The 51st annual Kuna Days was relatively free of incidents and problems this past weekend. Thousands of Kuna residents and guests from out of town enjoyed the parade, vendors in the park, a late-night movie in the park, a car show, concerts and a street dance in addition to the traditional fireworks.
Friday night brought the threat of big thunderstorms headed in from the Owyhee’s. While the clouds looked ominous, all they ended up doing was providing a little bit of wind that helped cool off the hot afternoon. Unlike the year before when a late Friday night storm blew tents and canopies around like ragdolls, no damage was reported this year. The family movie night almost didn’t happen though. Apparently there were some electrical issues with access in the park. If it were not for Kuna Days Chairman Pat Jones scrounging up some long extension cords there would have been hundreds of people very disappointed that they came down and waited for the movie.
Saturday morning’s parade was a rousing success, as always. The first groups in the parade, however, set a fast pace and left a wide gap behind them of several blocks by the time they hit Main Street. People were patient, however, and the candy and the water fight that traditionally brings up the rear of the parade made the wait worthwhile.
Saturday hovered near 100 degrees but that didn’t stop the kids at the ballpark enjoying rides and booths. Clowns wandered through spreading mirth and cheer. Towards Indian Creek the Lion’s Car Show had the best hot rods and vintage cars on display, many owners sitting under the shade ready to talk about their beauties.
Kuna Days in the past has always had a little rowdiness associated with it. Last year, Kuna Police Chief Justin Dusseau said it was one of the calmest he’s seen. This year, he thinks it beat it.
“I’ve worked more than ten-plus of (Kuna Days celebrations) and this may have gone the smoothest yet. Last year’s event was good, and this year was even better,” Kuna Police Chief Justin Dusseau said. “The whole thing was pretty much seamless. There was a really big crowd for the Saturday night fireworks but everyone followed the rules and had a good time.”
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, there were no reported injuries during Kuna Days and police only had a handful of law-enforcement related issues over the weekend.
A string of car burglaries happened in Kuna early Sunday morning but police do not believe that they were related to Kuna Days at all. There were a few alcohol related calls and some reports of teens smoking or using electronic cigarettes. A fight was reported behind Longhorn Lounge but it had ended by the time officers arrived.
The only felony case occurred just after 2 a.m. Sunday. A 23-year-old Boise man almost hit several pedestrians with his car on N. Avenue E as he tried to get away from Kuna Police, who attempted to pull him over for a DUI minutes before.
Craig L. McGinley is charged with a felony count of fleeing a peace officer and a misdemeanor DUI.
McGinley drove his car, a blue Ford Focus, across the grass near the Pizza Hut on Main Street and on to N. Ave. E, where he almost hit pedestrians. At that point, his car was disabled, so McGinley tried to run away.
One of the pedestrians tripped McGinley as he ran away, and Kuna police arrived moments later. When McGinley tried to take off again, a Kuna Police officer used a Taser to stop him.
A breath test revealed McGinley had a .177 blood alcohol content (BAC) level, which is over twice the legal BAC limit of .08 in Idaho.
A Kuna Police squad car was badly damaged after it hit a rock on the grass field by Pizza Hut while the officer was following McGinley. The officer diving the patrol car was not injured.
Best Overall — Paul’s Market
Judges’ Favorite – Kuna Pack #106 Cub Scouts
Commercial — 1st – J&M Sanitation; 2nd – Ridley’s
Church/Organization — 1st – Stilt Walking for Jesus.com; 2nd – Kuna Fire Dept.
Children/Youth — 1st – Sunshine Preschool; 2nd – Dillow’s ATA Martial Arts
Auto/Tractors — 1st – Kathie Wurtz; 2nd – Josh Wilder
Animals/Horses — 1st – Dustin’s Paw of Idaho; 2nd – Treasure Valley Whips Driving Club
Novelty — 1st – Freedom Fitness/Zumba; 2nd – Treasure Valley Roller Derby Girls