Northwest NEWS

August 31, 1998

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Kenmore celebrates new city, bright future









Photos by tom Traeger

Top row: Left: Kenmore scout troops lead the parade; Middle: Kenmore Village has a festival atmosphere as parade times nears; Right:Kenmore Scottish roots were celebrated throughout the day

Middle row: Left: Del and Joan Hansen along with their grandchildren, Krystal and Jeffery find some shade in the 80 degree heat on Parade Day; Middle: Ralph Swanson, owner of Plywood Supply, was the Grand Marshall of the Parade; Right: Bikes and Trikes were a favorite mode of transportation n the Kiddies' Parade

Bottom row: Left: Scott McLean and Ian and Derrick bring greetings from Kenmore's Sister City in Scotland; Right: Mayor Jack Crawford (l.) and Deputy Mayor Dick Taylor are all smiles after cutting the ribbon to City Hall.

   by Tom Traeger
   If the enthusiasm and spirit shown at the Kenmore celebration commemorating the incorporation of the City of Kenmore is any indication, the new city has a bright future.
   Over 2,000 people attended the events last Sunday to celebrate King County's newest city.
   The festivities began with a kiddies' parade in mid-afternoon with more than 300 children riding trikes, pulling wagons and leading pets.
   City and county dignitaries rode in vintage Model A Ford cars waving to the crowds. The cars were courtesy of the Evergreen Model A club of which Mayor Jack Crawford is a member and past president.
   Leading the parade was Grand Marshall Ralph Swanson, owner of Plywood Supply. Swanson has been a dedicated community activist for years and a key player in the incorporation efforts for the city. Following were Mayor Jack Crawford, Deputy Mayor Dick Taylor and Council members Deborah Chase, Steve Colwell, Chip Davidson, Tika Esler and Elodie Morse. Representing King county was Councilmember Maggie Fimia. Bagpipe music was provided by groups from Shoreline and Bellevue to commemorate Kenmore's Scottish roots.
   The parade ended at City Hall where county and city officials thanked the crowd for their support of the incorporation efforts. The ceremonies were culminated by the cutting of the ribbon to City Hall by Mayor Crawford and Deputy Mayor Dick Taylor.
   Food booths and live music were featured at both Kenmore Village and Logboom Park for the celebrants. Many Kenmore restaurants and delis offered special individual and family meals during the day to showcase their businesses and contribute to the city celebration. Flatbed trucks from Plywood Supply provided the stages.
   The big day ended with a fireworks display over Lake Washington. Coordinated by Councilmember Chip Davidson, the display was made possible by Kenmore businesses as well as corporate sponsorship from GTE. Davidson said, "The reaction of the crowd can make every contributor proud of their part in sponsoring the event."
   Gary DuPen who along with his wife Elaine, coordinated the big event, said, "The day was fun and gave lots of people a chance to celebrate. We could not have been more pleased. We wanted it to be a family day and I think we did pretty well."