Aquafest 2007 made a huge splash in Lake StevensBY CHUCK TUCK
Talk on the streets this year was how much more comfortable the weather was on Saturday for the parade compared to the hot and humid weather we had last year.
Local vendor Krista Moser from Marysville says her day on Saturday was hot, but good.
Moser has a handbag company named after herself, called Krista.
“I’ve been sewing since I was eight, so most of my life,” said Moser.
Moser recalled as a child always making her own clothes and enjoyed the creative side of designing.
Another local vendor who is from Lake Stevens said her day had been going very well too.
Olivia Ma who owns and runs Emaron Beads & Design says she feels very fortunate to have made it in as a vendor this year having missed it last year.
“I have been here for two years though,” said Ma.
Last year Ma missed being a vendor because all the vendor spots were already booked, so she made sure to reserve her place early enough this year and says she will be doing the same for next year.
As the morning went on, the highlight of the day came at 1 p.m. when the Aquafest Grand Parade took place along Main Street and past City Hall.
Many local residents along with many out-of-town friends and family, lined the streets sitting on curbs, blankets or in their own chairs waiting to see their favorite float pass by.
This years theme was “Make a Splash” so it was obvious to see jet-ski’s and mermaids in-tow for the parade.
However, as each decorative float went by adorned with bright and colorful themes and designs, it was difficult to pick a favorite. It was best left to the judges.
The Lake Stevens Junior Athletic Association (LSJAA) took first place in one of the parade competitions with their cheer squad.
“We’re new to the board, and it’s a whole new set of coaches, and we’re so proud to win this, this year. These cheerleaders have all worked really hard in the last week to learn that routine,” said Michelle Kik.
“We’ve only had three practices, and it feels really great.”
The LSJAA President of the Board Janice Hyatt added, “I’m very proud of my girls who worked so hard, and we are off to a great year this year.”
New this year was the location of the carnival rides which prevented them from having some of their more popular and exciting rides, but the backdrop to the lake provided a beautiful setting.
One carnival employee said that it made running the rides less profitable, but they were getting some traffic with people walking to and from the lake.
The Family Fun Fest was a huge hit on Sunday with children decorating bookmarks and cookies, eating pizza frantically and receiving hugs from Robin of Red Robin.
Other crowd pleasers included the $50 Boat Race which had over 15 entries this year and the Emerald City Ski Team who dazzled onlookers with their form and technique.
Live music entertained the crowds all weekend bringing children of all ages to their feet, especially while excited spectators were waiting for the grand fireworks display Saturday night.
Sporting events were taking place all weekend with the street soccer tournament, 3-on-3 basketball, three different Aquarun events and all of the wakeboard and waterskiing competitions, there was something for everyone.
Aquafest 2007 was another huge success and even bigger and better than years past.
For winners of all competitions go to www.aquafest.org.