Busy weekend of community festivals, events

  • Wed Jul 11th, 2012 8:32pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

You might call this weekend — and beyond — a phenomenon of festivals. A potpourri of pleasure. Afternoons of amusement.

In short, there is no shortage of family fun on the horizon.

Here’s a roundup of upcoming community fun in alphabetical order:

Arlington Street Fair: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday along Olympic Avenue. A good old-fashioned street fair with vendors selling crafts and treats. There’s also free shuttle service to and from the Arlington Fly-In. For more information go to www.arlingtonwa.org.

Art by the Bay: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Stanwood-Camano Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. The event includes music, fine arts and garden art. Admission is free.

Kla Ha Ya Days: 5 p.m. to dusk Wednesday, 3 p.m. to dusk Thursday, 11 a.m. to dusk Friday, 8 a.m. to dusk Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 18 through 22.

The fun kicks off Wednesday when the Davis Amusement Carnival opens at 5 p.m. at Harvey Field. Kla Ha Ya days includes a 5-mile run and kiddy dash, barbecue competition, car show and street fair, along with the Kla Ha Ya Days Parade at 10:30 a.m. July 21. There are also lots of silly contests including the famous frog-jumping contest at 1 p.m. July 21. Admission is free. For more information go to 425-493-7824 or www.klahayadays.com.

Mill Creek Festival and Street Fair: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s event is entertainment in high gear with a main stage of bands that play everything from Elvis to steel drums, as well as dancers, drama and martial arts. The festival has a kids corner where kids can tumble, play tennis and see a magic act.

Artisan booths offer high quality handcrafted items. There’s also a beer and wine garden and a pet plaza that includes a performance by Puget Sound DockDogs with canine jumpers leaping into a 50-foot pool. For a complete schedule go to www.millcreekfestival.com.

Mukilteo Waterfront Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St., Mukilteo.

Expect a repeat of last year’s festival with more than 45 artists booths offering photography, paintings, glass art, jewelry and wearable art. There will also be a wood carving demonstration. The festival also has food vendors and live entertainment and face painting for kids in the activity area. Admission with free parking available. For more information call 425-423-0450 or go to www.mukilteoarts.org.

Poochapalooza: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Strawberry Fields Athletic Park, 6100 152nd St. NE, Marysville.

This is the sixth year for this big dog party, an outdoor event that celebrates canines — and their humans — with such features as “Fashions and Rescues” runway show, a flying disc championship and a dog dancing demonstration. Watch and root for your favorite pooch as he or she competes for awards in the “Best Kisser,” “Best Costume,” “Wackiest Pet Trick” categories or digs deep to try to win the dog’s pie-eating contest. There are also vendors and rescue booths.

This dogs’ fair is hosted by the Marysville Dog Owners Group or M-DOG; a $5 entry donation includes goody bags to the first 400 people. For more information, call 360-651-0633 or for a full event schedule go to www.poochapalooza.org.

Sultan Summer Shindig: 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, First and Main streets at River Park, Sultan. A carnival opens the 29th annual festival that pays tribute to Sultan’s past. There’s a grand parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a fast-paced logger’s contest at 1 p.m.; the shindig includes a car show, live entertainment and a street fair. For more information call 360-793-0983 or go to www.skyvalleychamber.com/.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.