Lots of family fun at next weekend�s Birch Bay Discovery Days

Published on Thu, Jul 10, 2003
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Lots of family fun at next weekend�s Birch Bay Discovery Days

by Shanna Green

Dig out your best Halloween costume, buy some candy and get the family together. The Birch Bay Discovery Days Arts, Crafts and Family Fun Festival is almost here.

The 24th annual festival will be July 19 and 20 in Birch Bay. In addition to lots of great food, activities will include a dunk tank and air brushed tattoos, as well as local vendor booths that will be located between the Dry Dock restaurant and the WorldMark Resort.

The costumes and the candy are for Saturday�s parade, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bay Center Market. The parade will proceed along Birch Bay Drive down to the C Shop.

Birch Bay chamber of commerce president Nick Jerns said anyone who wants to can march in the parade, and those who do will receive a ribbon for participating. There is no set theme to the parade, and participants can wear anything they want.

�Literally anything goes,� Jerns said. �You name it. I�ve seen people wear it.�

Jerns said he remembered one year when a group dressed as �Roswell,� wearing alien costumes and flying saucers on their heads.

The open participation of the parade is part of what makes Discovery Days such a fun festival, Jerns said. �There�s not too many communities where you can be in a parade and just be who you want,�he said.

Last year�s parade was a phenomenal success and is expecting the same for this year, he said. �The bay was so busy last year that Stephani�s had to turn people away,� Cheryll Ryan, the chamber�s event coordinator, said.

The chamber has been focusing on making the festival more family oriented in the past few years by adding more kid-friendly activities such as a bouncy house, game booths, and air brushed and henna tattoos, Ryan said.

Along with bringing business into Birch Bay, the festival also features activities to raise money for the adopt a family fund. Proceeds from both a 50/50 raffle and the dunk tank, provided by the Boys and Girls Club, will go toward the fund, which sponsors needy families during Christmas.

�You can go over to the beach and then come on over here,� Ryan said. �You can start Christmas shopping in July.�

Ryan said the chamber is still looking for volunteers to be in the dunk tank and to work at some of the booths. Although space is filled for food vendors, she said there was still room for arts and crafts vendors. The fee for a booth is $50 for the weekend, and anyone interested in volunteering or having a booth can call her at 332-9415.

The agenda for Discovery Days 2003 is as follows:

Saturday, July 19:
Kid�s parade & grand parade. Starts at 11 a.m. and proceeds from Bay Center Market south along Birch Bay Drive to the C Shop. For details, call Karl King at 371-7153.

Saturday, July 19 & Sunday, July 20:
24th Arts, Crafts and Family Fun Festival Festival. Quality handcrafted items from artisans, musical entertainment, food vendors, dunk tank, several game booths and more. Participants looking to enter in the festival can visit www.birchbaychamber.com or call either Cheryll Ryan at 332-9415 or Shonna Ryan at 325-8211.