Stanwood has fair fun on tap

“Stanwood-Camano Fair 2005: Let the Good Times Roll” is the theme of this year’s community fair, which runs today through Sunday at the Stanwood-Camano Fairgrounds in Stanwood.

Stanwood-Camano Fair: 9 a.m. to midnight today and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Stanwood-Camano Fairgrounds, corner of 64th Avenue NW and Pioneer Highway. Admission, $7 adults, $5 children 5 to 12 and seniors, children under 5 free. Three-day pass $14. Free parking and shuttle at Stanwood High School, or paid parking at the fairgrounds;

Anacortes Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday;

Arab Festival: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center;,

Fiesta in America: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Edgewater Park in west Mount Vernon along the Skagit River. Los Mocosos concert at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, $15;

Seafair finale: Today through Sunday on Lake Washington. Gates open at 8 a.m. and racing begins at 10 a.m. Advance tickets at Ticketmaster, or sold at the gate;

This is the 73rd year of the fair, which attracts more than 40,000 visitors each year drawn by the event’s emphasis on old-fashioned family fun, a country fair with plenty of things for the kids to do, plus agricultural exhibits and entertainment.

Highlights include a carnival with rides and midway action for all ages, plus animal exhibits, fair food and daily entertainment.

The traditional parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday in downtown Stanwood and there is a full entertainment lineup on two stages. Among the performers are J.P. Patches, Stan Boreson, Skagit Rein Riders women’s equestrian drill team, the Cascade Racing Lawnmowers, the Southend String Band, Otis Day and The Knights, plus a climbing wall, cow-milking contest, kid’s tractor pull competition, lip sync contests and Cloud’s Canine Dog Demonstrations.

Anacortes Arts Festival: The Skagit County waterfront city of Anacortes becomes art town this weekend as the 44th annual Anacortes Arts Festival runs today through Sunday.

Highlights include “NuArt 05: Juror’s Choice,” an invitational art show, taking place at the Port of Anacortes warehouse on the waterfront at the north end of Commercial Street.

The exhibit features the work of 22 noted Northwest artists who were invited to exhibit by a panel that includes former festival jurors. The exhibit is an opportunity to survey the contemporary art scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Commercial Avenue is the location of 250 art booths displaying paintings and prints, photography and pottery, glass, jewelry and more. The working-artist area include artists demonstrating in a broad range of mediums including mural painting, spinning and weaving, native carving, blacksmithing, jewelry making and fine wood working. The hours of this exhibit are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

More than two dozen vendors are on hand in the food court and there’s a beer garden for the grownups. San Juan Vineyards of Friday Harbor is producing the 2005 festival wines and Anacortes Brewery is developing the festival beer.

There are two entertainment areas, the main stage and the KPLU jazz stage, plus entertainment for children and poetry readings Saturday and Sunday.

Tacoma’s Pearl Django performs Saturday night in the Port of Anacortes warehouse; tickets are $10.

Cultural fair: The Arab Festival in Seattle gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about the arts and traditions of this far-reaching culture that comprises more than 20 countries.

The event, today through Sunday at Seattle Center, includes workshops, performances, authentic Arabic food and the traditional strong coffee, along with a traditional bazaar (or souk) and educational booths. There are traditional musical and dance performances, evening comedy shows, children’s activities and a fashion show.

The Arab Festival is produced by the Arab Center of Washington and Seattle Center’s Festal, a yearlong cultural celebration.

Fiesta in America: A celebration of the world’s cultures and flavors is set for Saturday at Edgewater Park in downtown Mount Vernon.

Hosted by the Association for Bridging Cultures, Fiesta in America is an outdoor event for people of all heritages to share and celebrate the diversity of the Skagit Valley, its cultures, its languages and its traditions, according to Carol Hays, executive director of Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theater.

The festival runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the park and is followed by an evening concert at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon.

Visitors can taste foods from Thailand, Greece, Japan, Hawaii, Mexico and the Philippines, learn international folk dances and see their names written in Japanese, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Arabic, Mexican or Russian. Create mosaic art; learn how to use chopsticks, play Mexican loteria (bingo) or get an East Indian henna tattoo.

Los Mocosos, a San Francisco dance band, performs Saturday night at the Lincoln. Tickets are $15 at the door, or call 360-336-8955.

Seafair finale: The hydroplanes will be roaring and the Blue Angels soaring this weekend as the 2005 Seattle Seafair roars to a finish.

The annual hydroplane racing on Lake Washington takes place on a 2.5-mile course on southwest Lake Washington near Genesse Park.

There will be food booths, a car show, beer gardens, a log boom for boaters, kids’ play area and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels performing between hydro heats.

There are events today through Sunday. Gates open at 8 a.m.

Herald photos

RIGHT: Youngsters observe a hatching chick exhibit at 2003’s Stanwood-Camano Fair.

BELOW: Courtney Bomgardner climbs a rock wall at the fair’s carnival.

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