No 2019 Run-A-Muk or festival parade

Mukilteo Farmers Market previously canceled, as well
By Brandon Gustafson | Feb 06, 2019
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Scouts from Troop 189 kicked off the Lighthouse Festival parade in 2018. The parade has been canceled for 2019.

The lead up to the 54th annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, as well as the festival itself, will look significantly different this year as the Run-A-Muk 5K/10K and the Lighthouse Festival parade have been canceled.

“Those two events have been revenue generating in the past, (but) now cost the (Lighthouse) Festival Association more than they bring in,” former Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce CEO Julie Martin said.

As we reported last week, the Mukilteo Farmers Market is taking 2019 off due to a lack of volunteers to help run the day-of operations of the market. Between the farmers market and the removal of the festival parade and Run-A-Muk, this summer in Mukilteo will have fewer options for those looking for local happenings.

Run-A-Muk has always taken place each year a few weeks prior to the Lighthouse Festival. The Lighthouse Festival Association sponsored it, and proceeds from sign-ups directly benefited the festival.

The annual parade traditionally took place the second day of the festival, and traditionally took place on Harbour Pointe Boulevard in front of Kamiak High School.

Last year, Martin told The Beacon that the festival was undergoing financial difficulties due to ever-increasing costs to run the festival, which takes place for three days in early September at Lighthouse Park.

The festival had already undergone some cutbacks in recent years, removing the second day of fireworks and having less fencing, lighting and porta potties, to name a few items.

Martin, now the Lighthouse Festival Board president, confirmed to The Beacon that there will be significant cutbacks to the festival Mukilteans have come to expect the last few years, with the removal of Run-A-Muk and the parade.

“Those of us on the planning committee have already began plans for the 2019 Festival and are having to make some tough choices,” she said.

The 54th festival will still take place as planned in early September.

Last year, Martin wrote an article for The Beacon about the need for more funding and more volunteers, both of which she said have been steadily declining in recent years.

“Some great ideas and conversations came from that article. I have heard that many Mukilteans would like to go back to some of the fun, family-style events and I am working to find organizations and funding for those things,” she said.

The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association, which plans the festival each year, is a nonprofit group comprised of local citizens. Its mission statement is “promote the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival while creating unity within our community and providing partnership opportunities for local service groups, businesses and individuals.”

While talking to The Beacon last year, Martin said the festival board and committee were both undergoing significant turnover, a key concern for the festival as it looks ahead.

“Many of the board members and committee chairs will be cycling off the board after this year, and the festival is having a difficult time covering the expenses,” Martin said last August. “Yes, there is a possibility that if it does not receive financial and volunteer support that it could become much smaller or not happen in the future.”

Martin said the festival is looking for “innovative ideas and ways to involve service groups and businesses, ways that will bring in the revenue but also are fun and engaging for both businesses and community attendees.”

Those interested in volunteering or getting involved with the Lighthouse Festival can attend a planning meeting, which takes place the fourth Thursday of each month at the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce building, 4902 76th Street SW.




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