If Valley City seemed a bit more populated this weekend, it’s probably because visitors and high school reunion-goers joined Valley City residents as they soaked up at this weekend’s annual Rally in the Valley.
The weather was pleasant but windy at times for the celebration hosted by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce. The weekend was jam packed with activities for all ages in Valley City.
Saturday’s events included the 31st annual Bill Jansen Road Race, a parade, flea market, craft fair, car show, and rubber duck race as well as various car-related events and a street dance and fireworks show to end the night.
Runners started early as they raced through Valley City during the road race sponsored by Valley City Optimist Club. starting at 8 a.m.
Spectators lined Central Avenue mid-morning to watch the parade, which featured floats from class reunions and local businesses and vehicles from the car show.
The flea market and craft fair was set up all morning and afternoon so that visitors could come and go as they pleased.
Classic cars and tractors filled Main Street and Central Avenue in the 14th annual car show hosted by Bridge City Cruisers, Valley City’s car club.
Visitors gathered around a car at Main Street Car Wash and Detailing to watch contestants participate in a NASCAR tire changing contest.
Smoke filled the air around 2 p.m. during the tire burnout contest, where participants competed for the best audience reaction when they smoked their tires on their vehicles.
Other car events included a motor blow up event and a balance beam contest.
The wind contradicted the river current in a unique fundraising event, Duckin’ down the Sheyenne. The winning duck floated to the finish line first during the rubber duck race down the Sheyenne River in City Park Saturday afternoon. Proceeds from the duck certificate sales went to the Barnes County United Way.
Attendees of the all-80s reunion heard plenty of music from the decade they graduated during Saturday night’s musical events.
“The Unbroken Band” played music from several genres at the street dance in the Broken Spoke parking lot, while several music guests rocked out at the Teen Center for a scholarship dance and jam session hosted by Really Big Music.
Vibrant colors lit up the sky Saturday night during the fireworks show outside the Broken Spoke. The show marked the end of Saturday’s events and the beginning of more to come on Sunday.
The annual Dakota Riders Hill Climb was held on Father’s Day at the Sheyenne Lodge. Motorcyclists, with bikes ranging from engines with 50 cubic centimeters to 1,500 cubic centimeters, raced up a hill west of Valley City.