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Strawberry Festival kicks off on June 9

 

Sue Stevenson

The 2018 Strawberry Festival Royalty, from left, Junior Royalty Ziri Morales, Princess Katelynn Melohusky, King Nathan Weller, Princess Kaitlyn Norris and Junior Royalty Emmah Butler and Abigail Lewis.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival will return with a parade and its main festivities on June 16 and will have events running from June 9 to 17.

The festival is kicked off with the Berry Run on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Tulalip Resort Amphitheatre.

The one-mile run/walk or 5k run/walk costs $20 to enter and happens between the Seattle Premium Outlets Mall and the Tulalip Resort Casino.

Also on June 9 is the Kid's Party in the Park. Although not held last year, it will return this year at Asbery Field at Fourth Street and Alder Avenue.

Kids activities, including visits from the Reptile Man and the Bubble Man, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park.

On June 12 the April Friesner Royalty Scholarship Fund Luncheon and Fashion Show returns to Leifer Manor, 12511 State Ave., Marysville.

The $25 tickets help fund scholarships for future Strawberry Festival Royalty members.

The Talent Show is held on June 14 at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium at 5611 108th St. NE, Marysville.

Singers, dancers and others with talent are scheduled to perform during the night which begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Carnival at the Marysville Middle School athletic field is also set up that day and runs from June 14 to 17.

Beginning Friday two of the other main attractions will be put up, the Market and the Kiwanis Beer Garden.

The market brings many local vendors to Asbery Field for locals to come check out. The beer garden is also held nearby at 7th Street and Alder Avenue.

The main day of the festival, June 16, brings many into town.

"It brings people from all different parts of Washington, Oregon and Canada," said Jodi Hiatt, president of Maryfest, the nonprofit organization that runs the festival.

"I think it helps the community financially as well, having so many people come here ... they are purchasing gas and going to our restaurants, so hopefully that helps our local businesses," she said.

The car show will not be held this year, although Maryfest is hoping that they can put it on next year.

"We asked a car group to run it, but they said they didn't have enough time to put on a quality show and didn't want to put on half a show," said Hiatt.

"They did tell us they are interested in doing it next year though," she said.

Near the Market at Asbery Field will be a new event, the Creative Kids Arts Festival, which will be displaying pieces of art from kids across all schools in the community.

"Right now it's starting out being a local kids art show," said Hiatt. "We just want to show off the creativity of our kids."

It is being held at Totem Middle School at 1605 7th St., Marysville, from noon to 5 p.m.

Hiatt said that Maryfest wanted to add something else for kids to feel like they are part of the festivities.

"We felt we needed to do something for the kids, to help them feel the excitement of the being part of the community," she said.

The biggest draw for the festival is often the parades which run down State Avenue.

"I think one of the best things that people like is the Grand Parade," said Hiatt, which is typically one of the larger parades in the area, with more than hundred entries.

This year's Kiddies Parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and the Grand Parade is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

Hiatt said the local crowd gives a lot of energy.

"The participants tell me they enjoy the crowd here. They like the crowd's reaction and that is just something that makes you work a little harder when you have that feedback," she said.

Hiatt wanted to thank those who support or come to the festival.

"Thank you to the community and to our sponsors. We hope that everyone comes and that they have a good time and enjoy the festival," she said.

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

 

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