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Marysville HomeGrown 2010 welcomes visitors to Third Street

Not only did Dan Flax enjoy selling succulents and sedums to budding horticulturalists at last year
Not only did Dan Flax enjoy selling succulents and sedums to budding horticulturalists at last year's Marysville HomeGrown street fair, but he also raided antique shops to find eye-catching planters to put them in.
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MARYSVILLE — This year marks a transition for Marysville's 25th annual HomeGrown street fair on Third Street, as former BookWorks owner Mary Burns hands off the event to new coordinator Patricia Schoonmaker, owner of Trusty Threads.

"Mary will still be behind the scenes helping out, but my husband and I are the points of contact and organizers of the event," Schoonmaker said. "He's handling the music and I'm covering the crafter side."

Schoonmaker has set a deadline of July 31 for any vendors who wish to take part in HomeGrown, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14. She expects to accommodate about 80 vendors this year, but can fill Third Street to a maximum capacity of 90 vendors, as previous years' HomeGrown fairs have come close to doing.

"Those spots fill up fast," Schoonmaker said. "If you don't procrastinate, it's easier for everyone."

Schoonmaker promised that fresh flowers, flute players and face-painting would be available among the event's many artists, craftspeople, food vendors and area producers of farm products, not only from Marysville, Arlington and Tulalip, but also from Everett, Stanwood, Camano Island, Lynnwood and even Gold Bar.

"For our bands, we've got Humungus Fungus and they have theatrical costumes," Schoonmaker said. "On Saturday, we've got Union Jack, a Rolling Stones tribute band from Seattle that actually dresses up like the Stones. The Step Sisters dancers and the Marysville Hometown Revue will both be returning."

Schoonmaker went on to credit Leslie Buell with being "a big help" in bringing the Marysville Performance Arts Center on board, and in coordinating both the vegetable-carving contest and the sack races.

"The bakery will also be making strawberry shortcakes," Schoonmaker said. "Anybody who swings by is in for a good few hours of family fun on historic Third Street."

For an application or more information, log onto www.marysvillemerchants.com, call 360-474-4544 or stop by Trusty Threads, located at 1520 Fourth St. Space choice priority will be given to early applicants.

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