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Welcome Letters........................................... 5-7 Senior Royalty............................................. 11-13 Junior Royalty ................................................. 14 Senior Center Royalty ................................ 17-22 Entertainment Schedule ...................................24 Strawberry Festival Schedule............................24 Grand Marshal ................................................27 Event Map......................................................28 Car Show .......................................................29 Beer & Wine Garden.......................................29 Kids Day .........................................................39 Talent Show....................................................40 Fashion Show ................................................. 41 Carnival .........................................................42 Market In The Park .........................................44 Berry Run .......................................................45 Rose Planting ..................................................47 Kiddies Parade .................................................50 Grand Parade ..................................................52
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With less than a week before the Marysville Strawberry Festival officially kicks off June 12, it might not seem as though there should be too many preparations left to make for the annual festival, but as Maryfest board member Carol Kapua points out, the last week or so before the festival is typically the busiest time of the year. “I still have to hold meetings with our volunteers, judges and marshals, as well as with the police and public works departments to discuss all the areas that will affect the parade so we’ll know what to do,” Kapua said “Plus, there are all sorts of last minute paperwork to get caught up on, between the press releases, announcers’ books and packets for all the parade participants, with information on check-in locations and the line-up of the parade itself.” Among the issues that the Maryfest Board of Directors needs to coordinate with the city of Marysville, and their own volunteers, are extra trash cleanups, staging for the royalty reception areas, street closures for events such as the trike races and the Berry Run, and shifts for stands to offer food and water to just about everyone, including the TV3 camera operators.
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ear Friends and Visitors,
As Mayor, I welcome you, your family and friends to the city of Marysville, proud home of the Marysville Strawberry Festival and Twilight Grand Parade. Join us for the 83rd Annual Festival as we “Celebrate Marysville” in style, in keeping with this year’s theme. Marysville has so much to celebrate, as you’re sure to discover. We’re a welcoming and growing community that celebrates diversity among our many cultures, as well as the rich agricultural heritage that stems largely from Marysville’s most famous fruit, the strawberry. The Strawberry Festival pays tribute to the annual berry harvest, and the role that strawberries have played as a part of Marysville’s colorful history for decades. The Strawberry Festival is one of the longest ongoing festivals in Washington state, and ranks among the most recognized strawberry festivals across the country.
Jon Nehring Marysville Mayor
We invite you to join the thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest, and parts beyond, who come to enjoy the full spectacle of summertime fun, food and events spread over several days. From the talent show, fashion show and Market in the Park to the carnival fun, strawberry shortcake, Berry Run and Twilight Parade that brings it all together in a grand finale, you’re sure to find activities that are just the right pace. The Strawberry Festival is about celebrating the good things in life that bring people together as a community, and extending that sense of belonging to all visitors, whether for a day or throughout the entire event.
We are pleased to welcome you to our great city, and we invite you to visit any time. Experience Marysville — Live, Work, Play!
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Representing Marysville in appearances all over Washington is the 1989-1990 Strawberry Festival Court, which includes Princess Kamrin Eriksen, Queen Stefanie Reistad and Princess Tracey Harris. The three topped grueling competition for poise and communication skills to earn their crowns. The Grand Marshal for the 1989 Marysville Strawberry Festival Grand Parade was Stan Boreson. The former KING-TV star led a long parade of dignitaries, floats, bands and everything in-between in this year’s parade extravaganza. The weatherman was nice and the rains and winds that were forecast held back until Monday.
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“Celebrate Marysville” Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival Tulalip Chairman’s Message On behalf of the Tulalip Tribes, welcome to “Celebrate Marysville,” our 83rd Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival! This year’s theme is a reflection of the commitment of the Tulalip Tribes, alongside the city of Marysville, to build strong, healthy and vibrant communities. The Tulalip Tribes share a strong partnership with Marysville, Everett and Snohomish County. As the region’s first ambassadors, Coast Salish culture has thrived on and along the waterways of the Puget Sound for thousands of years before the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 brought the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and other tribes and bands together on the Tulalip Reservation. Together as friends, neighbors and partners in community-building and economic development, we hope this festival offers a taste of the culture, history, entertainment and other opportunities our area offers. During festivities, we invite you to visit our Hibulb Cultural Center, which is the best resource for learning about the Tulalip Tribes. And please, consider visiting our nationally acclaimed Tulalip Resort Casino, the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall, our amphitheater and restaurants! Your vital business helps to fund education, environmental restoration, social services, health care, law enforcement and art/ culture for both Tribal membership and the surrounding region. Enjoy your visit and please come back soon.
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am excited to be your 2013-14 Marysville Strawberry Festival President. Our theme this year for the Strawberry Festival’s 83rd year is “Celebrate Marysville.” First of all, I would like to give a big thank you to all the Festival Board Members and volunteers for all their hard work and countless hours they have put in to make the Festival events possible. I also want to thank the Tulalip Tribes, the city of Marysville and all of our sponsors for all of their support. Without them the Marysville Strawberry Festival would not be possible. When you see one of our volunteers or use one of our sponsors please join me in thanking them for helping to put on our festival. Our city has so much to offer, and I would like to invite you and your family and friends to join us to “Celebrate Marysville,” during our week-long celebration, June 14-22. We will have something for everyone starting Saturday, June 14, with Kids Day following throughout the week with the Talent Show, Fashion Show, the Berry Run, the Market, Car Show, Rose Planting Ceremony, Kiddies Parade, Carnival, Grand Parade and Fireworks. This is a great time to create new memories and unforgettable moments. I hope you will take the opportunity to participate and make your own memories as we “Celebrate Marysville.”
Arvin VanBeek President, Marysville Strawberry Festival
First, I would like to thank everyone who helped support me during and after my run for Strawberry Festival Royalty. I am honored to be your 2014 Strawberry Festival Queen and I can’t wait for this year’s festival. When I think about celebrating Marysville, I think of our diverse community and all the exciting events we host, such as the Strawberry Festival. The Strawberry Festival has so much to offer. We have Kids Day, the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest, Market in the Park, a Carnival and, of course, our Grand Parade and so much more! I believe celebration is also about the memories. I have plenty from past Strawberry Festivals and I can’t wait to make more as the years go on. The Festival brings families and our community closer as we all celebrate together. However, this would not be possible without the amazing volunteers that put the Strawberry Festival together. Thank you all for your time and effort! As your Queen I am excited to represent Marysville in a positive and outstanding way. My lack of royalty experience will not stand in my way on my journey. During my reign I hope to grow closer to our community and become a role model for younger kids. Last, I would like to welcome everyone to the Strawberry Festival and join us in celebrating Marysville!
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Strawberry Festival Senior Royalty Queen Karalyn Demarest Demarest treasures cultural diversity of Marysville MARYSVILLE — Strawberry Festival Senior Royalty Queen Karalyn Demarest is a cheerleader for her school and her community, quite literally. During this year’s April Friesner Memorial Scholarship Pageant, Demarest showcased her pride in MarysvillePilchuck High School, not only by wearing her Tomahawks cheerleading ensemble as her “favorite outfit,” but also by pointing out how much she enjoys talking with M-PHS alumni about how much the school has changed since its inception in 1971. “When I tried out, I did my best front handspring and landed on my tush,” said Demarest, now a junior at M-PHS, who nonetheless made the cheerleading squad and served on it for two years. “I love my teams and want to show my pride in them.” Demarest knew from the first Maryfest meeting she attended that competing for the chance to become Strawberry Festival Royalty was too fun to pass up. “My mom brought it up as a suggestion, and it sounded awesome as soon as I checked it out,” said Demarest, who believes the Strawberry Festival has already benefited her by building her confidence. “My biggest influence is my mom, who is also my biggest supporter,” Demarest added. “She’s always encouraged me to do my best, and even though she had me when she was young, she made every effort to make my life great. I hope I turn out just like her.” Demarest acknowledged that mustering the confidence to appear before audiences is her biggest stumbling block, but like all her fellow members of this year’s Senior and Junior Royalty Courts, she considers the hard work worth it, if only
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Strawberry Festival Senior Royalty Prince Rigo Perez Light-hearted Perez serious about his future
MARYSVILLE — Strawberry Festival Senior Royalty Prince Rigo Perez is quick to share a smile and a grin, and his quick wit charmed the judges of this year’s April Friesner Memorial Scholarship Pageant but don’t let those jokes fool you, because this is a young man who’s serious about his future. Perez, a junior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, aims to major in business and marketing at Washington State University, and he saw this year’s pageant as a means of earning some extra money for college. “Ever since we were in grade school, my best friend and I have been talking about designing and selling our own line of clothing,” said Perez, who maintains a 3.5 GPA at M-PHS in the meantime, with a course-load that includes two AP classes, Literature and U.S. History. Perez was inspired to give the pageant a shot by another of his friends, outgoing Senior Royalty Prince Israel Lopez. “He told me it would be a great opportunity to meet great people and have some amazing times,” said Perez, who also hopes to make his mark in the community through his own role as a member of the Royalty Court. Perez adopted one of Lopez’s eye-catching audition techniques, by wearing breakaway pants during the pageant, in Perez’s case to highlight the number of different school sports he’s involved in. “I followed my brother into wrestling,” Perez said, before modeling his “favorite outfit,” which included running sweats, which he removed to reveal his wrestling singlet. “I love being active, and being part of M-P wrestling is about dedication. I love representing Marysville as a wrestler, and I want to do it as part of the Strawberry Festival.” In addition to working hard to place at State this year as a varsity wrestler, Perez also plays football, and even
volunteers at La Hacienda as a dishwasher, “because I don’t like to sit idle and do nothing.” While Perez demonstrated his levity during the pageant, he also revealed a more sensitive side. When asked what he would do with $10 million to solve a world problem, Perez identified homelessness as a pressing need, empathizing with those “who just want the same things we take for granted,” before he drew laughter from the crowd by admitting that he’d probably keep $9 million for himself. At the same time, Perez has admitted to crying when he started first grade in Marysville, having just moved from Everett at the time. A few of the kids he became friends with that year also shed tears during that first day of school, and they soon bonded. Perez acknowledged that his struggles in school hadn’t ended there, and credited his middle school teachers with working with him to get him on track to succeed in high school. “This town is the place where so many of my fondest memories have been made,” Perez said.
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MARYSVILLE — Strawberry Festival Senior Royalty Princess Brianne King is a hometown girl who followed in some family footsteps by trying out for the April Friesner Memorial Scholarship Pageant this year. King, a senior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, is heading off to Central Washington University in the fall to major in elementary and physical education, and she witnessed firsthand how trying out for the Royalty Court affected her older sister in 2007. “She didn’t make the court, but she gained so much confidence from the experience,” said King, who has lived in Marysville her entire life and wants to be part of its community through serving as a member of the Royalty. King credited Marysville with helping to define her character through the memories and friends she’s made here, recalling how she grew up close enough to Jennings Park to go sledding down its hills during snow days. She extolled not only local services such as the Marysville YMCA, but also events like the Strawberry Festival itself, for bringing together the community. King expressed equal enthusiasm for her athletic pursuits, which she’s excelled at enough to pursue a higher education. Not only is she a member of the M-PHS Varsity Track and Field team, but she’s been on the Track team all four years of high school, during which she went to State in her sophomore and junior years. King has even received a track scholarship to attend CWU. During the pageant, King sported track gear for her “favorite outfit,” from her letterman’s jacket displaying her accomplishments, to the sweats she trains in, and will never throw out in spite of their holes, down to her
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Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty Princesses Cassie Snyder, Alexa Mendoza and Gabrielle Olson Snyder, Mendoza, Olson serve as Junior Royalty Court
and wouldn’t mind opening a cafe with a friend as an adult, which would be a haven for cats, in keeping with her goal of helping animals and people. Snyder is currently carrying a course-load of three advanced classes — math, Social Studies and English — in addition to nurturing her love of singing through the Snohomish County Children’s Choir. “I also go to Camp Fire USA, where I help clean up our community,” said Snyder, who also enjoys playing basketball and the trumpet. “Also, around Christmastime, Camp Fire practices carols, and then we go sing to the people at the retirement homes. It feels so good to see the smiles on their faces.” While Snyder dreams of opening a restaurant as an adult, Mendoza is aiming to become a medical doctor or a dentist. In the meantime, she focuses on her Social Studies classes in school, making jewelry out of beads and volunteering in her sister’s Spanish class at Pinewood Elementary. While Snyder is most eager to ride the float, the parade itself holds
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MARYSVILLE — This year’s April Friesner Memorial Scholarship Pageant saw six young ladies vie for the title of Junior Princesses, but in the end, Gabrielle Olson of Marysville Middle School joined fellow 11-year-old sixth-graders Cassie Snyder and Alexa Mendoza, of Cedarcrest Middle School, in being named the princesses of the Junior Royalty Court. Olson and Mendoza both enjoy reading and have expressed an interest in attending college, while all three girls cited friendships as something they prize highly, not only for those with whom they’re already friends, but also those whom they hope to befriend through their duties as Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty Princesses. “I want to make more friends and see more places,” Olson said. “I’d like to meet new people and learn new things,” Snyder said. “I wanted to participate in the Marysville Strawberry Festival because I love Marysville, and because I wanted to be part of all these activities around the community,” Mendoza said. Olson is also active in cheerleading,
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Emeritus King Leonard ‘Bill’ Bailey & Queen Lois Bailey Bill & Lois Bailey named Senior Royalty for Emeritus in Marysville
occasion, she can say it all.” For her part, Lois emphasized how proud and pleased she is that she and her husband could receive such an honor. “I’m thrilled that we can represent Marysville like this,” Lois Bailey said. “It’s very special when you can be part of a celebration like this that’s in your hometown, and you can imagine me saying that in all capital letters,” she laughed. “We both enjoy the Marysville community so much, and we’re already having fun with our roles.”
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Grandview Village Queen Betty Cooper and King Gordon Rux Rux, Cooper named Senior Royalty for Grandview Village MARYSVILLE — Gordon Rux and Betty Cooper both attended Lake Stevens High School, with Gordon graduating in the class of 1941, while Betty graduated in the class of 1943, but they didn’t meet until they both became residents of Grandview Village over the course of the past year. “We found out that we lived right next door to each other for 15 years without even realizing it,” said Gordon Rux, a former postmaster who was forced to leave the area to serve in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the Army. “This whole region is just one of the best spots on Earth, and I’ve never wanted to leave.” Betty has likewise always lived in the state of the Washington, “on this side of the mountains.” Although she spent most of that time as a stay-at-home mom, while her husband worked for Boeing, she briefly worked for Boeing herself. Betty’s husband passed away four years ago. When Betty and Gordon found out that they’d been named Grandview Village’s King and Queen for this year’s Strawberry Festival, they expressed enthusiasm while treating the honor seriously ... well, mostly seriously. “My first reaction was, ‘Whoopee,’” Gordon Rux said. “The Strawberry Festival Grand Parade is one of the most important events in this community each year.”
“I’ve never been a queen before,” Betty Cooper laughed. “It’s exciting to think of all the people I know, who are still living, coming out to see us. I haven’t seen many of them since I left school.” “We both attended a big school,” Gordon Rux said. “There were 34 kids in my graduating class.” Betty also looks forward to seeing the smiling faces of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the crowds lining State Avenue during the Grand Parade. “I never dreamed something like this would happen in my lifetime,” Betty Cooper said, before chuckling, “I never imagined I’d live this long, either.”
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Madeleine Villa Health Care Center Queen Velva Thomas Vodgel, Thomas named Senior Royalty for Madeleine Villa Health Care Center MARYSVILLE — While this marks the first year that Benny Vodgel has served as the Madeleine Villa Health Care Center’s King for the Strawberry Festival, it’s not Velva Thomas’ first year as its Queen. “I’m still here, and still staying out of trouble, mostly,” chuckled Velva Thomas, who continues to pride herself on having been “a single gal” all her life. Benny originally hails from Indiana, where he worked as a diesel mechanic on old cars and planes. While he hasn’t been up to chatting just recently, he loves laughing and joking around with folks, almost as much as he loves his family. Benny is also big on football and fried chicken, which is his favorite food. Benny and Velva agreed on how well they’ve been cared for at Madeleine Villa, and how much they’re looking forward to the Strawberry Festival. “I like it here,” said Thomas, a published poet who leads a choir at Madeleine Villa every Friday night. “God gave me a singing voice, so I choose to use it. I wouldn’t mind entering the strawberry shortcake eating contest this year.” While Thomas used to be a babysitter, she still manages to see her adoptive grand-baby every once in a while, and has begun volunteering with the Salvation Army and helping to make quilts for sick children. In the meantime, she focuses on living a peaceful
life. “I’ve been receiving good care and I’m doing okay,” Thomas said. “I’ve learned to get along with everybody. I was part of the Strawberry Festival parade last year, and I think this will be a good opportunity for me.”
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Marysville Care Center King Robert ‘Bob’ Maurer & Queen Louise Devey Maurer, Devey named Senior Royalty for Marysville Care Center MARYSVILLE — Robert “Bob” Maurer and Louise Devey make for a bit of an odd couple. Since Bob graduated as part of the Marysville High School class of 1961, while Louise left Ontario in 1966 to settle in this area. But they both agreed that they’ve found the Pacific Northwest much more hospitable than their original homes. “It was 50 below in Thunder Bay this winter, and that’s why I left there 48 years ago,” laughed Louise Devey, now 77 years old. “I was 8 years old when my family left Minnesota,” said Bob Maurer, now 70 years old. “Believe me, I sympathize.” It’s perhaps little wonder, then, that both Bob and Louise are so excited about being named the Marysville Care Center’s King and Queen for this year’s Strawberry Festival, since it means that they’ll get to take part in many of the community’s most popular summer activities. “I hope I get to throw candy and coins to the kids,” said Bob Maurer, whose storied career includes stints as a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy, as well as in the logging and automotive industries. “The Strawberry Festival is just plain fun. I haven’t been able to attend it for a few years.” “I had no idea what we were getting into,” Louise Devey, a former x-ray technician in Bothell, said of her newfound responsibilities as Senior Royalty. “This will be my first time attending the
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Tulalip Tribes Queen Geraldine Williams & King Arthur ‘Hank’ Williams Hank & Geraldine Williams named Senior Royalty for Tulalip Tribes
TULALIP — Although Arthur “Hank” Williams and his wife Geraldine are lifelong residents of the local area, neither one had any inkling that they would be selected as the Tulalip Tribes’ King and Queen for this year’s Strawberry Festival. “We’ve both been pretty active in the community, though, so I suppose it makes sense,” Geraldine Williams said. “I was born in Oso, and my husband was born in Tulalip.” Hank remained on the Tulalip Tribal Police Department until his retirement at the age of 78, and even now, at the age of 83, he still serves on the Tulalip Tribal Elders Panel, a subdivision of the Tulalip Tribal Court. “He could still outshoot any of the other guys on the force when he left,” Geraldine said. “He was in good physical condition. As for me, after I raised seven kids, and got them all through school, I went back to school myself, and got my GED, so that I could work as a bookkeeper and a cashier for a few years.” Geraldine was the oldest girl out of 11 children, including seven younger sisters and one younger brother, so even before she became a mother, she had to put her education on hold to help care for her family. Even as a mom, her responsibilities weren’t limited to her own children, as she took in nieces, nephews and foster children. “I had a lot of responsibilities,” Geraldine Williams said. “I didn’t really get to be a kid myself.” Even in the midst of their busy lives, though, Geraldine and Hank have found peace and contentment in each other’s company.
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“From the first, we were able to talk and laugh,” Geraldine Williams said. “I just felt relaxed around him. I always have. We get to be real around each other.” Although they haven’t attended many recent Strawberry Festivals, Geraldine still harbors fond memories of the Strawberry Festivals that she attended in her younger years, and laughingly pledged to “bury my face” in some strawberry shortcake this year. “I’ve been to parades before,” Geraldine Williams said. “I did one in Sedro-Woolley, and then did the Santa Claus parade in Seattle one year, although I forget which year that was.” Geraldine also looked forward to the Strawberry Festival as an opportunity to reconnect with the young people whom she and Hank have served over the years. Hank retired just a few years ago from coaching youth sports, ranging from basketball to baseball, while Geraldine still serves as an actively licensed Christian minister.
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Windsor Square Queen Ruby Linde & King Ed Linde Ed, Ruby Linde named Senior Royalty for Windsor Square MARYSVILLE — Of all the Strawberry Festival Senior Royalty couples at the various retirement communities and elder care units in Marysville, Windsor Square’s King Ed and Queen Ruby Linde have reigned the longest, having been officially crowned on Valentine’s Day of this year. “We haven’t gotten any extra perks out of it, though,” Ruby Linde chuckled, as she held her husband’s hand. This year’s Strawberry Festival marks another special occasion for the Lindes, since Ed and Ruby will have been married 60 years on June 15, putting their anniversary right in the middle of this year’s Strawberry Festival week. “My sister and I did a double-wedding,” Ruby Linde said. “But her family won’t be able to celebrate their anniversary until July, so we’re holding off until then, so they can let us crash their party, especially since our son is in Indiana.” The Lindes’ 60-year marriage has yielded not only two now-adult children, but also 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, “four by the time the Strawberry Festival is here,” Ruby Linde added. “We have a lot of love for each other, even though we occasionally drive each other a little crazy,” Ruby Linde chuckled. “We’ve simply been determined to make it work, so it has,” Ed Linde said. Ed and Ruby are actually relatively new to the Pacific Northwest, having moved here from their former home state of North Dakota in 1981. “My sister’s family moved out here first, and she finally got the rest of us to come out here,” Ruby Linde said. “In addition to having our relatives close by, we like the weather, the climate and the scenery out here.”
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2014 Strawberry Festival Schedule of Events Saturday, June 14
Saturday, June 21
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Smokey Point Plant Farm
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.* Marysville Middle School
Tuesday, June 17
Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Asbery Field
Strawberry Festival Royalty Scholarship Fund Fashion Show
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Asbery Field
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Leifer Manor
1-3 p.m. Asbery Field Car Show 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Asbery Field and adjacent baseball field
Thursday, June 19
Rose Planting Ceremony
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Marysville Middle School
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Marysville-Pilchuck High School Auditorium
Beer Garden Seventh Street 5-10 p.m.
Friday, June 20 Carnival
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.* Marysville Middle School
2-9 p.m. Asbery Field
Beer Garden Seventh Street 5-10 p.m.
10 a.m. Totem Middle School
Kiddies Parade 6-7 p.m. State Avenue
Grand Parade 7:30 - 10 p.m. State Avenue
Immediately following the Grand Parade.
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Sunday, June 22 Carnival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.* Marysville MIddle School
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Asbery Field
2014 Strawberry Festival Entertainment Schedule Friday, June 20
Jette and the Resonators Rock & Roll 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 21 Raucous Mixed Rock & Roll Noon to 1 p.m. The Weavils Bluegrass 2-3 p.m. Jesse Taylor Country 5-7 p.m.
Sunday, June 22
Voices of the Village Misc 1-2 p.m. The Soundbeats Beatles Tribute 3-4:30 p.m.
*Start times may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
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“And now I crown thee Queen Janie, queen of the 1964 Marysville Strawberry Festival.”So said Dr. R.G. Beaman as he placed the jeweled tiara on the blond head of Miss Jamie Moore. Jamie, sponsored by the Moose Lodge, won the coveted honor over nine other candidates. In her court are Vickie Moses, a very close runner-up sponsored by Tulalip Tribes Inc., and Jeanne Lindell, sponsored by the Marysville Chamber of Commerce. Coronation ceremonies were held in the Marysville High School Cafetorium. Gordon Carpenter, vice president of Greater Marysville Inc., presented Queen Jamie with the trophy emblematic of her sovereignty, and Frank Schlaefer, secretary-treasurer of the same sponsoring organization, presented the floral piece made of red roses. Dr. Beaman is president of Greater Marysville. All of the girls worked hard in the campaign and were commended for their efforts. Queen Jamie and her princesses will represent Marysville at various summer functions.
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Maryfest float to capture theme of Marysville
The Strawberry Festival will be welcoming back one of its main attractions — the Maryfest float. “We are celebrating Marysville,” Maryfest board member Carol Kapua said. “We are having items as they pertain to Marysville.” As Kapua said, the float will reflect everything Marysville. The float includes items that are relevant to the community, and entice people to visit Marysville. Those themes include the water tower, totem poles, salmon, skateboards, strawberries and a lot of color. One of the unique features for the float are animations, one of which includes a moving salmon with a fisherman. “We have quite a few volunteers involved with the float making,” Kapua said. “We decided we had enough talent to do it ourselves.” The volunteers of the float innovated the use of an engine from a 1980 Fairmont to power the float. The salmon’s body is made up of a balloon with the exterior designed with paper mache. All the eye-catching features are supported on a metal frame. One of the float-making volunteers is Darren Doty, who is also vice president of the Strawberry Festival. Overseeing the development of the float, Doty’s job is to observe ideas for float designs, and bring them to life. Though the float is largely complete, there is still some fine tuning to be made before it’s The Marysville Strawberry Float also participates in a number of other community festivals including: APRIL Daffodil - 5th MAY Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival - 3rd Sequim Irrigation Festival - 10th Spokane Lilac Festival - 17th Pt. Townsend Rhody Festival - 17th
unveiling. “We have a few props that aren’t done yet,” Doty said. A lot of work is put into making a float. “It’s all volunteer work,” Doty said. “It’s stuff we don’t normally do, so it’s all trial and error.” The road to putting the float together wasn’t easy. Due to setbacks, the volunteers have been working on the float only since February, two months later they normally start. “This year we had a little over a month to work on it,” Doty said. The work of the float is still conceptual and changing by the moment. “There’s really no blueprint,” he said. “It’s constantly evolving.” “We’re working to have a water tower on there, and a mountain in the back to represent Mount Pilchuck,” Doty said. “We’re still working on the details.” Doty is no stranger to setting up floats for parades. Doty said they will likely use the same platform used in previous parades. “We travel 20-some parades a year,” Doty said. “We’ll use the same frame in each parade.” Another volunteer that is involved in the float making process is, Dina Sekste-Bittner who worked on the salmon features of the float. “About 300 hours of creating, waiting for drying process, numerous coats of decoupage procedure, Gesso a sealer and additional hardening,” SeksteBittner said. “I am not an artist.” The float is expected to make its way through
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Olympian Jarred Rome named Grand Marshal MARYSVILLE — U.S. Olympian and Marysville-Pilchuck High School alum Jarred Rome has been named the Strawberry Festival’s Grand Marshal for 2014, an accolade that he was not expecting, but which he’s nonetheless deeply grateful for, since it helps keep him connected to his former hometown. “It’s a great honor and a great surprise,” said Rome, who recently moved from California to Oregon in part to be closer to Marysville. “When I was a kid, the Marysville Strawberry Festival was the coolest week of the year. Summer vacation was finally starting, you could ride all the rides at the carnival ... it was one of the happiest weeks of my life as a kid, but I haven’t been back to Marysville during one of those Strawberry Festival weeks in a long time, because I’ve usually been in Europe. This should be a pretty fun opportunity to relive my childhood.” While Rome has previously been recognized with gestures such as receiving a Key to the City, from former Marysville Mayor Dennis Kendall, the globe-trotting discusthrower has never been part of the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade before, so he joked that he’s been working on his rodeo-queen wave. However, events such as the
Strawberry Festival are among the reasons why Rome is glad that he recently moved to Portland, much closer than San Diego to all his friends and family who still live in the area. “I was born in Marysville, and my mom still lives in the same house that our family bought here in 1971,” Rome said. “All my grandparents, aunts and uncles live in this area. I’m often busy during June, July and August, but this year I was able to clear some time to drive on up from Portland, which is a lot easier than driving on up from San Diego. I like that it’s so much easier for me to go home now, even though the home that I knew has become a lot bigger, thanks to the casinos and the economy. Marysville is quite a city now.” Rome still remembers the teachers and coaches at M-PHS — among them Randy Davis, Mike Lowry and Scott Stokes — who inspired him to pursue a 14-year athletic career that even he didn’t imagine at first would lead him to the Olympics and beyond. “The tools they gave me have taken me on such an amazing journey, which is why I always come back whenever I can,” said Rome, who has conducted throwing clinics in Marysville. “I still remember
U.S. Olympian and Marysville-Pilchuck High School alum Jarred Rome has worked with student athletes at M-PHS in his throwing clinics.
working at Oosterwyk’s Dutch Bakery on Third Street, when they would make strawberry shortcakes for the Strawberry Festival. This is a thriving community, and I’ve had some tremendous experiences here. I just love Marysville.” For more information on Rome, log onto his website at www.jarredrome. org.
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The car show returns to the Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 21 Cars and customs to appear at Strawberry Festival MARYSVILLE — Along with strawberry shortcake and royalty, street rods and rat rods will be making an appearance at this year’s Strawberry Festival. The car show will start at 8 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Asbery Field. “I’m hoping for 150 cars,” said Maryfest board member Bob Lanier, who has harbored a fond enjoyment for old cars for the past 35 years. Lanier replaced Paul Lind as organizer of the show. “We didn’t have it last year because he retired,” Lanier said. Lanier promises a variety of custom-made automobiles at the car show. The staging of the event will start at 8 a.m., The top three winners will be presented with a trophy at 3 p.m., and the winners will appear in the Grand Parade. There will be 25 trophies given out. Some trophies will be given to the car with
the best paint job, or a car from a certain time frame or model. “The sponsors will pick who wins,” Lanier said. The first 125 to register will earn themselves a dash plate, so be sure to pick up a registration form at www.maryfest. org/documents/2014 pre-registration.pdf.
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Marysville Kiwanis Beer Garden brings back alumni night MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Kiwanis Club debuted a special alumni night at last year’s Strawberry Festival Beer and Wine Garden, to give former classmates a chance to catch up, and that feature proved so popular that it’ll be returning this year. The Beer and Wine Garden’s times and days this year will include not only the returning alumni night from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, but also the afternoons of 5-10 p.m. on Friday, June 20, and noon to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. The Beer and Wine Garden will be located on Seventh Street, just north of the Market at Asbery Field, and admission will be free of charge. “Alumni night at the beer garden is a great gathering place to bring old classmates of legal drinking age together, to share some laughs and relive memories, while helping raise funds for Kiwanis youth programs,” said Walt McKinney, president of the Marysville Kiwanis Club. “Bring your
pictures and yearbooks, and proudly wear your school colors if you want.” Doug Buell, who handles public relations for the Marysville Kiwanis Club, elaborated that the selection of beers proved popular last year, especially the specialty beers. “We’re trying to mix up our selection a bit again this year, by including those specialty beers with the regular on-tap offerings,” Buell said. “We haven’t yet named our specialty beers for this year, Attendees of last year’s Beer and Wine Garden were all so you’ll just have to come on by and smiles, especially on the Thursday alumni night. check it out in person.” “The Beer and Wine Garden is something Proceeds will support the Kiwanis Club that we’d like to see grow each year, and in its mission to promote youth programs the alumni night is a great opportunity and scholarships in the Marysville for informal reunions, where you can get community. together and remember the good times “We not only wanted to provide a fun you shared.” event from Kiwanis for the Strawberry For more information, contact Buell by Festival, but we also wanted to have a phone at 425-308-2716 or via email at way to generate funds that Kiwanis could firstname.lastname@example.org. put back into the community,” Buell said.
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Strawberry Festival has long history Celebrate Marysville is the theme of the 83rd Marysville Strawberry Festival
riginally started in 1932, the Marysville Strawberry Festival is one of the oldest continuing festivals in the state of Washington. With the exceptions of the years during World War II (1942-45), the Marysville Strawberry Festival has been continuous. The Marysville Strawberry Festival was the idea of then Marysville Globe Editor Leon Stock, was first promoted by the Commercial Club (a forerunner of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce), as a way to publicize and promote the local strawberry crop and to attract visitors to town. Although the first Strawberry Festival was in 1932, the festival did not crown its first Queen until 1933, giving that honor to Bonita Davis (Parrish). The first festivals were sponsored by the Commercial Club, and in 1946 by the Veterans Club. From 1947 until 1959, the festival was sponsored by the Marysville Chamber of Commerce. In 1959, a group named Greater Marysville took over as sponsor. Since 1974, Maryfest Inc., an organization comprised of local business people, community leaders and volunteers, has been the sponsoring organization for the Marysville Strawberry Festival. In 1949 there was a serious polio outbreak in the area which prompted organizers to cancel the festival. In 1950, the Strawberry Festival returned, with not one, but two Strawberry Festival Queens. Jeanette Burns, Queen from 1949, shared duties with 1950 Queen Betty Greger. In 1997 severe thunderstorms canceled the Marysville Strawberry Festival Parade for the first time in history. Festival officials canceled that year’s edition of the parade after a volunteer was knocked down after the light post he was standing next to was struck by lightning. Unlike the parade, he escaped unharmed. Since its humble beginnings in 1932 as a one-day event to promote the local strawberry crop, the festival has grown in size, duration and popularity over the past eight decades. Now it attracts visitors from near and far, and includes the Berry Run, Beer Garden, Talent and Fashion shows, Kids Party in the Park, the Funtastic Carnival, Market at Asbery Field, Rose Planting, Kiddies Parade, Grand Parade and fireworks.
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1932 In spite of overcast skies and rather threatening weather, Marysville’s first Strawberry Festival attracted thousands of visitors to the town Wednesday. Local businessmen, as a rule, appeared surprised that so many people could be assembled here. There were 1,261 adult visitors registered, and many hundreds of others did not push through the crowds to the registration booths. It is estimated that three thousand people were assembled at one time in the city park to see the sports, witness Indian dances, hear band music and to share in the Strawberry Shortcake provided by the Marysville Commercial Club. The crowd followed the events of the program, and lined the baseball field during the games. Later, when the prizes were awarded, many hundreds filled Third Street. When the Everett American Legion drum corps and other entertainment gave their program, about 8 p.m., the crowd was still on hand to welcome them. 1941 Expressions everywhere indicate that Marysville’s Tenth Annual Strawberry Festival was altogether a huge success. Warm, sunny weather greeted Saturday’s parade as it formed on Second Street near Columbia. Crowds lined the streets on both sides of State as the parade marched up to the High School were it disbanded. Muriel Weeks was the Strawberry Festival’s Queen, and her court included Leona Engstrom of Granite Falls, Virginia Langdalen of Alderwood Manor, Alma Hixson of Marysville, Lillian Iyall of Tulalip, Violet Pedersen of East Stanwood, Doney Balmer of Lake Stevens, Dorothy Bluemke of Arlington, Reita Lynde of Snohomish and Katie Felder of Monroe. 1947 Sunny skies smiled on Marysville’s Strawberry Festival Saturday, providing a perfect day for an outstandingly successful celebration which was witnessed by thousands of people. Estimates of the number of visitors varied, but most agreed that upwards of 8,000 people witnessed the parade. The booth at city park served 5,500 plates of strawberry shortcake and whipped cream.
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Floats of unusual beauty and design were featured in the parade of the 1947 Festival. The women’s clubs of the community produced such beautiful floral creations that descriptions would be difficult to attempt. While the parade formed, the crowds were entertained by aerial exhibitions by three local pilots, Ben, Bob and Phil Sprague. Following the parade, a speaking program at the city park was heard by the festival crowds. Featured speaker of the day was Federal Judge Lloyd Black,who lauded the progress of Snohomish County towns and the kind of community effort that produces such pleasant affairs as the festival represents. Mayor E.R. Washburn introduced mayors from neighboring towns, and the Strawberry Festival queen, with her court, extended greetings from their various communities. 1955 Sirens, rockets and an untimely drizzle heralded the beginning of Saturday morning’s Grand Parade, highlight of the 20th Annual Strawberry Festival. An estimated eight or nine thousand people jammed sidewalks, many viewing the spectacle from under umbrellas, doorways, trees or any other shelter available along the ten blocks of State Street which formed the parade route. Parade chairman Art Nelson from the judges’ stand on the State Street side of the city park, “Remember last year when it rained, I promised sunshine for this year’s festival? Well, here it is.” Although the sun’s presence in its liquid form was felt quite persistently before the parade, the drizzle did diminish and almost stop as Grand Marshall Sant Asbery and general chairman of the festival Jack Otto started the procession in two cars, followed by the Auburn American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, which furnished the color guard. 1962 A colorful Canadian float returned home with the honor of Sweepstakes winner of the Marysville 27th annual Strawberry Festival Parade held last Saturday afternoon. This imaginative entry from Vancouver, B.C., bore the title “Pacific National Exhibition” and was chosen best of the floats that entered. Sweepstakes winner from the Junior Division was the Marysville DeMolay entry. The parade had one of the largest groups to witness a Festival Parade line State Street as dozens of colorful floats and groups performed. The Marysville float, constructed and decorated by the Marysville Jaycees, featured strawberries, blossoms and a colorful rainbow. Waving from her throne beneath the rainbow was Queen Sandra Staben surrounded by three of her Princesses, Barbara Wenz, Donna Jensen and Carol Hatley. 1967 Clear sunny skies were the order of the day for Marysville’s Festival grand parade Saturday, June 17. Scheduled to begin as always promptly at 11 o’clock, the opening serial bomb that signals the parade was delayed slightly until 11:20 this year. A traffic tie-up on the Snohomih River Bridge caused numerous late arrivals among parade entries. It was reported that several floats were unable to make it north out of Everett. Floats and marching units, clowns and musicians assembled from 7 a.m. on, at the B & M Center parking lot to form up under the direction of parade chairman Malcom Joss of the Lions Club and his assistant Rich Brown of the Jaycees. The grand parade was led this year by honorary marshal Pat Bowers, 91, former city councilman, policeman, night marshal, and all-round citizen, who rode the distance in a gleaming convertible as did some 14 or 15 other carloads of dignitaries and honored guests. 1973 Mass colors from all of the marching units entered in the 1973 Strawberry Festival Grand Parade will lead off the parade here Saturday at 11 a.m., according to Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Lusby. “We’ve got over 100 entries for the parade, and something for everyone to enjoy,” he said. Honorary Grand Marshall for the 38th Strawberry Festival Parade will be Dr. Robert Beaman. Beaman has been a dedicated worker for the festivals through many years. He’s directed the float building, lined up parades, sought entries from state groups, driven floats at other parades and done practically everything to help promote Marysville and the oldest strawberry festival in the nation. The festival was started in 1932 and briefly was postponed during the Second World War. 1976 What a weekend. The grand finale of this year’s Strawberry Festival, sponsored by Maryfest, was played before thousands of Marysville residents and area festival goers when Saturday’s Grand Parade started its march down State Avenue. There were dignitaries in convertibles and antique automobiles who followed Irene Wright, Marysville pioneer and Grand Marshal, and Earl Averill, baseball great who served as Grand Marshal. Baton and drill groups, beautiful floats, marching units, drum and bugle corps, bagpipers, hires, clowns, a motorcycle stunt group and the pretty princesses drew applause from the sun drenched crowd.
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1982 Somebody up there must have been listening when Herman Williams spoke in the middle of a driving rainstorm last year. Looking up at a dark, grumbling sky following the Strawberry Festival’s Grand Parade last year, Williams, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, suggested festival organizers and fair-goers should adopt the ritual of a sun dance. “You know. You have a rain dance for rain, a sun dance for sunshine,” he had said as he sat with his wife, Gen, under the protective covering of a tarpaulin. Although she may have had other concerns, Strawberry Festival managing director Cheryl Deckard certainly didn’t have to worry about rain spoiling any of the fun for this year — the 50th year since the inaugural festival back in 1932. The weatherman more than cooperated, shooting temperatures into the mid-90s for Friday’s entertaining and competitive tricycle races, and pushing them into the 90’s again for Saturday’s festivities. 1986 Sunny skies … music and magic … classic cars and clowns .. bangles and berries .. all add up for an unforgettable Strawberry Festival 1986! This year’s festivities were capped off Saturday with the Grand Parade. Grand Marshal Steve Pool, weather forecaster for KOMO-TV 4 in Seattle cooperated with a perfect first-day-of-summer (though he admits his prediction Friday called for a less than good day, he said for once, it was okay to be wrong.) Before the parade were a bevy of activities throughout the community, including a fashion show, talent show, trike race, kiddies parade, carnival, golf tournament, softball tournament, bed race, go kart race and more. 1997 Severe Thunderstorms canceled the Marysville Strawberry Festival Parade for the first time in history. Festival officials canceled this year’s edition after a volunteer was knocked down when the light post he was standing next to was struck. Unlike the parade, he escaped unharmed. Festival-goers persevered through what some called the most rain in recent history this time of year. “Considering everything from January to the Strawberry storm, we were successful,” said Managing Director Cheryl Deckard. The rest of the week’s events went off without a hitch. Golfers were able to finish Friday evening’s golf tournament despite a deluge. The Market in the Park at Comeford Park withstood the challenges, and festival-goers shopped and ate through Sunday afternoon, Deckard said. 2003 Fair weather and friendly crowds marked the first-ever televised Marysville Strawberry Festival Grand Parade June 21. While a last-minute tie change confused some viewers, most deemed the event, and the Strawberry Festival, a great success. “Most of the reports that we have gotten back have been very positive,” said Carol Kapua of the Maryfest board of directors. “I know that there were a lot of spectators. It was packed all the way down the parade route.” Kapua said the crowd was not only large, but also enthusiastic. “I know that we had a very gracious and generous crowd this year,” she said. “Participants commented on how they were all well received.” The starting time of the parade was changed from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m., so that some of the 70 groups that wanted to participate but couldn’t fit into the two-hour television slot could still march, according to Kapua. “It was either go before or after — to be at the end would have been real harsh,” she said. 2010 The final weekend of the 79th annual Marysville Festival drew large and steady crowds in spite of weather that turned dark and damp on its final day. The Totem Middle School campus proved to be a hotbed of activity June 19, between hosting the “Kids Party in the Park” from noon to 5 p.m., and serving as the staging grounds for the Kiddies Parade that kicked off at 6 p.m. The Grand Parade on State Avenue boasted more than 120 entrants this year, with the first drops of rain holding off until the fireworks show at 10 p.m. 2013 By the time the Grand Parade’s 120 entrants had rolled down State Avenue and the Fred Meyer-sponsored fireworks show had lit up the skies above the city of Marysville’s Public Works Department on Saturday, June 15, the 82nd annual Marysville Strawberry Festival had already offered a full weekend of family activities for all ages. While Rick Spromberg, manager of the Funtastic Carnival, was proud to present a new cashless swipe-card ticketing system for the rides, games and food booths in the fields of Marysville Middle School in time for the weekend, so too was the Market in the Park drawing crowds to its diverse array of attractions in Asbery Field, which included the strawberry shortcake eating contest attended by both Festival Royalty and average visitors like Mike and Janet Downing.
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Kids Party in the Park returns to Asbery Field on June 14 Marysville kids can have all the fun they want on June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the Marysville Strawberry Festival’s Kids Party in the Park at Asbery Field, Alder Street, in Marysville. “It’s a nice community effort to bring everyone in so they can enjoy the day,” event director Dina Sekste-Bittner said. The Kids Party in the Park will host all sorts of festivities aimed at Marysville’s youth, from tasty treats to constructive activities. “We have food vendors, and crown-making for activities,” Sekste-Bittner said. “Fred Meyer will be hosting an art contest and the winner gets posted at the Fred Meyer store.” The crown-making event will entail paper crowns to be designed with various utensils. “We supply an abundance of paints, crayons and stick-on items,” Sekste-Bittner said. “We basically give them all the tools they need to construct their own crown.” A new feature this year will be kids books supplied by Usborne Books.
Children can also enjoy fishing, and free gifts provided by Cabela’s. “There will be a fishing pool,” Sekste-Bittner said. The Maryfest Royalty will also be at the park to interact with the kids. Among other festivities will be a temporary tattoo hut, and face painting. Other spectacles to be seen are mechanical mascots, such as a chicken, and the appearance of Clover the Balloon Fairy. The Balloon Fairy is pretty tightlipped around people, so kids will have the challenge of getting anything out of her. “She makes unusual balloons, and does not talk to humans,” SeksteBittner said. “So that is exciting to children as they try to get a response.” Among other things to be enjoyed are police cars, and fire engines that usually show up to the parade. “We are working on expanding the touch a truck to possibly an aid car, garbage truck and a tow truck using local vendors,” Sekste-Bittner said. For more information, visit maryfest.org.
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Talent show draws diverse crew of performers to M-PHS stage The Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show will return to the stage of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, this year. Talent Show Director Marcy Giesler explained that the judges for the Talent Show will all be different from the judges for the auditions from 5:307:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, and Friday, May 9, to avoid any potential biases. The event is designed to showcase the skills of vocalists, dancers, instrumentalists and other performers, from 4-year-olds on up to all ages of adults, and will give awards to the first,
second and third-place winners in each category. The categories are divided up by age groups and talents. Last year’s Talent Show packed 30 competitors into the MPHS auditorium to show the packed house audience what they could do. Performers in previous years have included pianists, violinists, guitar players, belly dancers, aspiring stand-up comedians, and both a jug band and a harpist, the latter of whom was named the overall winner of the 2010 Talent Show. Giesler noted that it’s not uncommon to see first-time participants in the Talent Show sharing the stage with returning performers. “The talent that’s out there just gets better and better every year,” Giesler said. This year’s Talent Show includes the specific stipulations that no lipsyncing will be allowed, and contestants must perform Kennedy Miller belted out “Here I Am” in the vocals category for the same acts that got them ages 12-13 during last year’s Strawberry Festival Talent Show. nominated during the auditions, the Talent Show starts. Tickets are without changing their song or being pre-sold for $4 and will go for $5 dance routines. The MPHS auditorium is located at the door. Children under 7 years old at 5611 108th St. NE in Marysville, will be admitted for free. Call Giesler Victoria Steward shows off her haul for winning the overall and doors open at 5:30 p.m. before at 360-653-6584 for more information. grand prize of last year’s Strawberry Festival Talent Show.
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Fashion show features local attire, raises funds for scholarship The Marysville Strawberry festival will be putting on its annual fashion show on June 17, running from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Leifer Manor. Both men and women will be modeling in attire provided by various shops sponsors. The models will include city business leaders, Tulalip Tribal leaders and past royalty. Historically, participants have worn sports wear, casual and formal attire. “We get a list of different businesses that let them pick out what they want to wear,” event coordinator Melva Walser said. “One of our sponsors for this year is Walmart.” Other outlets for the fashion show are JCPenny and Fred Meyer, along with the other local outlets. Though past themes for the Strawberry Festival have included a variety of subjects, such as last year’s Fiesta theme, this year’s theme will focus on all things Marysville. The fashion show raises funds for the April Friesner Memorial Royalty Scholarship. “This is about the Royalty, and making money for their scholarships,” Walser said. Raising money for the scholarships is what drives Walser to oversee the fashion show.
“When I found out it was for raising money for students, it intrigued me because I believe in education and the future of young people,” she said. Though it is Walser’s first year as the event coordinator, she is backed by a very experienced committee. A member of Walser’s committee is Madison Doty, who was 2013’s Queen and will be the master of ceremonies for the fashion show. “I have a wonderful committee,” Walser said. Activities during the fashion show will include a silent auction, and a luncheon. The fashion show will serve as entertainment during the luncheon. The luncheon tickets this year will sell for $22, and the lunch will be catered by Cedar Brook Catering. Gosanko Chocolate from Auburn will also be catering strawberry-formed candy for the fundraiser. April Friesner, for whom the scholarship fund was named, was very involved in the Strawberry Festival. “I really want the focus of this to be on this outstanding community person,” Walser said. Various scholarships will be awarded to the
Emcee Jim Ballew, left, and model Ron Loop have some fun during the 2013 Strawberry Festival Fashion Show.
Strawberry Festival Royalty. The Strawberry Festival Royalty will be honored at the fashion show, along with its other festivities. “I just hope everyone will have fun, and that we have a good turnout,” Walser said. “And good weather.” For more information visit www.maryfest. org.
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On Thursday June 19, 2014 we will have 22 acts that have been selected to perform and compete in the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show. Some of the acts will feature vocalists, dancers, guitarist, and pianist, ranging from ages four to adults. Some contestants will perform original songs and we have a tae kwon do act. Five judges will judge the contestants. The overall winner will be invited to participate in the Strawberry Festival Twilight Parade and receive a gift basket. There will be first place trophies for each category and second and third place ribbons.
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reexamine which rides are most popular each year, because our crowds change from year to year.” Rhew nonetheless aspires to provide a mix of rides and activities to appeal to crowds of all ages, from teenagers to families with small children. “Our job is to cater to all types,” Rhew said. “We’ve been part of the Strawberry Festival since
the early 1980s, if not before, and it’s not only one of the greatest festivals in the state of Washington, but it’s also one of the nicer festivals for families.” To show the Funtastic Carnival’s support for families, Rhew is offering a “Thursday Family Night” special on June 19, of six rides for $16. “That adds up to a discount of like 50 percent off the regular cost,” Rhew said. Members of the Strawberry Festival Royalty Court are slated to make appearances at the Funtastic Carnival, but the dates and times have not yet been determined.
Funtastic Shows has been delivering the “world’s finest carnival” for decades, and it will visit the Marysville Strawberry Festival once again this year, from June 19-22. The Marysville Middle School play field will be the venue, as usual, and the carnival hours are slated to run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Thursday, June 19, through Saturday, June 21, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, but those opening times could change depending on the weather. Rides such as the Ferris wheel, merry-goround, scrambler and octopus have frequently been featured at the Strawberry Festival Funtastic Carnival in years past, along with carnival games and other attractions. However, Funtastic Carnival Vice President Rob Rhew noted that each year’s lineup of attractions and activities is at least slightly revised. “We always bring the best pieces available from our line of rides, to cater to the fine folks of Marysville and its surrounding communities,” Rhew said. “Part of that process is that we
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Market in Asbery Field brings crafts, food, music to Strawberry Festival Jodi Hiatt promised attendees of this year’s Market in Asbery Field that plenty of familiar favorites and new features alike would be on site through the weekend of June 20-22. “We’ve got lots of returning vendors plus a few more activities,” Hiatt said. “Of course the bouncy house, the pony rides, the rockclimbing wall, the go-karts and Carnival the train rides will all be back.” fromfood hot As always, the Market also dogs and showcases artistic talent in the fry bread to Hawaiian form of not only live musical shaved ice can performances but also a host of be found at the area crafters whose handmade Strawberry Festival’s Market in Asbery Field. products have ranged from wood puzzles to housewares such as kitchen towels and pot- ranging from bratwurst to frozen treats but also shrimp and fish-andholders. “We’re constantly looking for crafters chips. The Market will run from 2-9 p.m. at other festivals,” Hiatt said. “We don’t on Friday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to turn down anyone.” Local merchants and regional 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 and businesses will be present as well from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June to provide information on subjects 22 at Asbery Field. Rock-and-roll band “Jette and the such as window installations and other home improvements, as well as Resonators” is set to help kick off the fundraising campaigns on behalf of event’s musical entertainment on June 20 having already taken part in several community organizations. Hiatt reported that more than 130 previous years of the Strawberry tent vendors, as many as 10 field Festivals in cooperation with the vendors and about 12 food vendors Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to have signed up to descend upon benefit “Pennies for Puppies & Ponies.” For June 21, the Strawberry Festival Asbery Field this year which would be roughly in line with last year’s has secured bluegrass band “The totals. This year’s food vendors are Weavils,” and Arlington’s own singing set to include not only the regular fare cowboy, Jesse Taylor as part of the
market’s musical lineup. The schedule of performers is set to be rounded out by Village Community Services’ stylistically eclectic ensemble, “Voices of the Village,” as well as Beatles tribute band “The Soundbeats.” “The Soundbeats are looking forward to their first Strawberry Festival,” said Jim Smith, who serves as the agent for both “The Soundbeats” and “Jette and the Resonators.” “The Beatles are one of the most popular bands of all time. That music always goes over well with crowds. And when Jette and the Resonators book their performances for each year, they make sure to highlight the Strawberry Festival, because they absolutely enjoy being outdoors with all those people who are already having a great time. They love to come back year after year.” The Strawberry Festival will also be running the car show Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., during which a variety of classic restored and custom cars and trucks will be presented on site. The Marysville Kiwanis Club will be represented at this year’s Market through their Beer and Wine Garden on Seventh Street, between Asbery Field and Totem Middle School. Its hours are Thursday, June 19 from 5-10 p.m., as well as Friday, June 20, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from noon to 6:30 p.m.
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Strawberry Festival Berry Run to be held June 14 The Marysville Strawberry Festival’s annual Berry Run will be held on June 14. Each year, hundreds of runners in various age groups compete in either a 5-kilometer run or a 1-mile run which begins at the Smokey Point Plant Farm. The event will kick-off at 9 a.m. “We put it on as a fundraiser for our track and field booster club,” said Berry Run event organizer Jeff Sowards, who is also the track and field coach for Lakewood High School. Sowards has overseen the event for the past six years. The Berry Run usually hosts 100 runners every year. “I hope we can get 200 to 300 runners,” Sowards said. “We have local runners that tend to do well.” Prize for first place will be a medal, and second and third place will receive ribbons. To register for the Berry Run, log onto www. marysvillewa.gov. Be sure to register before June 4 to get a Berry Run T-shirt. The Smokey Point Plant Farm is located at 15022 Twin Lakes Ave. in Lakewood.
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Rose Planting Ceremony returns to Totem rose garden The tradition of the Strawberry Various groups and individuals have Festival’s Rose Planting Ceremony been honored by rose plantings for continues on June 21 at 10 a.m. at Totem various occasions over the years. Middle School in Marysville. “A plaque goes in front of every rose “It is maintained by the Strawberry saying what type it is, and who’s being Festival and the school district,” Maryfest honored,” Kapua said. “It’s open to the board member Carol Kapua said. community. They can always go by to The Royal Rosarians from Portland see if the rose is blooming.” have been planting roses with Maryfest The rose planting ceremony takes since 2001, when Maryfest joined the place at the April Friesner Memorial Northwest Hosting Association. Garden at Totem Middle School. The “When we joined in 2001, we were The 2014 Marysville Strawberry Festival’s Rose rose garden is named in honor of April Planting Ceremony will be at the April Friesner the 13th festival to join,” Kapua said. “If Memorial Rose Garden, at Totem Middle School, on Friesner, who was a co-director for you have someone you’re honoring, or June 12. Maryfest who passed away years ago. an organization, they will honor those “I think it is very special because the individuals with a rose.” memorial garden is named after April Friesner,” Kapua This year’s honoree is Maryfest’s president Arvin VanBeek. said, who had worked with Friesner as a co-directer for Last year’s honoree was former Maryfest president Jeri Maryfest. Welch. Before 2009, the planting ceremony was held at the The Royal Rosarians and Maryfest’s president will plant “Red Caboose” at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Fourth the flower together. Street. The Red Caboose was burned down by a fire in “They plant the rose and bless it,” Kapua said. “We set the summer of 2009. The rose garden was then moved to up a table with rolls, donuts and punch that is open to Totem Middle School. the public.”
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Kids go on parade June 21 The Strawberry Festival’s annual Kiddies Parade will be held June 21, beginning at 6 p.m. Marysville spectators waiting for the main parade can watch the youth of their town celebrate the Strawberry Festival with a parade of their own. “They just have a lot of fun doing it,” Maryfest board member Carol Kapua said about the decades-old tradition. The Kiddies Parade will start on Seventh Street and end at Fourth Street, where it will
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Grand Parade bursting at seams with entrants One of the biggest challenges of putting together the Grand Parade for each year’s Strawberry Festival is fitting in all the entrants, and with this year’s Strawberry Festival Grand Parade on Saturday, June 21, event organizer Carol Kapua believes they’ve finally reached their outer limit. “We expect to have between 130-135 entrants this year,” Kapua said. “Much more than that, and we’d be going over our two-hour limit. We actually managed to squeeze in 145 entrants one year, but it was too much, because everyone had to rush by like this,” she made a “whoosh” gesture in front of her face. “We’re really comfortable with 125, but we can think we can still accommodate 135 without everyone having to go so fast that it kills them.” In addition to hosting the parade floats of the Strawberry Festival’s fellow Northwest festivals, Kapua expects a number of other familiar favorites to
make return appearances this year. “The Clan Gordon Pipe Band will be here,” Kapua said. “In addition to the MarysvillePilchuck and the Marysville Getchell high school marching bands, we usually get a good variety of bands and drill teams from throughout the region. They just love this parade.” The Grand Parade officially starts at 7:45 p.m. on 76th Street, to ensure that entrants are rolling southbound on From left, Raelynn, Makaelyn and Dolores Canell joined Bradley State Avenue in front of the Peggy Canell and Janet Moo in waiting for the Strawberry announcers’ stand and the TV3 Tackitt, Festival Grand Parade from their seats in the back on Tackitt’s pickup cameras by 8 p.m. It’s set to wrap truck on State Avenue last year. up on Third Street and Alder Avenue by 10 p.m., just in time for the fireworks show for the second year in a half-hour fireworks show that sets a hard row this year,” Kapua said. “We’re excited to have floats from all across Washington end deadline on its running time. “Scott Miller will be providing the and Canada, and they should have some really great designs.”
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Shortcake eating contest returns June 21
You can have your cake and eat it too at the Strawberry Festival’s strawberry shortcake eating contest held at Asbery Field June 21. The event will kick-off at 1 p.m. and continues until 3 p.m. “It’s open to all age groups,” Maryfest board director Jodi Hiatt said. “They break it up into age groups, so you’re competing with your peers.” The cakes are made and distributed by the Masonic Lodge, and topped with locally grown strawberries provided by Biringer’s Farms in Arlington. “The Masonic Lodge are the official strawberry shortcake makers,” Hiatt said. “They’re wonderful, and they give us a lot shortcake to use throughout the weekend.” The eating contest is determined by which contestant can finish their piece of cake in the quickest fashion. “They all get the same amount of cake, and it depends on how quick they can eat
it,” Hiatt said. The contest invites a wide range of contestants. “We have royalty from other festivals who compete in the contest,” Hiatt said. “Cashmere wasn’t there last year, but they will be this year,” Maryfest board member Carol Kapua said. The same cakes will be available at the Market for all to enjoy. The Strawberry Festival Royalty will compete with the other festivals. “Last year, the two Royalty finalists were Daffodil and Marysville,” Kapua said. The contest has had a competitive history. “Port Orchard has a few wins over Marysville,” Hiatt said. And as always, the eating contest has been well received in the past. “Everyone seems to leave having a good time, and full of strawberry shortcake,” Hiatt said.
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