It’s time for the 61st Annual Sunfair Parade in downtown Yakima on Saturday September 24th. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and follows the same route beginning at the corner of 16th and Yakima Avenue and down Yakima Avenue to Naches Avenue.
The Sunfair Parade Board of Directors has selected a special person to be the Grand Marshal
Verlynn Best, president and CEO of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, was named grand marshal of the parade. Best was selected by the Sunfair Parade Board of Directors because of her dedication to the people and businesses of Yakima.
“When I moved here eight years ago, Verlynn was one of the first people to welcome me. Since then, I have marveled at his tenacity. She’s the kind of focused leader any city would be blessed with. We are better off as a city with it,” says Paul Crawford, Chairman of the Sunfair Parade 2022 Board.
Many people are expected to attend the parade on Saturday morning
Organizers hope thousands of people will turn out to watch the parade along Yakima Avenue. This year’s parade is sponsored by Yakima Federal Savings and Loan, the local bank that has stepped up to fund a number of community events, including Yakima’s big 4th of July celebration.
The parade has been around for many decades
The parade has a long history. A press release says it was first launched in 1961 as part of a Sunfair, sponsored by the Yakima Sundusters, a promotional group of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.
In 1972, the parade was moved to September to coincide with the opening of the Central Washington State Fair.
The fair begins Friday, September 22 with doors opening at 12:00 p.m. at Yakima State Fair Park.