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Hello! You may or may not have heard about Sunshine Fest. If you’re like me, you’ve heard about it. You’ve watched news reports on it. You’ve read newspaper articles about it. You’ve participated in it or you’ve wished you had.

Planning is already underway for the 5th Annual 2015 Sunshine Fest which will take place on February 7th (from 9 a.m.-noon). It’s going to include a 3K Indoor Walk, 5K Outdoor Fun Run and a Health and Wellness Fair.

A little history…Shannon “Sunshine” Larson died September 8, 2007, in Mesa, Arizona, of natural causes related to heat exhaustion, while hiking in Usery Mountain Park. Shannon was 31 years old and just beginning a new chapter in her life. You can read Shannon’s full story here.


After coping with Shannon’s death in 2007, her family wanted to make a difference in the town she grew up in. They started the Sunshine Memorial Foundation and began an annual event called the “More Sunshine Annual Walk and Fun Run”, a.k.a. Sunshine Fest! Sunshine Fest is the Sunshine Memorial Foundation’s annual event that each year helps to raise money for charitable causes. The event consists of a 5K outdoor fun run and an indoor 3K walk, a health and wellness fair, music, fun activities and dozens of amazing prizes!! This year all money raised will be going to the Sunshine Memorial Foundation in support of the Proposed Sunshine Hospitality Home!

Sunshine Fest Logo 2015

My name is Stacy and I am a wife and mom of 2 from Grand Forks. I’m new to this event and the process of making it happen. In the coming weeks I’ll bring you peeks at what is going on behind the scenes to bring this incredibly fun event to our region.

Mark your calendars now because everyone could use a little more sunshine…especially in February!

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