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Spirit Valley Days features many changes

DULUTH, MN– The Spirit Valley neighborhood is celebrating its 40th Spirit Valley Days this week, and this year comes with a lot of changes.

Since 1979 Spirit Valley Days has been a staple in the Spirit Valley neighborhood.

“Not just have people sticking with their friends, but also to meet those that live in the community with them,” said organizer Joy Herbert.

But this year the festival comes with many changes.

“40 years is kind of a long time to keep everything the same, so looking forward to just some new, fresh things and try them out see if they work,” said Herbert. “And, kind of play with that and invite more people out to West Duluth.”

Organizers spent time walking around to businesses getting feedback about how Spirit Valley days impacts business.

“Previous events and the structure of the whole festival kind of left some of them out,” said Herbert.

So organizers went to work to make sure the event was more inclusive.

And what better way to draw people into businesses than by throwing a huge block party.

“We’ll have sidewalk sales, inflatables, stuff for kids, petting zoo,” said Herbert.

Also, new this year is a Pub Crawl on Friday night with 20 different bands and 5 different venues, and also free family yoga at Memorial Park on Saturday morning.

And businesses are receptive to the changes.

“I think it’s wonderful. It gets younger people out, older people out and a good mix of people. It’ll be a lot of fun, party in the streets,” said Patrick Ellis of Spirit Valley Antiques.

Ellis says this festival comes at a perfect time as the antique shop will be closing September 30.

“We have a variety of antiques from primitive to more middle 1950s mid-modern things. So, any things from back to the civil war period all the way up to more modern things as well,” said Ellis.

With the goal of drawing community members together and drawing more people to West Duluth, organizers are excited to start the festivities.

“We’re just glad to be here in the community. People have been supporting us and we would like to give something back to the community,” said Ellis.

Spirit Valley Days kicks off Thursday with a parade starting at the West Duluth Library at 6 p.m.

CeCe Gaines

Multimedia Journalist

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