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Marysville enjoys Strawberry Festival

 

Christopher Andersson

Parade Marshal John McCoy rides in the Strawberry Festival parade on June 17.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival brought thousands to the city's downtown for parades, a carnival, the Market in the Park and much more.

The Kiddies Parade and Grand Parade down State Avenue are some of the main draws of the festival.

This year's Grand Parade included floats from many area festivals, marching teams from around Puget Sound, marching bands, and many other organizations and groups.

The parade has a part of the lives of many people who grew up in the community, like local parent Kayla Sass, who said she came a few times when she was a child when she was growing up in the town.

"Seeing the streets closed, and just being able to get everybody together is just awesome," she said.

"You run into everyone here in the streets, it's like a reunion," she added.

This year Sass returned with her family. "I thought it was awesome. The kids have obviously been jumping for joy since it started," she said.

Local parent Rebecca Arnett said she came out with her family to have a good time as well.

"We wanted to come out because of the kids, they'll have fun with it and they're old enough now," she said.

Another family fun event is the Funtastic Carnival, which began on June 15 this year, and is a regular part of the festival for many local families.

Courtney Ellwanger said that the carnival is the part of festival her family usually goes to.

"We've lived in Marysville for 19 years, so we've been here before," she said.

Her family likes going on the rides at the carnival.

At Asbery Field, hundreds of vendors came out for the Market in the Park, selling hand-made goods, food items and commercial goods, as well as providing information about other products or organizations.

"It's pretty cool, although I haven't found what I'm looking for yet," said local Dave Lewis.

"It's neat to have something to look at," said local Chad Malland.

Rachel Storm, co-owner of Serendipity Artisan Blends, which sells hand-crafted dip mixes and grill seasonings, said that markets like the one at the festival help small businesses.

"They help us get the word out and get our product out there to different areas and different people, and you get return customers who bring different people with them," she said.

At the market, kids, parents, royalty members and Maryfest members also participated in the annual strawberry shortcake eating contest.

"The kids like the shortcake, they just love to eat it," said Tony Thompson, Maryfest board member.

Local Aliah Helmy came back to the contest and took first place for the second time in two years.

"I like to eat strawberries a lot because they're healthy," she said, although upon being informed by her mother that the cake and whip cream made it not so healthy, she added that she enjoyed it anyway.

"But still I do like the cake," she said.

"The kids really seem to be enjoying the contest and the Royalty seems to have gotten into it. They have a real good time with it," said Thompson.

At the April Freisner Memorial Rose Garden in front of Totem Middle School members of Maryfest helped plant a new rose in the garden as is part of their annual rose planting ceremony.

This year they planted a Mister Lincoln, which is a deep-red bush rose.

"I think it's great that we have these roses, and as our public drives by this street they can see these roses," said Maryfest president Darren Doty.

The Royal Rosarians from Portland, Ore., who like Maryfest in Marysville are members of the Northwest Festival Hosting Association, present a rose and hold a planting ceremony.

"It's a great statement of the friendship and the honor the Rosarians provide for us," he said.

More information about the annual Strawberry Festival is available at Maryfest's website at maryfest.org.

For a photo slideshow of the 2017 Marysville Strawberry Festival go to http://bit.ly/2sN3vAd.

2017 Maryfest Strawberry Festival TROPHY AWARDS

ANTIQUE TROPHY AWARD

SKY VALLEY TRACTORS

TREVOR AND ALICE HARDWICK

AUXILIARY TROPHY AWARDS

AMERICAN LEGION POST 178

Marysville Pilchuck NJROTC

BAND TROPHY AWARDS

CAVELERO MID/HIGH BAND

EVERETT EAGLES SENIOR BAND

Marysville Getchell HIGH SCHOOL

Marysville Pilchuck TOMAHAWKS

CHEER TROPHY AWARDS

Marysville Getchell CHARGER CHEER

MARYSVILLE YOUTH CHEERLEADERS

SONIC ELITE ALL STARS

COMMERCIAL TROPHY AWARDS

911 DRIVING SCHOOL

DICKS TOWING

PRATT PEST MANAGEMENT

DANCE TROPHY AWARD

NORTHWEST DANCE AND ACRO

DRILL TROPHY AWARDS

LA SENIORITAS DRILL TEAM

NORTH QUEENS DRILL TEAM

WASHINGTON DIAMONDS DRILL TEAM

EQUESTRIAN TROPHY AWARD

COLORS OF HAWAII/PAU’ RIDERS

FRATERNAL GROUP/SPONSOR TROPHY AWARD

CRYSTAL LODGE - STRAWBERRY EATING CONTEST

GYMNASTICS TROPHY AWARD

RISING STARS GYMNASTICS

MILITARY, VETERANS’ GROUPS, NON PROFIT GROUPS TROPHY AWARDS

AMERICAN LEGION POST 178

ARLINGTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

BURNED CHILDREN RECOVERY FOUNDATION

RONALD MCDONALD

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE

EVERETT EAGLES SENIOR BAND

SEATTLE COSSACKS DRILL TEAM

GROVE STREET CHURCH, CITY STREET CLEAN UP AFTER FIREWORKS

NOVELTY TROPHY AWARD

ROYAL MAJESTY

SPECIALTY TROPHY AWARDS

COMMUNITY TRANSIT/OXY GENE

INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR MISS

STATE AMBASSADOR NATIONAL COVER GIRLS

TEAM/GROUP TROPHY AWARDS

MARYSVILLE POWDER PUFFS

MARYSVILLE YOUTH FOOTBALL

YOUTH GROUP TROPHY AWARD

GIRL SCOUT TROOP 46672

SPONSORS PARTICIPATING IN PARADE TROPHY AWARDS

APPLEBEE’S RESTAURANT: TALENT SHOW

BIRINGER FARM: STRAWBERRIES

E&E LUMBER: FLOAT

MARYSVILLE FORD: VIP CARS

SAFEWAY FOODS: VIP RECEPTION

GRACE ACADEMY: CLEAN UP OF CITY STREETS AFTER FIREWORKS

PARADE SPONSORS TROPHY AWARDS

Christopher Andersson

Queen Sarah Turral, right, and Princess Denise Jacobsen, left, ride in the Strawberry Festival Parade Float in the grand parade on June 17.

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MARYSVILLE Walmart: SUNDRIES - TENTS

MARYSVILLE FORD, VIP VEHICLES

ROY ROBINSON, TRUCKS FOR SATELLITE ANNOUNCERS, VEHICLES FOR PARADE TRANSPORT

CAR SHOW WINNER: MISAEL ESPINOZA, GOOD TIMES AUTO CLUB

KIDDIES PARADE WINNER: GRANDMAS STORY BOOK STARS

TALENT SHOW WINNER: DONALD LESTER-Piano Solo “Rhapsodie’”

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