The warm weather can only mean one thing for the city of Milton: Milton Days, the annual community celebration for citizens come out to visit vendors, mingle with their neighbors and generally celebrate their town. While Milton Days won’t take place until Aug. 19, fundraising has been well under way since last year, including the annual car wash fundraiser taking place Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Les Schwab Tire Center at 1283 Meridian Ave. E. in Edgewood.
“Milton Days is a volunteer driven event, and it includes live music, carnival rides and vendors. Events like this are important to not only raise funds for Milton Days, but it also helps put a face on it,” Milton Events Committee Chair April Balsley said.
The fundraisers will not only help you get a clean car, but get you familiar with the group of people who work so hard to make the event come together.
“This is very traditional for Milton days. One of the benefits is it gains more local exposure to the event. It involves the community coming out and meeting council members and committee members who help put it on. The other reason is it help raise funds for Milton Days,” Balsley said.
This year, the Milton Days theme is “Honoring our Heroes,” with a focus on local heroes: firefighters and police officers.
“Especially now in the time we live in, it is extremely important for our community to be able to get to know our police officers and our firefighters,” Balsley said.
Police and firefighters have always had a presence at Milton Days and every community event, but they will expand their presence even more this year.
This year will feature Daniel Lyon as the Grand Marshall of the annual Milton Days parade. Lyon is a Milton reserve officer and a volunteer firefighter that was injured last summer fighting wildfires in eastern Washington. The blaze left Lyon severely burned and took the lives of three other firefighters. The community rallied around Lyom and nearly one year after the accident, he is the perfect representative for the “Honoring Our Heroes” theme.
“Our police force will be out and our firefighters will be out for a find-the-clue scavenger hunt. This will be more interactive with our police and firefighters than in years past,” Balsley said.
Of course, Milton Days continues to grow as it does every year, so expect more of everything that makes Milton Days a can’t-miss event.
“We have more carnival rides and there are more vendors. Every year it keeps getting bigger and better because of our community,” Balsley said.
If you want to be involved with Milton Days this year, come by an Events Committee Meeting the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 1000 Laurel St.