Several thousand people crowded into Wilmot Park for the annual Celebrate Woodinville summer concert series on Wednesday, July 14. 

The series, which was canceled last year due to pandemic restrictions, kicked off with music from longtime resident and vocalist Emily McIntosh. A line-up of winery and brewery options were also available as well as several treats from local restaurants.

“To get to see the joy on people’s faces made all of the unknowns during planning worth it,” said Kimberly Ellertson, Woodinville Chamber of Commerce executive director. 

The free event continues with different performers on July 21, July 28 and Aug. 4. According to Ellertson, a new selection of eats and drinks will be offered each week.

“We hope that concert attendees are able to visit with each sponsor booth during the upcoming concerts,” she said. “It’s with the support of these businesses that we are able to bring these events to the community.”

Celebrate Woodinville is produced annually by the chamber. Community partnerships include the city of Woodinville, Northshore YMCA and Woodinville Wine Country.

Ellertson encourages community members to consider registering for the Celebrate Woodinville Summer 5k. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and its future events as well as local students through the Northshore Schools Foundation.

Although the race is virtual this year, there will be several packet pick-up events with live music and chalk art demonstrations. Participants can stop by Woodin Creek Village on Aug. 11, 13, 18 and 20. 

“The pick-up events are going to be lively and fun and a way to gather once again this August,” she said.

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