Mill Creek Festival promises weekend fun for whole family

Jul 18, 2014

Summer means sunshine, warm weather, and perhaps – best of all – community festivals.

Mark your calendars for the Mill Creek Festival, taking place this Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20.

Produced by the Mill Creek Business Association, this year’s event will feature artisan booths that are juried and feature only handcrafted items, neighborhood business booths, a car show, food court, main stage with live entertainment, beer and wine garden, community stage with local acts, an area dedicated to children’s activities, and a pet plaza.

The annual festival will be a street fair, with the location on Mill Creek Boulevard (behind Albertsons) and heading up a portion of 161st (between Bank of America and Rite Aid).

The Mill Creek Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (with the main stage and beer garden staying open until 7:30 p.m.) and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (with the main stage and beer garden extending their hours to 6 p.m.).

Free shuttle service will be available from Jackson High School during festival hours.

Festival organizers expect to welcome up to 20,000 people for the weekend events.

Art booths aplenty

Artists will be displaying their talents in a variety of media. Among them:

• The Gem Garden, which provides hand-crafted fine jewelry designed with Swarovski Austrian crystals, rare shapes and colors, precious and semi-precious stones, pearls, German and Czech glass beads;

• Henna Body Art, a gorgeous way of decorating yourself – it has been used for many thousands of years in many countries as a way of adorning the skin;

• Precious Designs, which make 18" and 15" doll dresses for American Doll, Our Generation, Cabbage Patch, Springfield, Journey, and Bitty Baby;

• Tim Boyer Photography, featuring the photographer’s passion for birds;

• MancaveEssentials, which creates unique glassware from recycled bottles. Their upcycled products include lighting, clocks, tiki torches and red neck crystal glassware. Most of these items are repurposed from beer, liquor and wine bottles;

• Reed Pottery, offering elegant and moving forms within a classically Asian style;

• BloomDiada Flowers, which are one-of-a-kind garden art designed by Wendy Bori. Each flower is custom-made from antique colored glass.

• Ali’s Creations, which wants to add a little “bling to your life” with one-of-a-kind creations featuring wire wrapped utensils, home décor, stemware and other items.

In the food court

Here is what's good to eat this year in the Food Court:

Greek Salads; Gibs Downhome BBQ; Spot Hot Dog; Blackened Salmon Salads from Scotty’s; Kunkels Roasted Corn; Grandma's Yummy Pizza;

Also, Gyros; Hawaii's Donut Lahaini Layers Fruit Smoothies; DR Espresso's Burgers; Duris Elephant Ears; La Palmara Mexican; Fresh Fruit from Albertsons; Ziegler's Brauts

In Kid's Plaza there will be Fairy Floss Cotton Candy and a Frozen Yogurt Truck.

In the Pet Area, Joe's Hawaiian Shaved Ice will be offered.

The Main Stage

This year’s Main Stage line-up will feature something for everyone:

Saturday

• Po’okela Street Band, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., uniquely fusing Jamaican reggae and Hawaiian Island style rhythms to form a musical style known as "Jawaiian;

• Cherry Cherry, 1-2 p.m., a Neil Diamond tribute band;

• Richard Allen & the Louisiana Experience, 2:30-3:30, mixing “a little bit of gumbo with a little bit of swing,” to come up with a new take on zydeco;

• Latigo Lace, 4-5:30 p.m., butt-kickin’ rockin’ Country;

• The Machine, 6-8 p.m., the Northwest’s danceable, fun, party rock and roll band;

Sunday

• Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana, 11 a.m.-noon, popular Mariachi band in Seattle area since 1988;

• Kellee Bradley, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Mill Creek’s own actress-singer-mother whose music is as hard to pigeonhole as her heritage. She is a little bit Irish, a little bit Native American, a little bit Spanish - "Heinz 57," she says.

• Good For You, 2-3, featuring founder, guitarist and driving influence behind Black Flag, Greg Ginn, who defined the West Coast punk sound and the DIY ethos of punk rock;

• Dana Osborn, 3:30-4:30 p.m., a multi-talented and versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist who has released two albums;

• The Disco Ballz, 5-6 p.m., have been playing for most of a decade bringing their infectious groove to dance floors all over the Pacific Northwest.

Community Stage

Mill Creek Festival's Family Friendly Community Stage has a wide-ranging line-up of entertainment.

Saturday

11:00 a.m.   Reflections Dance

11:40 a.m.   Peter Pan a full length musical presented by Applause Studio

1:15 p.m.      White Tiger Martial Arts Demonstrations

1:45 p.m.      Uncle Stinky's Magic Show presented by the MCBA

2:30 p.m.      Applause Variety Show

3:15 p.m.      Radio Disney presented by the Everett Clinic

4:15 p.m.      Applause Solos

4:30 p.m.      Dance Elite

Sunday

11:00 a.m.   Applause Studio Solos

11:30 a.m.   Uncle Stinky's Magic Show presented by the MCBA

12:00 p.m.    Vibe Dance

12:45 p.m.    BC Magic

1:45 p.m.      Applause Variety Show

2:45 p.m.      "Crazy Pet Tricks Contest" presented by A Canine Experience

3:45 p.m.      Nupur Dancers Bollywood

4:30 p.m.      White Tiger Martial Arts

Pet Plaza Arena

When they say bring the family, they mean Fido too! Here is the line-up for this year's entertainment at the Pet Plaza Arena:

Saturday

11:00 a.m.   Karelian Bear Dogs presented by Washington Fish & Wildlife

11:30 a.m.   Flying Disc Dogs presented by the Washington Owners of Flying Disc Dogs

12:00 p.m.    Flyball presented by the Seattle FlyDogs

12:30 p.m.    Karelian Bear Dogs presented by Washington Fish & Wildlife

1:00 p.m.      Flying Disc Dogs presented by the Washington Owners of Flying Disc Dogs

1:30 p.m.      Flyball presented by the Seattle FlyDogs

2:00 p.m.      K9 Unit presented by the Mill Creek Police K9 Unit

2:30 p.m.      Reptile Man presented by the Mill Creek Business Association

3:30 p.m.      Flyball presented by the Seattle FlyDogs

4:00 p.m.      Canine Tricks Demonstation open to every dog and their owners

4:30 p.m.      Sarvey Birds of Prey

Sunday

11:00 a.m.   Karelian Bear Dogs presented by Washington Fish & Wildlife

11:30 a.m.   Flying Disc Dogs

12:00 p.m.    Flyball presented by the Seattle FlyDogs

12:30 p.m.    Karelian Bear Dogs presented by Washington Fish & Wildlife

1:00 p.m.      Reptile Man

2:00 p.m.      Flyball presented by the Seattle FlyDogs

2:30 p.m.      K9 Unit presented by the Mill Creek Police K9 Unit

3:00 p.m.      Flyball presented by the Seattle FlyDogs

4:00 p.m.      Canine Tricks Demonstation open to every dog and their owners

4:30 p.m.      Sarvey Birds of Prey

Kid’s Place

There will be plenty of fun just for the kids.

Besides bouncy toys, a rock climbing wall and even a dunk tank, many vendors opt to be in the Kid's Place so that they can sponsor activities such as face painting, arts and crafts, or having your picture taken with a super hero.

Parking is easy

Parking is easy when you use the Mill Creek Festival Free Event Shuttle.

There will be a free shuttle from H.M. Jackson High School to the Festival.

(Drops off at north end of the Mill Creek Festival)

The shuttle will make a continuous loop during festival hours.

Directions to H. M. Jackson High School:

Northbound & Southbound: From I-5, take exit #186 (128th St) and head east on 128th Street. Turn right at 16th Avenue SE (just past the entrance to Safeway). Turn right on to the Bothell-Everett Highway and then take a left at Dumas (136th St. SE).

To learn more, visit http://www.millcreekfestival.com

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