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Kids' Day kicks off Strawberry Festival

 

Christopher Andersson

Merissa Bosnich gets her face painted during the Marysville Strawberry Festival's Kids' Day on June 11.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival kicked off their festivities for the 85th annual festival with the Kids' Day at Asbery Field on June 11.

The annual Kids' Day brings a myriad of activities for the family to downtown Marysville, including face painting, trampoline rides, bouncy houses and demonstrations from kid entertainers.

The free day of events is organized by the Maryfest organization.

"We want everyone in the community to be able to join the festival. A lot of stuff cost money these days unfortunately, so this is a day they can enjoy, do some rides, and everything's free," said Mark Jensen, Maryfest's 2016 Vice President Elect.

Local parent Brooke Hudson said she was glad there was a free family activity in Marysville for children.

She also said that the lines were a little long for her, but that the activities were still fun for the kids.

"We spent most of our time here waiting in the line, but they've never done this [trampoline slingshot ride] before, so that's cool," she said.

The day is all for the kids, said Jensen, and he enjoys seeing them have fun when they come to the annual Kids' Day.

"The festival puts together a free day, minus the food, where they can come out and enjoy the festival and enjoy their friends," he said.

Merissa Bosnich, a local parent, said she comes every year because her children enjoy it.

"She loves it, she has a blast," said Bosnich.

Local parent Alicia Miller has never been to the Kids' Day before but also agreed that her kids were having fun at the event.

"It's nice, the weather could've been better though," she said.

The morning of the Kids' Day was plagued with spots of rain, but Asbery Field still had many families out enjoying the day.

"There's a few people here even in spite of our harsh squall this morning," said Jensen.

Jensen hopes people enjoy the new touches to the Strawberry Festival this year. The parade and main festivities will be held on June 18, with the Funtastic Carnival and Market in the Park starting this week as well.

Christopher Andersson

Derek Hudson takes his turn on the trampoline slingshot ride during the Strawberry Festival's Kids' Day on June 11.

"The festival is growing this year," he said. One of the ways it's growing is the fireworks, he said. "The fireworks show will be the biggest ever. It's still in public works, but it will be shot down at the end of State Avenue. We have 379 shells scheduled," he said.

Jensen has high hopes for next year as well. "Watch next year, because the trike races are coming back," he said. The races that the festival use to hold are a frequent request and Jensen hopes to bring them back in a fun format next year.

By the end of summer Maryfest will be filing for a charity foundation status as well, he said.

More information about the Strawberry Festival is available at maryfest.org.

 

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