Northwest NEWS

July 2, 2001


2001 Heritage Festival

From Civil War troops to Mountain Men, King County's 28th annual Heritage Festival will feature some of the most unique and interesting living history attractions found anywhere July 7-8 at Marymoor Park near Redmond.
   For the first time, the Heritage Festival will present a full-scale Civil War reenactment, including a daily battle and Federal and Confederate troop encampments. Other intriguing living history attractions include vintage baseball games played with 1860s rules, an on-site genealogy search, an 1800's Mountain Men encampment, an 1800's Oregon Trail Travelers encampment, and demonstrations of traditional mastercrafts such as blacksmith works and canoe carving.
   Admission to the Heritage Festival is free, and on-site parking is $6. The 2001 Heritage Festival will run July 7 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4 for the fireworks show.
   Traditional Heritage Festival features returning this year include dance performances from a variety of cultures, a huge craft market with more than 75 booths, and outstanding musical performances.
   Fourth of July
   The Fourth of July fireworks show will be held at 10:15 p.m. on July 4, prior to the actual Heritage Festival.
   General Festival Highlights
   Livestock Exhibits and Parade. Sunday's festival activities will begin at 11 a.m. with the Heritage Festival Livestock Parade. Draft horses, Morgan horses, oxen, rare Ayrshire cattle, black face sheep and other barnyard favorites that once inhabited historic Willowmoor Farm will be on display and will lead other festival participants in a colorful procession around the festival grounds. Blacksmithing, plowing demonstrations, and interpretive exhibits add to the fun.
   Headline Music
   This year's music will be focused on the historic American music forms of jazz, blues and swing with headliners Ernestine Anderson and Curtis Salgado.
   Dance Lessons
   Festival goers canl earn some new dance steps. Lessons include swing (July 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.); and Salsa (July 8 at 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.).
   Family Theater and Children's Activities
   The Heritage Festival Family Theater will feature performances to delight young and old through music, drama and storytelling. On stage this year will be the Valentine's Performing Pigs, the Reptile Man will also appear on the family stage.
   Sammamish River Canoe Rides
   The Lakes to Locks group will offer free canoe rides on the Sammamish River.
   The rides begin at the off-leash dog area. Riders can hear about the history of the river and how it relates to Marymoor Park.
   For more general information about the Heritage Festival, call (206) 296-2964. Marymoor Park is located near Redmond at 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast. Motorists can take State Route 520 to the West Lake Sammamish Parkway Exit.