Another year, another Aquafest and 2009 marked a “Rush to the Gold” and over four decades of Lake Stevens’ ultimate community event.
Temperatures were high and so were the crowds who came for a weekend of socializing, finger-licking good food and screams and scares aboard the high-flying carnival rides.
Thousands of people lined the streets for this year’s Children’s Parade, which was sponsored by BECU.
Kids of all ages waved as they passed by their friends while traveling down Main St. Leading the parade was Police Chief Randy Celori who threw candy to all the spectators.
The Grand Parade, always a crowd pleaser, was sponsored by the Lake Stevens Journal. It hosted clowns, floats, horses, and even a few gladiators stopped by to ensure safety and fun!
The Grand Parade also honored our Mayor Vern Little and his wife Kathy, Citizen of the Year Stephanie Haines, Junior Citizens of the Year Girl Scout Brownie Troop 50830 and this year’s Grand Marshalls Art and Karen Alessi.
Karen has been an integral part of Aquafest since 1983 after Aquafest had all but died out and she helped bring it back to life. Alessi wrote the Aquafest by-laws and spent countless hours that year visiting other town festivals all over the state to ensure that Lake Stevens didn’t get left behind.
Annual favorites like the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, Family Fun Fest, the $50 Boat Race, Proud Pet Show and of course, fireworks on the lake, were again on the agenda and well attended. Not even a little rain swayed the crowds.
Sporting events including street soccer, disc golf, basketball, softball, tennis, marathons, waterskiing and wakeboarding and even rowing gave every athlete an outlet to perform.
The Celebrity Softball Tournament, sponsored by Progressive Fitness & Juice Bar, SMG Productions and the Lake Stevens Journal brought with it local celebs as well as PAC 10 MVP Jason Gesser, KRKO’s Jeff “The Fish” Aaron and many more.
This fun and entertaining game is sure to be even bigger and better next year.
Each year Aquafest offers something for everyone and this year was no different.
The 2009 Aquafest Board, Mike Friend, Janice Huxford, Ken Norton, Donna Foster and Lisa Elder, along with the rest of the Aquafest Committee, charitably carried the torch into Aquafest’s Golden Anniversary which will be celebrated next year.
There were many people who made this event possible, Aquafest President Mike Friend said. Everyone who helped did a tremendous job. It takes a lot of people to bring an event like this together.