If you went anywhere in Lake Stevens or Granite Falls last weekend you most likely ran into a crowd of people celebrating grand openings, learning about health and safety or singing at the top of their lungs. Crowds lined the aisles at the grand opening of the IGA in Granite Falls. After months of remodeling, the old Red Apple has grown into a bigger and better IGA grocery store. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 8 a.m. Saturday with live music, balloons and face painting. More balloons and face painting were found at the Lake Stevens Health & Safety Fair which was held in the Albertson’s parking lot. Kids learned how to make sure their bike helmets fit correctly by Lake Stevens Police Officers. They could take home a free book from the Lake Stevens Family Center and enjoy a hot dog and nachos from the Lake Stevens Lions Club. Across the street at Haggen Food and Pharmacy, Aquafest Idol was in full swing with the first of many try-outs. Idol hopefuls will be belting out tunes for the next couple of weekends in hopes of taking home the title of Aquafest Idol 2009. The new Getchell Farmer’s Market opened outside of Granite Falls with fresh kettle corn, fragrant and colorful flowers and lots of other tasty treats. The Farmer’s Market will take place each Saturday throughout the summer.