New activities at Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

A hot dog eating contest and a children’s activities area are two new features at this year’s Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.

The 47th annual event takes place Friday through Sunday, centered at Lighthouse Park on the Mukilteo waterfront. Admission is free.

The hot dog eating contest is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The children’s area will include a climbing wall and other attractions “we haven’t had in the past,” said Julie Martin, marketing coordinator for the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber and Diamond Knot Brewing Co. are sponsoring the MukFest MicroBrew and Wine Garden with live entertainment at Lighthouse Park.

A few of the events will take place at other locations, such as an art show Friday and Saturday at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave.; a fishing derby from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Ivar’s fishing pier, and a battle of the bands from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, also at Rosehill.

In addition to some free activities, the new Kid’s Korner also will offer five pirate-themed attractions, two bouncy houses and an obstacle course. Tickets are $1.25 apiece, with the attractions taking up to four tickets. Unlimited passes are available for $11.

Festival-goers are advised to take a free shuttle bus that runs every 20 to 30 minutes from Kamiak High School, 10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd., and from Olympic View Middle School, 2602 Mukilteo Speedway, to the waterfront.

“There is absolutely no parking at Lighthouse Park,” Martin said.

Shuttle bus hours are 2:30 p.m. to midnight Friday; 10:20 a.m. at Olympic View and 11 a.m. at Kamiak until midnight on Saturday; and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Fireworks are planned for dusk on Saturday.

For more information go to http://mukilteolighthousefestival.com/.

Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439; sheets@heraldnet.com.

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