April 3, 2000
Grand Marshal for the parade was Woodinville Weekly publisher Carol Edwards, one of the founders of the celebration and a continuing organizer and supporter of the event. With Edwards are members of her family: (front) Julie Unruh and Jeff Boselly; (back) Carol Edwards and Jennifer Noid. Also in the car was Edwards' granddaughter, Vivian Noid.
Hundreds of bassets and their owners dressed in foolish costumes to compete in the 18th annual Basset Bash. Prizes were awarded for best costume, best howl, and fastest in the hot dog race.
An estimated 20,000 crowded the sides of 175th to watch the annual parade under warm temperatures and sunny skies.
Celebrate Woodinville festivities also marked the opening of the Woodinville Farmers' Market for the season.
About 100 entries took part in the All Fools' Day Parade which featured bassets, children in costumes, and community floats.
Spring bloomed last Saturday in all shapes, colors, and sizes, as thousands of humans and canines came together for a day for fun.
The community event, "Celebrate Woodinville 2000," drew record crowds under sunny skies for the 22nd annual All Fool's Day parade, 18th annual Basset Bash, the opening of the Woodinville Farmers' Market, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Teen Northshore Art Show, Children's Activity and Resource Fair, and celebration of the City of Woodinville's birthday and groundbreaking for the new city hall.
Spectators, dignitaries, participants, and organizers joined for a memorable day. "We were very well supported, and served 365 pancake breakfasts, the most we have ever served," said Diane Fulton, president of the Woodinville Kiwanis.
Louise Miller, King County Councilperson, cut the ribbon to officially open the Woodinville Farmers' Market for the season that goes through October. With almost 90 vendors, the market had its strongest opening day ever, according to Grant Davidson, market manager. All types of crafts were represented at the market, with a number of farmers with early vegetables, and flowers and plant growers with a wide variety of plants and plant starts.
Census 2000 was on hand, encouraging people to complete their census forms and send them back. The Woodinville Water District, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, and other business vendors were in the front of City Hall. The water district had a blind water taste test and provided terrariums that demonstrated the water cycle.
"People were amazed that they liked Woodinville tap water as well as, and even better than, bottled water," said Gwenn Maxfield, president of the Woodinville Water Commissioners. There was information for visitors on how to turn off their water main in case of an emergency.
The parade had almost 100 entries in many categories. The VFW color guard led the parade. Besides the 200-plus bassets, pygmy goats, horses, llamas, mules, greyhounds, a mastiff dog, and other animals attended. Innovative floats, such as the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce's golf putting green, livened up the day.
The Basset Bash awarded prizes and crowned a 2000 King and Queen.
The Children's Activity and Resource Fair in the Woodinville Towne Center drew crowds of children who had their faces painted, drew a picture for the mural, and rode the ponies.
The Teen Northshore Art Show drew an appreciative crowd to see the works of talented teen artists.
The City of Woodinville held their groundbreaking ceremonies for the new City Hall in an open field located 1/2 block south of the present facility. More than one hundred spectators heard speeches from city and county officials and enjoyed the performance of sisters Sehwa and YongWa Lee playing the piano and violin.
Louise Miller, King County Councilperson, read a proclamation from King County, signed by Executive Ron Sims, congratulating Woodinville. The first official ground turning was done by Mayor Randy Ransom and the Woodinville City Council, followed by U.S. Congress representatives Jennifer Dunn and Jay Inslee. Numerous state officials also attended, including Senator Rosemary McAuliffe from the 1st District, State Representatives from 1st district Al O'Brien and Jean Edwards, and from the 45th District, Kathy Lambert and Laura Ruderman. The public was also invited to grab a shovel and participate in the groundbreaking.
Following the ceremonies, the City of Woodinville's 8th birthday cake was served.