Northwest NEWS

June 28, 1999


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26th Heritage Festival at Marymoor Park, July 3rd & 4th

   Music by top local and international performers, folk dances, arts and crafts by 100 artisans and vendors, ethnic and traditional summer food, fireworks, and a variety of children's activities will all be featured at the 26th Annual KeyBank Heritage Festival, July 3-4 at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

   Admission is free. The festival will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except on July 4 when the fireworks display will extend the hours). Onsite parking is $5 per vehicle. Marymoor Park is located at 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast.

   The Precise Pet Products International Dog Parade will open the festival on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and features a variety of dog breeds competing for prizes: Prettiest Dog, Biggest Dog, Littlest Dog, Dog and Owner Look-a-Like, and Most Unique Ethnic Heritage. Dogs on leash are welcome at festival, and dogs can also run free in the 40-acre Marymoor off-leash area. All participants are asked to bring a non-perishable pet food donation or clumping cat litter to benefit a local pet food bank.

   Sunday's festival activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Eagle Hardware and Garden Livestock Parade with cows, pigs, horses, ponies, work mules, and horsedrawn wagons.

   Top musical acts include: Mark Erelli (July 4, 8:30-10:00 p.m.); Pete Krebs and Gossamer Wings (July 4, 7:00-7:50 p.m.); Sonando (July 4, 5:00-5:45 p.m.); Carrie Akre and Garth Reeves (July 3, 7:00-7:50 p.m.); Lydia McCauley (July 3, 2:30-3:15 p.m.); Guarneri Underground (July 4, 6:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m.); Edmonia Jarrett with Floyd Standifer (July 4, 3:45-4:30 p.m.); Napiers Bones (July 3, 5:00-5:50 p.m.); and American Roots Fusion with members of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (July 4, 5:00-5:50 p.m.).

   Other Heritage Festival performances include: Justin Curtis and His Rockabilly Co-op, Wicked Celts, Nueva Era, The Groove, Brian Butler, Adefua, Kosher Red Hots, Relish, The Casey Neill Trio, Katya Chorover, and Del Ray.

   The Interlake Mountain Men will erect an authentic teepee encampment with ongoing demonstrations of daily living skills, incorporating artifacts such as muzzle-loading firearms into the show. The Oregon Trail Travelers encampment will feature demonstrations of essential trail skills, including woodworking, gunsmithing, and Dutch oven cooking.

   The Washington Overseas Chinese Artist's Association (WOCAA) will present authentic displays of Chinese gardening, calligraphy, painting, seal engraving, knotting, and portraiture, and will include demonstrations of Chinese martial arts, sword and fan dances, and a tea ceremony.

   The Mervyn's California Family Stage will present Native American legends, nature tales and family stories enhanced with special effects, life-sized puppetry, and audience participation. The GTE Directories Children's Area will feature arts and crafts, pony and horsedrawn wagon rides, and swimming. The VoiceStream Wireless Dance Stage includes belly dancers, ballroom dancers, Italian dancers, Egyptian cabaret dancers, Mexican folk dancers, Hawaiian dancers, tap dancers, square dancers, and hip-hop dancers.

   Renowned wood carver Ralph Bennett will carve totem poles, with other arts and crafts demonstrations on needle work, weaving, and matmaking. There will be a variety of hand-crafted wares, from wood toys to pottery.

   Food will include Mexican, Greek, Russian, Vietnamese, Cajun, salmon, pizza, turkey legs, hamburgers, and ice cream. Hale's Ales and food by the Claim Jumper restaurant will be served in the Clise Mansion.

   Volunteers are needed to help for at least one four-hour shift. Youths under 18 must have the permission of a parent or guardian. Call Tor Bell at 206-296-2990.

   For more general information about the KeyBank Heritage Festival, call 206-296-2964 or visit the King County Park System website at