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Strawberry Festival's Kids Day provides fun for the entire family


Christopher Andersson

Sofia Sepulbeda rides on a mechanical bull during this year's Kids Day at the beginning of the Strawberry Festival on June 9.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival kicked off this year with events on June 9, including a day out at Asbery Field meant just for the kids.

Bouncy houses, trampolines and a mechanical bull, along with a number of other activities were available for local children and families at this year's Kids Day.

"It's for the kids and it's free. It's something to get the kids out and enjoy. It's all about them for this event, instead of the grown-ups," said Marcy Giesler, Maryfest volunteer and organizer of the event.

Presentations in the middle of the field included kid-favorites the "Bubble Man" and the "Reptile Man."

A number of local organizations were also there with activities, such as the Boys & Girls Club. Businesses also had giveaways and activities such as Coastal or Home Depot, which brought a free woodworking activity.

"It's a great opportunity for these little ones to get to know their community and get to know the village, in a good way," said Liz Bethel, a volunteer at this year's event.

The day is meant for local families so most things are free of charge at the event.

"Everything is free except for the food vendors and the festival T-shirts," said Giesler.

Local parent Ivonne Sepulbeda said she has come to the event before and enjoys it.

"We came down for the kids. It's a free event, so why not?" she said.

Those who have been to the Strawberry Festival before know the Kids Day as one of the events that signal the beginning of the festivities.

"I was born and raised in Marysville so this is great," said local parent Amy Billings.

"My whole life in Marysville the Strawberry Festival has been a big thing so getting to bring my kids down to it and letting them experience it has been fun," she said.

The event is an annual tradition now with the festival however it wasn't held last year.

This year's Maryfest organization needed someone to bring it back and Giesler, who has run the festival's talent show for many years, decided to organize it this year.

"This used to be every year but last year they didn't have it, and it looked like no one might step up this year, so I did," she said.

Although the weather wasn't great the night before, it broke for much of the morning of the Kids Day.

"With the rain it wasn't looking good, but the sun has come out," said Giesler.

"I was told that this has been one of the better Kids Days that we have had," she said.

The Strawberry Festival continues this week with Talent Show on June 14, the Carnival begins on June 14, and the Market in the Park begins on June 15, and the Creative Kids Art Celebration, Kiddies Parade, Grand Parade and more on June 16.

More information about the Strawberry Festival and all of its events is available at


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