Strawberry Festival Fashion Show features local styles | SLIDESHOW

MARYSVILLE — Locally made strawberry topped cupcakes were a fitting end to the Strawberry Festival’s Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Leifer Manor on June 12, which featured a number of styles from local shops, displayed by local models.

“If you want to be involved with something fun that brings the community together, come work for the Strawberry Festival,” said Beckye Randall, an organizer for the event.

Close to 200 fashion show attendees served themselves a pasta lunch from Christiano’s in Marysville, before sitting down to enjoy watching models strut their stuff in fashions chosen from a variety of Marysville and Tulalip retailers. “This is Project Runway, Marysville-style,” said Jim Ballew of the Marysville Parks and Recreation Department, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies. “It’s nice to be celebrating what Marysville has to offer.”

Simply Caketastic in Marysville baked Strawberry Festival-themed cupcakes for the event, which were served by organizers during the show.

The show kicked off with the father-daughter model combination of Greg Jensen, a Lakewood School Board member and his daughter Ariel Jensen, this year’s Strawberry Festival President’s Marshal. The two donned T-shirts and Bermuda shorts from the Eddie Bauer store at Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip.

Garments from the locally owned Trusty Threads in Marysville were modeled by two individuals, including Patricia Schoonmaker, the owner of the shop. Schoonmaker modeled a vintage-style gingham print summer dress complete with a matching sunhat.

During the show, Randall helped the Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty princesses draw the winners of the show’s raffle, which included prizes such as a bucket of strawberries, a Fashion Bug gift certificate and movie passes for four to the Olympic Theatre in Arlington.

Pat Olson and Jean Wilson, volunteers at the Ken Baxter Community Center, modeled casual styles from the Fashion Bug in Marysville. “We went down to the Fashion Bug and they had a whole bunch to choose from,” said Wilson.

“We’ve had a lot of fun,” said Olson.

Other garments featured in the show were donated by Nike, Fred Meyer, Cabela’s and Banana Republic.

“We donated three garments,” said Debbie Moore of the JCPenney in Marysville, whose store manager Cheryl Shane modeled a little black dress, jewelry and pumps from her store and was escorted through the runway by Doug Buell, public information officer for the city of Marysville. Buell was not the only face from the city of Marysville to try his hand at being a model — Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring modeled a white tuxedo with a red tie while escorting Wendy Messarina, of the Marysville School District, who donned a black and white print dress and hot pink accessories. Nehring’s tuxedo came from the Tux Shop in Marysville, while Messarina’s garments were donated by JCPenney.

“This is only the second time I’ve modeled in my life,” said Nehring, who was a model in the 2011 Strawberry Festival Fashion Show. “It’s fun. It’s something different.” Buell, who was also modeling for his second time, agreed. “The fashion show is just a fun and different way to celebrate the Strawberry Festival.”


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