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Carnival raises funds for chamber

 

Christopher Andersson

Hazel Warren on a carousel at the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce carnival on June 8.

The Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce's carnival returned for another year of rides and games from June 7 to 10.

The carnival, which is held next to the Tulalip Cabela's, raises funds for the chamber and provides local families with a convenient stop for fun and rides.

"The easy on and off of the freeway makes it a big hit," said Jesica Stickles, president/CEO of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

It also helps that the outlet mall and other shops are nearby for parents, she said.

"We also had the Marysville Community Band playing on Thursday and parents could listen to them as their kids go from ride to ride to ride," said Stickles.

Parents said they liked the carnival as it wasn't as packed with people as some others.

"I think it's cute and it's not very busy," said local parent Tasia Clark.

Although this year's carnival was covered with clouds and light rain for a couple of the days.

"It's nice, granted it would be nice if we had some nicer weather, but they have enough little stuff that it's great for the kids at least. She [Clark's daughter] just got out of school so we were like 'there's a carnival, we'll go rain or shine,'" she said.

This year the carnival was provided by Davis Amusement Cascadia.

"They are based out of Nevada and they have actually worked this plot of land before, although not with the chamber, so they were excited to come back," said Stickles.

The chamber also brought in some vendors this year that could meet with people at the carnival, although some couldn't stay for the full carnival as their tents couldn't withstand the winds.

Stickles said this year went well for the carnival.

"The opening day had a really good attendance and the parking lot was almost half full," she said.

Christopher Andersson

Stella Dixon on one of the rides at the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce carnival on June 8.

The carnival provides funds for the chamber, which they use for their Visitor Information Chamber located at 8825 34th Ave. NE C, Marysville, near the Quil Ceda Walmart.

"Our chamber draws in a lot of tourists so we want to make sure we have the center so they know what's in town," said Stickles.

The center uses the funds primarily for its upkeep.

"There are no staff or labor costs as all the people that work the center are volunteers," said Stickles. "So those funds go to things like operations and to make sure our brochures are up to date."

The chamber is currently looking for a couple more volunteers to fill in a few shifts, said Stickles.

More information about the local chamber is available at their website at marysvilletulalipchamber.com.

 

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