Hello from the Strawberry Festival. Fall is definitely in the air with cold, crisp mornings and leaves changing. And fall means volunteers at the Strawberry Festival start thinking about the 2022 Parade Season and our float. We are still hoping for ideas from the community. Do you have a theme or float design you would like to enter? Your idea may be the one that wins our contest. You can enter until Nov. 30. The grand prize is $250.Please call 360-659-7764 or email us at Maryfest.org@gmail.com. In January we start building our float and would like to have more community involvement. Do you enjoy building, painting, or decorating? Join the fun and help us make it a true community event.

We will soon be taking applications for Senior Royalty. All junior and senior high school students in the Marysville and Lakewood school districts are encouraged to apply. Scholarships range from $5,000 for Queen/King to $3,500 for Princess/Prince. Deadline for applications is Dec. 30. This is a fun way to earn money toward college or trade school. Royalty will travel throughout Washington, B.C., Canada, and Oregon. It’s a great way to meet people and make new friends. 

A little history of the Festival. In 2009 the Strawberry Festival office was in the little Red Caboose on Cedar and 4th Streets. On July 19, the Red Caboose caught fire and was deemed a total loss. Even though some things were saved, a lot of the historical files were lost. Our Festival theme was Magical Fantasy with Queen Shelby Hintze, Princess Rebecca Thomas, and Princess Azzlinn Morales. Festival President was Bobbi Young, Vice President Angie Miller,  VP Elect(s) were Frank Michal and Linda Farrington, Secretary Janet Cavalli, and Treasurer Nancy Bell. The Parade drew 1,000’s of people, and the trike races were a big hit due to the Jello bath at the end. The trike races will be making a comeback in 2022.

On Dec. 4,  Look for our lighted  Merrysville for the Holidays parade float and say hello. If you have any questions, just stop by and ask one of the volunteers. 

The Festival is a very active group, but we could not do it without volunteers. Would you like to be a Strawberry Festival Sponsor? There are many levels of Sponsorship available. If you would like to become involved with Strawberry Festival,  please call 360-659-7664 or email us at Maryfest.org@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Our monthly meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Festival Office (1412 First St., Marysville), starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to join us. 

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Alice VanBeek


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