This year’s event offered an array of family entertainment including Caricature Artist Steve Hartley (aka Muggshotz), Balloon Artist Sara Chastain from Puget Sound Balloons, Face Painting by Girl Scout Troop #43738, DJ RT Music, Bouncy Houses, MTYAA Batting Game, and a special appearance by Smokey Bear with the U.S. Forest Service.
Free hot dogs, chips, cotton candy, cookies, water and soda were provided thanks to the many sponsorships and donations by local businesses and volunteer assistance from South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue, City board and commission members, and city employees. Over 30 local agencies provided giveaways and information about the services they offer in the Mountlake Terrace community.
Exciting demonstrations by Seattle Tae Kwon Do in Mountlake Terrace and Mountlake Terrace Dance Programs entertained the crowd. Edmonds Police Officer Robinson and K-9 Hobbs provided the crowd with an exciting demonstration and Questions & Answers about police dogs. Police Chief Greg Wilson answered questions from children and guests visited about a dozen public safety and public works vehicles.
For the second year in a row, Cascade Bicycle Club held a Bike Rodeo on the tennis court parking lot on 224th Street and provided 67 free bike helmets and offered bicycle lessons and helmet fittings for children. The Bike Rodeo is part of the Bike2Health educational program developed by the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace and funded by a grant from the Verdant Health Commission.
“This event really brings our community together and demonstrates that Mountlake Terrace is a friendly, close-knit city,” stated Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen. “We really appreciate Premera Blue Cross, our principal sponsor, as well as all of the sponsors and participants who make this an outstanding event.”
The National Association of Town Watch has selected Mountlake Terrace’s event as a National Award Winner for its outstanding participation for several years.
Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous donations for this year’s event: Premera Blue Cross, Ballinger Thriftway, Double DD Meats, Espresso Break, Mountlake Terrace Albertsons, Mountlake Terrace Business Association, Mountlake Terrace Friends of the Arts, Red Onion Burgers, Terrace-Brier Lions Club, Millers Rent All, Tour de Terrace, MTYAA, Girl Scout Troop #43738, Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, and Waste Management. This event would not be possible without the support of these sponsors.