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Contents Welcome Letters 4

Events 24

Marysville Mayor............... 4

Berry Run ........................ 24

Tulalip Chairwoman .......... 6

Carnival ........................... 24

Maryfest President ........... 6

Talent Show ..................... 26

Meet the Royalty 8

Market In The Park .........28

Royal Court ....................... 8

Car Show......................... 30

Junior Royalty ................. 10

Beer & Wine Garden ......30

Senior Royalty ................. 12

Rose Planting .................. 32

Maryfest 16

The Parades 34

Officers ........................... 16

Grand Marshal ................34

Board............................... 16

Marysville Float ..............36

Sponsors 18 Schedules & Map 20-21

Grand Parade ..................38

Strawberry Festival Schedule.......................... 20

Fireworks ........................ 38

Kiddies Parade ................38

Entertainment Schedule.......................... 20 Event Map....................... 21

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Welcome to the Strawberry Festival Dear Neighbors and Visitors: I love this time of the year in Marysville, when we come together as a community to kick off the summer season and, even more than usual, open our arms in welcome for visitors to experience the charm that is Marysville. The 86th annual Strawberry Festival pays tribute to our community’s rich agricultural heritage and the colorful role that strawberries played for decades in Marysville’s culture and economy. Though we have fewer strawberry fields these days, our Strawberry Festival remains one of the longest, ongoing festivals in the state and among the best strawberry festivals in the country.

For several days in mid-June, Marysville is the place to be. Thousands of families from around the region come to enjoy summer fun events, including a fun run, homegrown talent show, carnival, market and car show. An always-energetic kids’ parade precedes the grand finale, the Grand Parade on Saturday evening. I am delighted to welcome you to the Marysville Strawberry Festival. Whether you’re a long-time resident or first-time visitor, you’ll find so much to enjoy here. I hope to see you soon. JON NEHRING Marysville Mayor

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The Tulalip Tribes Welcome Everyone Our ancestral lifeways continue to be the foundation of our culture and community, defining our teachings, values and ceremony. The Tulalip Tribes share a strong partnership with Marysville, Everett and Snohomish County. The history of our people echoes over the coasts, rivers and mountains of our homeland. We are the descendants of the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and other allied tribes and bands united by land, culture and tradition. Together, as friends, neighbors and partners, we are committed to improving arts and culture, education and youth,

mall, our amphitheater and restaurants. Quil Ceda Village, our federally recognized city, has become a hub of shopping, entertainment and food in northern Snohomish County.

the environment, health care, public safety and social services in our communities. During festivities, we invite you to visit our Hibulb Cultural Center; a place of learning and a source of civic pride for the Tulalip people and our neighboring communities. We hope that our visitors will be fascinated by our exhibits and learn about our remarkable history and culture.

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.

We hope you make the most of the festival and enjoy the company of friends as well as a taste of the culture, history, entertainment and other opportunities our area offers.

Enjoy your visit and please come back soon.

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We Are Thankful For You! Marie Zackuse The Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman


Proud to present the 86th annual Strawberry Festival On behalf of the Maryfest Board of Directors and all of our volunteers, I would like to welcome you to the Marysville Strawberry Festival. This is our 86th celebration, and we are proud to be one of the longest-running festivals in Washington state. The Maryfest board invites you to attend all of our wonderful events. The festival runs this year from June 10th through June 18th. We start off with the Berry Run followed by our Talent Show. Our Market features a range of vendors, a food court and entertainment throughout the day. For those of you 21 and older, the Kiwanis will be hosting a beer garden. The car show is Saturday as well as our twilight parade, which will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show. 6

family and I had not realized this until we became more involved. So if you see one of our volunteers, please be sure to thank them for all their hard work.

Be sure to look through this special section in The Marysville Globe-The Arlington Times for more information, or go to our website, Our theme this year is “Once Upon A Berry”. We all have a favorite story as well as a story of our own. The Marysville Strawberry Festival story started in 1932. It’s amazing to see how it has grown over the years. A few chapters in our story include the grand parade, kiddie parade and strawberry shortcake. It’s been said that over a ton of strawberries were served at our first festival, so be sure to stop by our market and get your strawberry shortcake. Part of our story is the dedication and hard work of all our volunteers. I want to take a moment to thank each of them for their countless hours and commitment in helping to put on the festival each year. I’m not sure how many know that the planning is an all-year process. My

Another very important chapter in our story is dedicated to our sponsors. Without their contributions our festival would not be possible. They are vital to our organization, and we appreciate their ongoing support. While you are out enjoying our city please be sure to stop and patronize our sponsors and local businesses. Whether your family has lived here for generations like mine or you are a new arrival to Marysville, we welcome you to our city and our hometown festival. Share the story with your friends and family and hopefully it will lead to a “Berry, Happily Ever After.” DARREN DOTY Maryfest President

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Sarah, Harman, Denise proud to reign over Marysville Strawberry Festival


arah Turral is this year’s Marysville Strawberry Festival queen, and her little sister, Elizabeth, is on the junior royalty. But they aren’t the first family member to be involved in the royalty. They said their mom was on the royalty court 34 years ago when she was in high school.


“My mom was involved, and she’d tell me about it,” Sarah said. She also has friends who encouraged her, as did Elizabeth.


“They did it last year,” Elizabeth said of some of her friends. Sarah, a junior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, said she’s dreamed of being queen since she started going to the parades when she was 5-years-old. “I’ve been to every one, but one” since then, she added. Unlike many of the other girls on the court, Sarah said she likes public speaking so that part of the competition didn’t bother her.


“I just didn’t want to trip” on stage, she said of the finals.


As for her favorite part of being queen, Sarah said it’s “being a role model; someone to look up to.” Her least favorite part, “Waking up early.” Sarah had been in only one parade so far, the Daffodil Parade in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. She said the weather was crazy, with sun, rain and hail. She said she enjoyed dancing on the Marysville float and making new friends. Both of the princesses on the senior royalty this year are seniors at Marysville Getchell High School.

Denise (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)


Denise Jacobsen has some experience with the festival, as she was on the junior royalty when she was in the sixth grade. She graduates this year with a

diploma not only from MG, but also one as a Running Start student from Everett Community College. She plans to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg next year. She said being on the senior royalty is a little tougher than her previous experience. First of all, the outfits are more complicated, she said. Also, being older she feels more responsibility. And, finally, there are about three times as many parades that they attend. Like Sarah, Denise enjoys dancing on the float, the fun atmosphere and “making a whole lot of people happy.” Denise said the Maryfest volunteers who help them are wonderful. “They help us feel comfortable while also serving the community,” she said. Harman Uppal is the other princess. She said she was surprised she made the squad because of a lack of experience. But growing up she remembers people she knows being involved in the parade. “It was so cool the gown and crown,” she said, adding she knew then she wanted to be a princess when she got older. Harman said she is shy so she wanted to be a part of this to help her grow as a person, “push me out of my comfort zone.” She said even though she is nervous she tries not to show it. “There’s a lot of people looking at me,” she said. “I try to be my best possible self at all times.” Like the other two, she loves dancing on the float. They dance to the songs “Do You Believe in Magic?” and “Ever, Ever After,” both choreographed by former festival queen Kennedy Doty. “It’s so fun to watch the kids copy the dances,” Harman said.

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LOOKING BACK 1933 – Bonita Davis was the festival’s first queen, accompanied by runners-up Dorothy Holcom and Sadie Morney. Up to 6,000 people attended, with 3,500 served strawberry, cream and coffee and 2,745 getting shortcake. Lt. Gov. Victor A. Myers attended.


1947 – About 8,000 people attended the parade, and 5,500 plates of strawberry shortcake were served. Three local pilots Ben, Bob and Phil Sprague - provided aerial entertainment. The Marysville chamber started to sponsor the festival. 1965 – About 12,000 people watched the 69 entries in the parade. Jack Lalanne of exercise fame was the guest of honor at the crowning of the festival queen, Lily Ann Fryberg. Barbara Weber and Ginger Clay were princesses.



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There was so many people all lined up along the streets. People were yelling their names, even though they didn’t know them.

Elizabeth Turral, Jimena Yanez and Rozlynn Edwards make up the Marysville Strawberry Festival junior royalty for 2017. (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)

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arysville Strawberry Festival Queen Sarah Turral’s little sister, Elizabeth, is on the junior royalty, along with two other princesses. Elizabeth attends 10th Street Middle School and is in the eighth grade, as is princess Jimena Yanez. Rozlynn Edwards also is in the eighth grade, but attends Totem Middle School. Elizabeth said the process of being selected was fun. She said six people turned out, and they were all friends and very supportive of each other. She said it was good for her to practice public speaking and memorize her speech so she would “not freeze up.” Even though she hadn’t gotten to ride on the float yet, she was excited about 10

the opportunity. She did watch the senior royalty at the Daffodil Parade.

“They told us what was going to happen, and it happened,” she joked again.

“There was so many people all lined up along the streets,” she said. “People were yelling their names, even though they didn’t know them.”

While Jimena is very care-free, Rozlynn is taking the experience more seriously. She said she wants to get into a top college like Harvard or Stanford, and experiences like this one can help get her there. She definitely plans to try out for the senior court in a few years.

Jimena is excited to be in the parades, too, but she’s a little worried about how messy and clumsy she is. “I hope I don’t eat something and get it everywhere,” she joked. Jimena said she likes dancing, but hasn’t really done it in public. “In my kitchen when I’m home alone,” she said. Jimena said she hasn’t felt much pressure being on the royal court.

She said she has learned a lot from the constructive criticism received after their public speaking. Rozlynn said she also is shy and wanted to be part of a leadership role. Her favorite parts of the position so far are hanging out with other princesses and “everybody cheering.”

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Mel Graham, 73

Carol Olson, 76

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Mel moved to Marysville in 1988. Significant other is the Queen, Carol Olson; they have three children.

Carol moved to Marysville 1-1/2 years ago. King Mel is her significant other.

How long at Grandview Village: 1-1/2 years

Former profession/Military/ branch: Certified Mixologist for 30 years.

Former profession/Military/ branch: Steel estimator. Mel served in the U.S. Air Force.

Three words around the center that describe Carol: Friendly, sweet, and soft-spoken.

Three words around the center that describe him: Talented, witty and fun.

Memories of the Strawberry Festival: The Parades, and watching the Royalty Pageant.

Memories of the Strawberry

Festival: The Parades, going to watch the Royalty Pageants.

What he did to be nominated King: Nominated by his peers.


four great-grandchildren.

Bill Koerber, 69

Profession: Jessie worked as a waitress and for the waitress union. After retiring she assisted at her sons business. Her son Richard sad she became a regular fixture at his business, known by customers stopping by for the delectable homemade cookies and lemon squares she shared at the shop.

Born and raised in Everett, WA Has been married in the past, does not have any children How long at the care center: 9 months Former profession/military branch: Bill served in the Army in artillery from 1968-70, including a tour in Vietnam. He earned his degree in Accounting from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in Income Tax through an Oklahoma community college. He was an IRS agent for four years, and opened a CPA business in Everett. Three words that best describe him: Fun, caring, kind Little known fact: Bill’s a longtime member of 12

Three words that describe Jesse: Family oriented, wonderful women, helpful MENSA, and he likes to sing the standards Memories of the Strawberry Festival: He has attended the festival and parade one time. He enjoys strawberries and is looking forward to seeing all the people.

Jesse Gibson, 101

Memories of the Strawberry Festival: This is her first time to the festival, but she’s got her parade wave down pat.

Jesse lived in Seattle for most of her adult life, then moved to Marysville a year ago to be closer to family. She has one child, two grandchildren and

Secret to a long, healthy life: “Keep going the way you are, lead a good life, tell others you like them, and drink lots of orange juice. I could drink a ton of it.”

QUEEN: Born in Coopers Town, N.D. in 1916.

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Arlo Volson, 67

When moved to Marysville: One year ago to Brookdale to be closer to family.

When moved to Marysville: Moved here after falling in love with the Pacific Northwest while in the Army. Married for 41 years and has one son.

What she did to be nominated Queen: Carol jumped right in the minute she moved to Brookdale, sharing her warm smile and friendly personality to everyone she met!

Born: North Dakota

How long at Brookdale: One year.

Three words that describe Carol: Caring, kind-hearted and friendly.

Former profession/military background: Army.

Memories of the Strawberry Festival: This will be the first year being able to experience the Strawberry Festival.

Three words to describe Arlo: Joyful, prankster and humble. Little known fact: Arlo was nominated king because he is an amazing friend to many at Brookdale, and he’s a straightshooter who loves to have fun

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Memories of the Strawberry Festival: Going to the parade.

Carol Steinman, 78 Born: Seattle, then moved to Kirkland


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Dennis Gibson, 77 Born: Sacramento, Calif.

When moved to Marysville: Moved here when he was in his 20s. He has two girls and two boys, and has enjoyed camping and fishing.

Little known fact: After she retired, Joyce dove into volunteer work. She worked at the Ladies Shelter and Thrift Store for Naval Station Everett and Smokey Point Commissary.

How long at Mountain View Rehabilitation and Care Center: For several years. Former profession/military background: Became an English teacher, and taught middle school students. About being named King: “It was neat to be nominated and it’s a lot to take in.” Memories of the Strawberry 14

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Joyce Meske, 85 Born: Ashley, N.D.

When moved to Marysville: 1956. How long at Mountain View: Just over a year.

Memories of the Strawberry Festival: She has enjoyed several Marysville festivals and the grand parade during her time in the community.

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THEY MAKE IT HAPPEN: 2017 MARYFEST BOARD iving thousands of visitors an exciting and memorable Strawberry Festival and Grand Parade each year is no small feat.

It takes a dedicated force of board members and festival volunteers working together to make it a successful, familyfriendly festival. For the Maryfest Board of Directors who donate their time between work and family hours, the festival and its variety of fun activities is the pinnacle of a year’s worth of planning.

DARREN DOTY President President Darren Doty has been involved with Maryfest for seven years. He has served as president and vice president. Along with his wife, Shelly, Doty is also a Royal Court Parent. His daughter, Kennedy served as festival Queen last year, and his daughter Madison was queen in 2013. Doty’s favorite aspects of the festival are having the opportunity to make new friends from all over, who then become like extended family. He also appreciates the learning experience and opportunities available for the Royal Court. He and his family also spend much of their time supporting the needs of the traveling float. Doty owns and operates a construction company. DINA SEKSTE-BITTNER Board Member Dina Sekste-Bittner has served on the Maryfest board for five years now, and is most responsible for the year-round office work necessary to keep the festival operating. Her favorite part of the Strawberry Festival is getting more involved within the community and the exciting projects that fill her time. Sekste-Bittner is retired. 16

What you may not know is that for much of the warmer months – rain or shine – volunteers load up the annually-themed float and cart it to other parades around the Pacific Northwest, serving as ambassadors for the Marysville community, in exchange for other communities bringing their dazzling, colorful floats to this community. In that respect, the Strawberry Festival and parade that spectators enjoy is merely the fruit of volunteers working as a team to bring the festival and all of the event’s activities together.


RICK LEWIS Vice President Vice President Rick Lewis and his family have participated in the parade for several years. He is a second-year board member. Lewis and his family joined Maryfest because he wanted to become more involved in the community. Lewis wants to see the Grand Parade continue to be a major event for families in Marysville. His family’s favorite pastime is camping. He also enjoys hunting. LINDSAY MERRELL Board Member Lindsay Merrell is serving her second year on the Maryfest board. She served as Irrigation Festival princess in her hometown of Sequim in 2009, and she is working with the 2017 Royalty. Merrell joined Maryfest to get more involved in her new community. She believes local festivals have a positive impact on the communities they serve. Merrell is manager of Diedrich Espresso Marysville. As a college student, mom and local business supporter, she couldn’t imagine a better way to give back to her community than contributing to the success of Maryfest. She looks forward to creating memories with her family during the Strawberry Festival as she had growing up in Sequim.

Secretary Katie Reynaud and her daughter Bella moved to Marysville in 2014. Katie is a nurse but currently works for an insurance company. Her daughter was Junior Royalty in 2016 and they quickly fell in love with the festival. Not only is Katie this year’s Secretary but she is also Head Chaperone. TONY ‘RED’ THOMPSON Board Member Tony “Red” Thompson is the newest member of the Maryfest board. His love of the festival and its activities traces back to his days stationed at Naval Station Everett in the ‘90s. When he joined The Pirates Of Treasure Island group 10 years ago, Tony began participating in the parade. Tony has served as Captain of the pirates, working his way up to President while tirelessly supporting their many childfocused charities. He serves as a board member of the “Holiday Treasure Chest,” and is a committee and team member of the Marysville Relay For Life Event. When Tony is not busy enjoying his philanthropic endeavors, he works as a Stationary Engineer for Washington State at the Fircrest Residential School for Developmentally Disabled People. Tony is happy to play a part in making this years Strawberry Festival a top-notch event.

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Funtastic Carnival 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Marysville Middle School, 4923 67th Ave. NE.

Friday, June 16 Market in the Park 2-9 p.m., Asbery Field, 4th and Alder Ave. Beer Garden 5-10 p.m., Kiwanis Tent, 7th and Alder Funtastic Carnival 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Marysville Middle School, 4923 67th Ave. NE.

Saturday, June 17 Car Show 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Asbery Field, 6th and Alder All makes and models, classic, restored, custom, trucks and motorcycles.

Rose Planting Ceremony 10 a.m. Totem Middle School

Market in the Park 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Asbery Field, 4th and Alder Ave. Beer Garden Noon to 9 p.m., Kiwanis Tent, 7th and Alder Funtastic Carnival 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Marysville Middle School, 4923 67th Ave. NE. Kiddies Parade Judging a 5 p.m., parade at 6 p.m. Totem Middle School, 7th and State Avenue. The Marysville Strawberry Festival royalty will present awards after the parade at Comeford Park, 5th and State. Categories for entries are: Costumes, wheels, pets, groups and floats.

Grand Parade 7:45 p.m. State Avenue. Fireworks Immediately following the Grand Parade, downtown

Sunday, June 18 Market in the Park 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Asbery Field, 4th and Alder Ave. Beer Garden Noon to 5 p.m., Kiwanis Tent, 7th and Alder Funtastic Carnival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Marysville Middle School, 4923 67th Ave. NE.




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Runners round a bend during last year’s Marysville Strawberry Festival Berry Run. (Brandon Adam/File Photo)


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f you are the type that likes to be fit, you might want to consider participating in the Berry Run/Walk this year, to make up for the Strawberry Shortcake you will be eating at the Marysville Strawberry Festival this year.

Sowards said the court is flat as it heads west to Williams Avenue, then goes south and takes a left on a trail near Tulalip Bingo. Runners take another left and return to the start via 31st Avenue, 99th Place and Williams Avenue again.

The one-mile or 5-kilometer run/walk actually kicks off the festival Saturday, June 10, at 9 a.m., starting for the third year at the Tulalip Amphitheatre north of the resort-casino.

For the one-mile event participants go out a half-mile and turn around at the cone to return.

“It’s a beautiful place,” race director Jeff Sowards said. The one-mile event starts at 9 a.m., with the 5K following at 9:30 a.m.

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Sowards said more runners are finding out about the event, so he hopes to get 300 this year, up from 200 in the past. The average runner finishes in about a half hour, but the winners usually hit about 16 minutes for men and 18 minutes

The Fantastic Carnival returns to the Strawberry Festival celebration with a wide variety of games and rides that provide good old-fashioned fun for children and parents alike. The carnival located on the Marysville Middle School play field, 4923 67th Ave. NE, will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Hours are subject to change based on the weather. Rob Rhew, senior vice president of Funtastic Carnival, looks forward to bringing the rides and games to the festival.


for women. Proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital Strong Against Cancer, Lakewood Education Foundation and Lakewood Sports Booster Club. The Lakewood cross country team volunteers at the event as the host. Cost is $20 for adults over 18. Anyone younger pays $1 for each year of their age. To register beforehand, go to www. As for the weather, of course Sowards hopes for a nice day, but, “You know the Northwest.”

“The community really gets behind the festival,” Rhew said, adding that people come from miles around to enjoy the activities and atmosphere. A variety of rides will produce plenty of thrills and entertainment, including a ferris wheel, scrambler and octopus ride. “We bring a good mix of family and kid rides,” Rhew said. The carnival also features an arcade of games of skill and chance that will put visitors’ talents to the test in pursuit of prizes. Marysville Strawberry Festival | JUNE 2017

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McKenzie Raynor, clockwise from top left, performs ballet, while The Broadway Babies also dance, The Ferguson Band rocks out and Donald Lester plays a classic on piano. (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)


Cream of the strawberry crop perform June 15 On the piano, Donald Lester showed off his fast fingers on the classic, “The Rhapsody.”

merica’s Got Talent, but so does Marysville, and every Strawberry Festival young and old like to show off their skills.

First-place winners in various categories receive a trophy. The overall winner receives a gift basket and gets to ride in the Grand Parade Saturday, June 17.

The contestants tried out in early May, and the cream of the crop will perform Thursday, June 15, in the MarysvillePilchuck High School Auditorium.

An early look at the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show during tryouts May 8-9 showed a number of exceptional dancers and dance teams, along with outstanding pianists and singers.

Doors open at 5:30, but the show starts an hour later. Cost is $5. All types of performers participate, including: singers, musicians, dancers, bands, magicians and more. Talent comes from all over the Northwest. 26

For the dancers, The Broadway Babies were a crowd favorite, and McKenzie Raynor stood out in ballet. Vivian Palmer danced to the song, “I Will Always Love You,” and Riley Dehart also performed well, as did many other solo and duo acts.

A couple of bands also performed. The GMC Trio played a folk-style song, while The Ferguson Band played the rock classic, “That’s What I Like About You,” by The Romantics. On acoustic guitar, Megan Gooding performed an interesting version of the song “Creep.” Two exceptional voices ended the evening. Ellie Sarr, 12, played piano and sang, while Victoria Seward sang the powerful “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical play “Les Miserables.”

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The Market is the epicenter of festival activities

f you’re looking for live music, a beer and wine garden, gift items for dad’s day and culinary carnival favorites that will have you shaking after every delicious bite, there’s only one place to go during Strawberry Festival – the Market at Asbery Field. The Market is the epicenter of the weekend’s festival activities, where fairgoers can browse dozens of vendor stalls for everyday commercial and hand-crafted items for the home, Market coordinator Katie Banks said. The Market at 4th Street and Alder Avenue will run from 2-9 p.m. Friday, June 16, 10 am..-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17 (food vendors open until 9 p.m.) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 18. “Come hang out, have something to eat, listen to some great music and find a new treat just in time for Father’s Day,” Banks said. 28

The Market is also the place for a variety of exciting family-friendly options the kids will enjoy.

sandwiches and pizza to elephant ears, chocolate-covered strawberries and other sweet delights.

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Yes, pony rides are back, mini-train rides, and the bouncy house along with a few surprise pieces of equipment that will cater to adventurous kids, Banks said. The music performance lineup is still taking shape, but count on two favorites to mark their return to the Market. Rockers Jette Sette kicks off three days of music with a concert at 4:30 p.m. Friday hosted by Pennies for Puppies and Ponies, a county nonprofit organization that raises funds for K-9 dogs. Voices of the Village and other acts to be named will fill out the lineup. Food vendors will be ready with mouthwatering eats and treats ranging from hand-dipped hot dogs, barbecue, curly fries, fish and chips, Philly cheese steak

For adults, check out the Kiwanis Beer and Wine Garden. Hours are Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon5 p.m. Bring in your food purchased from nearby festival vendors if the table-side popcorn and peanuts supplied by Kiwanis don’t count as a meal. The Marysville Community Food Bank will conduct a food drive during the three-day market, so bring a non-perishable food item and help those less fortunate. The Market typically draws 75,000 visitors over the three-day run. So make a day of it. Or three days of it.

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tephen and Crystal Keys are car show afficionados, and they’ve got the rides to prove it.

Their favorite vehicles, a rough-andtumble brown Dodge Ram Power Wagon and a throwback Purple Shaker Dodge Challenger, will be on display alongside dozens of other unique vehicles at this year’s Strawberry Festival Car, Truck and Bike Show hosted for the first time by Mopar Social Car and Truck Club. Stephen said the Marysville couple entered their prized vehicles in last year’s show, and wanted to see if the group they belong to, Mopar Social, could expand and bring more excitement to the car show. The car show will be Saturday, June 17 at Asbery Field at the baseball field closer to Fourth Street, and south of the Market in the Park. The show is open to all years, makes and models of cars, trucks, bikes and hot rods. Restored and custom cars eagerly welcome. Gates open at 7 a.m., the show starts at

8 a.m. Best in Show trophies and awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

when I was younger, and it was always a big attraction.”

Registration fee is $25, with the first 50 registrants receiving a free t-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag if signed up by June 3, $30 afterwards right up to event date at the entry gate. Registration form and online option available on the festival website at

He has reached out to get businesses involved, too, helping with individual prizes, trophies, raffle baskets and goodie bags.

“We hope to get up to 50 vehicles entered in this year’s show,” Stephen said. “I remember the Strawberry Festival car show

Winners will participate in the Grand Parade later that evening. Proceeds from the car show will support COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) Kids Camp, a nonprofit organization that helps children of fallen officers go to camp. COPS has a local chapter in Washington state.

Kiwanis beer garden returns with what ‘ales’ you Relax, take a break and enjoy a frosty round of beers with friends and festivalgoers in the Kiwanis Club Beer Garden at the Strawberry Festival’s Market in the Park at Asbery Field. The beer garden wouldn’t be true to the festival theme without bringing back the highly popular strawberry-flavored ale brewed by Marysville’s own Whitewall Brewery, Kiwanis member Dave Voigt said. “It’s a cool cream ale with infused flavor fresh from the keg, and it’s the must-have drink in the beer garden,” Voigt said.

garden will also offer wine (2 reds and 2 whites from bottles) from Jones of WA and San Juan Vineyards. A variety of ‘Ritas will also be available to purchase.

market entertainment stage, giving you and your friends a chance to relax and socialize amid the sounds of the festival’s lineup of musical acts.

Prices are $5 for all beers (16 oz.), wine and ‘Rita servings.

Voigt was instrumental in opening the beer garden a few years ago, and turnout has continued to increase each year. Part of the beer garden’s allure is festival-goers bumping into friends they don’t see often or haven’t seen in a long time.

Fresh popcorn and peanuts will be available in the garden. If you want heartier deep-fried carnival fare from nearby adjacent vendors, bring it with you into the beer tent and get away from the crowds.

Beers on tap will include Bud, Bud Light, an IPA and Wheat Ale, with additional premium beers to be announced soon.

“We are constantly asked if vendor food is allowed in the beer garden, so just know that you are definitely welcome to bring it in to enjoy alongside your drink of choice,” Voigt said.

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“The beer garden’s a friendly place to visit during the festival, and if you don’t run into someone you know, you’ll likely meet new friends while you enjoy your beer or wine,” Voigt said. Beer garden hours are Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. suds on tap.

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New rose to be planted in April Friesner Memorial Garden

he tradition of the Strawberry Festival’s Rose Planting Ceremony continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17 at Totem Middle School in the April Friesner Memorial Garden.


The public is welcome, King said. “We set up a table with rolls, donuts and punch.”

The Royal Rosarians from Portland have been planting roses with Maryfest since 2001, when Maryfest became the 13th festival to join the Northwest Hosting Association.

“A plaque goes in front of every rose saying what type it is, and who’s being honored,” King said. “It’s open to the community. They can always go by to see if the rose is blooming.”

“If you have someone you’re honoring, or an organization, they will honor those individuals with a rose,” King said. The Royal Rosarians and Maryfest’s president will plant the flower together. Rosarians plant the rose and bless it.

Various groups and individuals have been honored by rose plantings for various occasions over the years.

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and programming. He worked as a computer technician in the White House from 1982 to 1985. He returned to his home state almost two decades back to help bring the Tulalip community into the digital world.

The longtime state politician and Tulalip Tribes member is no newcomer to the parade or festival. He has attended as a festival-goer, walked the parade route as a candidate for public office, and mixed and mingled with parade spectators. “I just enjoy walking around the event,” McCoy said. “People stop and we chat, and that’s just as good as being in the parade.”

He is looking forward to the opportunity.

McCoy represents the Everett, Marysville, and Tulalip communities in Olympia. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2003, then appointed to the Senate where he now serves as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He’s an active member of four National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) panels, the environment, and labor and economic development among them.

“I consider it an honor that they thought of me so highly that they asked me to do this,” McCoy said.

He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, then retired in 1981 with extensive training in computer operations

Instead, the call came in for longtime 38th Dist. Senator John McCoy (D-Tulalip), who will serve as grand marshal for the 86th Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival Grand Parade.


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‘Once Upon A Berry’ float takes fairytale journey

he Marysville Strawberry Festival float this year looks like it came straight out of a fairytale.

That makes sense since the theme of the festival this year is “Once Upon A Berry.”

The tallest structure on the float is a castle.

after another this spring and summer.

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nce Upon a Berry” is the theme of the 86th Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival, and the Grand Parade Saturday night hopes to provide a ”berry good time” to conclude a fairytale day. Maryfest parade organizer Dina SeksteBittner said TV personality Mike Halsey and the TV production group for Northwest Best will broadcast the parade on Comcast; it will also be on livestream, YouTube and radio. There will be roving cameras to give perspective of the parade from different views. The Kiddie Parade also will be videotaped. The two-hour parade typically has more than 100 entries, making it one of the biggest in the area. Sekste-Bittner said another highlight this year will be the Cossacks Motorcycle Drill

Team out of Seattle. “I love to watch them,” she said. The team has performed trick riding on motorcycles for 79 years throughout the United States. The motorcyclists range in age from 13 to 80, having from two to 42 years of experience, and the vehicles they ride are from 1934 to 1949. Floats from all over the Northwest and British Columbia attend, and since it’s a nighttime parade starting at 7:45 they often are lit up.

Bands usually include Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell high schools, with seniors wearing their graduation robes to help out the underclassmen. Cheer squads often accompany the bands. Mayor Jon Nehring and Grand Marshal John McCoy, D-Tulalip, will ride in style. Police and fire groups are normally involved, as are equestrian teams. The parade also features several outstanding drill teams, some from Seattle.

“They are all beautiful,” Sekste-Bittner said. The Marysville senior and junior royalty will ride on the Marysville float. Past royalty also are expected at the parade. Other royalty rides on visiting floats. And kings and queens from local retirement centers also appear at the event.

Antique cars and other vehicles normally attend, as do Pirates and clowns. Roving vendors will sell treats and other food on the streets, along with toys and other nicknacks. “We’re hoping for sunny weather,” SeksteBittner said. “We don’t like the ‘R’ word.”


If you think the twilight Grand Parade is a dazzling way to end day of entertaining festival fun, just wait for the encore.

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The Kiddies Parade at the Marysville Strawberry Festival gives them that opportunity.

They will give out awards in the five parade categories: Wheels, Costumes, Pets, Groups and Floats.

Judging for the parade this year starts at 5 p.m. at Totem Middle School on State Avenue and 7th Street.

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