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Strawberry Festival kicks off June 10

 

Sue Stevenson

The 2017 Marysville Strawberry Festival Royalty and Junior Royalty, from left, Junior Royalty Elizabeth Turral, Junior Royalty Rozzlynn Edwards, Queen Sarah Turral, Princess Denise Jacobsen and Junior Royalty Jimena Yanez. The festival runs June 10-18.

Marysville's Strawberry Festival is almost here, bringing a variety of family activities to town from June 10 to June 18.

"The Strawberry Festival is the premier event that goes on in our community," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

This is the 86th year of the long-running local festival, which has become a tradition for many local families.

"I think the community likes the ability to turn out for all these events that have this historical significance," he said.

It provides a lot of activities that all families can come to.

"It's just great to have a week's worth of activities that are all low-cost entertainment for families," he said.

Those activities include two parades, a talent show, a four-day carnival, a vendor market and other assorted events.

The festival kicks off with the Berry Run at the Tulalip Amphitheatre by the Tulalip Resort Casino at 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip on June 10.

Adults pay $20 to enter and youth age 18 and under pay $1 for each year of their age.

Register for the Berry Run online at http://www.getmeregistered.com, or on the day of the event.

Musicians, dancers and other performers come to the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium for the festival's Talent Show on June 15.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

From June 15 to June 18 the Fantastic Carnival will be held at Marysville Middle School at 4923 67th Ave. NE, Marysville.

The Carnival is opens at 4 p.m. on June 15-16, at noon on June 17, and 1 p.m. on June 18. Hours are subject to change based on weather.

The carnival is family fun, "especially for the kids. Mine our grown now but it was always fun to go down there with them," said Nehring.

Vendors will come down to Asbury Field for the Market in the Park and Kiwanis Beer Garden, which are open from June 16 to June 18.

The Market is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Beer Garden is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Modern and Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show is also at Asbery Field from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 17.

Local children will have their own opportunity to stroll down State Avenue as part of the Kiddies Parade on June 17 which will begin around 6 p.m.

The Grand Parade, which features more than 100 entries, will begin at 7:45 p.m.

"It's such a huge event and it brings more people into the town than any other event that the city has does," said Nehring.

"And it's a nighttime parade, so that adds something special to it," he said.

Marysville residents are asked not to put out chairs on State Avenue to reserve their spots until 5 p.m. on June 16. City officials plan to remove chairs placed before that time.

A fireworks show is held after the parade as well.

This year will have no Kids' Day and no Fashion Show, which are currently being reworked to bring back next year.

Nehring said that the festival helps people remember their past.

"Whenever you have an event with this kind of history it always re-emphasizes your roots. People get nostalgic about coming here as a kid," he said.

"It's something that helps bring back all those memories," he said.

He also wanted to thank the Maryfest organization that works on the event every year. "We appreciate the volunteers that work to put this on every year," he said.

For more information on the Strawberry Festival go to Maryfest's website at http://www.maryfest.org.

 

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