WEST FARGO — After a year off due to the cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, West Fargo's West Fest will return this week, but like other events this year, it will be moved slightly southward.

The 2021 theme of West Fest will be “Our Heroes,” was chosen to honor all of the community members who went above and beyond in the last two years, said West Fargo Events Executive Director Mike Amundson.

The annual parade, one of the largest in the state of North Dakota, will be held on Sheyenne Street, but due to the reconstruction project, the parade route will be shifted slightly.

The West Fest Grand Parade will begin moving at 11:45 a.m. with a start time of noon. The parade route will head west on Second Avenue and then go south onto First Street, taking a right to go west on Fourth Avenue and continue south to Sheyenne Street and 10th Avenue East. The parade lasts approximately two hours.

The last Cruise Night will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, but like all 2021 Cruise Nights, it will be held at the West Fargo Sports Arena and The Lights, before returning to northern Sheyenne Street next year.

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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.

Sip and Shop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, along with the West Fest Craft and Vendor Show. Local craft, art, clothing, food and home decor vendors will be available. Family activities and a street dance will be held at the POW/MIA Plaza.

The community has been able to add events to the week’s schedule, which can be found at https://www.westfargond.gov/1092/West-Fest-Community-Event-Submission.

For more information and updates, visit westfargond.gov/762/West-Fest The city of West Fargo and West Fargo Events will release updates and an alternative plan if COVID-19 conditions prohibit the event from safely occurring.