By Kevin Giboney, President Mill Creek Business Association.
The Mill Creek Business Association has proudly produced the Mill Creek Festival for the past 12 years. The festival committee, formed entirely of volunteers from local businesses, devotes countless hours and resources to create an enjoyable event for our patrons and an opportunity for local companies to showcase their services.
The Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Once again, Dan and Sue McNeely of North Creek Roofing are the title sponsors of the event. Please stop by their booth in the middle of Mill Creek Blvd and 161st, as well the booths of all our sponsors for that matter, and thank them for their support. In years that we are able to cover all the festival’s expenses, proceeds are invested back into the community. For example, just this year the Mill Creek Business Association has supported the Mill Creek Santa Parade, the Mill Creek Police Guild, the South Snohomish Honor Guard, the YMCA’s Invest in Youth Campaign, the Mill Creek Food Bank, Jackson High Football and the Mill Creek Forum Summer Concert Series.
We would also like to thank Silver Lake Winery and Fish Tale Ales for hosting the wine and beer garden this year. They will be bringing a variety of local wines, microbrews and hard cider for patrons to enjoy while listening to popular local bands. All of the proceeds from the beer and wine garden go to the Mill Creek Business Association Scholarship Fund. The Association just recently awarded five local high school students from Jackson, Cascade and Arch Bishop Murphy $2,000 scholarships each to the colleges of their choice.
Each year the festival committee tries to bring some fun for everyone of all ages. Though it is a challenge to manage the space restrictions and the multitude of participants, the festival has some new attractions this year:
- There will be a rock-climbing wall, along with bigger inflatable rides, in the Bank of America parking lot.
- Community Transit is brining in their new double decker bus for people to tour.
- Walgreens will do free health screenings on Saturday on 161st Street.
- The Department of Fish and Game will have expanded wildlife displays in their parking lot.
- We have added some new food vendors and have booked a special mystery band for Saturday afternoon that is sure to be a hit.
Though we lost the Dock Dogs and the Car Show this year due to scheduling conflicts, we still have the popular Pet Plaza, Snohomish County Fire Department, the Community Stage and lots of local art and craft vendors.
Please enjoy the show and support the local businesses that make this event possible!
This article has been reprinted with permission from GA Publications NW.