Yakima County’s second-largest city has continued to grow in recent years, attracting more businesses with its effort to redevelop its downtown port area.
About the Community
Sunnyside is well known for its big dairies. It also has wine tasting, parks, brew pubs, restaurants, lakes and the Yakima River to offer tourists plenty of reasons to spend a few hours or days. A growing number of wineries have also made Sunnyside a popular destination for wine lovers.
Fans of motorsports can check out the Northwest Nitro Nationals Pro Hillclimb, which is scheduled to be held in early May at the intersections of highways 241 and 24. The event typically draws 400-500 competitors and 3,000-plus spectators.
Sunnyside is home to a number of annual events, including its Cinco de Mayo celebration, the Sunnyside Summer Ale Festival, Sunshine Days in September and — as a kick off to the holiday season — it hosts one of the nation’s best lighted parades, the Lighted Farm Implement Parade. Farm combines, boom trucks, sprayers, grape pickers and a variety of tractors are decorated with colorful lights for a procession of 70 or more entries for a crowd of thousands. The A&E network once named the event one of the Top 10 such parades in the United States. The festive occasion was the first of its kind in the area, starting in 1989.