Aquafest marks 50 years, and Lake Stevens is ready to party

  • Fri Jul 23rd, 2010 11:14am
  • Life

By Andrea McInnis Herald Writer

Naturally, a lake town’s summer celebration would start on the water. And that is exactly where the annual Lake Stevens festival did begin, 2010 Aquafest President Janice Huxford said. In 1960.

“It started as just a water-ski competition between friends,” Huxford said.

This year brings the 50th Aquafest, and in addition to water skiing, the slate of 60 activities includes a boat parade, a sidewalk chalk event, land-sport tournaments and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Many traditions open the fun tonight, like the children’s parade, with staging at 5 p.m. in front of the fire hall at Hartford Drive and Grade Road. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress to the “Fabulous Fifty” theme — think poodle skirts or Elvis Presley style.

Film fans should plan on tonight’s “Movie in the Park,” at dusk, about 9 p.m., at the North Cove Park stage, featuring “Night at the Museum 2.”

The fun continues with a grand parade at 1 p.m. Saturday along Main Street; fireworks at 10 p.m. Saturday at North Cove Park; plus the classic car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at North Lake Middle School’s track, 2202 123rd Ave NE.

The carnival is ongoing in the downtown boat launch area.

Stay entertained all weekend at North Cove Park, with acts like Reptile Isle’s exotic animals at 8:15 tonight.

A free shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to midnight tonight and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, between Lake Stevens High School, 2908 113th Ave. NE, and downtown.

This year, the firefighters’ pancake breakfast is by donation, instead of having a required fee as in the past.

“We want to make sure this is as low-cost or no-cost as we can for people this year,” Huxford said.

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