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Friday, Aug. 10 Saturday, Aug. 11 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 12
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located on Third Street from State Avenue east.
HOMEGROWN Music Schedule 11 a.m. Noon 1:45 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 10
Saturday, Aug. 11
Randi Ray The Thousand Years Jug Banditos Red Sea Carabinieri Activities
11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Jed Skenandore The Tarantellas Rootbox MonkeyBat Ali Marcus Bring tha Noise West Coast Womenâ€™s Blues Revue
Noon 1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 4 p.m.
Game Show Pride Fails Sawdust Creek Carabinieri Activities
Sunday, Aug. 12
Marysville Homegrown Festival Publisher Paul Brown
Kirk Boxleitner Lauren Salcedo
Teresa Lemke (Inside) Terrie McClay (Arlington) Louis DeRosa (Marysville)
Graphic Design Debbie Magill
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Homegrown Welcome to the 27th Annual offers family fun Marysville Homegrown Festival Mary Kirkland
he Downtown Marysville Merchants’ Association welcomes everyone to experience the fun and festivities of our annual summer event, Homegrown Arts and Craft Festival. Over the years, Homegrown has grown from a modest 30 vendors to now over 100 vendors gracing Third Street and this year by popular demand we are extending what was a two-day event to the whole weekend — Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Not only will you ﬁnd handmade crafts, produce, art and musicians to enjoy, you can also discover the charm of our historic downtown neighborhood with its boutiques, antiques, everyday essentials and eateries. The heart of every city lives in its downtown and Marysville is no exception. Come explore and discover for yourself. We can’t wait to see you.
y name is Vicki Miniken and it is an honor to be at the helm of the 2012 Marysville Homegrown Festival. This is my second year coordinating
this event. I have lived in Marysville now for 18 years with my husband, Kevin and my two daughters, Hillary and Emily, and in this time I have really come to know and love this community. I own and operate The Vintage Violet on Second Street here in town and I sincerely enjoy being a part of Downtown Marysville. I love its history and I never tire of hearing a great story told by one of my customers whose
grandfather use to work on Front Street. I joined the Downtown Marysville Merchants’ Association a few years back, not completely knowing what I was getting myself into and I have to say it was well worth it. When I volunteered to coordinate this festival, I had no idea what I was doing or even if I could do it. I never imagined it would come so naturally to me. This job gave me the opportunity to meet talented people and talk, talk, talk; two of my favorite pastimes. I have already met so many wonderful people, new vendors and well-seasoned vendors who know the ropes already, but don’t get me wrong: there is still work to be done, as enjoyable and rewarding as it is. When it does come to crunch time, the DMMA really pulls together and voila. What a show. So, together as friends and neighbors, I invite you to come on down to your Marysville Homegrown Festival. Delight in the crafts of local artisans. Savor smoked salmon, fry bread and strawberry shortcake while you enjoy live music from the Outer Court stage. Welcome to downtown. Vicki Miniken Homegrown Coordinator
Mary Kirkland DMMA President
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Homegrown founders look back on festival’s history A s Homegrown gears up for its latest celebration this August, Mary Kirkland and Carol Kapua can’t help but wax nostalgic over its origins. Kapua and Kirkland were both part of the festival from the first, when the Downtown Marysville Merchants’ Association initially created it as an arts and crafts fair, simply to highlight their annual summer sidewalk sale in August of 1986. “The craft fairs were at the height of popularity then, from Edmonds and Bellevue to the ever-popular University District Street Fair,” said Kirkland, owner of Hilton Pharmacy on Third Street and now president of the Downtown Marysville Merchants’ Association. “The name ‘Homegrown’ was coined to describe our mission to showcase artisans from Marysville, in order to make it truly local.” The Downtown Marysville Merchants’ Association offered sidewalk space to area painters, crafters and other vendors, in between “sidewalk sales” by the local merchants themselves. Because the organization’s membership was approximately
85 strong at the time — including merchants located from Ninth through First streets north to south, and from Liberty Street to I-5 from east to west — all the member businesses not located on Third Street itself were still offered free space to display their products and promote their services, in spite of the obstacles posed by the terrain itself. “We didn’t have any other place to put them at first, besides the sidewalks,” said Kapua, the first to chair what would become an annual event. “What made it even more challenging was that not all the sidewalks were that wide or that flat, so we had several vendors set up at an angle. It was also harder to cross Third Street, so we worried about that, but we made it through.” Homegrown’s first year managed to fit about 30 vendors onto those sidewalks, including Cy Williams, a Native American woodcarver who continued to participate each year until 2010. Kapua credited Clyde Lashua with helping her get the event set up in its early years, before it would move to its current location on Third Street between State and
Alder avenues, and praised Jodi Hiatt for being the first to step into her shoes as the next chair of Homegrown. “By closing off a couple of blocks of the street itself, we opened the sidewalks back up to safer and easier foot traffic,” Kapua said. “We actually went west of State, as far as Columbia Avenue, back before the mall parking lot was there. By that point, our sidewalks were flatter and we were attracting acts such as clowns and belly dancers.” Kapua and Kirkland agreed that as the Homegrown Fair has become the Homegrown Festival, each year has yielded an increase in the number of participating vendors, from 30 on Third Street and on both sides of State Avenue between Second and Fourth streets, to more than 100 each year for the past four years on the two blocks of Third Street east of State Avenue. “As Homegrown has grown, it’s stayed local, but it’s not just Marysville,” Kapua said. “We’ve stayed small enough to feel safe for mothers bringing their small children, but we’ve also expanded enough that just about everyone
From left, Katie Kirkland, her mother Mary Kirkland and their friend Jessie Sawyers tap dance on Third Street during the 1999 Homegrown Festival.
is bound to find something they can’t live without.” “Every year, we’ve re-evaluated our successes and challenges to find more vendors,” said Kirkland, who noted that one significant shift came when Homegrown allowed crafters outside of the
98270 ZIP code to participate. The expansion of entertainment for attendees over the years has come to include not only street performers and musicians, but also bouncy houses, kiddies’ See HISTORY, PAGE 7
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HISTORY FROM PAGE 6 trains and horse rides. “Leslie Buell booked locally famous clown J.P. Patches for one of his last performances at Homegrown,” Kirkland said. “Many of his fans, from 2-70 years old, stood in line to say ‘hi,’ get autographs or just stand in awe. Corney and Chuck-a-lou, from CC Clowning in Seattle, appeared at Homegrown for
five years running to make balloon animals, do magic and bring smiles to the faces of kids of all ages.” In recent years, Buell has coordinated the “Hometown Revue,” a collection of local talent that took to the stage of the Outer Court next to the Carabinieri Bar espresso stand, including dancers from the Marysville Performing Arts Center and the Step-Sisters Tap Dance Troupe — the latter of whom performed to familiar standards such as “Mac
the Knife” to raise money for the Leukemia Research Foundation — as well as Sweet Adelines, Camp Fire, and comedy sketches and games. In the late 1990s, Homegrown even added a quilt show and quilting contest, which it hosted for six years. “It’s nice to see that it’s lasted this long, even with the changes in the streets and the redevelopment of downtown,” said Kapua, whose other successors in
chairing Homegrown have included Jeanette Beams, Mary Burns and Patricia Schoonmaker. “My family grew up in this event, and so did the families of Mary [Kirkland] and Darlene [Scott, owner of Carr’s Hardware on Third Street].” Kapua recalled her own daughter selling ice cream bars at Homegrown when she was 7 or 8, while Kirkland’s daughter set up a lemonade stand at the second annual Homegrown in 1987, also at the age of
7, selling servings for 10 cents apiece. “Even if our families didn’t follow suit in our businesses, they always kept busy during Homegrown,” said Kapua, who noted that Scott’s two daughters have had children of their own who have taken part in Homegrown. “Everything winds up being a big production, but it’s been good times and good memories.” Just as Kirkland thanked the businesses and volunteers who have worked
together to make Homegrown happen, so too did Kapua express her gratitude to the city of Marysville — notably its public works and police departments, for closing the street and providing security for the event — as well as to the surrounding community for turning out every year. “If the public doesn’t support events like this, they just go away,” Kapua said. “The city and the community have made Homegrown possible and made it a success.”
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Clowns and other street performers have frequently been featured in Homegrown Festivals to entertain kids of all ages.
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