"Come Home to West Fargo" has been tapped as the theme of the 21st annual West Fest observance as the community prepares to celebrate later this week.
The activity will kick off with a "lead up" event on Thursday evening - Cruise Night - a happening that has typically attracted thousands of spectators set for 5 to 9 p.m. on the northern end of Sheyenne Street.
To tie in with the come home theme is the weeklong Homecoming festivities at West Fargo High School, with those in town for West Fest welcome and encouraged to take in the homecoming football game Friday night at 6 p.m. at Packer Field between, of course, the West Fargo Packers and the Williston Coyotes.
Saturday's West Fest activities will once again be accented big time by the gigantic grand parade, with well over 100 entries signed up, as well as a variety of other events scheduled throughout the day.
The event is sponsored by the City of West Fargo, and the planning and work carried out by staff as well as a number of "community volunteers" highly committed to the realization of West Fest.
West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern is looking forward to the annual celebration and is proud that the city of West Fargo is playing a role in it.
"West Fest is an exciting time because of the many activities and huge crowds it attracts to West Fargo," Mattern stated. "I've often said how exciting it is when the parade turns the corner onto Sheyenne Street and I see the thousands of people waiting to see the parade. There is just so much excitement that it is difficult to describe. I'm sure Cruise Night and all the other events taking place during West Fest week will be equally as exciting."
"A special thanks to all the volunteers and city staff that will help make West Fest bigger and better than ever. Also, a big thank you to the Park District for allowing the use of Veterans Arena for the big firemen's dance on Saturday evening."
By Karen Huber
The increasingly popular Cruise Night with its record breaking crowds will be back on Sheyenne Street Thursday evening with an array of classic vehicles. This showing will mark he last of a series of four highly successful gatherings this season.
Hosted by the F-M Toppers Car Club and the city of West Fargo, the show will run from 5 to 9 p.m.
As in the past, those displaying their vehicles and motorcycles are asked to arrive after 4:30 p.m. to get them
WDAY AM radio personality Jay Thomas will be broadcasting live in the VFW parking lot, and also emceeing as evening activities unfold.
The VFW, Silver Dollar and Stars and Strikes will be serving food outside their facility, along with a variety of other vendors.
Registration, as always free, will take place in the Toppers tent located in front of the VFW, which also make participants eligible for a variety of door prizes donated by local businesses.
There is no admission charge to Cruise Night.