On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Strawberry Festival float and volunteers participated in the Merrysville for the Holidays Electric Lights Parade. It had been two years since we have had the opportunity to walk in a parade. It was a cold night but the rain held off.  The float was decked out in lights, Christmas tree, presents and, of course, strawberries.  Driver Tom King played lots of wonderful Christmas music and we even had  children ride on the float: Kailene and Jacob Nyugen, grand niece and nephew of one of the Board members.

 Changes will be happening with our Royalty this year. We will not be having Jr. Royalty, instead we will be having an Alternate Sr. Royalty. The Prince or Princesses Alternate will participate in at least 4 parades and attend the local Royalty activities, they will also fill in if one of the other Royalty is not able to attend a parade. The Scholarship for the Alternate will be $1,500. The Queen/King will receive $5,000, the two Princes/Princesses will each receive $3.500.  Plus everyone is eligible for the Congeniality Award of $500.  Another change this year is we will not be holding a pageant.  Instead, judging will be done on each participant’s speech given to different Business groups. Applications have been sent to the local high schools or can be found on our website at www.maryfest.org or email us at Maryfest.org@gmail.com. Juniors and Senior high school students this is a great way to earn a scholarship for college or trade school. All applications are due Jan. 1, 2022.

In other news from the Festival,  these past few months we been collecting soft plastic-this includes: bubble wrap, plastic bags, grocery bags and any type of plastic that you could crinkle in your hand.  With the help of other local nonprofits the Festival was able to collect 500 pounds of the plastic.  This plastic will be turned into a bench that will be given to the Tulalip Senior Center for all the support the Tulalip Tribes have given the Strawberry Festival over the years. The company who makes the benches is called NexCrex out of Snohomish. We are now helping another nonprofit group and in six months we plan to start collecting for another bench.  This is a great way to keep the soft plastic out of our landfills.

 Interested in joining us for some fun and an opportunity to travel to other cities representing our great city? The Festival could always use more volunteers.  In fact we are looking for two new Board members. If you would like to become involved with Strawberry Festival please call 360-659-7664 or email us at maryfest.org@gmail.com. Our monthly meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Festival Office (1412 First St, Marysville).  Starting at 6 p.m. We look forward to hearing from you and making new friends.

In closing, all of us the Strawberry Festival would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year.  Looking forward to our 2022 Parade Season.


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