August 17, 1998
Celebration plans for new city progress
by Jack Rogers
Let's party! Plans to celebrate the incorporation of Kenmore are alive and well. A committee of 20 community volunteers chaired by Gary Dupen has been meeting regularly over the past several months to provide a day of fun for the Kenmore citizens and to commemorate the birth of the new city.
Although Kenmore won't officially be a city until Aug. 31, the celebration will take place a day early.
The Celebrate Kenmore! activities are scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Sunday, Aug. 30. A children's parade will begin at 3 p.m. and be followed by the Kenmore Grand Parade.
The parade route will be down NE 181st St. from 73rd NE to 68th NE, terminating at Kenmore Village. To enter the Kiddie Parade, contact Brenda Phelps at (425) 488-2409.
Kenmore merchants have donated prizes for drawings throughout the day.
People may sign up for the free drawings at the Celebrate Kenmore booth in the village or along the parade route. Prizes include several sunset flights courtesy of Kenmore Air and other merchandise provided by local businesses.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and official dedication of the new city will occur at Kenmore City Hall in Kenmore Village at 4 p.m. Mayor Jack Crawford will preside.
From 4 to 6 p.m. Kenmore Village businesses will host a carnival for children and food concessions. Booths will fill most of Kenmore Village and include activities such as face painting, sidewalk chalk art, Kiddie Karaoke, mask making, stamp art and tile painting for the Burke Gilman Trail tunnel.
Those coming to the celebration are encouraged to park at the two park and ride lots in Kenmore. Shuttle services will be provided to the activities at Kenmore Village and Tracy Owens/Logboom Park.
From 5 to 9 p.m. activities will shift to Tracy Owens Park. Live music will be provided throughout the evening by Anthony Long, saxophonist, Solid Gold Soul, a Motown group and the Bone Orchard Band, a country western outfit. Food concessions and souvenir stands will also be provided at the park.
Funding for a fireworks display has recently been made possible through business and private donations. The fireworks will commence at 9 p.m., over the north end of Lake Washington.
The planning committee is looking forward to a successful event and hopes the weather will cooperate. Anyone who has a Kenmore banner is asked to display it on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 30 and 31.
Those coming to the events are asked to bring a can of food for Northwest Harvest. Donation barrels will be available throughout Kenmore Village and Tracy Owens Park.