MARCH 24, 1997
The Hollywood Saddle Club won the 1978 Best Horse entry in the first Woodinville All Fools' Day Parade. NE 175th was a two-lane road with potholes back then.
Northwest News file photo.
A full day of fun is ahead when Woodinville celebrates this Saturday with the city's fourth birthday party, a variety of family activities and entertainment, the 19th annual All Fool's Day Parade, and the 14th Annual Basset Bash.
Parade-goers need to get to town early to get a viewing spot. NE 175th will be closed from 10:45 a.m. to at least 12:30 p.m. or longer. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast by the Kiwanis Club at the Woodinville Towne Center, activities are scheduled all day long, rain or shine, throughout the downtown area and will end with a YMCA teen dance at the C.O. Sorenson Gym at 8 p.m.
All the activities occur through the efforts of many volunteers who worked many long hours, and through local business contributions. Celebrate Woodinville '97 is a community partnership between the City of Woodinville, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, Woodinville Tourism Parnership, Woodinville Farmer's Market, the Woodinville Basset Bash, the Greater Woodinville Community Roundtable, Northshore YMCA, the Wilmot Gateway Park Committee, Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District, Woodinville Towne Centre, and Woodinville Plaza.
The first parade started with four business people getting together for dinner. Bob Woods of the former Woodinville Hardware, Doug Crim of the former Diamonds by Wellington, Sharon Walker of the former Potlatch Interiors, and Carol Edwards of the Woodinville Weekly organized the first parade in 1978 after a particularly long and difficult winter.
"We wanted to bring the residents downtown with their families and have some fun. In those days, NE 175th was a two-lane street with large potholes along both sides. Homes outnumbered businesses along the street, and the Woodgate Shopping Center was the only mall," said Edwards.
"We ran the first parade down the street from 140th NE (no stoplight in those days), turned around, and went back up. There were more people in the first parade than on the sidelines. It was wonderful to see all the young children dressed up on their bicycles and horses," said Edwards. "Many of those first entrants have returned every year since.
"Winners of the 1978 parade included the Woodinville Lions Club, the Hollywood Hill Saddle Club, and the Woodinville Community Foolish Band (a very early forerunner of the talented official band we have today). Two of the most foolish entries were a man who came as a shower and a rowboat with a fishing line going back out to a dog(fish).
"The 'tail' end of the first parade was Bonesy, a draft horse pony owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hansen, whose horses were in the pasture that is now the Woodinville Plaza," said Edwards. The first Basset Bash was added to the event a short time later.
Four years ago in March, the City of Woodinville was formed. It was decided to celebrate Woodinville's incorporation, and now birthdays, with an annual community-wide "Celebrate Woodinville" event.
Celebrate Woodinville details.
Schedule of events and map to all the activities.