Record numbers visit festival

By Jennifer Gregerson, MLFA President | Sep 12, 2012

Thank you to all of Mukilteo for another successful festival weekend!

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association thanks all the volunteers who worked for the last year to make this three-day Celebration by the Bay happen.

Our board, committee chairs and executive directors put in the time, energy and spirit to create Mukilteo's most famous event of the year.

The excitement started a few weeks ago, with the Tennis Tournament and Run-A-Muk on the weekend of Aug. 24-26. We had a great turnout and congratulate the winners. Check www.mukilteolighthousefestival.com to see the times and results if you haven't already!

Friday afternoon, we opened the 2012 festival. We welcomed visitors to enjoy a wide array of festival food, including the famous Kiwanis Salmon Bake.

This year, the Juried Artist Booths also opened on Friday to interested buyers and browsers. We thank our visitors who supported these talented artists by buying their work. Your investment encourages them to return to Mukilteo each year!

The Mukilteo Arts Guild also welcomed visitors on Friday and Saturday to an art show of local work at Rosehill Community Center.

The weather was beautiful for Friday and Saturday, bringing record numbers of visitors to the Mukilteo waterfront! Thanks to Shannon McCarty, co-executive director, and Darlene Conkle, co-vice president, for coordinating the bus shuttles.

Many visitors parked at Olympic View Middle School and Kamiak High School to make the journey to the water. We appreciate our visitors' willingness to jump on a bus as part of their festival experience.

We know wait times for buses were long at times – I am committed to increasing the number of buses next year.

Many of our visitors are from out-of-town: September marks the busiest month for our local hotels, all year long! We thank the Mukilteans that welcome these visitors and hope they enjoyed our beautiful city by the bay.

Saturday morning, in the Harbour Pointe area, Boy Scout Troop 189 tried their hands for the first time at the traditional Pancake Breakfast at the Pointe of Grace Church. Bellies were filled before the Children's Parade and Grand Parade began.

Another talented and spirited collection of marchers filled the boulevard for a couple hours with this year’s parade. Thanks to everyone for their hard work making this memorable event come together.

That afternoon, visitors were treated to a flyover from the Washington Pilots Association! We were fortunate to have sunny skies. A few Fudge-A-Muk artists even took a break to watch the planes.

The Mukilteo Chocolate fudge carving was a delightful success as always, with more than 50 people signing up to create a fudge masterpiece. A few of the artists from the juried booths provided some expert talent to create some fantastic sculptures, as well!

Thanks to Jennifer Berner, co-executive director, for the vision that transformed our children's activities this year – big new attractions from Clowns Unlimited kept the kids entertained.

For $11, kids could ride endlessly on all the features. For free, they got to enjoy the arts and crafts and activities provided by our Kids Korner sponsors. We thank everyone for their efforts to make the festival family and kid-friendly.

The Mukilteo Storytellers, led by Christopher Summitt and Diane Tinsley, performed multiple times throughout the weekend and lent an air of drama and history to the festival grounds. Their stories of Mukilteo were a great backdrop to the festivities.

Sunday, our Battle of the Bands winners and 2012 holders of the Kamiaxe, Saint Somewhere, performed to close out the festival. It's always a treat to see the talent of our teenage Mukilteans.

The Lions Club Hot Dog Eating Contest brought a spirit of competition to the Sunday afternoon events! We look forward to seeing that competition crown a 2013 winner, next year! Will Arnie Hammerman jump in again to defend his title?

Mark your calendars now for Sept. 6, 7 and 8, 2013! Are you interested in being part of the festival planning? Give us a call at 425-353-5516 or email mukilteofestival@frontier.com.

Artists sign up for the juried art booths in April and May next year. Food vendors, non-profit booths and corporate booths may sign up in May through July for a booth. Run-A-Muk and Tennis Tournament registrations will be open in May through August. Keep an eye out at mukilteolighthousefestival.com.

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