The weekend of June 30th through July 2nd in scenic Walhalla will have non-stop, family-friendly fun as America celebrates over 200 years of independence. Following two extremely successful years, the organizers for the Independence Weekend Celebration have another great weekend planned for those attending.
By Melissa Anderson
What all started as an idea for a car show from Aaron Zarahia has snowballed into an entire weekend of activities that is the result of the combined efforts of many Walhalla community members and has been well received by the community of Walhalla and surrounding communities.
“It’s gone very well. That’s why we went from one day the first year to three last year and this year,” Wanda Carlock, President of the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce and one of the organizer, stated.
The busy weekend of events kicks off on the evening of June 30 with a demolition derby sponsored by Double D Motorsports. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
The celebration starts again on Saturday with an American favorite. Starting at 10 a.m. the parade will feature cars, tractors, and groups.
“We are asking for everyone to come, and for those interested in participating in the parade, all entries need to be in no later than June 30,” Carlock stated.
Following the conclusion of the parade, the main street of Walhalla will be lined with some of the most beautiful cars that the area has to offer starting at 11 a.m. If you miss the show on Saturday, don’t worry as the mechanical beauties will be displayed again on Sunday beginning at noon.
The show will feature cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, and even semis. There will be seven classes total including works in progress. Besides the Pembina Hills Show and Shine, the day will feature fun events for smaller attendees. There will be an Old-Fashioned Soap Box Derby Race and Kids Pedal Pull for kids to show off their driving skill and muscle.
For a littler exercise and a chance to win big, take a scenic 21.5 mile bike ride that will start and end in Walhalla. On Prairie Software is sponsoring the ride, and one lucky rider will win $500.
The evening of June 30 will treat street dance attendees to the music of Downtown Sound The dance, sponsored by Jackson’s Bar, begins at 9 p.m., and the music genre starts with 60s and ends with songs of today.
The afternoon of Sunday, July 2 will offer a more competitive day as there will be two events helping to support specific organizations starting with the Tug-of-War competition followed by a single elimination volleyball tournament. Each competition will see the winning team receive 50 percent of the funds garnered with balances from each tournaement going to the Walhalla Garden Angels and the Walhalla Public Library for the Summer Reading Program.
Other events and happenings that will be ongoing for both Saturday and Sunday include music, face painting, farm toy show, and craft and food vendors available to peruse and sample.
If you would like to register for any of the competitions, please call Aaron Zarahia at 701-721-8132. A full schedule of events can be found by visiting the Pembina Hills Show and Shine Facebook page.