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Shelly Sholl

2022 VP Area Relations

What is Area Relations?

The Area Relations committee’s sole purpose is to bring the portion of our mission statement of ‘Showcasing our Region’ to life!

The VP of Area Relations is responsible for the coordination of the Spokane Lilac Festival’s appearances at Community events.  This involves maintaining accurate information and scheduling the Float, Directors and Royalty to attend Northwest Hosting Festival Hosting Group (NWFHG) events as well as local Community Festivals.  The VP, in coordination with the President and Float Toads, will submit to the membership the recommended dates of area Festivals and NWFHG Festivals we will attend.  The membership approves the appearances at a general membership meeting.

The VP of Area Relations is responsible for maintaining relationships with all NWFHG participants, encouraging and supporting other’s festivals.  The VP handles all logistics needed to attend these Festivals and coordinate what Lilac members will attend.

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful and community driven areas in the US and we look forward every year to seeing as many of our neighbors as possible.

2021 Parade Schedule

We are looking forward to once again travel and enjoy our many community and regional Festivals. We hope to see you all this summer at one of the below community festivals and hopefully more as the year goes on!

Of course, with all things 2021, these dates, events and appearances are subject to change!

  • Apple Blossom Festival – June 12th | Wenatchee, WA
  • Cheney Rodeo & Parade – July 10th | Cheney, WA
  • Deer Park Community Parade – July 24th | Deer Park, WA
  • Hillyard Hijinks Parade – August 7th | Spokane, WA
  • Spokane Sheriff Office National Night Out – August 7th | Spokane, WA
  • Odessa Deutchfest Parade – September 18th | Odessa, WA
  • Valleyfest – September 24th | Spokane Valley, WA
  • Spokane Lilac Festival Holiday Parade – November 20th | Downtown Spokane

Northwest Festival Hosting Group

Who are the Northwest Festival Hosting Group and What Do They Do?

The Northwest Festivals Hosting Group was formed in 1981 at the suggestion of Wenatchee Applarian Vice Chancellor Larry Frack.  He suggested that festival hosting groups should get together to discuss problems and share ideas.

The first meeting was held in Seattle at the Camlin Hotel and the main topics discussed were:  (1) Packet prices; (2) recognition and acknowledgements; (3) housing; (4) transportation to and from events.  The meeting was felt to be very helpful and it was decided from then on to continue meeting once a year.

The group has never been a dues-paying organization.

Northwest Festival Hosting Group – Click here for website link


The Spokane Lilac Festival is a proud member of the Northwest Festival Hosting Group with the following festivals. Click on the festival name to find out more about these outstanding organizations.  Dates are subject to change.

Northwest Hosting Festivals in the order they occur:

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival  – Wenatchee –  June 11-12, 2021  Click here for website

Spokane Lilac Festival – Always the 3rd Saturday in May (MAY FESTIVAL CANCELED FOR 2021 – HOLIDAY PARADE NOVEMBER 20TH)

Hyack Festival – New Westminster, BC  May (2021 Date TBD) Click here for website

Rose Festival – Portland, OR – June (TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL EVENTS CANCELED FOR 2021) Click here for Festival website  & Click here for Royal Rosarians website

Strawberry Festival – Marysville, WA – June (FESTIVAL CANCELED FOR 2021)  Click here for website

Capital Lakefair – Olympia, WA  July 16-17, 2021  Click here for website

Seattle Seafair –  Seattle, WA – August 6-7, 2021  Click here for Commodores Website & Click Here for Seafair Website

Peach Festival – Penticton, BC – August 6-7, 2021  Click here for website

Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival – Leavenworth, WA – September 24, 2021  Click here website