Northwest NEWS

July 12, 1999


Kla Ha Ya Days

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 15-18

Downtown Snohomish and Harvey Field

   Kla Ha Ya Days brings four days of fun to Snohomish this week, Thursday through Sunday, July 15-18. The activities are primarily on 1st Street and Harvey Airport, 9900 Airport Way.


   From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, celebrate Snohomish's 140th birthday in the antique district downtown. Stores and art galleries are open late. Live music plays throughout town and the Ollie Winston Trolley ferries people from the downtown area to the Snohomish Farmer's Market. Carnival rides by Davis Cascadia Amusements are open all four days in Avrill Field at Harvey Airport.


   The Balloon Glow and Fireworks Display begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 16, at Harvey Field. While adults unwind on blankets and lawn chairs from home, kids can romp on inflatable playgrounds, stand in line for face paintings, or chase giant bubbles by Gary Golightly, the Bubbleman.

hot air balloon

The Balloon Glow and Fireworks display is at 6 p. m. Friday, July 16.

   The whole family will enjoy Circus Contraption, a lively, one-ring theatre of acrobatics, trapeze acts, juggling, and clowns, accompanied by a live circus band. Skydives and gently flickering balloons are accompanied by world-beat Zydeco music performed by The BumbleBees. The Balloon Glow begins at dusk. A twenty-minute Fireworks Display ends the Balloon Glow at 10:30 p. m. Admission is $7 per carload. Coupons for $2 off are available at the Snohomish, Monroe, Lake Stevens, and Woodinville Washington Mutual Bank branches.


   A 70-mile bicycle race opens Kla Ha Ya Days Festival at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 17. The Rally in the Valley, 10 hot air balloons, will launch at 9 a.m. from Harvey Field. By 10 a.m., the festival's in full swing. There are many activities, zany contests, live music, evening parades, and much more.

   Kids-only contests are few. The First Heritage Bank Baby Crawl on First Street and Avenue A provides savings bonds and gift certificates to winners. Whole families may enter the Bed Races, starting at 4:30 p.m. on First Street. Sign up at Washington Mutual, Morris Printing, or American Building and Roofing.

mother & baby

Some sit, some stand, some cry, some actually crawl! Pint-sized winners of the Baby Crawl race receive savings bonds or gift certificates from race sponsor First Heritage Bank. The race will be held at 2 p.m. on First Street and Avenue A.

   At the Watermelon Seed-Spitting Contest, fathers and sons may compete. A mother and daughter may race each other through a piece of Snohomish Pie Company's peach pie. A Grandmother's Putt might win $100 for her grandchild's school, courtesy of Washington Mutual Bank. At 6:30 p.m., the family may reconvene for the Top Foods Sunset Parade. Couples may stay behind for a Street Dance from 8:30 to midnight.

   Kla Ha Ya Days highlights music throughout its 1999 festival. Live bands play rock 'n roll, oldies, folk, and Dixieland all day Saturday and Sunday on both ends of First Street. On Saturday night, judges pick the best original song after Musicfest's "Battle of the Bands" in Harvey Field, 9900 Airport Way southwest of downtown Snohomish.


   Four hundred collectible cars line First Street from 10 a.m. on Sunday in the Les Schwab Rod, Custom & Classic Show & Shine. Spectators arriving at 10 a.m. will witness the entrance of eleven fuel-altered and circle track racecars. Judges will pass out eighty trophies starting at 3 p.m.

hot rod

1998 winner of the Pacific Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway. This 1949 Austin A-4o Gasser, boasts a custom-built Chevrolet LS-7 engine and a best quarter-mile time of 10.70 seconds at 124 mph. Owner Mike Crockett of Lynnwood displays this hot rod at the Les Schwab Rod, Custom & Classic Show & Shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 18.

   Kla Ha Ya Days Festival closes its arts, crafts, and food booths at 5 p. m. on Sunday.