Carnival, BBQ cook-off come to Smokey Point

Jaime Martinez of Washington LawnScapes, which has offices in both Arlington and Marysville, prepared carne asada for last year
Jaime Martinez of Washington LawnScapes, which has offices in both Arlington and Marysville, prepared carne asada for last year's Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce barbecue cook-off.
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SMOKEY POINT — The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce wants community members to know that the Arlington Fly-In and Old-Fashioned Fourth aren’t the only big events slated for this summer, nor is the Fly-In the only summer event that will take place in Smokey Point.

Mary Jane Harmon, managing director of the Chamber, hopes to see plenty of families and other festival-goers at the Chamber’s first Kiddies’ Carnival, at the intersection of 172nd Street and 51st Avenue, from June 27-30.

“We’ve got  nine rides in all,” Harmon said. “There’s three for teens and older — the Zipper, the Scrambler ad the Cyclone. There’s three for families and kids between 10-15 years old — a giant slide, a Tilt-a-Whirl and a fun house with a ‘ghost pirate’ theme. And there’s three for little kids — Goofyville, where they can crawl through an open maze; Hot Rod, which is a circular track for first-time riders; and the Galaxy Swing, which is a very slow, gentle version of the ones that look like the big umbrella that your car hangs from, that spins you around.”

Harmon touted the longevity and safety practices of Butler Amusements, the company providing the rides, and further promised the presence of food vendors.

The Kiddies’ Carnival will run from 4-10 p.m. on Thursday, June 27; from 4-11 p.m. on Friday, June 28; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 29; and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.

“Tickets are going for $15 if you buy ahead of time, or $19 at the gate,” Harmon said. “The carnival is also looking at selling tickets for little kids who only want to go on one or two of the rides.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chamber at 360-659-5453, or by buying them from the Smokey Point Walmart or the Coastal Community Bank on Smokey Point Boulevard.

From Aug. 16-18, the Chamber invites the public to attend its second annual barbecue cook-off, which will be officially sanctioned by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association this year.

“Saturday, Aug. 17, is going to be the big day for that one,” Harmon said. “We’re going to have not only competition cooking, but also cooks selling their wares, and they’re going to be coming from all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho and even British Columbia.”

While prizes for the PNWBA competition will reach as high as thousands of dollars, an informal local barbecue cook-off will take place on June 18, with a first place of a brand-new barbecue set from the Smokey Point Walmart.


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