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By Beckye Randall
Talk of the Town 

Summer means community togetherness


We look forward to it all year round. Summer. Warm air, long days, boats on the water and the smell of backyard cookouts in the air.

When it finally arrives in the Pacific Northwest, the reality is usually less perfect than the images in our minds. Rain showers still keep us indoors or under tarps at our campsite… Puget Sound waters never really get warm enough to swim in. Still, those few 80-degree days filled with sunshine bring us out of our caves to soak up the Vitamin D.

Community festivals and activities are also a big part of our summer fun. More than just an excuse to eat elephant ears and corn dogs, the citywide events bring us together as a community. We see our neighbors and friends, as well as city staffers, police and fire crews in a festive mood, making positive connections with residents.

Strawberry Festival’s big weekend is coming up, and along with the fun comes some inconveniences. The city’s main thoroughfares, State Avenue and 4th Street, will be closed Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Grand Parade, and parking will be a challenge for those attending the Market in the Park at Asbery Field or the Funtastic carnival next to Marysville Middle School, as well as for residents in nearby neighborhoods. But the surefire fun is always worth the hassles, and it’s great to see so many Marysville folks—as well as visitors from other communities—lining up to watch the parade and see the fireworks Saturday night.

Just two weeks later, Arlington celebrates the 4th of July in a big way, with a full day of activities all over town. From the pancake breakfast to fireworks at Quake Park, there’s something for everyone as we celebrate America’s Independence Day.

The festivities continue the following weekend in Arlington, as the city hosts its annual Street Fair and the Fly-In takes over the Arlington Airport. Thousands of aviation enthusiasts, many from out of town, will discover Arlington and its charming atmosphere.

So be sure to make the most of these and other community-sponsored activities during our brief but beautiful summer. Get to know your town and your neighbors…and enjoy that strawberry shortcake and curly fries!


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