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West Fest returns next week, 'Better than ever'

West Fargo's annual community celebration continues

Crowds line both sides of the street at the West Fest parade Sept. 16, 2017, on Sheyenne Street in West Fargo. Forum file photo
Crowds line both sides of the street at the West Fest parade Sept. 16, 2017, on Sheyenne Street in West Fargo. Forum file photo
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WEST FARGO — West Fargo's annual celebration will kick off on Sunday, Sept. 11, when West Fest officially begins.

The week long celebration of West Fargo will offer a number of community events all week long but on Thursday, the city's final 2022 Cruise Night will begin at 5 p.m., along Sheyenne Street as the rest of the Downtown Yards on Sheyenne opens their doors to the thousands expected to enjoy the classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.

This year's slogan will be "Better than ever." West Fargp Events Executive Director Mike Amundson said this year's theme was chosen as a nod to the evnet's return to its home along Northern Sheyenne Street. Last year, Cruise Nights and many events were moved to The Lights along southern Sheyenne Street as the northern part of the city under construction.

On Saturday, a full slate of events will begin in the early morning hours when the West Fargo Municipal Airport Fly-in & Open House begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be ongoing until 11:30 a.m. at the West Fargo Municipal Airport.

The West Fest Co-Ed Softball Tournament will begin at 9a.m. at South Elmwood Park and a craft and vendor show will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. at the former Bell Bank Parking lot along northern Sheyenne Street.

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One of the state's largest parades will then kick off at noon as more than 100 organizations and floats line up for the grand march down Sheyenne Street from Third Avenue to Seventh Avenue South.

Retired West Fargo Fire Department Chief Roy Schatschneider drives city employees of the year Margy Larson and John Freeman during the West Fest Parade Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.David Samson / The Forum
Retired West Fargo Fire Department Chief Roy Schatschneider drives city employees of the year Margy Larson and John Freeman during the West Fest Parade Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.David Samson / The Forum

Family fun events are planned later in the afternoon, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Tintes Park.

The day ends with the annual street dance that will be held 7-10 p.m., at the POW/MIA Plaza on Sheyenne Street.

Sunday, West Fest will conclude its full week of events with the West Fargo Park District's Honkin' Haulin Hands on Trucks, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

There, kids will get the opportunity to see what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat of large trucks, construction, and farming equipment. The free event will also offer picture opportunities as kids
pretend to drive and honk the horns of a number of vehicles. All participants will receive a free t-shirt, safety vest, lanyard, and driver’s license, while supplies last. The event is free and open to all.

West Fargo has been celebrating West Fest since 1992, when the West Fargo Chamber of Commerce joined with local businesses and organizations and brought the whole surrounding community together. In 2011, the city of West Fargo took over the responsibility of coordinating West Fest after the 2010 merger of The West Fargo Chamber of Commerce into a regional organization called The Chamber.

West Fest parade
Thousands of people jam Sheyenne Street for the parade Saturday during West Fest in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum
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Readers can reach West Fargo editor Wendy Reuer at wreuer@forumcomm.com or 701-241-5530 . Follow her on Twitter @ForumWendy .

A previous version of this story gave an incorrect time for the Honkin' Haulin Hands on Trucks event. It is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Arena.

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As the West Fargo editor, Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum and oversees the production of the weekly Pioneer.
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