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As Strawberry Festival President I would like to wish you a wonderful welcome to the 2009 Marysville Strawberry Festival, “A Magical Fantasy…” I am excited to be the 2008-2009 Strawberry Festival President. I have been a board member for 6 years and served on many committees such as, Pageant, Hospitality, and have been Royalty Chaperone, just to name a few. There is an amazing amount of pride I take in volunteering with the Festival and being this yearʼs President couldnʼt make me more proud. A big Thank You to all the Board members, volunteers, and sponsors, for all their hard work and donations. Without you we wouldnʼt be able to make the annual Strawberry Festival a success year after year. The Strawberry Festival and I are excited to invite you, your family and your friends to another amazing 10 days of Fun, Entertainment and Events! Thank you again for all your support, and have a great time with us!

A Royal Welcome! My name is Shelby Hintze and I am the 2009-2010 Strawberry Festival Queen. On behalf of myself and the Strawberry Festival Court, welcome to Strawberry Festival. This is the 78th year of the festival and it is shaping up to be the best yet! I am so very excited to be part of the festival. We have all had so much fun so far, traveling to other festivals and representing Marysville. I definitely cannot wait for our hometown festival. I would like to introduce you to our 2009 parade Grand Marshal, Mary Kirkland, owner of Hiltonʼs Pharmacy on Third Street. Mary is a lifelong Marysville resident and has been involved in Strawberry Festival since she was a toddler. She is very deserving of this title and we are very excited to have her as our Grand Marshal. I would like to thank the entire Strawberry Festival board for all their hard work. I never realized how much work went into creating our festival. It is mind-blowing. So if you see anyone in a red blazer during festival, stop them and say thanks! I would also like to thank all of sponsors and volunteers. We could not do it without you! I hope to see you all at Strawberry Festival, the third week in June and at the Grand Parade on June 20th. We have a wide range of activities going on during the week. From the fashion show to the trike races to the talent show, there is something for everyone! 2009-2010 Queen Shelby Hintze

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From your Mayor Dear Friends and Visitors, As Mayor, I invite you and your family to create fun and lasting memories during the 78th Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival and Twilight Grand Parade. This is a magical time of year in Marysville, when we celebrate the annual harvest of sweet red, delicious berries that are a colorful part of our communityʼs rich agricultural heritage. Itʼs also a chance to join the thousands of families who come to enjoy the full spectacle of fun, food and events spread over several days – youʼre sure to find an activity to conjure up your own magical moments. The Strawberry Festival has something for everyone – delectable strawberry delights, including the colorful processions of the Twilight Grand Parade and Kiddies Parade, Market in the Park, live music, the frolicsome Adult Trike races at Asbery Field, dizzying carnival rides, scrumptious fair food and lip-smacking strawberry shortcake, a fashion show, talent show, rose-planting ceremony, and a new event, Kidsʼ Party in the Park, and much more. The real magic of the Strawberry Festival is that it brings people together as a community, and extends that feeling to visitors to make everyone feel like they belong. So bring an appetite for fun to one of the longest-running and most widely recognized Strawberry Festivals across the nation. We welcome you! Dennis Kendall, Mayor (A Past President of Maryfest, Inc.)

From the Tulalip Tribes On behalf of Tulalip Tribes, welcome to the 78th Annual Marysville/ Tulalip Strawberry Festival. The Tulalip people take great pride in our strong partnership with Marysville during this event. Our sense of community stems back to the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 which brought a number of villages together on tribal lands adjacent to Marysville. Together as friends and neighbors we hope this festival offers a peek at the entertainment culture, history and sense of community our area offers. During festivities we invite you to visit our nationally acclaimed Tulalip Resort Casino, outlet mall, amphitheatre and restaurants on the Westside of I-5. Enjoy your stay and please come back soon. Thank You, Mel Sheldon Jr. Chairman of the Board The Tulalip Tribes


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2009 Strawberry Festival Guide Index in order of events

Schedule of Events/Entertainment ...........page 8 Thank You to Sponsors..................................page 6 Float Schedule ............................................... page 31 Carnival.............................................................page 16 Fashion Show .................................................. page 13 Strawberry Festival Map .................... page 20-21 Grand Marshal Interview ......................... page 28 Royalty ..........................................pages 7, and 9-11 Berry Run .......................................................page 12 Senior Royalty ...................................... pages 34-36 Talent Show .................................................... page 14 Maryfest Board Members ..........................page 33 Arts & Crafts Market ................................. page 15 Tricycle Race...................................................page 19 Rose Planting ................................................ page 22 Car Show ...........................................................page 23 Shortcake Eating Contest ...........................page 25 Kiddie Parade ................................................page 26

2009 Strawberry Festival Guide Publisher ......................................................... DeAnna Emborski Editor, writer.........................................Scott Frank, Myke Folger Editorial and Graphic Page Design .....Fran Hartnett, Ray Colvin Graphics ................................................................. Fran Hartnett Ad Sales .......................................... John Stubb, Susan Bonasera Ad Composition ..................................Ray Colvin, Fran Hartnett Festival information provided by Maryfest, Inc. Published by The Marysville Globe ©2009 Sound Publishing, Inc.

Cover: Photo on the Cover: Left to Right: Azzlinn Morales, Rebecca Thomas, Sara Clayton, Shelby Hintze. Photo — Myke Folger

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Confidence takes Shelby to the top

It was arguably one of the closest competitions in royalty history. Each of the young women vying for a place among this yearʼs Strawberry Festival royalty was outstanding. There was Jessica LaPlante, an ambassador for the Girl Scouts and a budding writer. There was Rebecca Thomas a seasoned pianist and accomplished gymnast. There was Azzlinn Morales who spoke with confidence and also played a mean piano. There was Erinn McPherson who had a heart for the homeless and a passion to open her own bakery. There was Samantha Hall whose seamless ballet presentation thrilled the crowd in the auditorium of Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Then there was Shelby Hintze who had a sweet singing voice, a strong sense of style and a commanding presence on stage. Throughout the competition, it was anybodyʼs guess who would be crowned queen and her royal ambassadors. But in the end, Shelbyʼs confidence, her winning smile and her uplifting outlook on life won the judges over. By her side as ambassadors would be Azzlinn and Rebecca. In addition to their new royal appointments, the bouquets of flowers and the rounds of applause from friends, family and fans, Shelby won $3,000 toward a college scholarship; Azzlinn and Rebecca each received $2,000 in scholarship money. It was Shelbyʼs first time

in the competition so she approached it pragmatically. “I told myself before the pageant that if I donʼt win, I would do it again,” she said. Sheʼd received throngs of congratulations from family and friends after the event. And over the week, she continued to get recognized for her achievement at school by friends, by phone, email and on her Facebook account. The common thread that put Shelby over the top was her charismatic personality and her confidence. It showed as she sang Kristin Andreassenʼs “Crayola” a cappella. It definitely showed as she spoke about ways to improve the community. Getting in front of people to speak, a nightmare for some, was quite the contrary for Shelby who is involved in leadership programs at M-PHS and sometimes speaks before the congregation at her church. “Iʼve gone to church ever since I was younger, my whole life and I have enjoyed it,” she said. “It is a great feeling to go to church and have the community there supporting you. I had people supporting me throughout my candidacy.” She has a genuine interest in what makes things tick. Upon entering the contest, she and the other contestants attended meetings, a Rotary council session and a school board meeting. To see the various processes, to see how the city is run, to her was, “cool.” Shelbyʼs inquisitiveness

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Princess Azzlinn Morales spreads goodwill When talking with Azzlinn Morales, one really gets the sense that this teenager is quickly getting a sense of the world around her and wants to do something about it. Sure sheʼs still an American teen who loves reading the “Twilight” series and can have a laugh with friends watching Jack Black do some hilarious old-style mask wrestling in “Nacho Libre.” But the person Azzlinn is likely to become as an adult is starting to take shape. Her speech during the royalty competition earlier this year focused on kindness and how sharing this free of charge to those who needed it most, could in turn reshape the world. There was a magical quality to a random act of kindness and she seamlessly incorporated that notion into

this yearʼs Strawberry Festival theme “magical fantasy.” Kindness had become such a powerful notion to Azzlinn that she started a sort of club at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the Random Acts of Kindness Everyday (RAKE) club. “Kindness can be magical because it can impact a lot of people,” she said. I started Random Acts of Kindness Everyday and Iʼve seen how it can change people.” During the school lunch hour, she sat down with someone who she noticed never sat with anyone else. It was like initiating a new friendship. There was another time she saw students standing by a wall, as was their M.O., who had always kept to themselves. She introduced herself and they exchanged names. But the occasionally mysti-

fied set will not deter Azzlinn from putting a positive imprint on the planet. After high school she will venture east to Brigham Young University where she will study nursing. When she becomes a nurse, and when you hear the confidence in her voice when she says this, you will know that it will happen, she will take her training on the road that leads to Third-World nations where her kindness will be welcomed beyond measure. And there is an element of that kindness and inspiration at play in her role as royal ambassador of the Strawberry Festival. Along with the Royal Queen, Shelby Hintze and royal ambassador Rebecca Thomas, she has been representing Marysville in festivals in Washington, Oregon and Canada. Here too she has the power to

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Junior Royal Sara Clayton is something to watch for Just watching 11-yearold Sara Clayton on stage, one canʼt help see her as a summa cum laude graduate at Harvard, Princeton or Stanford. The well-spoken sixthgrader nearly stole the show at the Strawberry Festival Pageant in March. With her confidence, charm and commentary on sign-language interpretation, she wowed the crowd and fittingly earned her title as Strawberry Festival 2009 Junior Princess. Clayton is a model student and has a sweet joi de vivre about her. It could be her endearing patriotic braces – the bindings are red, white and blue. It could be that she is active in just about everything, including Tai Kwan Do, which she practices with her

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Fashion show will feature variety of options While the current economic news has people cutting their expenses, smart fashionistas know that there are still good deals out there. One of the Strawberry Festivalʼs longest-running programs, the fashion show at Leifer Manor will feature styles from bargain shops like WalMart and the Assistance League of Everett, in addition to department store outlets like J.C. Penney, Kohlʼs and Fred Meyer. The Assistance League of Everett is a cause near and dear to the heart of Maryfest board member Linda Farrington, who has organized this yearʼs fashion show with the help of new board member Kerri Jorgenson (event coordinator.) The group has a number of charitable causes all while feeling the same effects of the economy hitting other businesses too. “Our last month wasnʼt very good. I think even the thrift stores are starting to feel the pinch,” she said. “With the economy heading

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down, weʼre going to be providing more free clothing to schoolkids this year.” But like the Assistance League, local businesses like Wal-Mart are showing their generosity despite the hard times, donating some of the gift baskets that will be raffled off at the fashion show luncheon. As always, the fashion show will feature models from within the community. Theyʼll also wear clothing donated by Fred Meyer, Hoity Toity, Fashion Bug and Seattle Premium Outlet shops Banana Republic, Alan Tracy and Dana Buckman. Lunch is provided by Venettiʼs Catering and dessert by Happy Cakes. The fashion show will be Tuesday, June 16 from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets for the lunch and fashion show are $20. They can be purchased at the Marysville Performing Arts Centre or Attic Secrets or by calling 425-9234519.

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Strawberry Festival Talent Show June 18 The 2009 Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show will take place June 18 in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Auditorium, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the show starting at 6:30 p.m. Talent Show Director Marcy Giesler explained that 30 different acts will be performing, including vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists, among them a guitar-player, a violinist, a pianist, and a family band. Original songs and dance choreography will also be featured by some of the performers. A panel of five judges will determine the overall winner, who will then appear at

the June 20 parade. Admission will be $5 at the door, with children under 7 being admitted for free. Tickets will be sold through June 11 at a reduced price of $4, and door prizes will be given away throughout the evening of the talent show itself. “We try not to give too much away about the acts, so that they won’t be prejudged,” Giesler said. “We have new contestants each year, and every year, it just gets better and better.” You can learn more by calling 360653-6584, or by logging onto www. maryfest.com.

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Arts & Crafts Market shows work of artists, offers lots of fun The coordinator of the Arts & Crafts Market, Jodi Hiatt wants to see a whole row of young artists showing their work at the Arts & Crafts Market at this year’s Strawberry Festival. The Market runs from 2-9 p.m. on Friday June 19, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday June 20, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday June 21 and includes a wide ranges of products, from handmade soaps and lotions made right here in Marysville by Kathy Robinson to jewelry

and windchimes from Ritzville, Wash. The Market is made festive by the smell of corn roasting and other delicious fair food, Hiatt said there will be about 18 food vendors. The fun starts at 2 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Along with about 100 vendors, there will also be train rides offered by Wayne Schneider, all the way from Fresno, Calif. and there will be a rock climbing wall brought in by It’s Party Time,

with Rene Fix-Anton from Puyallup, and electric go karts. Hiatt sent application forms to all the area high schools and colleges in the hope of getting young artists to participate. “I’m always amazed at all the wonderful talent we have in our local youth,” she said she was recruiting from schools in Mount Vernon to Edmonds, including Marysville, Arlington, Snohomish, Monroe, and even to Cornish Art Institute. “We usually have the same core group of food vendors with a few new ones each year.” Some of the most popular favorites are roasted corn, baked potatoes and kettle korn.

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Strawberry Festival Funtastic Carnival June 18-21 Once again, the “world’s finest carnival” will be part of the Marysville Strawberry Festival, at the Marysville Middle School from June 18-21 this year. Carol Kapua, of Maryfest, explained that the Funtastic Carnival will run until 10 p.m. June 18-19, until 11 p.m. June 20, and until 5 p.m. June 21.

She advised carnival-goers to look for coupons offering discounts for June 18. “As always, they’ll have rides, food and other amusements, for young and old alike,” Kapua said. “They’re very generous with the local community, which is why 10 percent of their proceeds will go into a local

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Entertainment for fun and good causes Friday night entertainment at the Strawberry Festival features Magazine, proudly covering classic rockn-roll for the enjoyment of all, and to benefit pups and ponies. The K-9 Koncert runs from 6 - 9 p.m., Friday, June 19 in the Outer Courtyard at Totem Middle School, benefitting Pennies for Puppies & Ponies. A high-energy, fun-lovinʼ classic rock band from the Pacific Northwest, Magazine features a bunch of Northwest musicians who have loved rock-n-roll since they themselves were pups. Formerly known as The Encounters, Magazine delivers a wide range of danceable classic rock, along with the best of todayʼs hits they believe are destined to be classics. The lead vocalist, Jétte Markstrom grew up in Chehalis and started teaching

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herself guitar after getting one as a gift from a “hippie cousin.” In high school, Markstrom was overheard singing by a fellow classmate who encouraged her to join choir. Instead, she started playing drums in a band and didnʼt make her singing debut until a few years later at an Evergreen State College benefit. She joined The Encounters, now Magazine, in 2000. Lead singer as well as a rhythm and lead guitar player, Seattle native Ricardo Valenzuela has been making music since getting his first guitar at the age of 4. After learning some basics from his father, he started lessons at age 9 and studied with various local instructors including the gifted Northwest favorite, Michael Powers. Valenzuela has performed and recorded with several local singer/ songwriters and shared the bill with artists such as The Guess Who, Christopher Cross, Crosby Stills & Nash and Huey Lewis. He has been a member of area bands such as Athenz, 22/20, Chain Reaction, AquaVinyl. When not playing with Magazine, Ricardo does his own solo act throughout the area. Lead and rhythm guitar player Paul King was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in a musical family in Louisville, Ky. where his dad played clarinet and harmonica and mom and sister played piano. He got his first guitar when he was 9, but quit to focus on baseball and football. At 18, Paul got back into playing guitar and played with several different bands while in college. He ended up in Seattle when he landed a day job with Boeing. He helped start the band 12 years ago. The drummer, Seattle native Keith Lyons drove his parents crazy early on, banging on anything that would

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Magazine Band will play Friday, June 19 from 6-9 p.m. make a sound. They encouraged him by having him perform at dinner parties. He got his first drum kit in fourthgrade and was playing in a band while still in elementary school, continuing on in concert band, stage band and marching band at Ballard High School. He has been a fill-in drummer for Duffy Bishop, Lips, with Meredith Brooks, Revolver, Colorblind, The Doily Brothers, Baby Knockers, and more. Their bass guitar player, Jeff Gish was born in Chicago and raised in Davenport, Iowa. He has been playing bass guitar for more than 25 years. Affectionately known as “Gish”, “Gishy” or “GishMan” he began his musical journey with the viola, trombone, and trumpet before settling on the bass while in college. An engineering job brought him to Washington in 1986, he hooked up with a bluegrass band called the Duwamish Mountain Boys that he plays with to this day.

What’s on Saturday?

Saturday events include Zumba Class for Kids (Exercise Program) from Marysvilleʼs YMCA, a performance by the Marysville Performing Arts Center, and the Reptile Man, who will bring his snakes and critters from The Serpentarium in Monroe. A.k.a. Scott Peterson has performed for more than 800 schools in the Northwest, as well as for corporations such as Microsoft, Boeing and Eddie Bauer. All ages are sure to find his act very entertaining. He has even appeared on Disneyʼs nationally televised “Bill Nye - The Science Guy” as well as Evening Magazine, Northwest Afternoon, Town Meeting, Q13 Kids Club and Watch This. Along with touring from fairs to festivals and schools, Peterson also welcomes visitors to The Washington

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Entertainment for fun and good causes Serpentarium, at 22715-B State Route 2, a mile east of Monroe, where he keeps one of the most comprehensive collections of reptiles on the West Coast. Serpentarium is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 365 days a year. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children. For information call 360805-5300. From black mambas to large anacondas, festival attendees will see an assortment of his reptiles. n All venomous snakes are surgically devenomized. n Kids can hold 10 different snakes here. n Party room at the zoo

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A live remote with Tony Thomas of KMPS 94.1 FM Radio will start at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 20 at Asbery Field. “We just broadcast live from the event and encourage people to come to town for some fun,” said Tony Thomas, of KMPS. “We’ve been at the festival every year that I’ve been

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Trike races a tradition for local teams

Golden Corral owner Mike Kossak’s enthusiasm for the Strawberry Festival trike races is contagious. Kossak caught the bug

from his uncles, who he cheered on from the sidelines as a small child. When he bought the Marysville restaurant in his 20s, Kossak

The leap into the Jell-O pit is a traditional obstacle at the end of each leg of the Strawberry Festival trike races.

decided to field a team. The first couple of years, the Golden Corral teams competed on trikes provided by the city, but soon after, Kossak sat down with his brother and grandfather to design a speedy, lightweight tricycle that could stand up to the various obstacles on the course, which change from year to year. Kossak credits his bike at least in part for Golden Corral’s success over the years. “As far as bikes go, ours is probably one of the fastest, lightest bikes,” he said. “The race comes down to person and trike, and although the trike can’t guarantee us a win, I’m sure it’s played a pretty good role over the years.” While the obstacles are

usually kept under wraps, past ones have included weaving through concrete blocks, biking through a mud pit and over trike-wide seesaws. One classic leg of the race is always the jump in the Jell-O pit. Kossak has never had trouble fielding teams from his staff, averaging about three to four teams per year. Past rivals have included the tribes and the Buzz Inn, with more recent competition from Marysville Fire and Roy Robinson. “We really like it. It’s fun, we’ve always been pretty good at it,” he said. Cheer on the Golden Corral teams or your other favorite group at Asbery Field June 19 at 7 p.m.


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Rose Planting Ceremony June 20 The Marysville Strawberry Festival Rose Planting Ceremony takes place June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Red Caboose at Fourth Street and Cedar Avenue. Carol Kapua, of Maryfest, explained that the Royal Rosarians of Portland conduct this ceremony in the April Friesner Memorial Garden. It started in 2001, and every festival president since then has a rose planted there, in their honor. Other community members have also been honored with rose-plantings in their name at the garden, including Friesner and city of Marysville Parks and Recreation Director Jim Ballew. “The roses are always nice to see, and since we’ve been doing this for several years now, the garden is looking very nice,” Kapua said. The ceremony will be followed with cookies and punch. For more information, log onto www.maryfest.com.

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Visitors to the Strawberry Festival Market in the Park enjoy viewing collectible cars in a car show coordinated by the Emerald City Street Rod car club.

Car show benefits food bank Emerald City Street Rods presents the annual car show at the Strawberry Festival to raise money for the Operation Marysville Community Christmas, according to the club president, Paul Lind, of Everett. “The OMCC is basically the food bank.” Lind said that a lot of the 22 club members are from Marysville and they like to help out by presenting the car show. “Weʼve been doing it for at least 10 years, maybe more,” Lind said. He canʼt say how much money they hope to make, but have made $1,500 on some years, but other years they just break even. “It all depends on the weather,” Lind said. Registration of folks who bring their cars is $10, and spectators are free, but they are encouraged to bring food for the food bank. “We donʼt give trophies, but we do offer dash plaques to participants,” Lind said. Lind said he owns three cars but he wonʼt be bringing his own cars to the show. “Because I have to bring a lot of stuff so I donʼt bring my cars.” Lind owns a 1927 Model T 4-door convertible, a ʻ57 Ford, and a ʻ52 Chevy Belair. Last year they had 100 cars, but before that, they have had up to 300 cars. The car show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but the cars start rolling in as early as 7:30 a.m., Lind said. “All the members of the club help out.” Itʼs the only show they put on. “We are a laid back, lazy club,” Lind joked. “Along with Marysville members, the club includes many members from Everett and some from as far away as Anacortes.” They meet monthly at Alfyʼs at Silver Lake. “Itʼs a good cause and the festival organizers are good to us. Itʼs a fun day for all of us. We like the Strawberry Festival because of the arts and crafts show that gives the women something to do,” he said.

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Strawberry Festival debuts ‘Kids Party in the Park’ This year’s Marysville Strawberry Festival is set to include a new event, “Kids Party in the Park,” in the Totem Middle School outer courtyard June 20 from noon to 6 p.m. Kids Party in the Park will cater specifically to young people in and around the Marysville area, by offering an entertainment stage, children’s activities, arts and crafts, all for free. Ronald McDonald will be performing from 12:30-1 p.m., and from 1:15-2:15 p.m., the Marysville YMCA will be presenting Zumba for Kids. The Marysville Performing Arts Centre will stage a 2:20-3:30 p.m. show, and the “Reptile Man” will follow from 4-5 p.m. Ronald McDonald won’t be the only mascot on site during the day, as the AquaSox’s Webley, Smokey the Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog will also

put in appearances. All area non-profit and youth recreation organizations, as well as local businesses, are invited to participate in Kids Party in the Park. Among the participating organizations are the Marysville YMCA, the city of Marysville Parks and Recreation Department, the Marysville Fire District, Camp Fire and the Girl Scouts. “We’ll have a bouncy house and an obstacle course as well,” said Angie Miller of Maryfest. “The cost will be very little, if any. It’s for the little kids in the community, who don’t have a lot to do. This way, they and their families can have fun together. It’s an exciting new event that we hope goes well.” For more information, go to www.maryfest.com.

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Shortcake eating contest set for June 20 At 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20 all are invited to compete in the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest at Asbery Field, just one of many opportunities to enjoy the biscuits made by a professional biscuit baker, Farlan Dubarry. “His claim to fame is making 900 Twinkies per minute,” said a fellow Mason, Kenneth Cage. Dubarry offers his expertise to the Marysville Masons, who bake the biscuits to serve strawberry shortcakes at many festival events. “Farlan has worked as a baker all across the country,” Cage said, estimating that about 40 or 50 people help, including wives and family members and members of the womenʼs affiliate group, Eastern Star. They provide the biscuits for the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest, as well as selling them to the public at the Market, and at the parade. They are baked and served by the Marysville Masons with help from their Eastern Star wives, Cage said.

“The Masons came to us about five years ago and asked if they could sell strawberry shortcake at the festival. We said, yea, thatʼs a great idea,” said Jodi Hiatt, Market vendor coordinator. “Theyʼve been doing it ever since.” Cage said they havenʼt got the word yet, how many biscuits are needed, but in past years they did about 25 dozen. “Thatʼs a lot of biscuits,” Cage noted. They bake fresh shortcake every morning, and provide if for the formal dinners and luncheons, for the parade participants, and for the public along the parade route, as well,” Hiatt added. “They are very busy bakers.” The project is a fundraiser for the Masons who made about $5,000 last year and distributed their earnings to several different beneficiaries, including the Center for Battered Women, Christmas House, the Marysville Food Bank, Gospel Mission in Everett, and Operation Outreach, in which they partner with the

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Hundreds expected to participate in Kiddies Parade The Grand Parade isnʼt the only parade to hit the streets of Marysville during the Strawberry Festival as hundreds of children are expected to turn out for the annual Kiddies Parade. Sponsored by the Boeing Employees Credit Union, the Kiddies is open to children 13 years of age and younger and will be held Saturday, June 20. “This is a very popular event every year,” said Carol Kapua, a volunteer with Maryfest. “We have about 400-500 people participating in the Kiddies Parade.” Registration for the Kiddies Parade runs from 4-5 p.m. outside of the Totem Middle School Office located on Seventh Street. Judging will be from 5-5:45 p.m. and the line-up for the parade begins at 5:45 p.m. at the intersection of Seventh and Alder streets. The parade begins at 6 with participants marching down State Avenue, around the Bank of America to Comeford Park. Awards will be handed out at the Gazebo in Comeford Park immediately after the Kiddies Parade. The free parade will include a variety of categories including groups, costumes, wheels, pets and floats. Awards will be presented to the top five places in each category with one Grand Prize Overall Winner.

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Festival selects Kirkland as Parade Grand Marshal Mary Kirkland is as local and as homegrown as they come. Thatʼs usually a prerequisite in the selection process for Strawberry Festival Grand Marshal. But this year it was more likely about not only Kirklandʼs involvement in the community but her connectedness and love of it that made her an ideal candidate for marshal. Kirkland, owner of Hilton Pharmacy at Third and State streets, grew up in Marysville. She grew up watching the Strawberry Festival and watching the community itself evolve. She went to Liberty Elementary School, then Marysville Junior High School, then Marysville High School, before it became MarysvillePilchuck High School. From there it was off to the University of Washington where she earned a bachelorʼs degree in pharmacy.

cist. But sheʼs also While she was entrenched in the working on her community. Sheʼs degree, she held been on a Marysville an internship from School District site 1969 to 1973 with committee, sheʼs Hiltonʼs origibeen on the board of nal owner, Clyde the YMCA, president, Lashua. Lashua was secretary and treaa fan of Kirklandʼs. surer of the DownSo much so that town Merchants when she finished Association, on the school, he offered Mary Kirkland board at the Marysher a regular posiville Chamber of Commerce, tion, which she happily took. a member of the Marysville She spent the next 11 years Economic Development and as the companyʼs pharmafire district committees and cist. By 1984, the opportunity has for the last five years, copresented itself to buy the announced the parade. store, which she did. Running “Marysville as a commua store, being a pharmacist nity has given me a lot. Iʼve was just in her nature even as had a lot of opportunities as a kid. a young person in school so “Instead of playing dolls, I do believe that you need to I always wanted to play store,” give back to the community,” she said. “So now I get to play she said. “Iʼm a Marysville store every day and it makes cheerleader, and am especially me happy.” fond of the downtown part of Kirkland is quite literally Marysville where my family has Marysvilleʼs local pharma-

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Grand Parade promises to be premier event The 78th Grand Parade once again promises to be the premier event of the Marysville Strawberry Festival and a “Magical Fantasy” that everyone is sure to enjoy. The parade, which will feature 115 entries, begins at 7:45 p.m., Saturday, June 20, and will roll down State Avenue from 76th Street to Third Street. “Weʼre really excited about this yearʼs parade,” said Carol Kapua, who along with Sheila Thompson, is coordinating the event. “Weʼve been working hard all year long to make sure we have a great parade.” The parade will feature a large variety of entrants including drill teams, floats from many of the festivals in the Northwest, marching bands and more. Returning crowd favorites include the Seafair Pirates, the Clan Gordon Pipe Band, the Lake City Vigilantes and others. “Weʼre also going to be having a special surprise this year,” said Kapua. “Weʼre really excited to have a new equestrian group, The Lau Lio Paʼu Riders from Hawaii, participating this year.” In years past the parade has drawn tens of thousands of spectators, with many putting out lawn chairs and blankets along State Avenue the day before the parade to reserve a prime viewing spot. “Due to the economy, people have been staying closer to home,” said Kapua. “So crowds have been bigger at all parades and we expect the Grand Parade to be no different.”

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Maryfest 2009 Senior Royalty

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Maryfest 2009 Senior Royalty That Stan Jones and his wife, Joann, have been named the Strawberry Festival representatives for the Tulalip Tribes is an apt gesture on the part of the festival and the city of Marysville. Stan Jones, 83, is practically royalty with the Tribes. He has been a member of the board of director for more than 40 years, most of them as chairman. He

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Florence Adler and Mark Labdon are the new king and queen at Madeleine Villa. Valentines Day marked a double special day at Madeleine Villa where the retirement community selected its king, queen and princess for the year. The king and queen would also get to ride in the Strawberry Festivalʼs Grand Parade. Mark Labdon, a former college professor was thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to be king. When heʼs not wearing a crown and cape and sitting on a throne, heʼs often organizing activities at Madeleine Villa such as card games and the like. The charismatic gentleman has been at the retirement community for two years, has lived in Marysville for many years and has seen the Grand Parade on TV. This time he gets to be part of the parade, and no doubt, his friends at Madeleine Villa who will have watched this yearʼs proceedings on TV will upon his return greet him like a royal celebrity. The same could be said for Florence Adler, a Washington native, mother and housewife and this yearʼs newly crowned queen. She has also been a long-time Marysville resident and has been at Madeleine Villa for two years. She was thrilled when she heard her name called to be the queen for the year. “If you met her sheʼs sweet as can be and is just a nice lady to be around,” said Laurie Roberts, activities director at Madeleine Villa. “Ever since sheʼs been nominated, she think sheʼs the boss of the building,” she added with a laugh. Well, she is queen and what the queen wants the queen gets. Congratulations to Mark Labdon and Florence Adler. Have a wonderful time at the parade!

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Waste Management, city and festival team up to cut litter The City of Marysville has always made overtures to be more green. And this year is no exception. To help cut down on litter after the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade, the City has partnered with Waste Management to put out blue recycling bins along the State Avenue parade route. Maryfest board member Angie Miller said she and other members had been thinking about doing something because “thereʼs a lot of trash on the parade route after the parade,” she said. “So it became a discussion with Maryfest, the city. The city helped us coordinate it.” Recycling bins will also be posted around the festivalʼs market and kidsʼ party in the park events.


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June 2009 Strawberry Festival • Magical Fantasy

Maryfest 2009 Volunteers

The Strawberry Festival would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of its many volunteers.

Vaughn Van Zant Tom Cane Deanne Evans Bob Evans Mark Libbing Darrick Duncan Dixk Walsh and TV3 Crew Chief Rick Smith and the MPD John Soriano Laurie Miller John Campbell Ron & Sue Cozzens John & Kathy Dahlbeck Dale Duffield Linda Gilstrap Jim Jones Dick & Carolyn Kelley Lisa & Ernest Lenz Jim Pilon Grover & Bonnie Ramsey Roy Robinson Chevrolet Roy & Mary Sebring Rod & Annie Willie Shannon Cox Mandy Hegr Delores Williams Blaise Favata Chris King Jim Ballew Bre Kippenberg Jennifer Volmer Devin Duncan Dave Rapp Jason Osborne Jim Hayes Heather Kinney Darrin Douglas Juan Salazar Sharon Omo Karen Cain Jeri Ebert

Steve Edin Liz Fowler Karen Brand Susan Johston Sandy Langdon Lee Phillips Malica Phillips Mary & Scott Kirkland Chuck & Melva Walser Walter & Heidi Woodard Kristi Wilcoxson Glen Johnston Bob Esmay Les Jensen Carl & Pam Thompson Sheila Thompson Candy Hammer Pam & Dan Bakker Brigette Meeker Joanie Holmes Terry Hawley Tony Newman Bert Gunderson Seattle Seafair Marshals John Benward Melissa Quast Kate Moore Kiwanis International Kent Farringer Brent Castano Marysville Fire District Jerri Ebert Tamara, Kurt & Hunter Hintze Greg & Amy Edwards Darien Miller Randi Miller Nancy Wilds Val Wilds Ron Miller Troy Van Horn Venture Church

Connie Holiday Teresa Bates Kerri Jorgensen Janet Cavelli Linda Farrington Cheryl Robinson Sandie Phipps Judy Anderson Nancy Bell Carol Kapua Jane James Tom Grady Dave Clemmons Richard Anderson Janet Miller Troy Vanhorn Dawnell Holt Fred Howard Nancy Bell Rick Bates Jan Kipperberg Toni Mathews Marci Giesler Connie Holiday Angie Miller Ted Wright Erica Bargmeyer Barbara Mcnair Debbie Libbing Frank Michal John Hiatt Heather Nield Katie Banks Ayla Masterman Jane James Hannah Taylor Alicia Kennedy Jordon Griffith Les Jensen Michele Forkner Don Gurnard

Sean Halpin Shane Price Spencer Ludington Daniel Bethel Kyle Croll Corey Delhunty Nichols Clayton Tom King Micheal Fee Walt Coole Katie Banks Barbara Mcnair Toni Mathews NW Baptist Church

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Dave & Jonny Workman Linda Farington Debbie Libbing Kim Mease Shiela Thompson Tom Grady Darick Duncan Cheryl Deckard D.C. Clemmons Keri Jorgensen Greg Edwards Tanya Bayley Joel Busby Brenda Vieweg Margaret Austin Arthur Kritzer Colby & Tonya Bayley

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Individuals Judy and Richard Anderson Jack and Nancy Bell Chris and Quincy Bontrager Carol Kapua Bobbi Young Kerry Jorgansen Chuck and Melva Walser Janet Cavalli Genie Brovold Barbara McNair Christa Miller Frank Michal Jodi Haitt Ken Coole Les Jensen

Talent Show Volunteers Marcy Giesler Director Ted Wright Sound System Deric Dobesh and Ryan Laffin from Bigfoot Music Mandi Petereit Bethany Hopp Sandi Jones Sue Evenson Lee Evenson Connie Holiday Coleen Eastham Bekki Bingham D.C. Clemmons Kelly Farnsworth Terri Ronk Alex Cole Angie Miller Darien Miller Edward Giesler Mickey Giesler Michelle Giesler Carol Kapua Glen James Jane James and many more...

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