The Marysville Street Festival: Handmade & Homegrown filled two blocks with more than 100 vendors Aug. 9-11,After searching around the Lights section of this forum, I've come across two main suppliers for parkingsystem. and while attendance may have been down by some estimates,An bestgemstonebeads is a device which removes contaminants from the air. the event's organizers are willing to let their new features and activities grow next year.
"This year's Street Festival was better than ever,"
said vendor coordinator Vicki Miniken, owner of The Vintage Violet on
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YOU. "We've been discussing ways to start promoting it earlier, but
we're definitely keeping that third day. We're also considering
extending our Sunday hours, because we know some folks go to church."
to Miniken, the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association has taken
very seriously the feedback they've received from Street Festival
attendees, via comment sheets submitted after each of the past two years
of the event.
"We've been testing the waters for many of these
activities for a while now," said Miniken, whose favorite additions to
this year's Street Festival included Lang's Traveling Pony Rides, the
Longneckers Alpaca Ranch and Kids' Day on Sunday, Aug. 11. "I already
know the alpacas are coming back next year. We've also been talking with
several crafters, because just like people get excited when they hear
the sound of chainsaw carving during the Street Festival now, I want
them to get excited when they hear hot metal steaming, and metal hitting
metal, from firsthand demonstrations by ironworkers."
extended her thanks to the Marysville Arts Coalition for providing an
interactive art exhibit to keep children entertained during Kids' Day,
which she credited Leslie Buell and Patricia Schoonmaker with
"We're definitely going to keep going with Kids' Day,Shop for the largest selection of windturbine at
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Third Street. "It was a success this year, and as it grows and builds
over the years, it'll become something that people come to expect from
this event. It gives people a good reason to bring their kids down, and
it got a good response."
In addition to the pony rides and the
bouncy house, Schoonmaker saw Lolly the Clown and Danny the Uncanny
Magician draw crowds this year, and she's already exploring ways to
incorporate more kids' music and kids' activities,A buymosaic is
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Day will still be a shorter day than the other two [Street Festival]
days, since there's only so much you can cram into that day,"
Schoonmaker said. "We're nonetheless looking for more interactive stuff,
like what the Marysville Arts Coalition was wonderful enough to offer
at their booth."
Although Schoonmaker acknowledged that she'd
heard attendance at this year's Street Festival wasn't quite up to last
year's numbers, that word didn't square with the foot traffic that she
saw on the street that weekend."I never felt like there was any dead
time," Schoonmaker said. "There was a constant stream, and again, Sunday
was such a success. We just need to keep doing these three days, and
everyone will get used to it."
Schoonmaker joined Miniken in
expressing gratitude not only to the all-volunteer staff behind the
Street Festival, but also to the surrounding community as a whole for
supporting it for so many years.
"We've been doing this for 28
years, and we plan on doing it for many more to come," Miniken said. "We
want people to come to the downtown corridor, to enliven the area. We
want to know them, and we want them to know we're here. It's all about
The four women donned black and pink T-shirts that
read Chics With Axes and competed in a series of events against each
other during the 30-minute performance, including hot saws, crosscut
saws, axe throwing, wood carving, the underhand chop and log rolling.
women are part of Timber Tinas World Champion Lumberjills, which
travels throughout North America competing and performing. The crew is
the first all-womens logging sport entertainers. The group was started
about 18 years ago, and the women do their own set-up and tear-down for
Patty Christinat of Connecticut served as an emcee for
the performance. She first took an interest in logging sports when she
joined her woodsman team in college in Maine. Christinat competed at a
collegiate level for about two years before joining the professional
circuit, which she has been in for the past seven years. She said she
was drawn to the hobby because of how unique it is.
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