2 stages of entertainment at Lighthouse Festival

By Zoe Jovanovich | Sep 04, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Arnie Hammerman competes against Mark Carter in last year's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Hammerman won with four dogs in three minutes.

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival promises a fun weekend of entertainment on two festival stages.

The annual three-day festival at Lighthouse Park will feature live music, a hot dog eating contest and a variety of family entertainment on the main stage and in the band shell.

Performances and other entertainment runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 6, from noon to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 7, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. Sept. 8.

Hot Dog Eating Contest

The second Hot Dog Eating Contest, sponsored by the Mukilteo Lions Club, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival’s main stage.

Contestants will have three minutes to eat as many hot dogs and buns as they can. Hot dogs and water will be provided.

You must be 18 or older to compete. Each contestant is required to sign a release form.

Last year’s hot dog eating champion, Arnie Hammerman, will compete again in hopes of keeping the title. He won with four dogs in three minutes. Think you can do better?

Sign up for the contest online at www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com. The entry fee is $20.

Beer Garden/live music

The festival main stage will feature a variety of bands during the daytime and convert into the Chamber Beer Garden for more live music and dancing at night.

During the day, performances will run from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Daytime entry is free.

At night on Friday and Saturday the stage turns into the Beer Garden. The shows for those 21 and older runs from 5 p.m.-midnight on both days.

The cover charge is $15, and includes the first glass of beer or wine. Each additional drink is $5.

“We’re really excited about the bands,” said Julie Martin of the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce. “We have some new bands playing and some local bands.”

Friday night’s show will opens at 5 p.m. with the Americana band Waiting on Wendy follow with the rock/party band Rhythm Nation at 8 p.m.

Saturday night’s show will feature music from two Mukilteo bands: rock band The Charlies and rock ‘n’ roll cover band The Machine, an audience favorite. The Charlies open at 4:30 p.m. and The Machine follows at 8 p.m.

“We play a variety of stuff,” said drummer and vocalist Jim Pompeo. “We don’t just hit one genre. We hit all kinds of danceable music. That’s our theme: to keep people dancing.”

This will be the band’s third year in a row playing the Saturday night time slot.

“My favorite part is seeing everyone have a great time out there in the Beer Garden,” Pompeo said.

“And, the band, we all grew up playing rock ‘n’ roll. We like the volume and the noise, and whatever goes with it.”

Beer and wine in the Beer Garden will be provided by Diamond Knot Brewery and local microbrews and wineries.

Proceeds from the beer and wine will go to the Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship fund to benefit local students.

On Sunday, the band Ivy Lane will play at noon and the Sea Street Band will play at 1:30 p.m. on the main stage. Both bands play soft rock or “easy listening” music.

Also featured will be performances by the teen Battle of the Bands winner and runner-up, as well as the competition’s special guest band Esoson, from 2:30-4 p.m.

Family entertainment

Band shell entertainment will run from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Performances on Saturday will include the Gene Nastri instrument petting zoo (noon), a taekwondo demonstration from Taekwondo Way (3:15 p.m.), dancers from the Allegro Dance Studio (4:15 p.m.), karate demonstrations from Universal Kempo (5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.).

On Sunday, the band shell will feature magic shows by magician Jonathan Docter (noon and 12:45 p.m.), Joanne Davis on acoustic guitar (1:30 p.m.), music by Gene Nastri School musicians (2:15 p.m.) and dancing by the Dance Group (3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.)

The Mukilteo Storytellers will also rove the festival ground throughout the weekend. Hear their stories of historical Mukilteo at various times.

For more information about the Lighthouse Festival and its features, go to www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com or see the schedule in this issue of The Beacon.

Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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