April 3, 2000
"Celebrate Woodinville 2000" was a successful celebration of thousands of people and hundreds of bassets, proving that a good time can be had by all, and that the sun does shine when necessary.
It was early in the morning on Saturday when the barricades were set out, bassets on leases were seen, and people started getting their spots ready for a good view of the parade and Basset Bash.
Animals, costumed individuals, decorated bicycles, floats, hundreds of preschool children, bands, drill teams, and much more filled the Woodinville Park & Ride with color and noise as the parade entries lined up for the 11 a.m. parade start, all with the help of Chamber of Commerce volunteers. The Woodinville Police led the parade, followed by the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety fire trucks, with the VFW presenting the colors.
"I am dedicated to the proposition that America should be safe for bassets," said Congressman Jay Inslee who walked the parade with his wife, Trudy. He adopted a basset rescue dog just for the parade, who rode in the car while Inslee walked.
From antique fire trucks to mules, from draft horses and stagecoach to bassets, from tiny tots to senior citizens, from the Wizard of Oz swirling tornado-hooped person to the two Dorothys in red slippers, from performing gymnastics and drill teams to the Woodinville High School marching band, there was something for everyone.
Target personnnel did a shopping cart routine, and Racha Thai Cuisine introduced their colorful dragon. Woodinville fathers lined up and did a stroller routine with their babies as part of Woodinville Family Preschool's entry.
A panel of parade judges awarded Armadillo Barbecue Princess of Pork as the Most Foolish entry. The Best Overall Entry went to the Basset Brigade, led by Patti and Gary Greene. The Woodinville Farmers' Market took Best Float, while King County Credit Union won the Best Business award.
Carol Edwards, Grand Marshal won Best Individual; the Woodinville High School Marching Band won Best Music; Most Original was won by the Northshore Girls' Slow Pitch Softball Association; Wells Fargo Bank's stagecoach won Best Horse entry; Gymnastics East won Best Children's Group, while Woodinville Family Preschool's All Dads Stroller Brigade took Best Drill Team with precision stroller maneuvers.
Art comes in many forms. Junior high and high school students displayed their paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, pottery, masks, and other work at the Teen Northshore Art Show in the City Council chambers. The low light exhibit was designed with black panels, plywood, and drapery material. Woodinville High DECA students manned the exhibit.
More than 200 bassets participated in the annual Basset Bash, coming from as far away as New York, Florida, and the Midwest. Kramer Magee (Mike Butler, Woodinville) took first prize for longest ears (male) at a whopping 11 inches, while Cheyenne (John Hickman, Seattle) took first in the female division with ears 9 inches long.
Lulu (Simons, Seattle) had the best waddle, Jay Buehner (Meg Beaston, Maple Valley) had the best howl, and Oaffie (Feinsteins, New York) came from the longest distance. Elliot (Weiggands, Woodinville) was named the 2000 King Basset. Queen Basset went to Fuley (Summers, Snohomish). Best costume went to Thor (Bares, Marysville), who was dressed up as a sheep dog. Le Millie Chantilly took best name (female), while Maytag placed first for best name (male).
Snickers (JoAnne Gomen, Duvall), Sam (Cochrans, Marysville), Bella (Krolfes, Seattle), and Lula (Simons, Seattle) took first place in the great wienie race for puppy, adult, middle-age, and senior basset divisions, respectively. Gigi (Olsens, Gig Harbor) won the Most Foolish Master when the Olsens sang a whole song off key to Gigi.
Fuley (Summers, Snohomish) took the Best Trick when she easily jumped over a little girl, a mom, and a mastiff to win. "Not an easy feat for short-legged bassets," said master of ceremonies Gary Greene. "This basset had a leg up, actually four, on all the others."
At 15 years old, King and Max tied as the oldest bassets of all attending.