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Sunnyside gears up for Sunshine Days on Sept. 19

Sunnyside’s annual community festival, Sunshine Days, is planned Sept. 19.

Despite the plural in the name, activities all happen Saturday, anchored by the parade at 10 a.m. from Sunnyside High School, west on Edison Avenue to the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center.

The parade grand marshal is Gladys Graham, owner of longtime Sunnyside restaurant Cactus Juice, which closed earlier this year.

The outgoing Miss Sunnyside Royalty and incoming candidates also will ride in the parade, with the incoming court to be decided later Saturday at the annual pageant at 7 p.m. at the high school.

In past years, Sunshine Days has featured live music, street vendors and a carnival, which organizers tabled this year because of reorganization of staff and finances at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

Supporters hope to resume those other activities in the future, said Deb Estrada, the interim director of the chamber.

Sunshine Days, in contrast to bigger community festivals of Cinco de Mayo and the Lighted Farm Implement Parade, dates back to the early 1900s in Sunnyside, though it’s been held at various times of the year and gone by different names, including Ford Days and Fete Days.

Also on Saturday, Silbury Hill Alpacas, 2361 Scoon Road, will hold an art and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. called For the Love of Art and Paws. All proceeds will be donated to the Yakima Humane Society.