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Pageant support

We would like to express our appreciation to the many individuals and businesses that helped make the Miss Sunnyside Pageant possible. There really is a tremendous amount of community resources and goodwill put into this event. It has a long history of selecting quality young ladies to serve as junior ambassadors for Sunnyside.

The pageant this year was “under new management.” Teri Alvarez-Ziegler had the girls well prepared and put together an excellent show. As always, the auditorium was sold out; this demonstrates the community’s support for this program.

We especially thank those who helped support and encourage Cassie. For many years she looked forward to being in the pageant and now looks forward to serving in this capacity.

/s/ With great appreciation, Rick and Deon Herndon, Sunnyside

Grand opening

We extend our gratitude to the following family, friends and businesses who contributed to the grand opening of Mz Terry Creations: Anthony Duncan, Edna Duncan, Donald Duncan, Denise Trautman, Larry and Donna Oswalt, Denice Dalrymple, Bob Ohlde, Jose and Maria Chavez, Ebb-Tide Wings of Love (Hank and Jeannette Ebbelaar), Mary Lee Robinson, Cactus Juice Café, Pepe’s Bakery, Pinatas la Tragedia, Yakima Valley Insurance Services, Inc., the Miss Sunnyside Court, the Miss Cinco de Mayo Court and Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Tasha Daniel.

A special thank you to all of our customers.

/s/ Darlene and Egbert Terry, Sunnyside

Sunshine Days

I am writing to express my disappointment in this year’s Sunshine Days celebration.

To begin with, I started on this letter before I read John Fannin’s commentary. I would also like to say that I have always enjoyed Sunshine Days—the street fairs with the local merchants doing their sidewalk sales along with the booths set up by the out-of-town vendors, the parade, the entertainment that has usually taken place at Sixth and Edison, and so on. In the past there was also an arts and crafts show across the street from where city hall is now, and I remember one year there was a dance held downtown. I can also remember how some merchants who weren’t on Sixth Street got into the spirit of the occasion and did sidewalk sales of their own. It was a way the community could come together.

This year’s Sunshine Days were far from that. It did not make sense to me to have some of the entertainment over at Food Pavilion and everything else over at St. Joseph’s, and I know I am not the only one who felt this way. I have read letters by people who talk about community spirit and how they are embarrassed by Tom Paul’s signs, but it sure seems like to me there are people who are embarrassed by Sunshine Days and our other community festivals.

Personally, I think these people should be embarrassed at how Sunshine Days were handled this year. Festivals like these are often a part of small town life. Instead of promoting them as a way of bringing the community together and drawing tourist dollars into this town, these people seem to want Sunshine Days and Cinco de Mayo and so on to go away.

I hope this isn’t the case, because if it is we risk losing a precious part of our town’s heritage.

/s/ Thomas Peterson, Sunnyside

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