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By David Pan 

A celebration: Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival ready to entertain

 

Last updated 9/7/2022 at 1:13pm

David Pan

The MukFest Pirates of the Salish Sea will be firing off a cannon Friday night.

This year's Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival on Sept. 9-11 is shaping up to be the best yet.

Many of the festival's favorites are back, including magician Luong Hau, the Kiwanis salmon bake, Avenue of Food, and the MukFest Pirates of the Salish Sea, who will storm the beach Friday night and fire off their cannon to officially open the festival. The popular fireworks show is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

But this year the festival offers plenty of new activities for the young and the young at heart.

Festival organizers are throwing a party for the City of Mukilteo, which is celebrating its diamond anniversary – 75 years.

"We wanted to make this a really big celebration," said Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association President Candace Felt. "We want to give back to the community and celebrate ourselves, our government, and all of our people."

At 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11 on the main stage, the festival will honor the City Council, past Citizens of the Year, past Pioneers of the Year, and other dignitaries.

Mayor Joe Marine will be reading a proclamation, and free celebratory cookies will be handed out.

"It's a celebration of the city the whole weekend," Felt said. "Our theme is just to have a big party and celebration of the community."

Preceding the 75th anniversary program, the festival hosts a Song & Poetry Slam Competition at 2 p.m. on the main stage.

Participants will have a chance to create a piece that represents what Mukilteo means to the entrant or the community. Entries are still being accepted and are due by Sept. 4. The entry fee is $10. Register at mukfest.com.

Members of the Mukilteo Historical Society will be performing a historical piece in full costume at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, on the main stage.

Several new children's activities will make their debut at the festival. A 40-foot slide will be located just left of the entrance to Lighthouse Park.

"Everyone will enjoy that, not just the children," Felt said. "It's a big slide. Lighthouse Park is kind of small for a festival. Having something of this size, we had to squeeze it in."

Also new is the Les Schwab tire crawl. The 30-foot-by 50-foot attraction features bales of hay, piles of sawdust, and large tractor tires kids can crawl in and around. Pony rides will be available for kids on Saturday, and they can interact with animals at a petting zoo on Sunday.

Kids also can jump up and down in one of five bouncy houses and scale a climbing wall. McDonald's hosts a fun-and-games corner Friday night.

From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, kids and adults can participate in the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club fishing derby at the public dock near the Silver Cloud Inn.

The Kids Parade, along Harbour Pointe Boulevard near Kamiak High School, starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, with the grand parade set to follow at 10:45 a.m. The Muk Fest Pirates of the Salish Sea will be marching in the parade. The pirates are scheduled to land on the beach and shoot off their cannon Friday, Sept. 9.

A new sport will make its first appearance at Lighthouse Festival. The second annual Pacific Northwest Beach Korfball Kup Tournament is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the volleyball area. Korfball is similar to basketball. Players will be offering coaching clinics and a shooting contest throughout the day. The sport is for all ages.

The festival features numerous food trucks and booths with a wide range of cuisine. Confirmed vendors include Gip's Downhome BBQ, JJ Froyogo soft ice cream and frozen yogurt, Blinchikiusa Russian-style crepes, Kona Ice of Skagit Valley, the Food Atlas, Papa Murphy's, Kettle & Pop, Sugar & Spice Mini Donuts, Blue Med Catering, and Langostino Sushi Burrito.

The Mukilteo Historical Society will be offering lighthouse and museum tours from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The gift shop also will be open at that time and from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

The Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden features a full lineup of musical entertainment. Ivy Lane (4:30 p.m.), Strange Jane (6:30 p.m.), and Engage (8:30 p.m.) hit the stage on Friday, Sept. 9.

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A staple of the Lighthouse Festival, the fireworks display will be presented Saturday, Sept. 10.

David Johnson (noon), Sheri & Da Boyz (1:30 p.m.), Outside the Lines (3 p.m.), Rain City (5 p.m.), Legacy (7 p.m.), and Hair Nation (9 p.m.) perform on Saturday. The festival wraps up on Sunday with Blues & Brews music from noon-4 p.m.

Since there is no onsite parking, festival-goers might want to consider taking a shuttle from Olympic View Middle School (2602 Mukilteo Speedway), Kamiak High School (1801 Harbour Pointe Blvd.) or Electroimpact (4413-4517 Chennault Beach Road/Saturday only).

The shuttle is $2 per person suggested donation.

Hours for the festival are 4-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Most vendors close down at dusk.

The park closes at 11 p.m.

For more information and updates about the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival see mukfest.com

 

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