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Eagle Festival returns Feb. 2-3


January 24, 2018 | View PDF

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Sarvey Wildlife Care Center volunteer Robert Lee with one of the center's eagles at the Arlington City Council chambers at the 10th annual Eagle Festival on Feb. 4, 2017.

Eagles and other birds will come to the Arlington downtown as part of the annual Arlington Stillaguamish Eagle Festival, which returns to the city on Feb. 2 and 3.

Sarvey Wildlife Care Center will have multiple birds of prey to see at the Arlington City Council Chambers.

In addition, there will be guided nature tours around the area, an art and photography show, rock and gem displays, live music, a chainsaw carving show, rafting on the Stillaguamish River and a new petting zoo.

"Its a combination of nature-centered activities and hometown features," said Sarah Lopez, community revitalization project manager for the city of Arlington.

"It's an economic boost for the downtown and helps spotlight the nature around the area and how we can be good stewards," she said.

Lopez is hoping for better weather this year as some of the events were cancelled during last year's festival because of the cold and icy roads.

Nature walks this year include the Port Susan Bay Nature Conservancy Guided Tour which begins at 10 a.m. at the local estuary at Boe Road, Stanwood.

A new tour this year will be held at Country Charm Park at 604 E Gilman, Arlington ,which will begin at 9 a.m.

The local Lifeway Church will present the 1967 Disney film "Charlie the Lonesome Cougar" at the Olympic Theater at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The film was shot in Enumclaw at an old Weyerhauser mill.

"It's pretty interesting getting a look at just how big the logging industry used to be here in the state," said Lopez.

"It's a pretty throwback movie, but it's pretty cool," she said.

Activities around the downtown include the Sarvey Wildlife birds of prey display that begins at noon, nature exhibits around City Hall which begin at 11 a.m., and hands-on art activities from the Arlington Arts Council which begin at 11 a.m. at city hall.

"Children's activities at City Hall are going to be new this year," said Lopez, with crafts including making owls and bird masks.

New this year will be the Arlington Co-op Supply hosting a petting farm from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"They're excited to be a part of the festival this year," said Lopez.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce is also holding a "Country Charm Walk" for $20.

Participants get a bracelet and can obtain charms throughout the day.

"You get a map of all the of the downtown businesses you can pick up a charm," said Jennifer Egger, executive director of the chamber. "By the end of the day you will have a full bracelet with between 10 and 20 charms."

"Each business will also have an offer or a deal so that you can do some shopping as well," she said.

Tickets can purchased online at under their 'Local Events' tab.

Bracelets can be picked up at the Visitor Center at Legion Park either day of the festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Some activities like the art show have been moved this year, as Magnolia Hall has changed ownership, said Lopez.

The art show will be at the Olympic Theater while fabric art will be displayed at Arlington United Church.

More information about the Eagle Festival can be found at


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