Northwest NEWS

June 25, 2001

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Bothell's Freedom Festival

Bothell's Freedom Festival 2001 We Are ALL Stars! begins on Saturday, June 30, with a skateboarding competition and concert (co-sponsored by the City of Bothell and Up Against the Wall). The action takes place at Bothell Skate Park across from Pop Keeney Field.
   Three classes of skateboarders beginners, advanced and sponsored will compete for some $2,800 in prizes. Stop by to catch some awesome tricks and radical routines.
   Local teen bands, Zero Ambition, One Night Stand and Roots Infinitiv, will play while competitors skate.
   At 11 a.m. the skate park will be closed so that sponsored teams can have practice time. At noon, beginners will compete, followed by the advanced participants, and the event will finish with the sponsored team competition.
   Portable stands will be set up to hold spectators, and crowds will line the fence to watch.
   Up Against the Wall, a local skate shop, will have a raffle drawing at the end of the event, around 4 p.m.
   From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, model radio-controlled hydroplanes will blast around Lake Pleasant competing for the Diamond Cup 2001 trophey. There will be 16 heats, all sponsored by local merchants, with a prize for each heat. The final prize will be the coveted Diamond Cup. Police will be on hand with radar guns to see how fast these boats really move.
   Parking will be available at the Knights of Columbus building.
   Bothell's Patriot Dance, held at the Park at Bothell Landing from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, will feature country rock band Blue Mariah. This is a free, fun-for-all- ages event you won't want to miss.
   The Fourth of July festivities begin from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a Pancake Feed sponsored by Bothell firefighters at their downtown fire house at 10726 Beardslee Blvd.
   Staging for the Children's Parade begins around 11 a.m. on the Fourth in front of the post office on Main Street. Clowns, jugglers and magicians will roam the staging area. The parade is for children up to 12 years old. Participants are encouraged to bring a bike, a wagon, a dog, etc. Decorate them and go through the parade first. Parents are requested to escort their children through the parade or to meet their children at the end of the route since there is no supervision provided.
   The parade, an easy walk, all downhill, goes down Main Street and ends at the Bothell-Everett Highway.
   Bothell's Grand Parade a true community parade has a history of over 100 years. This is the second year the parade is being sponsored by ATL Ultrasound. It begins on Main Street at 104th Ave. NE at noon and proceeds down Main to SR 527 turning north on SR 527 to NE 188th. This year's theme is "We are ALL Stars."
   Dr. James Monahan of the Bothell Medical Clinic has spent over 40 years serving Bothell. He will be honored as the parade's Grand Marshal. Teens Kate Burton, Will Frankenhouser, Ivana Mohar, Sarah Mayes and Daniel Meek, representing Cascadia Community College, Bothell High, Canyon Park Junior High and Skyview Junior High are honored as Grand Marshals as well. These young people have volunteered in their community, their churches, their schools. Give all the Grand Marshals a round of applause when then ride by.
   At 1 p.m. at the Park at Bothell Landing, the Woodinville Community Band will play rousing patriotic melodies.
   In the same location at 2 p.m., the Battle of Concord will be re-enacted. And be sure to visit Todd Crook's wonderful military antiques display that contains memorabilia from the Civil War to Desert Storm.
   Two inflatable bouncers will be in the vicinity for the kids, and Northshore Seniors will be selling pop and hot dogs at the Senior Day Center.
   Matison Avenue, staged in the Park at Bothell Landing amphitheatre at 3 p.m., will treat the crowd to popular big band sounds of the last century, played decade by decade.
   Northshore families looking for something fun to do this Fourth of July certainly don't have to look or more importantly go far.