Month to go before Lighthouse FestivalAnnual 3-day event has pirate theme
Avast ye! This year’s Lighthouse Festival be one for pirates.
The 48th annual Mukilteo festival at Lighthouse Park is themed “A Pirate Adventure” and set for the weekend after Labor Day, Sept. 6, 7, and 8. Admission to the event is free.
A month away, the three-day festival features live music, family entertainment, art and food booths, a parade, fly over air show, beer garden, fishing derby, teen battle of the bands, a salmon bake, hot dog eating contest, fireworks – and much more.
The event runs from 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 609 Front St. in Mukilteo.
“We still have all of the traditional elements of the festival – this theme adds another level of fun,” said Shannon McCarty, executive director of the festival.
A “Kids Korner” will include five pirate-themed attractions: two obstacle courses, a giant slide, a bouncy slide with a play area and a swinging ride.
The slides, ride and obstacle courses will be open on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $1.25 each. Activities require 1-4 tickets. All-day passes are $11.
And what be a pirate-themed festival without pirates? Aye!
Meet a pirate
See the Seafair Pirates and other pirates – many of them Kamiak High School students – in the children’s and grand parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 and searching for treasure around Lighthouse Park.
If ye ask nicely, ye may get yer photo with one of the lads. Arr!
If yer lucky, ye may even meet the pirate mascot of the festival, Teague Parker – Mukilteo’s Jack Sparrow, if ye will.
“I go with the whole ‘Pirates of the Carribean’ approach, but I pull it back a little bit. I do a lot of improv, and just getting into it on the spot. I’ll do whatever it takes to make the kids smile.”
See Parker at community events leading up to the September festival, such as the Farmers Market and Movies in the Park. Already, the Kamiak grad has been spotted in character at the Mukilteo Car Show.
Parker said he’s having a lot of fun being a pirate: He dons the costume and a pirate accent and says words and phrases like “buckaroo” and “Let me hear yer ‘Arr!’”
“I get to be a source of entertainment,” he said. “I get to help people get the most fun out of the festival. That’s very rewarding.”
“If anybody wants to take a picture with me, I’ll take it,” Parker added.
Or better yet, dress up as a pirate yerself!
“We want to see people dress up and have fun with it,” McCarty said. “Dress up the kids or dress up the whole family. We want people to try to out do themselves each other. They can make more of it, if they want to.”
Pirate garb is also up for grabs: a pirate dress-up kit with a bandana, eye patch and stick-on tattoos are $5 each.
This year’s festival shirts feature the Mukilteo lighthouse flying a pirate flag on the front and a treasure map on the back that shows the way to the festival through the Possession Sound.
T-shirts are $15 each, long-sleeved shirts are $20 and a hooded sweatshirt is $30.
Or fly a pirate flag of yer own – with a scull and crossbones – during the festival weekend to show yer pirate spirit. Pirate flags are $15 each.
“We’re hoping people will put it up on their flagpoles in Mukilteo for the weekend,” McCarty said. “It will be a fun edition to the festival.”
Pick up yer pirate booty before the festival at the Chamber of Commerce (4902 76th St. S.W.) or Wine 101 (11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd.) or during the festival at the Festival Information booth.
Enter the festival’s 50/50 Pirate Treasure Raffle and ye could win up to $2,500. Tickets are $5 or five for $20. Only 1,500 tickets be available. Half of the proceeds will offset festival costs.
Get yer raffle tickets at the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce (4902 76th St. S.W.), Barbara’s Floral (12809 Beverly Park Rd.), Wine 101 (11601 Harbour Pointe Blvd.), John L. Scott (12221 Village Center Pl., Ste.103), the Mukilteo Chocolate Co. (407 Lincoln Ave.) and the Mukilteo Beacon (806 5th St.).
The drawing will be held Monday, Sept. 9. The winner’s name will be posted on the Lighthouse Festival website. Ye need not be present to win.
No parking available on site. Parking and shuttle buses are available at Olympic View Middle School (2602 Mukilteo Speedway) and Kamiak High School (10801 Harbour Pointe Blvd.).
For more information, call 425-347-1456 or go to www.mukilteolighthousefestival.org. See a complete event schedule and more stories inside the Sept. 4 Festival Issue of the Mukilteo Beacon.