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Families have fun at Marysville's Splish Splash Summer Bash


Christopher Andersson

Eva McCoy, left, and Milli McCoy blow bubbles at the Splish Splash Summer Bash on June 27.

The City of Marysville decided to kick off their children's concert series this year with a party at Comeford Park called the Splish Splash Summer Bash.

The event was held on June 27 and brought families to the downtown park to have fun on the playground, at the spray park and at a concert by children's performers The Not-Its.

A crowd of families came out for the new summer event.

"It is fantastic. We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout," said Lauren Woodmansee, cultural arts supervisor with the City of Marysville's Arts, Culture and Recreation department.

"We hoped for this many people, but with the forecast we weren't really sure, but it has been wonderful," she said.

Families said that they enjoyed the downtown summer event.

"It's a little crowded, but it's a small park. There's a great turnout and the band is nice and we're having a great time," said local parent Julia Dix.

"In addition to the normal amenities at the park, around 10 community organizations came down to provide activities.

"We'd like to give a huge shout out to them because they are doing so many different things," said Woodmansee.

"People are loving that it is the beginning of summer, it's totally free, and all the activities are free," she said.

She wanted to say thank you for all of the support that they've had for the event.

"We had great community support from local businesses and local newspapers, and we're just tickled pink," she said.

Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry was the main sponsor for the event and suggested putting on an additional children's concert this year.

"They are doing our regular concert series and sponsored this year's kids concerts as well. They suggested we do a fourth special one right here in our park," said Woodmansee.

The summer bash kicked off the series, which will continue every other Wednesday for three more concerts at Jennings Park.

Eric Herman & the Puppy Dogs will play on July 11, Harmonic Pocket will play on July 25 and Recess Monkey will play on Aug. 8.

Performances are from noon to 1 p.m. and are free. They are held at the Lions Pavilion next to the Jennings Park pond.

"Our kids concerts are one of our most popular events throughout the summer," said Woodmansee. "It is a great location and the kids get to play in Jennings Park, with a perfect hillside setting."

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