49th Lighthouse Festival offers array of attractions | Mukilteo Festival

By Jim Goettler | Sep 03, 2014
Jim Goettler

Welcome to Mukilteo’s 49th annual Lighthouse Festival scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-7. This waterfront family-style extravaganza includes an array of fun activities.

These attractions include:

Battle of the Bands: On Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m., high school bands from Mukilteo, Bothell and Monroe will complete in the teen Battle of the Bands at Rosehill Community Center. Awards will go to the best guitar, best vocals, best drums, best bass, best auxiliary and best band. There will be professional judges, but the audience also gets a vote!

Parade: On Saturday, Sept. 6, a Children’s Parade is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and a Grande Parade at 10:45 a.m. The parades will start at Chennault Beach Road and Harbour Pointe Boulevard.

Flyover: Also on Saturday, at 2 p.m., enjoy a narrated commentary coordinated by the Washington Pilots Association, as the Northwest Beechboys (Beechcraft Bonanzas), the Blackjack Squadron (RV Kit planes) and members of the Historic Flight Foundation (Waco and Beechcraft Staggerwing) fly intricate formations over the festival grounds. Synchronized aircraft approaching from two separate takeoff locations will provide aerial demonstrations in a well-crafted flight plan.

Children’s activities: Face painting, arts and crafts, a fishing derby (Saturday), obstacle courses, rides, slides and a bounce house are some of the many activities for young festival attendees to enjoy. An Instrument Petting Zoo (Saturday) will also be on hand. What’s not to enjoy?!

Artisan booths: More than 50 vendors will be at the festival site to offer a wide selection of local artwork. Juried art may be enjoyed by walking through the rows of artisan displays – and all of it is for sale. Many of these distinguished Northwest artists are familiar throughout the Seattle area for their unique and eclectic showings.

Avenue of Food: Nearly 20 vendors will be at Lighthouse Park to offer a mouthwatering variety of fair food choices. Returning favorites, like the Kiwanis Salmon Bake, will be joined by unique offerings, such as falalels, lumpias, fried green tomatoes and more. Festival favorites, such as brats and southern barbecue will available, as well, as gourmet donuts and other sweet treats.

Beer garden: Thirteen local musicians and bands will perform cover and original music, ranging from pop to rock to jazz to reggae – and even one musician who mixes all three – at the band shell aka Lighthouse Festival Main Stage for free during the day and, for a $5 cover charge, in the evening in the beer garden. On Blue Friday, get into the beer garden for free if you’re wearing your Seahawks gear. Of special note: Performers include the winner and runner-up of the Battle of the Bands starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7. There will also be the Lions Hot Dog Eating Contest on the stage at 1:30 on Saturday.

Fireworks: A fireworks display, scheduled for dusk, will close out the Saturday schedule, with the final day of the festival re-opening on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Shuttle buses will be operating all weekend from Kamiak High School (10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd.) and Olympic View Middle School (2602 Mukilteo Speedway). Festival attendees are urged to park these two parking lots, since parking space is limited on the waterfront.

For more details and an event schedule, look inside the festival pull-out section of this issue of the Mukilteo Beacon. Or visit www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com or call 425-353-5516.

Jim Goettler, of Mukilteo, is the executive director of the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association. He has directed community festivals for more than 20 years.

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