August 24, 1998
Kenmore - countdown to cityhood and celebration
Left photo: Kenmore City Hall; right photo: Banner for Kenmore Celebration
The official incorporation of the City of Kenmore is Monday, August 31, 1998. Kenmore residents will celebrate on Sunday, August 30.
The Kenmore Celebration promises to be a day of fun and excitement as the city of Kenmore commemorates its incorporation in what is shaping up to possibly becoming an annual event.
The Kenmore parade will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, heading down NE 181st from the Kenmore Park and Ride near 73rd Ave. NE and end at the Kenmore Village on 68th Ave. NE. The kiddies' parade will go first and its size seems to be growing on a daily basis with now more than 110 entries. The Grand Parade will feature entries from local businesses, schools, service organizations, Miss Washington and her court, Lake City Vigilantes, Model A's of every style and description, and even a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.
The honorary Grand Marshal of the parade will be Ralph Swanson, owner of Plywood Supply in Kenmore.
Throughout the afternoon and evening of Aug. 30 there will be family oriented activities at Kenmore Village and at Tracy Owens/Log Boom Park.
Free drawings for prizes donated by Kenmore merchants will occur throughout the day. Entry forms for the drawings will be available at the Celebrate Kenmore souvenir booth in Kenmore Village or along the parade route.
The culminating activity will be a fireworks display over the north end of Lake Washington beginning at about 9 p.m. Local merchants and businesses serving Kenmore donated funds to pay for the fireworks. Because trees at Logboom Park might obstruct views of the fireworks, the best viewing areas might be further down on the Burke-Gilman Trail or along residential streets above the park. Nearby pet owners are cautioned to keep pets indoors during the fireworks time.
Kenmore Village parking lot will be host to activities for children. A Kiddie Carnival will be held there from 4 to 6 p.m. Activities will include: Kiddie Karaoke, tile painting for the Burke-Gilman Trail tunnel, mask making and many other events.
Kenmore Mayor Jack Crawford will officially cut the ribbon on the new city hall at 4 p.m. City Hall is located in the west end of Kenmore Village. Free drawings will occur there also.
Live music will be provided at Logboom Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Solid Gold Soul, a Motown sound review show, will perform at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Anthony Long, a noted saxophonist, will perform at 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Bone Orchard Band, featuring dance, blues and rock 'n roll style music, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Along with the Bone Orchard Band will be country vocalists Jazz and Kim. Logboom Park will also offer food concessions, souvenirs and family picnic locations.
Parking will be available in the park and ride lots with free shuttle services provided to Logboom Park.