Valley City as a community will participate in the 24th Annual Rally of the Valley, being held on Saturday, June 18th, organized by the Chamber of Commerce. Tracey Compson, events coordinator at the Valley City Chamber of Commerce, explains why Rally in the Valley is important to people in the community,
“The Rally in the Valley brings the community together and there are a lot of people from out of town who support the community and the business, it’s a big celebration of Valley City,” Compson said.
Compson is working closely with Kay Vinje, Executive Vice President of the Chamber, and their board to organize the event in good order.
“We sort of coordinate everything, we do the games, we do the parade, we do the vendors and the rubber duck race and all that,” Compson said.
The annual Rally in the Valley officially begins on Saturday, June 18, but this year a new event called “Peggy Lee Day” will be introduced on Friday, June 17 in honor of the American singer from Jamestown, North Dakota. Local musician Myron Sommerfeld will host the event at the VCSU Center for the Fine Arts honoring Peggy Lee by performing her music at 7 p.m
“I know Myron Sommerfeld has been working on it, they will be paying tribute to Peggy Lee at the VCSU Center for the Fine Arts, they will be playing their music and doing the concert,” Compson said
June 17 will also be a day when several other events begin, including the citywide flea markets, VCHS class reunions, and the Valley City Saints baseball tournament.
The garage sales take place on both Friday and Saturday and can be found in your Times Record papers for June 15th, 16th and 17th. The Valley City Baseball Tournament will be held June 17-19 at Charlie Brown Memorial Field.
Rally in the Valley is not just a day of celebration, but an emotional day for many people.
“Everyone should have a really good time,” Compson said. “There’s a lot of class reunions, people coming back to their hometown who haven’t been here in a long time, so there’s going to be a lot of that… A lot of classmates and people I went to school with will be here so this weekend will be thousands.” be of people in the city.”
Saturday 18th June will be a long day with a bag full of events, starting at 7am with the BCMA breakfast at the airport. Anyone can fly in, drive in, or walk in at Barnes County Municipal Airport to enjoy a pancake breakfast, served from 7am to 9:30am.
“The Airport Breakfast is being run by the High School Dance Team as a fundraiser,” Compson said
At the same time there will be registration for the car show at the Rosebud Visitor Center from 7-9am
The 40th Annual Bill Jansen Road Race/Walk sponsored by the local Valley City Optimist Club, takes place at Hi-Line Park and starts at 8:00 am
Mike Watterson, Optimist representative, shared that the race will be divided into different divisions and medals will be awarded to the top three in each of the divisions, except for the walking divisions, and t-shirts will be distributed to all finishers.
A food and craft fair along with free face painting taking place from 9am to 5pm at Veterans Park in downtown Valley City. Compson explained that beyond Veterans Park there will be places throughout the city where food stands will be available:
“We’ll have food vendors down at Veterans Park, Wild Prairie Bakery, the Vault, Vicky’s Viking Room and many other locations around town,” she said.
A family favorite and one of the biggest attractions of the Rally in the Valley is the parade which starts at 10am and the Bridges City Cruisers Car Show which starts at 11am
Valley City Mayor Dave Carlsrud will participate in the parade in one of the vehicles. Compson gives some specific details about the parade.
“The parade begins at the Sheyenne Care Center, where it is set up and runs down the street from Central Avenue to 4th Street,” she said.
Currently, the Chamber of Commerce has received 60 entries for the parade and they expect to have nearly 80 by the end of the week.”
The Bridge City Cruisers Car and Tractor Show takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Central Avenue and Main Street and is hosted by Bridge City Cruisers, a local auto club.
The Games Galore Inflatable Games, an event organized mainly for children, takes place from 11am to 4pm in the Rosebud Visitor Center car park, but don’t forget, from 11am at Valley City Barnes County Public Library to eat a cake -3 o’clock in the afternoon
Get your ducks ready for Duckin’ Down the Sheyenne Rubber Duck Race at 3:30pm on the City Park Walk Bridge. Tickets for the race should be purchased in advance and all money from this will go to the Valley City Public Schools Education Foundation. Ducks are available from the Chamber of Commerce at 701-845-1891.
The Rally in the Valley Street dancing, featuring a performance by Valley City band Haymaker and Tim Heetland, will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. This event is sponsored by the Brockopp Brewery and JES Marketing. Heetland shares his excitement via one of his social media pages,
“Calling to all my folks from Valley City, North Dakota and everyone in the area and beyond… I am honored and excited to be able to return to my hometown and have a fun evening with everyone. I hope to rock/dance the night away with as many of you as possible!”
There is a whole year of work put in by various people for this grand celebration of Valley City. Compson shares the hard work behind
“I mean I’ll start as soon as this year’s rally is over, I’ll immediately start preparing for next year’s rally, there’s a lot of work behind it like vendors and setting everything up.”
The donation procedure is completed by sending the donation letters to the members of the chamber,
“We’ve sent out donation letters for every chamber event that we do, and that’s the benefit of being a chamber member that you can put your name on the different events that we do,” Compson said.
Rally in the Valley Platinum Sponsors are Leevers Foods, Puklich of Valley City, BEK Communications, LaValle Flooring, Mobility Plus, Sanford Health, KLJ and Mint & Honey Bookkeeping.
Compson has a final word on why people should attend the Rally in the Valley,
“It’s going to be a fun day, a fun day to celebrate. It’s going to be warm and everyone will be having fun.