Festival a success again
The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival wrapped up its 44th edition this weekend It was, once again, a rousing success, despite logistics challenges related to the change in venue.
The beloved festival has taken its share of hits over the years. This time it was the relocation down to Lighthouse Park from its traditional Rosehill venue.
No parking was permitted in the park during the three-day weekend (except for those with state-issued disabled parking permits). The intersection of Front Street and SR 525 was clogged and confusing as expected, as a steady stream of vehicles headed down the hill to the park, either to attend the festival or, perhaps unaware it was going on, only to have to wait to turn around and head back up the hill.
In 2004, the festival took a gut punch when the city pulled out of managing the annual event and eliminated $35,000 in funding that helped cover costs.
In both cases, as in every year particularly since 2004 volunteers stepped up to the plate, giving countless hours of their own time to ensure the festival's success.