Strawberry Festival continues through June 17

MARYSVILLE — The Adult Trike Races have been cancelled for a second year a row, but the rest of the Marysville Strawberry Festival’s events are still set to take place as planned.

Jodi Hiatt confirmed that the Adult Trike Races that had been scheduled for Friday, June 15, will not be able to go ahead due to a lack of participating teams.

“It is a really fun spectator event and I know the teams that have participated in the past had fun,” said Hiatt, who still hopes to revive the event for future Strawberry Festivals.

In the meantime, Funtastic Shows’ “world’s finest carnival” will come back to the Marysville Middle School play field from June 14-17. The carnival hours will run from 4-10 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, and Friday, June 15, as well as until 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, and until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. Opening times for June 16 and 17 will depend on the weather.

This year’s Market in Asbery Field will also return through the weekend of June 15-17. The Market will run from 2-9 p.m. on Friday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, at Asbery Field.

The Emerald City Car Club Car Show on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will also present a variety of classic restored and custom cars and trucks on site.

The Marysville Kiwanis Club will likewise be represented at this year’s Market, through their beer garden on Friday, June 15, from 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, June 16, from noon to 6:30 p.m., on Seventh Street between Asbery Field and Totem Middle School. On Sunday, June 17, the Kiwanis will serve up a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m.

The Marysville Community Food Bank’s raffle to raise funds for their “Food For Thought” program will follow the same hours as the Market at Asbery Park. This program has provided 19 low-income elementary students with enough food on Friday afternoons to feed them through the weekends during the school year.

“The children come to school on Mondays with their thoughts on school and not their stomachs,” said Dell Deierling, director of the Marysville Community Food Bank. “We have been providing this service to 19 kids since the start of May and the results are remarkable. Given the success of this program, we are gearing up for the 2012-13 school year in hopes of serving even more kids.

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the food bank’s booth at the Market. Purchase tickets for $1 each for your chance to win a $50 spa gift certificate, a $20 gift certificate for Don’s Restaurant, a Starbucks gift card and more. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of food to support the “Food For Thought” program.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show will take to the stage of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium again at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

The M-PHS auditorium is located at 5611 108th St. NE in Marysville, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. before the Talent Show starts. Tickets are being pre-sold for $4 and will go for $5 at the door, and children under 7 years old will be admitted for free. Call Marcy Giesler at 360-653-6584 for more information.

This year’s Marysville Strawberry Festival Rose Planting ceremony continues on in the venue it gained in 2010.

The annual ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Totem Middle School, located at 1605 Seventh St. in Marysville.

During the ceremony, which is slated to take about an hour, representatives from the Portland Royal Rosarians will plant roses in honor of individuals in the community.

This free event is open to all ages, and light refreshments will be offered afterward.

With its registration and setup time starting at 4 p.m. — followed by judging which commences at 5 p.m., the parade participants lining up around 5:45 p.m. and the parade proper kicking off at 6 p.m. — the Kiddies Parade on Saturday, July 16, offers a host of surprises each year, as entrants ranging from individuals to groups of 20 or more sign up for one of five categories.

Bobbi Easley, who began coordinating the Kiddies Parade just last year, explained that the categories have remained the same each year, from the costume categories for both individuals and groups, to the animals category for pets ranging from dogs to horses that their owners (or riders) have dressed up.

The floats category’s restriction is that its entries can’t have motors, while the wheels category can include everything from bicycles to wagons.

Each of the five categories of entrants will have its own staging area at the start of the Kiddies Parade route, at Totem Middle School on Seventh Street. The parade will then head south on State Avenue until it reaches Fifth Street, at which point awards will be given to the participants in Comeford Park.

The grand prize winners of the Kiddies Parade will get to appear in the Grand Parade later that same day. Entry forms for the Kiddies Parade can be found online at

The Grand Parade officially starts at 7:45 p.m. on 76th Street, to ensure that entrants are rolling southbound on State Avenue in front of the TV cameras by 8 p.m. With any luck, the parade wraps up on Third Street and Alder Avenue by 10 p.m., just in time for the half-hour fireworks show.

Carol Kapua reported that this year’s high school marching bands are set to include both Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell, the latter making their Strawberry Festival Grand Parade debut. Likewise, while the Dolls have put in Grand Parade appearances in previous years, this year also marks the first combined performance by the Dolls & Gentlemen Drill Team and Drill Line. Although American Legion Post 178 and the Arlington Drag Strip Reunion are familiar fixtures in the area, they’ve never had entries in the Grand Parade before, but like “Survivor” contestant Michael Jefferson of Marysville, they’ll be cruising down State Avenue as part of the event this year.

Call 360-659-7664 for more information.

The Boys and Girls Club’s Marysville Unit is hosting its own open house to coincide with the Strawberry Festival on Friday, June 15, from 6-8 p.m. at 1010 Beach Ave. The open house is free and will include a barbecue, games and other activities. The event will also includes sign-up opportunities for the club’s summer camps. For more information contact Christina Trader at 360-659-2576.


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