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88th

Annual

MARYSVILLE

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Special Edition

Strawberry Festival Schedule, Map, Royalty profiles, features and more inside.

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Welcome From Queen Natalia Zieroth

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Queen Natalia Zieroth

2019 Strawberry Festival Royalty

n behalf of the entire 2019 Strawberry Festival Royalty Court, we are so excited to welcome you all to the 88th Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival. Some pretty amazing events happened in 1932, the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, and probably the most important milestone was the very first Marysville Strawberry Festival! After the turn of the century, Marysville was known as “The Strawberry City” due to our agricultural success of growing everyone’s favorite summer treat. We have come a long way as a city and as a festival over the past 88 years. Our town isn’t quite as small, but still

has so many small-town values that we all hold dear, and our festival has grown from a single day to a full week of events and fun for everyone. While driving through town you may not see as many strawberry fields as we once had, but you will certainly see the influence of days gone by with the names of our neighborhoods and communities. Come June, all the roadside strawberry stands pop up, and nothing beats fresh berries on a shortcake. As it is important to look back on our history, this year we wanted a theme to incorporate the future with a social media savvy float and theme of #marys-

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Happy 88th birthday Strawberry Festival

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Jodi Hiatt

Strawberry Festival President North County Outlook

his year’s Board of Directors and Volunteers invite and welcome all to join us to celebrate the annual Marysville Strawberry Festival from June 8th-16th. The Board of Directors and Volunteers have been working, thinking and creating since July of 2018 to plan the 2019 Festival. Lots of hours, thoughts and travel have been put into promoting the festival and inviting other communities to join us. A new event has been added this year, Combat

Pro Wrestling, along with the bringing back of a Car Show. Join us at the Talent Show to see local community members, along with out of town talent, to perform and check out the current fashions at the April Friesner Memorial Fashion Show Luncheon with clothing from local businesses. Kiddies Parade, Market, Entertainment and, of course, the grandest parade of Grand Parades and more are all returning. Please find the schedule of events located on our website www.

maryfest.org. A special thank you to our partners Tulalip Tribes and the City of Marysville, and all our sponsors for all the support and help they have given Strawberry Festival not only this year but in the past and we look forward to continuing in the future. Strawberry Festival will continue to travel this summer and into the fall to invite communities through out Washington state, See HIATT on page 9

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Greetings from Mayor Jon Nehring

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Jon Nehring

Marysville Mayor

riends, neighbors and visitors, you might think a festival going on 88 years now might be stale, but you’d be wrong. Created to celebrate Marysville’s rich agricultural heritage and in particular those delicious strawberries (our community’s most famous crop), our Strawberry Festival is one of the longest ongoing and most popular festivals in the state. A newly invigorated festival leadership team of community volunteers is bringing fresh new events to the schedule this year — pro wrestling, anyone? They’re keeping well-loved ones, too, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. A week full of family-friendly events is capped off by Saturday’s Grand Parade.

Thousands of locals and visitors from throughout the Pacific Northwest come to Marysville every June to kick off the summer vacation season. The Strawberry Festival in particular is when our community opens its arms in welcome for visitors to experience Marysville’s unique combination of modern amenities and old-fashioned charm and hospitality. As Mayor and a long-time Marysville resident, I am delighted to welcome you to the Strawberry Festival. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, I wish you laughter, good times and an extra helping of strawberry shortcake. Mayor Jon Nehring

The Tulalip Tribes welcome you

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Teri Gobin

Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman

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n behalf of the Tulalip Tribes, welcome to the 88th Annual Marysville Strawberry Festival. Tulalip has a long history of taking care of the environment and our people. We are pleased to share the natural beauty of our lands and culture with our neighbors. The Tulalip Tribes as well as our neighbors in Marysville, Everett and Snohomish County are committed to improving life for our citizens. Together, we have worked on improving

education and recreation opportunities. We are committed to building the future through infrastructure and road projects. We are dedicated to improving the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest that have always provided for us and our relatives, the salmon and orca. The ancestral teachings and values that govern Tulalip guide our vision. Through projects like the restoration of the 400 acre Qwuloolt Estuary, the Tulalip Salmon Hatchery, and our work to protect the Salish Sea we

continue to uphold these values today. During the festivities, we invite you to visit our Hibulb Cultural Center, tour the exhibits and learn about our history and culture. Be sure to take home a piece of Tulalip. Our artists, weavers and carvers create beautiful and unique pieces for our Hibulb gift shop, and a variety of other items of Coast Salish Design are also available. If you are looking for dining or entertainment See GOBIN on page 9 North County Outlook


Strawberry Festival Events Schedule of Events and Map .26-27 Festival Welcome ....................... 3-4 Berry Run .................................... 20

Welcome to the 2019 Strawberry Festival

Kid’s Day .................................... 21 Fashion Show.............................. 22 Talent Show ................................ 23 Funtastic Carnival ....................... 28 The Market .................................. 29 Summer Showdown Car Show .. 30 Shortcake Eating Contest............ 31 Combat Pro Wrestling ................ 32 Rose Planting .............................. 33 Kiddies Parade ............................ 39 Grand Parade............................... 41

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Maryfest Board of Directors....... 48 Strawberry Festival Royalty ..10-12 Junior Royalty ............................. 13 Festival Logo .............................. 19 Senior Royalty .......................34-35 Strawberry Festival Float............ 42 Festival Sponsors ........................ 49

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villewa. We hope that you will take the time to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube, as we not only travel Washington and Canada, but show you some of our favorite places and activities here in Marysville. It is such an honor to travel and be an ambassador for you, and the City of Marysville this year as your Strawberry Festival Queen. The outpouring of love, community spirit and giving that Marysville shows to each other every day is amazing. It is easy to tell others why I love this town so much and why I will always be proud that I am from

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Marysville, or in social media terms, why #IAmMarysville. As a Senior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, this year is bittersweet as I head off this fall to the University of Idaho in the PGA Management Program. It is tough to leave such an inclusive community that embraces the diversity and strengths of its residents, but I will be taking with me the joy of growing up in the best hometown around. Make sure to say hi during the festival. The Royalty can’t wait for you to share what you love best and why #IAmMarysville. Queen Natalia Zieroth 2019 Strawberry Festival Royalty

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and unique pieces for our Hibulb gift shop, and a variety of other items of Coast Salish Design are available.

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options, we welcome you to stop by Quil Ceda Village. Our federally recognized city features the nationally acclaimed Tulalip Resort Casino, the Seattle Premium Outlets, the Tulalip Amphitheater and numerous restaurants. The ancestors of the modern Tulalip Tribes lived in Western Washington, from the salt water to the mountains. Our current Reservation, 22,000 acres, was reserved for the use and benefit of the descendants of the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and allied bands that were signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott of January 22, 1855. Since 1993, Tulalip has donated

over millionfor dollars, If you69.5 are looking dining which or entertainment options, we welcome you to stop by Quil Ceda Villa federally recognized city features the nationally acclaimed Tulalip Resort Casino, the Seattle Prem encompasses over 245 charitable Continued from page 3 Outlets, the Tulalip Amphitheater and numerous restaurants. organizations annually. We are one of the largest employers in SnohomCanada to come from and visit ourwater to th TheCounty, ancestors of the modern Tulalip TribesOregon lived in and Western Washington, the salt ish facilitating employwonderful Marysville community. We will mountains. Our current Reservation, ment to thousands of people on the22,000 acres, was reserved for the use and benefit of the de the honor of introducof the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomishhave and allied bandsand thatpleasure were signatory to the Treaty of P Reservation. ing the young Marysville adults who were of January 22, 1855. Tulalip is a place, a people, a culawarded the crowns and scholarships this ture and a government. We provide Since 1993, Tulalip has donated over 69.5 last million dollars, which encompasses over Spring as our Royalty and show off245 thecharitable opportunity for our citizens and our organizations annually. We are one of theaward-winning largest employers in Snohomish County, facilitating em float. neighbors. When you visit Tulalip, thousands of people on the Reservation. Enjoy the 88th Marysville Strawberry know that your business helps fund programs education, envi- and aFestival. Tulalip is afor place, a people,the a culture government. We provide opportunity for our citizens a ronment, health know that your business helps fund programs for education, th neighbors.social Whenservices, you visit Tulalip, Hiatt care, law enforcement and art andcare, lawJodi environment, social services, health enforcement and art and culture for the Tulalip Trib 2019 Maryfest President culture forthe thesurrounding Tulalip Tribe’s citizens as well as region. as well as the surrounding region. we thank thankyou. you. t̕igʷi tubuɬəd čəɬ, we

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queen. “I just thought it would be a great opportunity to represent Marysville and obviously the scholarship itself is a great opportunity to help fund postsecondary education,” said Zieroth. The Royalty travels to various festivals around the region and participates in parades. “It’s been a lot of fun so far and I’m really enjoying it,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the

parades because it’s a lot of traveling,” she added. Her family has lived in Marysville since she was in sixthgrade and Zieroth said she has been to the Strawberry Festival many times. During the parade “all the family friends we have sit in one specific area in a parking lot,” she said. “We put a picnic table on it and have our own giant picnic as we watch the parade.” Zieroth is a MarysvillePilchuck High School student and enjoys being part of the golf See ZIEROTH on page 14

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rincess Brionna Olson is a lifelong resident of Marysville who said she wants to represent the town she grew up in. “I’ve always been appreciative of what the city has done for me,” said Olson. Being a part of Marysville, she has been to the Strawberry Festival many times. “It’s always been special watching the queens and the princesses come by and I just wanted to be a part of that and be a good role model for my community as well,” she said. Her favorite part of the parade

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rincess Jael Hudson said that the Strawberry Festival is a quintessential part of Marysville and that’s why she wanted to be a part of it this year. “It creates a unique culture for Marysville that my family has fallen in love with,” she said. She has lived in Marysville for the past six years and has seen the parade many times as her brother is part of the school band that marches each year. As part of the Strawberry Festival royalty she also hopes to see more of the community than she has in the past.

“It would be something that would be really cool because it has a lot of new experiences,” she said. Currently Jael is a Marysville Getchell High School student who said she enjoys being part of the school. “For me, I just like to widen my worldview and question everything that I know in a good way,” she said. As part of the National Honor Society at Getchell she has done a lot of volunteering throughout her community. See HUDSON on page 16

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aris Lewis is following in the footsteps of her sister by being part of this year’s Strawberry Festival junior royalty. “It seemed really fun when my sister was a princess last year and she had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories,” said Lewis. She hopes that she can be a part of that fun this year. Lewis has been to the Strawberry Festival a few times before this year. See LEWIS on page 18

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mma Abele said she was inspired by last year’s king to be part of this year’s junior

royalty. “One of my sister’s friends, and someone I know and admire, Nathan [Weller] was the king last year,” said Emma. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but I like it so far,” she said. She has been a part of three parades so far with the Strawberry Festival, including the Wenatchee Apple See ABELE on page 18 North County Outlook

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Yields 1 pie 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, trimmed and halved 1 store-bought (or homemade) chocolate cookie pie crust 2⁄3 cup sugar 1⁄4 cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1⁄4 teaspoon minced crystallized ginger 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pinch of kosher or sea salt 6 large egg yolks 21⁄2 cups half-and-half 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped 1⁄2 tablespoon rum extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Additional strawberries for garnish (optional) 1. Place the strawberry halves in a single layer in the bottom of the pie crust. 2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, ginger, nutmeg, and salt over medium heat. 3. Whisk in the egg yolks to create a thick paste. Gradually whisk in the half-and-half until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. 4. Add the chocolate and whisk until combined. Add the rum and vanilla extracts. Cool the mixture for 4 minutes. 5. Pour the filling over the strawberries and up to the top of the crust. Chill the pie for 2 hours or until set. 6. Garnish with additional strawberries, if desired.

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team there. “It’s my favorite thing and I like the girls on the team,” she said. “I love our teachers at Pilchuck. They’re great people and are always there for you.” Golf has become one of Zieroth’s biggest passions and she gave a golf swing tutorial as her talent at the Strawberry Festival Pageant where she was crowned. “I got into golf my freshman year of high school and I just fell in love with it and kept going with it,” she said. “It’s very serene and has changed me as a person. It’s taught me mental toughness, independence and strength,” she said. She has been accepted to the University of Idaho for the its specialty PGA Management Program. “I definitely want to go because helping grow the golf industry would be really cool and I just want to help start different programs for women and minorities to be able to learn a game that is lifelong,” she said. “I think it should be something everyone should be able to do regardless of their status and I just want to be a part of helping grow that,” she said. Zieroth is also a frequent

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volunteer in her community, where she has helped with many community food drives in the past. “Growing up it was just me and my mom for a while and we could have easily been those people in the food bank lines. I never had to worry about that but helping people who do have to worry is something that’s always been close to my heart,” she said. She has also been a part of many charity golf tournaments in the area. “I’m always helping out all the local tournaments,” she said. This summer Zieroth looks forward to representing Marysville as queen and is excited to start at the University of Idaho in the fall. “I’m counting down the days until I go to Idaho and get my future started,” she said. North County Outlook


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learned that through the drama club when I was pushed into the role,” she said. She also got to be a part of the senior citizens play and dinner the club puts on. “I got to serve some of the elderly after the play and it’s just an amazing experience,” she said. Over the past few years she has served in many student leadership positions as well, including as class president multiple times. “I love helping people and that’s always been a major thing for me,” said Olson. “I get to talk to my peers and help them out when they need a hand.” Currently Olson teaches at Kung Fu Northwest and has enjoyed being part of the organization since she was five. “I was very active in Kung Fu,” she said. Unfortunately she had to quit for a while due to financial difficulties, but was hired as an instructor in 2017. “I love getting to work with students and having them be prepared for whatever may happen in the real

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world,” she said. “It’s amazing to teach these kids things they can have with the rest of their lives,” she said. She also appreciates how the organization is involved in the community, collecting for Toys for Tots and participating in the Adopt-aStreet program, she said Olson plans to attend the University of Washington and study psychology. “I want to take that and potentially be a counselor for kids and young adults,” she said. “I had a really rough childhood and that formed my desire to help people, and I think that is the best path for me because I’m really good at talking and listening to people,” said Olson.

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“It has been really fun to help others and experience more of Marysville,” she said. She has helped students at Kellogg Marsh Elementary, worked with students, and helped run the carnival at Getchell. “I enjoy being able to interact with little kids and see their faces light up,” said Jael. “Just knowing I can make a difference in people’s lives is so humbling.” Her favorite hobby is ballroom dancing, which

she has been doing for many years now. “It started when me and my grandpa were driving down the road and we saw a sign for First Class Dancing,” she said. “I had always been interested in dancing and this was when I was nine years old,” she said. She started dancing at that studio where she learned the art of ballroom dancing. “I remember going to the studio, standing in front of the mirror, and learning how to dance. It was eyeopening learning I could control my body in that way,” Hudson said.

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Currently she spends about 20 hours a week working at it, she said. “I really love just the focus that it gives me. My life can be crazy but I can go into the studio and focus on a small detail and just work on that,” she said. After graduating from Getchell she hopes to study

kinesiology. “I think it’s so important that people understand how their body works,” Hudson said. At some point she would also like to open a nonprofit dance studio as well. “I think kinesiology will definitely help me get into that field,” she said.

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She said that she enjoyed the variety of things to do and number of different groups at the grand parade. “I liked all the activities they had and all the different kinds of floats,” said Lewis. She is currently a student at 10th Street Middle School and she said her favorite subject at school is history. “I’m really interested in all the stuff we’re learning about,” said Lewis, who added that they are

currently learning about the history of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. At school she also enjoys band and P.E. As part of the band she plays the clarinet. Lewis said she plays a lot of sports and her favorite one is softball. “I like to run a lot and you get to run a lot when you’re playing softball,” she said. She enjoys playing first base or second base. Outside of school she said that she enjoys drawing a lot and that one of her favorite things to draw is food.

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Blossom Festival. “The Apple Blossom princess dresses were so pretty,” she said. She enjoys being on the float for parades. “My favorite part of being on the float is waving down at the smaller children and they’ll wave back smiling saying ‘it’s a princess’ and I’m just so happy making other children happy,” she said. Emma is a student at 10th Street Middle School and said she enjoys math and band.

“I’m a percussionist and I really like playing the crash cymbals because they’re loud and noticeable,” she said. Currently she plays in the Jazz II class at her school and said she likes energetic songs. “I really like adventurous songs that are really hyped up and loud,” she said. In addition to school, she also takes piano lessons and said she is enjoying that. She has enjoyed visiting various cities around the area as part of the junior royalty. “This is my first time going out into new communities that I didn’t know existed,” she said. “It’s been really fun seeing new places.”

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Festival organizers hash out new logo

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s Strawberry Festival organizers plan for the latest edition of Marysville’s premier festival, they are taking steps to encourage more community involvement and feedback. To help draw in a younger group of people, the festival revamped its logo this year. “We wanted to keep it clean and simple this year,” said Michelle Sato, who designed the latest, social media inspired logo. The logo, #MarysvilleWa, features the social media hashtag, colored black with a strawberry placed in the middle of it. The year “2019” is placed in the upper crossbar and MarysvilleWa is placed in the lower cross bar. The new logo and campaign will

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help keep the Strawberry Festival and festival culture alive, she said. “We’ve seen greater feedback from our community and a lot of engagement from people following us near and far,” Sato said, adding a lot of the feedback helps with planning and social media is accessible and allows people a way to ask questions. Organizers developed the concept #MarysvilleWa in late 2018 for it to be ready in time for the June event. The hashtag is influencing other aspects of Strawberry Festival as well. The Strawberry Festival float, which in the weeks leading up to the festival participated in parades at festivals in Wenatchee, Pierce County and British Columbia, sports a hashtag theme this year.

In addition, the Kiddies Parade, which provides a warm-up to the Twilight Grand Parade, has a category where people can incorporate the Strawberry Festival theme into children’s costumes.

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Berry Run kicks off Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 8 Begins at 9 a.m. Tulalip Amphitheatre

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leet-footed runners will have a chance to balance out the calories from the strawberry shortcake and carnival food they will consume during Marysville’s Strawberry Festival. The Berry Run, which includes a 5K and 1-mile run/walk, begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 8, starting at the Tulalip Amphitheatre. Organizers expect around 150 people to participate. The runs costs $20 for adults with a paySee RUN on page 43

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n America’s Got Talent alum will perform during the Strawberry Festival Kid’s Day event. Alex Zerbe, a prop-comic, juggler and musician, will perform during Kid’s Day, which is a familyfriendly event that takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at Asbery Field. He will perform two shows during Kid’s Day, the first, 11 a.m. to noon, and then 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Asbery Park stage. A festival board member discovered Zerbe by seeing a show with their grandkids, said organizer Marcy Giesle. Zerbe, also known as the Zaniac, is one of a full slate of acts that are performing

during Kid’s Day. Victoria Steward will perform from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and the Reptile Man will bring his collection of reptiles from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, Kid’s Day will offer five bouncy houses including a mechanical bull themed one that Giesler said was the most popular one in 2018. In addition, people can play with Knockerballs, where people don an inflatable ball and run into each other in a field. Marysville-Pilchuck High School NJROTC will give a demonstration at the start of Kid’s Day and Marysville Police Department’s K-9 unit will give two demonstrations that day as well. Local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, area churches and local businesses will have representatives on hand. Kid’s Day is sponsored by Marysville Toyota.

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Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring will emcee the show and the Marysville Downtown Business Association is sponsoring the dessert dash. People at tables will make donations in an envelope and the table with the highest amount will make the first dash to the desserts. Bleachers Grill, located at Cedarcrest Golf Course, will cater the afternoon event. A raffle will offer items including tickets to Jazz Alley in Seattle, tickets to Museum of Pop Culture and tickets to the Red Curtain Theater. Tickets cost $25 with a table of six costing $120. Buell said the fashion show can accommodate 130 people and money raised will go to the Strawberry Festival Royalty Scholarship fund. To purchase a ticket, go to www. maryfest.org, click Festival Events, then Fashion Show and finally Buy Tickets Here.

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pianists, violinists and other musicians. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. “It’s just amazing the acts we have this year,” organizer Marcy Giesler said. “It’s always fun and it’s always family oriented.” To compete in the show, participants had to audition. Those auditions took place in early May. People will enjoy listening to a new trumpet player, pianist, and violinist during the show, Giesler said. Between 25 See TALENT on page 43

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Carnival offers variety of rides, games Thursday-Sunday June 13-16 Marysville Middle School

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ead to Marysville Middle School during Strawberry Festival weekend to enjoy fair-like rides and games of chance. The middle school is home to the Funtastic Carnival, which opens Thursday, June 13, and continues through the weekend. “They have been fabulous,� organizer Carol Kapua said. Strawberry Festival leaders have worked with Portland-based Funtastic Shows in the past to provide carnival See CARNIVAL on page 44

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Vendors, food and more at the Market Friday-Sunday June 14-16 Asbery Field

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14, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16. Food vendors will remain open until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Organizer Veronica Love highlighted that very rare and exotic native jewelry and a new rock and gem vendor will be selling during the market. Marysville Toyota and Roy Robinson Chevrolet will have cars at the market. In addition to all of the

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Cars cruise into Summer Showdown Saturday, June 15 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Asbery Field

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n a display of vehicular solidarity, Marysville Strawberry Festival will host a car show that will feature automobiles, trucks and motorcycles foreign and domestic, new and old. The free car show, known as Summer Showdown 2019, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15 at Asbery Field. “We’re trying to get the community involved as a whole,” said Connor Nation, a member of Cars from the Northwest, the group that is organizing the show. With around 80 cars

lined up to participate, the Summer Showdown will feature classic automobiles foreign and domestic, newer modified domestic cars, newer modified foreign cars, motorcycles, trucks and jeeps. As for awards, there’s going to be a lot of them. In addition to such awards as best domestic car, best import car and fan favorite, they are going to dole out a plethora of awards including best make-out car or best do-it-yourself modification. “We’re going to do as many awards as we can think of,” Nation said. He estimated between 35 and 40 awards will be given out during the car show. Organizers are leaning away

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une means strawberries are ripe and the best way to get a taste is by competing in the annual strawberry shortcake eating contest, a staple of Marysville’s annual Strawberry Festival. The competition takes place starting at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 15 at Asbery Field. Competitors will be divided into age groups and

they face the same challenge -- to see who eats strawberry shortcake the fastest without using hands. Age groups include 5-to-7, 8-to-10, 11-to-13, 14-to-17 and the adult or open competition. The competition concludes with sponsored or individual challenges, with friends vying against one another. “It’s just a fun little thing you can do,” said Veronica Love, strawberry shortcake eating contest organizer. See SHORTCAKE on page 44

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mid the car show, musical bands, market and carnival that are mainstays of the Strawberry Festival, there will be something new. A squared ring will be constructed to hold a pro wrestling show, Fight at the Fest, June 15, located at the south end of the market at Asbery Field.

Combat Pro Wrestling will be holding two shows — the first from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the second from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Scott Dutton, owner of Combat Pro Wrestling, describes his show as “WWE-Style” wrestling. “We put on a family friendly event,” Dutton said. The organization features a roster of around 60 people who also wrestle at several other wrestling promotions throughout the area. Three See WRESTLING on page 45

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Rose Ceremony honors community leader Saturday, June 15 10 a.m. Totem Middle School

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mid the parade, live music and community cheer that make the Strawberry Festival fun, time will be taken to remember a community leader. During the festival, members of the Royal Rosarians — wearing white suits and straw hats — will visit Marysville’s Strawberry Festival to plant a rose in honor of a community leader. The name of the community leader hasn’t been announced yet. Last year, Marysfest President Jodi Hiatt was hon-

ored. Maryfest is the nonprofit organization that organizes the Strawberry Festival. The Rose Planting takes place at 10 a.m. June 15, at the garden located at Totem Middle School. “The Rosarians do this at every festival they go to,” said Autumn Calkins, who coordinates the event. She added that the garden is named after her sister April Friesner, who passed away in 2004. The Royal Rosarians are the official greeters and goodwill ambassadors for the city of Portland. “We have done it around the world,” said Rosarian Prime Minister Don Thacker. The

Rosarians will plant a peace rose in the Marysville Rose Garden, which is the variety he was knighted under, Thacker said. Joining Thacker from the Rosarians will be the Royal Scribe, Royal Gardener and Royal Chaplain. If available, the president of the Portland Rose Society will also participate. In addition to the Royal Rosarians, Strawberry Festival Royalty and Maryfest President will attend the ceremony that is expected to last about 15 minutes. For more information about Portland’s Royal Rosarians, go to www. royalrosarians.com.

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The Gardens Senior Royalty

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he senior center royalty for The Gardens this year are Emilie Roffi and Leo

Smith. Emilie Roffi was born in Pennsylvania but moved around to New Jersey and other places until graduating in Lakewood in 1949. After her first husband was killed in an automobile accident she met her second husband who was involved with the Navy. They moved to Detroit where Emilie had her first two kids.

“I didn’t know anything about cooking, cleaning or taking care of babies so I learned everything the hard way,” she joked. The couple were married for 64 years. Emilie has lived in the Marysville area for the last 15 years. “I like the rain, and we get a lot of snow here,” she said. She said she didn’t expect to be named queen for this year’s senior center

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Emilie Roffi and Leo Smith

The Gardens 2019 Senior Royalty

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death. Mark Brown moved around a lot as a kid because his father was a marine, but eventually they moved to Texas so his father could be a land surveyor. “We did that for many years working in the oil field and that’s where I picked up my surveying license,” he said. Brown and Williams had known each other already when she called him to help with her business after Jim’s death. “One thing led to another and I ended up marrying the

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Pauline Williams and Mark Brown

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nn and Reginald Blonk will represent Windsor Square as their senior center royalty in this year’s Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. The married couple has been together for more than 70 years. They grew up in the Netherlands and met shortly after World War II. In 1962 they immigrated to America and have lived in Snohomish County the entire time since then. “We lived in Everett first and then we moved to

Marysville and have lived here for 37 years,” said Reginald. Although back when they first moved into the area it was a lot less developed, they said. “We had strawberry fields all around here,” said Ann. “When we came there were not as many houses here, it was all strawberry fields, and now all the strawberries come from California,” said Reginald. “It’s still nice though,” he said.

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Ann and Reginald Blonk

Windsor Square 2019 Senior Royalty

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eth Pettibone and John Hadaman are the senior center royalty for the Marysville Care Center. As the child of a Navy father Beth Pettibone moved around a lot until eventually settling in Helena, Montana. For a long time Beth lived in Helena, however she moved after a flood. “We had a flood and all the water rushed into our basement, and we lived in our basement and upstairs,” she said. Beth had a friend who recently moved to Washington state so she decided to follow her out to the Pacific Northwest. “I do miss Montana, but I like it here too,” said Beth.

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One of Leo’s favorite pas times is singing. “I sang for quite a few years with the Anchorage chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America,” he said. “It was a good group,” he added. He has two daughters in Marysville and said he moved down here to visit with them more. “I like this area,” he said, “it doesn’t get too cold or hot.”

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The two used to live only a few blocks away from Windsor Square. Reginald worked as an electrician for most of his life. “He likes everything electronics,” said Ann. “I started when I was 15 and I worked until 1989,” said Reginald. “It was a good job … I fixed TVs and radios and built them,” he said. Meanwhile Ann worked for the Everett School District at Everett High School. “I was a cashier in the lunchroom,” said Ann. “I was good at math, not anymore, but back then,”

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For almost 27 years Beth worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Everett Clinic.

she joked. Reginald said that interacting with people on their jobs helped the two learn English. “It’s a good way to learn the language, to mingle with people,” he said. The couple has two children, four grandkids and seven great-grandchildren. “We’ve had two greatgrandchildren just this year,” said Ann. Reginald and Ann said they have been to the festival many times along with their family, many of whom still live in the area and have participated in the past. “We’ve had grandkids in the Strawberry Festival,” said Ann. “I liked working with the people and the doctor I worked with. He retired and I stayed on for a few years but it wasn’t as much fun without him,” she said. Beth has two children and several grandchildren

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boss and living happily ever after,” he said. They have been married for 21 years now. After Pauline’s retirement a few years ago they moved back to Tulalip. Brown now works for the Tribes. “Primarily I function as the surveyor and the drone pilot,” he said. The couple are active members of the local church, St. Anne’s. “I grew up and was raised in St. Anne’s,” said Pauline, who is happy to be back. She is hospitality chairman for the church. “I’m trying to get people back to the church if they’re

interested,” she said. “I, too, am very active with the St. Anne’s Church,” said Brown, who is a greeter, helps cut the grass for the church and is helping organize an effort to build an addition to the dining area. Pauline has been in the Strawberry Festival parade a couple of times, including as a majorette leading the band, but was happy to be asked to be the queen this year. “My mother in 2002 was asked to be the queen for the Tulalip elders, and she just blossomed, it was wonderful,” she said. “To follow in her footsteps with that is really an honor for me,” she said.

and great-grandchildren. She looks forward to being part of the parade. “I hear I have to sit in a car and wave, so I’ve been practicing,” she joked. John Hadaman grew up in Morton, a small town in southern Washington about 40 miles east of Chehalis. For work, he served 15 and a half years as a caregiver to his mother and worked various odd jobs. He has lived in Marysville since 2009, when he moved here from Morton. “I kind of miss Morton, but there was nothing much going on there,” he said.

To pass the time John said he used to get out into nature. “I used to do a lot of fishing out in the country,” he said. He said that he’s never been to the Strawberry Festival before but looks forward to being in the parade, something he hasn’t done that often. “I’ve only been in one other parade, and that was in ’76 down in Morton, the Loggers Jubilee Parade. I wore a Smokey the Bear costume for the DNR [Department of Natural Resources],” he said.

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place at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. and judging takes place at 5:45 p.m. “The Kiddies Parade has been going strong for years,” organizer Michelle Sato said. Participants are judged on Costumes — either store bought or homemade costumes; Wheels — decorated bikes, wagons or power wheel; Groups children six or more; and Floats — anything constructed over a See KIDDIES on page 45

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The team will be riding in a flat-bed truck that will travel down State Avenue along with the many other parade entries. The parade starts at 7:45 p.m., Saturday, June 15. The procession starts on 76th Street, turns onto State Avenue toward downtown before turning east onto Third Street and finishing at Alder Avenue. Parade organizer Carol Kapua noted M-PHS basketball team’s fourth-place finish “was the highest they’ve See GRAND PARADE on page 46

Floats and Royalty from other festivals in the region will be among the many participants in the 88th Annual Twilight Grand Parade.

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who helped build this year’s float. The new float debuted May 4 at the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee. A core group of eight people started working in January to get the float ready in time for the start of the festival season. In addition to the new facade, the float’s brakes needed to be repaired. King noted Les Schwab in Marysville helped with repairs. Joining the parade as it travels through the region is “Jammer,” which is the Straw-

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your-age model for teens and youth. The Lakewood High School cross country team is volunteering to host the Berry Run. Proceeds from the Berry Run will benefit Seattle

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and 30 participants are lined up to participate this year. The overall winner will receive a tote bag full of goodies from Quil Ceda Walmart. The winner will

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traditional festival food children enjoy, crepes and a new pizza place will be serving festival-goers throughout the weekend. She also highlighted several new events taking place in and around the market during Strawberry Festival. Combat Pro Wrestling is performing Saturday for the first time at Strawberry Festival. Knockerball (picture a person wearing a large hamster ball), Love said, is also available Saturday during the Kid’s Day event. North County Outlook

Children’s Hospital/Strong Against Cancer, the Lakewood Education Foundation and the Lakewood Sports Booster Club. To register for the Berry Run, go to the Strawberry Festival website, www. maryfest.org, click on Festival Events and then click Berry Run and complete your registration. also ride in the 88th Annual Strawberry Festival Twilight Grand Parade on Saturday, June 15. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, call Giesler at 360-653-6584.

In addition, Big D’s minigolf will be bringing their portable mini-golf course to the festival. Beer connoisseurs will have a chance to quench their thirst at the beer garden located at the corner of Asbery Field near the intersection of Seventh Street and Quinn. The beer garden is open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Asbery Field provides a hub for Strawberry Festival events including the market, Kid’s Day, and the Car Show, and easy access to the Grand Parade that takes place Saturday night.

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Around 30 contestants participated in 2018 and she said the contest will have buckets of strawberries donated from Biringer Farm. The contest will provide a taste of one of the sweetest times of the year. Located near Smokey Point between Arlington and Marysville, Biringer Farm is the largest local producer of strawberries and it looks like the sweet berry will be ready in time for the Strawberry Festival. “Mother Nature is the one that determines the ripening of crops. She brings out the rain and the sun,” Biringer Farm owner Dianna Biringer said. She said an early variety of strawberry should be ripe by the end of May with the other varieties ripening in early June. The farm also produces raspberries, tayberries, black caps and black raspberries. Check out the Biringer Farm website, www.biringerfarm.com to find out when berries are available.

rides and games for the festival. The hours of the Carnival are: n 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Thursday, June 13 n 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Friday, June 14 n Noon to 11 p.m. — Saturday, June 15 n 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Sunday, June 16 The carnival is offering a special deal for riders during Strawberry Festival: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Special: All Day Wristbands for $37. Unlimited rides until 10 p.m., plus 2 games. Marysville Middle School is located at 4923 67th Ave. NE.

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matches, plus wrestler promos will be featured during each show. Of course both shows are going to incorporate strawberries, Dutton said. Organizers are considering developing one storyline through the whole show that will feature Jack the Snack, who wears a pizza singlet and jelly bean elbow pads. “We’re trying to make it as fun as possible for everybody,” Dutton said. He added wrestlers dressed

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wheeled object. Sato said judging will have two new categories for 2019 — Superheroes and Storybooks, and Best Costume Embodying the Strawberry Festival theme — #MarysvilleWa. “We’ve been promoting like crazy,” Sato said, adding that she’s reached out to churches, preschools and daycares telling them about the parade. She said the Kiddies Parade “allows the children in the community to have their own spotlight.” Only a couple of Strawberry Festival events are geared North County Outlook

in an inflatable T-Rex and llama costumes might compete against each other. Dutton, who has 25 years experience in professional wrestling, said Combat Pro Wrestling has been holding shows at Living Room Coffee House over the past several months. They will start holding shows at Marysville’s Red Curtain Theater, which will give the professional wrestling organization double the seating space than the Living Room Coffee House. For more information about Combat Pro Wrestling, go to its Facebook page. specifically toward children. Preparing for the Kiddies Parade is a great bonding experience for families when they create their own costumes and build their own floats. Awards will be given for the top three winners in each category as well as a grand prize winner, who will have the option to ride in the Strawberry Festival Twilight Grand Parade that begins at 7:45 p.m. Children age 12 and younger can participate in the parade and gas-powered vehicles are prohibited. To register for the Kiddies Parade, go to www.maryfest.org, click on Festival Events and then click on Kiddies Parade. STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL 2019

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ever placed.” The parade, which provides a spectacular close-out to the beloved Strawberry Festival, is filled with floats from towns throughout the region, school groups, bands, vehicles, community groups and more. “We have a lot of new things in here along with our standards,” Kapua said. She noted that the Seafair Clowns will return to the parade this year. The Clan Gordon Pipe Band, which is based in Tacoma, also returns to the parade in 2019. New to the parade in 2019 includes the Around the Sound Jeep Club, Sky Valley Stock Antique Tractors and Skagit Latin Horse Association. For Gary Kemp, Vice President of Around the Sound Jeep Club, Strawberry Festival is a homecoming of sorts. “It’s my hometown. I’ve lived and grown up in Marysville,” Kemp said, noting he participated in the parade when he was in high school and in the Boy Scouts. The Jeep Club draws enthusiasts from Vancouver, Wash., to the Canadian border. Members off-road, camp and volunteer helping the Department of Natural Resources in the Mount

Vernon area. “We’re a good family oriented club,” Kemp said. Trevor Hardwick has driven a semitruck the past two years in the parade and he will be bringing a different one June 15. He’ll drive a 2017 Kenworth painted with three tones of green customized to have a vintage look and has the same colors as the truck his father used to drive when Trevor was a child. “We basically made a new truck look old,” Hardwick, who lives in Stanwood, said. The truck is named “Chasing Tomorrow,” which is a phrase his father, Smokey, gleaned from a Credence Clearwater Revival song. In addition people will get a preview of something new coming in 2020 that was once a mainstay of the Strawberry Festival — the trike races. Kapua said that new trikes were purchased and they will be shown during the parade and the races should return next year. The parade has a host of floats participating in the procession including representation from Sequim, the Daffodil Festival, Washington State Apple Blossom, Portland Rosarians, Capitol Lakefair, Port Townsend’s Rhody Fest and Leavenworth’s Autumn Leaf Festival. The Strawberry Festival is part of

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The 2018 Strawberry Festival float and Royalty participate in last year’s Twilight Grand Parade.

the Northwest Festival Hosting Group, which is an association of community festivals that occur throughout the region. It supports members by sending floats to each festival in the group. The Twilight Grand Parade is a great way to see community groups that help make Marysville thrive. Emergency personnel from Marysville and Tulalip will participate in the parade as well as cheer teams, school bands and local businesses. Senior royalty, representing the various nursing homes in Marysville, will be on hand as well as the winner of the Kiddies Parade and the best in show winner of the talent show. The parade is a fitting climax to the Strawberry Festival and provides a way to celebrate everything that makes Marysville great.

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in British Columbia. Some of the Strawberry Festival royalty, sometimes junior and sometimes senior, accompanies the float for each festival. The Strawberry Festival is part of the Northwest Festival Hosting Group, which is a collection of city festivals that take place throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada which support each other and send floats to each parade. The Marysville Strawberry Festival float will participate in 16 events throughout the year in addition to Strawberry Festival in June and Merrysville for the Holidays in December.

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2019 Maryfest Board of Directors

Jodi Hiatt President

Chris Nation President-Elect

Jodi Condyles Secretary

Art Maldonado Treasurer

Carol Kapua Board Member

Jennifer Hanson Board Member

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Tom King Board Member

Ed Giesler Vice President

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