SUNNYSIDE -- Sunshine Days have almost arrived in Sunnyside, with a parade, carnival, car show and the Miss Sunnyside pageant to highlight this weekend's community festival.
Most of the action happens Saturday, with the parade, stage performances and car show, but a carnival will operate this afternoon until Sunday evening in City Park.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs from Sunnyside High School, east on Edison Avenue, ending at the Law and Justice Center on Homer Street.
A carnival, live music and car show comprise the entertainment. State Sen. Jim Honeyford, a Sunnyside Republican, will be the grand marshal of Saturday's parade.
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Soap Box Derby races will not be a part of the activities for the second year in a row because of a lack of volunteers.
Here's a schedule of the highlights. All events will be held in City Park unless otherwise noted. Times are approximate
-- Today: 4 to 10 p.m., carnival; 6 p.m., poker run for those participating in the car show
-- Saturday: 6 to 11 a.m., Sunnyside Fire Department fundraiser pancake breakfast; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., car show; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. quilt show at Johnson Concentrates just north of City Park; 11 a.m., stage show featuring Sunnyside Grid Kids cheerleaders, a bubble gum blowing contest and singing performances; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., carnival; 3:15 p.m., live music by Yakima Valley band Out of Commission; 7 p.m., Miss Sunnyside Pageant at Sunnyside High School. Cost is $10 per person.
-- Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., quilt show; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., carnival.