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Marysville enjoys Strawberry Festival


Christopher Andersson

Strawberry Festival Princess Katelynn Melohusky dances on this year's royalty float during the festival's Grand Parade on June 16.

Thousands of visitors and locals participated in this year's Strawberry Festival, enjoying rides at the carnival, perusing the market and watching the Grand Parade, among other activities.

The Strawberry Festival began on June 9 and the main festivities were held on the weekend of June 15 to 17.

"I hope the community is happy. It's going well and we've had great weather and a wonderful crowd turnout," said Jodi Hiatt, this year's Maryfest president.

"The Grand Parade is always one of the favorites, everyone always loves them. The market is doing good and I hope the crowd liked our new Creative Kids Arts Festival," she said.

The Grand Parade down State Avenue was held on June 16.

Local parent Kari Ericksen said she enjoys the day and parade with her family. "We love the family friendly aspect of the Strawberry Festival," she said.

The Kiddies Parade was held before the Grand Parade and allowed local kids to march down State Avenue.

Many people enjoy participating each year, such as Josh Maynard who used to participate as a kid and now helps his children enter the Kiddies Parade.

Many activities were available at Asbery Field, including local vendors selling items at the Market in the Park.

Everything from small regional soaps and foods to commercial insurance and housing businesses were at the market this year.

Local Debbie Hedl said that she lives right down in the street but hasn't come down to the festival in a while.

"I haven't been for about 12 years. I think it's expanded a lot and it looks good," she said.

Adults could also enjoy the beer garden put on by the Kiwanis Club right by Asbery Field.

"For more than five years we've been doing this and we want to keep it an intimate, small-scale beer garden," said Dave Voigt, a member of the Marysville Kiwanis Club.

"We have a really good crowd, lots of good people come down, and entertainment now as we're right next to the band," he said.

Families could also enjoy the activities at the market and at the nearby carnival.

The market held strawberry shortcake eating contests along with other things for kids to do.

"The kids really wanted to come down. They were excited," said local parent Aaron Langner. "It's pretty fun. We did the rock climbing and the kids like that. We did the rides, the ponies and they enjoyed it all."

Local parent Mandefro Yohannes said his kids had fun with the pony rides as well.

"This is our first time coming to this Marysville Festival, we just moved from Kent. So far it's great," he said.

Christopher Andersson

The jazz band from 10th Street Middle School plays at the Strawberry Festival's Creative Kids Arts Celebration on June 16.

This was the first year that the festival has put on a Creative Kids Arts Celebration as well, which allowed kids to display their art at the nearby Totem Middle School.

School bands such as the 10th Street Middle School Jazz Band also played at the fair.

The carnival returned as well, with a Ferris wheel and many other rides.

Local parent Chelsea Savoie said she has been to the festival before, but not her kids and that "it's exciting and fun," to be able to bring them.

Local parent Kent Ketola likes that the market and carnival are not as busy as some other fair carnivals.

"I don't like the big carnivals where there's so many people and it's hard to enjoy stuff, so this really nice," he said.

More information about the festival and the non-profit organization that runs it is available at


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