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Monday, July 29, 2013

Support the Businesses that Support Spirit Valley Days

It is Duluth's biggest neighborhood festival. There is something fun and compelling for everyone. It includes: a classic car show, a parade, a 5K walk/run, music in the park, stage shows, children's games, a Miss West Duluth Pageant, and a raucous street dance.

The center of this rollicking entertainment is Grand & Central Avenues - the heart of beautiful Spirit Valley in Duluth's historic West Duluth. It is a remarkable gathering place situated at the intersection of a proud, resilient neighborhood and a thriving, benevolent business community.

If you are truly in the spirit for Spirit Valley Days, you will begin the celebration Wednesday, July 31 and participate until Sunday, August 4. It is a four-day extravaganza. In recent years, I have truly been in the spirit for Spirit Valley Days. It is a celebration I look forward to and enthusiastically participate in and support. It is about as much fun as this uptight, aging, chamber guy can handle.

My appreciation for Spirit Valley Days is heightened because I am proud of the many businesses that so graciously sponsor the celebration. Several of these businesses are also members of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce. Without fanfare, these Chamber members fund several of the activities, attractions and venues that make this gathering enjoyable. They include: Super One Foods & Super One Liquor, Members Cooperative Credit Union, Waste Management, Duluth Budgeteer News, Duluth Business University, Anytime Fitness, US Bank, Solutions Insurance Agencies, Andren's Paint Company, Tortoise & Hare Footwear, the Jamar Company, Susan Coen State Farm Insurance, and Mr. D's Bar & Grill.

Businesses add to the gathering by participating as food venders and arts & crafts venders. They also encourage their customers and clients to attend Spirit Valley Days.

Spirit Valley Days is a wonderful example of how volunteers, businesses, participants and supporters can join forces to host and enjoy a remarkable neighborhood celebration.

I hope you will join me at Spirit Valley Days. It is an ideal opportunity to experience a strong sense of place and community. For these four days, we all can be from West Duluth and we can all be Denfeld Hunters.
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David Ross, President & CEO

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