Lighthouse Festival now better than ever

By Janet Hammerman, Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association | Sep 05, 2012

Like a vintage wine, each year the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival improves.

This year, thanks to your feedback, the 47th annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival will be the best one yet!

The festival will have many of the much-loved events from years past and will have some new favorites to add to everyone’s list!

Highlights for this year:

Kids Korner

The kids will be pleased to find an all-new Kid’s Korner at Lighthouse Park. In addition to the free activities, there will be five pirate-themed attractions, two bouncy houses, an obstacle course and a rock climbing wall.

Tickets can be purchased for $1.25. The attractions can take up to four tickets. Unlimited passes to these attractions are $11.

Free activities include storytelling, face painting, games and arts and crafts. Kids can try their luck at the Fishing Derby from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Fudge-A-Muk

You and your family can show off your creative talents at the Fudge-A-Muk fudge carving contest Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

What is Fudge-A-Muk, you ask? It is the only fudge carving contest that we know of! Jan Straub of the Mukilteo Chocolate Co. is providing 75 pounds of fudge for the contest and to let attendees’ creative genius flow.

Everyone from kids to professionals will be able to participate and be judged in several different categories. Participants will receive a free T-shirt.

You can register for this free event at www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com or e-mail Jan at jan@mukilteochocolate.com.

If you register, please make the commitment to be there so someone else isn’t turned away. There is only so much fudge available.

Hot Dog Eating Contest

This year, the Mukilteo Lions Club will host the first annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. The contest starts at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Contestants have three minutes to eat as many hot dogs and buns as possible.

Do you think anyone from Mukilteo can even come close to the famous Coney Island record of 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes?

To register, go to www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com. The fee is $20.

If you just want to enjoy a hot dog, polish sausage or hot link, visit their Weenie Wagon available all weekend.

More Shuttle Buses

In 2012, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival will have easier access. This year, the shuttle buses will have the same two pick-up and drop-off locations with buses running from Olympic View Middle School and Kamiak High School about every half hour.

In addition, this year during the busiest time, when the fireworks are over, there will be ADDITIONAL buses that will drop people off at BOTH locations.

Community Transit is another great option on Friday and Saturday. Those buses will be leaving from Everett Clinic Harbour Pointe.

Flat Elliott Contest

Mukilteans have been taking Flat Elliott on vacations and stay-cations alike. It’s not too late to enter this contest! The person who submits the most creative photo of Flat Elliott will be the winner of a $25 gift card to Ivar’s.

Print out your Flat Elliott at the festival website at www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com and email photos to FlatElliott@gmail.com, or post them on our Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association Facebook page!

And, we can’t forget all of our old favorites:

Festival Parade

Everyone enjoys a parade! The Kid’s Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning along Harbor Pointe Boulevard and the Grand Parade starts at 11 a.m.

This is a community event where festival-goers can enjoy marching bands, drill teams, color guards, floats and show cars.

The Dillon Works float is an amazing creation that replicates our own Mukilteo Lighthouse and beachfront in a way that really touches everyone! Check out www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com for more parade details.

Battle of the Bands & Teens

The Battle of the Bands is a unique way to show off the wonderful teen talent we have right here in Mukilteo. The event will run from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Rosehill Community Center. The top 2 bands will be invited to play on the main stage on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Unique Artwork

At Lighthouse Park, there will be more than 50 juried art booths exhibiting many mediums – wood, jewelry, pain, glass, metal, etc. Each booth boasts professional, well-established artists showing off their handmade treasures.

This is a great time to think about gifts for the holiday season! At Rosehill, the Mukilteo Arts Guild is displaying a variety of artists’ work, including visual arts, writer’s groups, performing art and more.

Kiwanis Salmon Bake

Returning to the festival is the always fantastic Kiwanis Salmon Bake – the Mukilteo Kiwanis Club serves more than 1,000 salmon dinners every year. Just follow the wonderful smell of the freshly barbequed salmon and support a great community group.

Beer Garden & Main Stage

Another tradition at the Lighthouse Festival is the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce Beer/Wine Garden and Entertainment Stage.

Be sure to come out during the day and enjoy live local music and entertainment and then from 5 p.m. to midnight – live music and dancing, Diamond Knot Beer and local wines for a $10 cover!

It’s great fun and supports local scholarships. See the entertainment schedule at www.mukilteo.org.

Food Booths

Everyone knows that half the fun of a festival is the great food, and the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival does not disappoint! More than 15 food booths with everything from burgers to kettle corn from elephant ears to pizza – the festival has all your traditional favorites and more.

Fireworks

As always, the festival fireworks are a Saturday night highlight, and this year will not disappoint. Another huge firework show is planned thanks to so much community and corporate support!

The view of the Lighthouse with the fireworks in the background is just another unique part of this great Festival. Show starts at dusk.

What better way to make the transition from our long, care-free summer days to our beautiful fall colors than spending it at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival?

Thanks to everyone for supporting this special community event. Come out and celebrate our special community. See you there!

Janet Hammerman is the public relations officer for the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association.

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