KUNA — I looked forward to Kuna Days for weeks.

Seeing old photos of the carnival, mud run and the parade put me in the spirit of anticipation. Hearing plans for a new attraction, the petting zoo, made me eager.

Finally, Saturday came.

At 9 a.m., I parked near the Methodist Church, slung my camera around my neck, and walked to Main Street. Red, white, blue and other colored lawn chairs sat empty near the streets.

Soon after taking photos of the pancake breakfast, cooked by Boy Scout Troop 108, I secured a place near the Kuna Chamber of Commerce’s table — because it would have a microphone and would not get sprayed by a hose from enthusiastic firefighters. I said hello to familiar faces, like David Reinhart with the Kuna School District, who was MC’ing the parade.

I stood for the young marines and the freshmen Kuna High School football team, who carried the American flag at the start of the parade. Shortly after, the grand marshal, Travis Walthall, dressed in a black suit, waved from a white limousine.

True to this year’s theme, Kandy Land, float participants threw candy, scattering in the street, only to be grabbed immediately by children. Candy canes, M&Ms, candy corn, lollipops, wrapped sweets and Hershey kisses decorated floats, including Custom RX, Freedom Fitness, Kuna Library and Kuna FFA.

After hiding from the fire department’s water spray, but turning back quickly enough to get that last photo, I briskly walked three blocks to City Hall, where the third annual Dirty Dash was underway. I followed the shrieks of children and the encouraging cheers of family members to the building’s transformed back yard.

The dash course was dusty with dry dirt hills and soggy with giant mud puddles.

I got a little muddy myself.

In front of City Hall, as promised, the Farmers Market was not taking a Saturday off. Wooden wares and home-grown produce were for sale.

Next stop was the carnival, petting zoo and car show, all cozied up together near Bernie Fisher Park. I think it’s true what they say: Kuna has the best car show in the valley. Generations of polished Mustangs, Corvettes, pristine Model-Ts, Jaguars, Ford and Chevy trucks gleamed on the lawn.

Even custom cars, some cobbled together from multiple brands, had their place.

Strolling through the carnival, I enviously snapped photos of children sliding down tall, long, blown-up slides.

“Let’s go again,” boys and girls said as their feet touched the ground.

At 2 p.m., in Bernie Fisher Park, children and adults with Dillow’s ATA Martial Arts made a second appearance at Kuna Days to demonstrate karate. Watch out for those long sticks!

Throngs of families toured the tents and food trucks in the park as SWITCHER performed. It would still be hours before dusk, before the fireworks. Dinner at Enrique’s sounded good, and it was.

The sun dropped around 9:30 p.m. Darkness settled around 10 p.m.

Boom.

Fire red sparkles crackled into the sky. Emerald green orbs blossomed. Yellow and white trails glittered.

Firework smoke hazed.

BOOM. A red fire-like sphere swirled low. It looked like an explosion. Was that on purpose?

An orange one followed, then a yellow one. One woman commented she thought a fireworks fire in Kuna was going to be on tomorrow’s news.

Boom boom boom crackle boom boom. Reds and greens and yellows and purple and blue clustered together.

“Ooohh.”

I clapped along with everyone else at the end.

Alx George is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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