Welcome to the Lighthouse Festival

By Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association | Sep 04, 2013

Are you ready for an exciting weekend – the best one in Mukilteo all year long?

Come join us down on the waterfront for the 48th annual Lighthouse Festival, this Sept. 6-8! Kids, bring your parents down!

You will be excited to find the Kid’s Korner on the grassy field once again.

In addition to children’s activities, there will be five pirate-themed attractions, two bouncy houses and an obstacle course. Tickets can be purchased for $1.25. The attractions cost 1-4 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 Boys & Girls Club Fishing Derby from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday.

If you stop by the band shell from noon-2:15 p.m., you will have a chance to experience the Instrument Petting Zoo.

No, there won't be farm animals – but there will be musical instruments that kids can experiment with, and they can meet the musicians who play them.

We will also have great family entertainment on the band shell stage throughout the weekend, including taekwondo demonstrations, dance and magic shows.

Make sure to take the shuttle or a Community Transit bus down to the festival – remember there's no parking at Lighthouse Park during the event. The shuttle buses pick you up at Olympic View Middle School or at Kamiak High School. They'll be running during Festival hours on all three days.

It's also not too late to pick up some free bus tickets for the Community Transit routes running on Friday and Saturday. Stop by Mukilteo City Hall, Rosehill Community Center or the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce office this week.

Check the event schedule in this newspaper for the details.

Of course, a favorite event is the fireworks – a spectacular display that lights up the waterfront and excites people of all ages!

The family-owned company that creates the display is the same one that has entertained us for more than 15 years with the massive fireworks performance you've come to expect. Secure your spot on the beach.

Don't worry, we will have tons of shuttle buses staged to whisk you back home after the fireworks are complete, but don't feel like you have to go home right away.

The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce Microbrew and Wine Entertainment Garden will be open until midnight on both Friday and Saturday. Come taste Northwest microbrews and wines, dance and listen to great live music!

Don't forget to bring your checkbook for some great shopping at the Art Booths. You'll see beautiful glass art, jewelry, photography, paintings, housewares and garden art.

Each booth boasts professional, established artists showing off their handmade treasures. Your patronage helps support these artists and keeps them coming back to our town.

Be sure to stop by the Mukilteo lighthouse – take a tour and visit the gift shop, which will be open all weekend. Keep an eye out for the costumed Mukilteo Storytellers wandering the grounds. They will delight you with stories of Mukilteo's history.

The teen Battle of the Bands is a great way to see some wonderful Mukilteo talent. The event runs from 7-11 p.m. at Rosehill Community Center on Saturday.

The top two bands will be invited to play again at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, on the main stage of the festival.

Everyone enjoys the parade! On Saturday, the kid’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by the grand parade along Harbour Pointe Boulevard.

This is a community event where people can enjoy marching bands, drill teams, color guards, floats and specialty show cars. Bring your wagons, bikes and kids to join in the kids' parade then settle in to watch the rest roll by.

The second Lions Club Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday on the main stage – please come by to challenge the record held by 2012 winner Arnie Hammerman.

You'll have three minutes to eat as many hot dogs and buns as possible. If you just want to enjoy a hot dog, polish sausage or hot link, visit the Lions Club Weenie Wagon available all weekend.

Make sure to bring your appetite – the Kiwanis Club will be back with its mouth-watering Salmon Bake. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the festival.

Salmon dinners come with corn-on-the-cob, salad and garlic bread. Proceeds benefit the many great projects and scholarship programs organized by the club.

There is something for everyone with 17 different food booth choices. Come to the festival hungry! Save room for dessert – there will be crepes, mini donuts, ice cream, and more.

Don't forget to take a moment to say hello to our volunteers. You'll see them everywhere at the festival: managing traffic on Front Street, emptying garbage cans, helping out our artists, staffing the information booth and answering your questions.

It's not too late to join the ranks of our volunteers. Give us a call at 425-353-5516 or email HYPERLINK "mailto:info@mukilteolighthousefestival.com" info@mukilteolighthousefestival.com to take a shift this weekend.

We can’t think of any way we would rather make the transition from our long care free summer days to our beautiful fall colors than spending it at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival!

The festival is such an important time for our community. This is when we all come together, welcome tons of visitors and have a great weekend.

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