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Strawberry Festival begins June 11


Sue Stevenson

The 2016 Strawberry Festival Junior and Senior Royalty during a recent visit to Bringer Farm, from left, Princess Emily Gregg, Junior Princess Savanna DeMello, Queen Kennedy Doty, and Junior Princesses Amelia Belmont and Isabella Reynaud, and Princess Callie Burkett.

Marysville's Strawberry Festival, the biggest family event of the year for the city, will return with numerous events from June 11 to June 19 this year.

"What the festival really means is a way for the community to bond, bring them together and unify them," said Paul Brown, this year's Maryfest president.

The 2016 Strawberry Festival Queen Kennedy Doty said that it's a time to spend with family and friends.

"Our festival is a hometown tradition, and it's a time for family and making new memories," she said.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring called it the "premier recreational event" for the city.

"Its the event that most people identify with when they think of Marysville," he said.

Brown said that the festival really brings two things: morale to the community and economy for the businesses.

"It brings commerce to our area as people come from outside the area, and even the region, and frequent our local businesses," he said.

The family fun is also an important part of the Strawberry Festival week.

"When you see the fun the kids are having as the parade goes by, that's what it's all about," Brown said.

The festival begins on June 11 with Kids Day at Asbery Field. Kids Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children can play in games, take part in activities or visit with colorful personalities like the Reptile Man and the Bubble Man.

Those who want some competition can take part in the Berry Run, a 5K or one mile run/walk on June 12.

The Berry Run takes place at the Tulalip Amphitheater beginning at 9 a.m.

Come to see local members of the community put on some high fashion and model for the public at the Royalty Fashion Show on June 14.

The fashion show takes place at the Marysville Opera House from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Later that night, at 6:30 p.m., there will be singing, dancing and more talent as part of the annual Talent Show, which takes place at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium.

The Fantastic Carnival opens for its first day on June 16. The carnival includes classic carnival rides and games, and will be held at Marysville Middle School. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on everyday except it's final day on June 19, where it is open until 5 p.m., weather permitting.

A beer garden will be open starting June 16 at Seventh Street as well. The Beer Garden is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 16 and 17 and open from noon to 11 p.m. on June 18.

Small, unique local vendors will be selling plants, crafts, art and more at the Market in the Park, which begins on June 17. The market is open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 17, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 19.

The festival's Car Show will return to Asbery Field on June 18 and will host numerous classic and rebuilt cars from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Locals and other participants will face off in a number of age groups as part of the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest which will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"It's the least royal thing that we do so it's always something fun to look forward to and seeing the pictures afterward," said Doty.

The April Friesner Memorial Rose Garden will receive one or two additional plantings this year as part of the annual Rose Planting Ceremony. The event will be held at 10 a.m. at Totem Middle School.

And thousands of people will line State Avenue to watch the Strawberry Festival parades, beginning with the Kiddies Parade at 6 p.m., followed by the Grand Parade at 7:45 p.m.

"There's several highlights, but I always enjoy the Grand Parade because there's just so many people you're around from the city," said Nehring.

Fireworks will be shot off after the Grand Parade at 10 p.m., and includes a new fireworks company this year, said Brown.

Instead of the normal three or five minute show, expect one that will run close to 15 minutes, he said.

"The pyrotechnics company has assured us that the grand finale is going to be huge," he said.

Nehring wanted to thank the Maryfest organization for the work they do to run the festival.

"We really appreciate the Maryfest people and the work they do. The festival seems to get bigger and bigger every year," he said.


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