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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 1988

By Rick Fardig

The first Cedar River Boat Race was held in the early 1940s as an endurance race. The racers traveled down river from Maple Valley to Renton. In 1962 the Cedar River Boat Race Association altered the course to begin at Landsburg and finish at the Cedar Grove Bridge. This change in the course was done so that the Maple Valley community could enjoy the race from start to finish. The course also presented a greater challenge for the racers. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 31, 1978

Maple Valley Day 1978 will unfold this coming Saturday, June 3, and all indications point to another big fun and family day for valleyites and visitors.

Grand Marshal for the parade will be Don Testerman, running back of the Seattle Seahawks. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 7, 1961

One of the highlights at big festival: Queen Darlene Jones and Princess Sandy Di Martino in pony carts. (Post-Intelligencer photos by Phil H. Webber.)

One of the highlights at big festival: Queen Darlene Jones and Princess Sandy Di Martino in pony carts. (Post-Intelligencer photos by Phil H. Webber.)

Maple Valley paraded its progress yesterday along trails cut by cows in the days when the guests of honor were young pioneers there.

In the reviewing stand were some who remember those pioneer days and others who are descended from founders of the community, first settled in 1879. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 20, 1988

By Eulalia Tollefson

A successful community celebration takes months of advance planning, as past Black Diamond Labor Day committees will confirm.

Following their zealous predecessors’ example, Labor Day committee members already are busy developing strategies for another great celebration, this year on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Sept. 3 through 5. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 31, 1977

by Dianne Wilson

A cordial welcome to Labor Day festivities in Black Diamond is extended to residents of Maple Valley by Queen candidates shown above. From left to right they are Linda Guidetti, Kim Capponi ,and Kim Sawyer. Missing from the picture is Debra Donckers. VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

A cordial welcome to Labor Day festivities in Black Diamond is extended to residents of Maple Valley by Queen candidates shown above. From left to right they are Linda Guidetti, Kim Capponi ,and Kim Sawyer. Missing from the picture is Debra Donckers. VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

Amid a flurry of last-minute activity, Black Diamond’s Labor Day Committee declared they will be ready to offer fun-filled days (or is it daze?) of activities over the holiday. In anticipation of large numbers of visitors, the group has been hard at work for many weeks to ensure that everyone has a good time and things go smoothly. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, September 4, 1987

By Debra Nelson

Les Van Hoof is one of the new breed of coal miners who operate the levers of heavy equipment rather than picks and shovels. (Staff photo by Gary Kissel.)

Les Van Hoof is one of the new breed of coal miners who operate the levers of heavy equipment rather than picks and shovels. (Staff photo by Gary Kissel.)

Coal mining… the words evoke images of dark mine shafts, dynamite, and hardy men, exhausted from the hazards of blasting the mineral from deep within the earth, ravaged by black lung disease.

The old folk song “Sixteen Tons” tells that story—of men who rarely saw the sun and whose blood and sweat made coal the major industry in the Black Diamond region until the 1920s.

But those were the “good old days” of coal mining and, fortunately, the industry has undergone radical changes. For one thing, today’s miners work above ground, in the hot summer sun and the cold winter rain.

This Labor Day weekend, Black Diamond looks back at the old days, remembering those pioneers and miners who settled the town. The festivities include the kind of fun and games many pioneer kids enjoyed. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 16, 1987

By Eulalia Tollefson

Bill Petchnick, Jr. was honored by his Black Diamond friends and neighbors, who chose him Black Diamond’s Person of the Year.

Bill Petchnick, Jr. was honored by his Black Diamond friends and neighbors, who chose him Black Diamond’s Person of the Year.

Clowns, cute kiddies, and a carnival atmosphere—all ingredients for a great community celebration—greeted crowds who arrived for one of the best ever Black Diamond Labor Day festivals.

Enjoyment was enhanced by games, good food, and a “hi, neighbor” element, along with balmy, sunny weather.

Highlights of the celebration were the 56-entry parade directed by Charlene Birklid and the presentation of Labor Day dignitaries, with Diane Olson serving as emcee. (more…)

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