File photo: Not only will ‘Elvis’ perform as one of the Queen Anne Days’ musical acts on Sept. 11, he will also be the grand marshal of the Kids ’N’ K-9’s Parade, which this year will travel along the perimeter of Big Howe Field.
File photo: Not only will ‘Elvis’ perform as one of the Queen Anne Days’ musical acts on Sept. 11, he will also be the grand marshal of the Kids ’N’ K-9’s Parade, which this year will travel along the perimeter of Big Howe Field.

After having to cancel Queen Anne Days in 2020 because of COVID-19, the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce members are excited the popular event will return with a modified format Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 at Big Howe Field on top of Queen Anne.

Queen Anne Chamber Executive Director Charley Shore said, not only is the 2021 event later in the year than usual, it will feature events and activities that will follow all social distancing and mask guidelines. There will not be any indoor activities this year.

“Well, we’re trying to keep it as similar as we can,” Shore said. “Our biggest focus is that it’s community oriented.”

On Friday night, the beer, wine and cider garden for residents 21 and over will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it will feature tribute music of Phil Collins, Invisible Touch and STYX Borrowed Time.

Saturday’s festival begins with the Kids ’N’ K-9’s Parade, sponsored by Wag ’N’ Wash. Participants will line up at 12:15 p.m. in front of the Queen Anne Community Center. The grand marshal this year is “Elvis,” who will lead the parade along the perimeter of Big Howe Field. The entourage will finish on stage to receive awards in the different categories.

There will also be an aikido demonstration, and the Boot Boogie Babes, a line-dancing troupe started by Queen Anne resident DeAnna Lee, will perform.

Children’s activities will include gunny sack races with parents and children, bubble blowing, coloring, basketball Frisbee and other events that can be done safely.

For example, Shore said, there will be face painting, but parents will use kits with the paint to decorate their children’s faces.

Musical entertainment on Saturday includes the Elvis impersonator; the Seachordsmen; Wings and Things, a tribute to Paul McCartney; and the night will end with Stonsey, a tribute to the Rolling Stones.

Local businesses owners will also have booths to meet with the community, Shore said. She also anticipated businesses will host a sidewalk sale on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Eric Berge, who owns Werner’s Crash Shop in lower Queen Anne, will be hosting a car show to top off the day.

“We’re trying to keep it as open and fun as possible, with the idea that we still have to be aware of safety measures,” Shore said.

There will also be sanitation and water stations.

She said volunteers are needed because “it’s a job to get everything set up and to get everything going.” Donations are also welcome to support Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce activities, Shore said.

For more information, go to www.queenannechamber.org, and click on QA Days.