Thank you for an amazing weekend

By Guests | Sep 11, 2013

 

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

In particular, the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association thanks everyone who worked for the last year to make these few terrific days happen.

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

A big thank you goes to Executive Director Shannon McCarty and her team, including the irreplaceable Julie Martin and Debbie Singer.

The partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Mukilteo with the tireless efforts of Jennifer Berner, Kevin Whitte and the team from Rosehill made the festival function with ease!

They put in long hours for months building up the infrastructure of the festival planning and were awake for about 50 hours this weekend.  They are festival professionals.

I also have to thank the Chamber of Commerce for committing to the festival with their staff time and support. It's much more work than the festival budget can truly pay for, and last weekend wouldn't have happened without it.

I also would like to thank our sponsors – we have more new sponsors than years prior! Look for the sponsors' names in our thank you ad in this Beacon.

They help make this event happen, including the spectacular fireworks show – which seemed to be better than ever this year.

The festival excitement started a couple weeks ago, when the Tennis Tournament and Run-A-Muk livened up the weekend of Aug. 23-25. We had a great turnout and congratulate the winners.

Check our website to see the times and results, if you haven't already. Thanks to Peggy Kellam for managing Run-A-Muk and Jeff Gilbert for running the Tennis Tournament.

The festival wouldn’t happen without the amazing logistics effort from Steve Conklé and Ted Wheeler – both of these individuals and countless volunteers managed the set-up, traffic coordination, trash removal, and complete tear down & clean-up of Mukilteo Lighthouse Park.

Many thanks to Mukilteo Public Works that made using the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park easy and worked alongside the Festival Volunteers on many, many details throughout the weekend.

On Friday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m., our doors opened for the 2013 Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival. We welcomed visitors to enjoy a wide array of food vendors, including the famous Kiwanis Salmon Bake.

This year, the Juried Artist Booths and Sponsor Booths had some excitement with the morning rain and high tides. We recovered well, however, and appreciate everyone rolling with the excitement, particularly Art Booth Committee Chairs Kathy Wisbeck and Mimi Landsberg.

Interested buyers and browsers had a chance to enjoy the fantastic art all weekend. We thank our visitors who supported these talented artists by buying their work. Your investment encourages them to return to Mukilteo each year.

Our weather turned beautiful all weekend, which made for a delightful end of summer event.

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.

Many of our visitors come from out-of-town to visit the festival: 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. We know wait times for buses can be long at times – we remain committed to continuous improvement in our shuttle system.

Many thanks to Jeanmarie Trapp, our festival advertising chair, who coordinated a large-scale effort to get the word out about the festival. We hope all the ads and banners helped you to get excited for all the festivities.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the morning activity always focuses in the Harbour Pointe area. Boy Scout Troop 189 welcomed people to a tasty 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 on Saturday morning. Thanks to everyone for their hard work making this memorable event come together.

Those who made their way down to the festival on Saturday afternoon were treated to a flyover from the Washington Pilots Association! We were fortunate to have sunny skies and excited visitors to enjoy their donation of the flyover.

This year we had the Blackjack Squadrom flying RV Kitplanes, the Northwest Beechboys flying Beechcraft Bonanzas and a plane from the Historic Flight Foundation.

The Lions Club Hot Dog Eating Contest brought a spirit of competition to the Saturday afternoon events! This year's winner Jason Raaum beat out his fellow competitors with seven hot dogs in five minutes.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, our Battle of the Bands winners performed to close out the festival. It's always a treat to see the talent of our teenage Mukilteans.

The Historical 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.

Many volunteers were recruited by Board member Carolyn Dode Carlson – all those volunteers who directed traffic, cleaned up garbage, washed tables, worked in the information booth and sold T-shirts are another integral part of the festival's success.

We also need to thank the Mukilteo police for the terrific job they did keeping the festival safe and secure all weekend. The Mukilteo Fire Department was also on board and helped everyone be safe and accident-free the entire time.

We appreciate all our board members and committee chairs who attended meetings all year long and planned for hours all of the endless details that made the weekend work!

It is a large commitment and your time and effort does not go unnoticed – thank you!

Interested in being part of the festival planning next year? Give us a call at 425-353-5516 or email info@mukilteolighthousefestival.com.

Artists sign up for the juried art booths in April and May next year. Food vendors, nonprofit booths and corporate booths, you can sign up in May through July for a booth. Run-A-Muk and Tennis Tournament registrations will be open May through August.

You can always find information at mukilteolighthousefestival.com.

Thank you to all who came, participated and planned – we had another successful and fun festival – can’t wait until September 2014!

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