walhalla Fire Department to help them purchase necessary equipment.

Other events and happenings that will be ongoing for both Saturday and Sunday include music, face painting, farm toy show, and a vendor show. For the kids there will be bouncy houses and slides for them to burn off some of their summer energy.

If you would like to register for any of the competitions, please call Aaron Zaharia at 701-721-8132 or visit the Pembina Hills Show and Shine Facebook page, t