Boardwalkfestival scheduled Aug. 12

Published on Thu, Aug 3, 2006
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Boardwalk festival scheduled Aug. 12

Vendors have a week left in which to sign up for the first annual Blaine Boardwalk Festival on Saturday, August 12, and according to coordinator Christy Longquist of Northern Meadows Gift Shop about two-thirds of the 30 spaces have already been spoken for.

To participate, vendors need only register and pay a $10 fee to help defray expenses.

That does not include sidewalk sales being conducted by at least seven local merchants, some of whom, like Laura’s Treasure Chest on Marine Drive, will move in to set up on Peace Portal for the day.

“We’ll have some people selling food, but we’ll also have seven local restaurants within walking distance that will be open,” said Longquist.
The list includes the Bella Marina, the Great Northern caboose, Tony Andrews’ new coffee shop, the Seaside Bakery Cafe, Big Al’s Diner, Paso del Norte and the Blackberry House.

Longquist said that the event is being planned as a family fun day and will include kid’s attractions like a bounce house, face painting and games.

Mary Lee Hill has organized a motorcycle show and shine and Glenn Tuski is coordinating live music. Athletes who want to enter the next day’s Tri Without Borders triathlon must register at the festival, an arrangement that will draw all the eligible competitors downtown on Saturday and hopefully their families, too.

All this will take place on both boardwalk plazas and on the street in between them, plus the west end of H street.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. and is sponsored by the City of Blaine and the Blaine Chamber of Commerce.

To sign up, vendors should call the Visitor’s Information Center at 332-6484.