Steve Raible, voice of the Seattle Seahawks, Helpline director Cara Lauer and HomeStreet Bank manager Hossein Soleymani.
Steve Raible, voice of the Seattle Seahawks, Helpline director Cara Lauer and HomeStreet Bank manager Hossein Soleymani.

After some tribute-band rocking on Friday night, calories were burned during Saturday morning’s Run for Home fun run/walk, followed by food, games, more music, a sidewalk sale, dunk tank and bouncy houses during the annual Queen Anne Days.

The community celebration is organized by the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, and includes a number of vendor tents, where local business leaders meet their neighbors.

The two-day festival was held Friday and Saturday in West Queen Anne Playfield, as is tradition, while businesses on West McGraw Street and Queen Anne Avenue North cleared some inventory with a sidewalk sale Friday through Sunday.

Queen Anne Helpline’s Run for Home, a 5.5K fun run/walk that supports the nonprofit’s homelessness-prevention work, took off from the Queen Anne Lutheran Church on a bracingly sunny Saturday morning, July 13. Walkers took their mark at 8:30 a.m. and runners lined up at 9 a.m.

Queen Anne Helpline executive director Cara Lauer said “fun-raiser” described the run better than “fundraiser,” because Run for Home unifies the community around preventing homelessness.

“Neighbors and friends just come to enjoy a part of Queen Anne Days, and people can enjoy the weekend,” Lauer said. “This one is important to us and a way for people to invest in the community.”  

The fun run/walk followed West McGraw to Bigelow Avenue North, passed scenic Kerry Park and finished on Seventh Avenue, next to Coe Elementary. 

Police and volunteers directed traffic, making sure that participants were safe. Ann Pearce, who’s volunteered for about seven years, handed out fluorescent orange vests and flags to volunteers.

“Seeing these people, it’s great that the community comes together for a cause,” Pearce said.

Another reason for running during Queen Anne Days was to get beer-filled shopping carts, fashioned to look like bulls, from West McGraw and Queen Anne Avenue North to Kerry Park.

The Queen Anne Running of the Bulls was started years ago by Old Stove Brewing owner Chris Moore and friends, after he was inspired by the real thing during a trip to Pamplona, Spain.

Folks wear a white shirt, pants and shoes, accentuated by a red scarf and belt. Apparently, smacking the shopping-cart bulls with rolled up Queen Anne News papers is also tradition. Editor’s Note: This is fine.

Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce president Charley Shore said more than 1,000 people showed up for the festival on Friday and Saturday.

“We were just thrilled with the results and, from all the comments, we had, people had a great time,” she said.

Shore’s biggest concern had been for the weather, she said, so she was happy to see the sun out for the weekend.