Line Roy Commentary: Summertime in Yelm Can’t Be Beat

By Line Roy
Posted 6/14/22

I love summertime in Yelm. There’s something about the mountain coming out more and more often, the flowers blooming, the blue sky (OK, maybe not the blue sky this year … yet). It all …

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Line Roy Commentary: Summertime in Yelm Can’t Be Beat

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I love summertime in Yelm. There’s something about the mountain coming out more and more often, the flowers blooming, the blue sky (OK, maybe not the blue sky this year … yet). It all makes me nostalgic for my own childhood, where we’d fly out the front door early in the morning, and come back home “when the streetlights come on.”

I grew up in a really small town of about 300 people. That wasn’t a typo. Three hundred. And you might not think that a town like that would have anything in common with a city like Yelm, but I have seen similarities and when I do, it feels like I’m back home, on a Montana summer day.

I was back home in Montana a few years ago where my family still lives, for a funeral, actually, so we weren’t in the celebrating spirit but it was the same weekend as “Gala Days,” our town’s version of Yelm’s Prairie Days. We were downtown, in the one bar that was open, reminiscing, remembering, and reconnecting. The doors swung open and someone yelled in, “Hey, the parade’s starting.” Now, this excited me. I’m a parade coordinator. Of course, I’m going to want to see what they’ve done in the 20 years since I’d been back for a Gala Days Parade. I rounded up some family and dragged them outside to watch the parade.

And this is the part that reminded me so much of Yelm, albeit on a much smaller scale. Everyone was out for the parade. They were ready for fun. The few businesses in town decorated cars and trucks, the farmers pulled out their tractors, the fire department rumbled down the gravel road. Just like Yelm does, they came together, like we do to provide entertainment and summertime fun for the community.

Yelm is the same. Summertime in Yelm is chock-full of festivals, markets, music, sports, and more, for you and your family to enjoy. It kicks off officially with Prairie Days at the end of this month. But if you can’t wait for then, pop into the farmers market on Saturdays at Yelm City Park, or take in the Lions Club Movies in the Park on June 18.



Come on out for Prairie Days on June 21 to June 26. It’s a whole week of fun activities, from 1924 Business Day, where local businesses are offering specials, to an open house at the museum, complete with a treasure hunt, to the parade and festivities on Saturday, to the Charity Mushball Tournament on Sunday. I guarantee you’ll find me at most of those events, celebrating Yelm and its history, and catching up with friends and neighbors we haven’t seen in awhile.

With the official kick off at Prairie Days, the fun doesn’t stop until August. Every weekend on July’s calendar is marked with a festival, like the Fourth of July celebration at the American Legion, Yelm’s first music festival on July 16, the awesome Nisqually Valley BBQ Rally on July 23, Mermaid Fest on July 30, and wrapping up summertime fun will be Jazz in the Park on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.

Summertime in Yelm can’t be beat.

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Line Roy is the executive director of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce.

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