Strawberry Festival promises to be ‘Magical Fantasy’ for attendees

MARYSVILLE — Maryfest, Inc., has adopted “Magical Fantasy” as it theme for this year’s Strawberry Festival, and Membership Chair Nancy Bell hopes that area residents and visitors alike will find something to enchant them on each of the days of the Festival, from June 12-21.

Before the Festival proper, March 14 brings the April Friesner Memorial Royalty Scholarship Pageant, 7 p.m. at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Auditorium.

In the meantime, Bell has encouraged locals to support the Festival by becoming a part of it, either by selling T-shirts at the market, meeting and greeting people at the parade, or setting up and taking down floats. She pointed out that membership benefits include acknowledgment in the official program, an invitation to the annual installation barbecue, and information on their December trip to the Leavenworth tree-lighting festival.

Membership fees run $25 per person and $50 per business, and also cover tickets to the grandstand to view the parade and VIP reception. Call 360-659-7664 or log onto for more information.

Whether you’re a member or not, the Marysville Strawberry Festival offers a host of activities. June 12 marks the Scholarship Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Marysville offices of Edward Jones, at the Cedarcrest Golf Course, with a 7 a.m. registration time and an 8 a.m. shotgun scramble start. Wal-Mart and Haggen’s of Arlington are sponsoring the Fashion Show June 16 at Leifer Manor on State Avenue, while the Talent Show is being sponsored by the Marysville Performing Arts Centre June 18 at 6:30 p.m., at the M-PHS Auditorium, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Funtastic Shows sponsors the Carnival at the Marysville Middle School play-fields from June 18-21, while the Market in the Park and Outdoor Recreation Show take place June 19-21 at Asbery Field. Although the 78th annual Grand Parade, sponsored by North County Bank and Roy Robinson Chevrolet/Subaru, kicks off June 20 at 7:45 p.m., Bell reminded prospective Strawberry Festival attendees that the Festival doesn’t end that Saturday.

“A lot of people forget Sunday,” said Bell of June 21, the Festival’s final day this year. “It’s a great day to shop at the market, since it’s on Father’s Day, and you can even get a jump on your Christmas shopping.”

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