Spring Festival helps unite Moses Lake

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The Moses Lake Spring Festival is gearing up today for a four-day-long community celebration for the Memorial Day weekend.

With a carnival, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, classic car show, parade, entertainment and vendors, there truly is something for everyone. We would be surprised if there weren’t.

A big weekend highlight is the Grand Moonlight Parade and preshows, set for Saturday in downtown Moses Lake. The preshows start at 7:15 p.m. at Frontier Middle School, the Civic Center (Cecil’s Magic) and Sinkiuse Square (Jeff Evans Magical Magicians). The parade starts at 8:15 p.m. on Third Avenue by Frontier.

The huge variety of activities during the festival is impressive, considering the event is volunteer-run. That makes for busy days and months leading up to the festival, not to mention during the event. We thank the volunteers who make it possible, as well as the law enforcement and emergency services workers who help keep us safe. It’s a busy but fun weekend with hundreds of families filling downtown.

Former residents even attend to reconnect with their hometown roots. We think that says a lot about the community and the Spring Festival. If you have some spare time this weekend, you might want to consider showing your community spirit by helping out.

Volunteers are needed to carry banners in the parade for the Washington Fallen Heroes Project, an organization that formed after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. You can sign up at Gesa Credit Union at 721 S. Pioneer Way in Moses Lake to help. We encourage you to volunteer. The banners appearing in the parade have photos of fallen military members with connections to Washington and North Idaho.

We believe honoring our service members lends more meaning to the holiday weekend and retains the integrity of Memorial Day. In many cases, holidays like Memorial Day are a celebration of Americana. The weekend is a chance to take an extra day off work, barbecue and hang out with family and friends. We think that’s great because the weekend festivities can further bond the community together and remind us of the freedoms we enjoy.

On a larger scale, the country has the opportunity to reconnect. Communities throughout the country are marking the event by honoring service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. Moses Lake is doing its part by going all out and showing its appreciation.

— Editorial Board

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