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Festival of the River adds a third day, runs Aug. 12-14

ARLINGTON — The 22nd Annual Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow is coming up.

The event, which takes place starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, will again be held at River Meadows County Park. This year will also debut an additional day for the festival, starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, for a music show.

As usual, the festivities for Saturday and Sunday will include a Native American Pow Wow open to the general public, as well as arts, crafts and food for attendees to enjoy. Live music will be played through all three days of the event.

The festival is provided and organized by the Stillaguamish Tribe. Its mission is to help people who live in the Stillaguamish watershed and surrounding regions understand how their actions can help make their environment cleaner for people, fish and wildlife.

Last year, organizers celebrated the opening of Port Susan for shellfish harvesting for the first time in more than 20 years. The state Department of Health had closed the bay, located at Warm Beach, in 1987 because of fecal pollution.

To honor the area, festival organizers will also have watershed education exhibits, fly casting and tying instruction and interpretive river and forest walks.

While the event itself is free, attendees can sign up for the Stilly Fun Run, which kicks off at 9 a.m. on Aug. 13, after an 8:30 a.m. check-in and registration. The cost for the run will be $15 for adults and $10 for those under 18.

Organizers will hold a tribal salmon bake over alder coals, and a number of children's activities and entertainment will also be available during the festival.

The musical acts are set to include the Gin Blossoms and English Beat at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 13. The music starts at 12:30 p.m. and runs through 8 p.m. on Aug. 13 and 14. On Aug. 12, it kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m.

All musical performances are free to view, but there is a $5 per car daily parking fee. Seating is first come, first served on the lawn and traffic can back up on the two-lane highway, so festival organizers advise attendees to arrive early. Some chairs will be provided, but you may bring your own chairs, as well as your own food and drink, except for alcohol.

Dogs must be leashed and their owners must bring bags to dispose of their waste.

The festival may not have ATM services this year.

River Meadows County Park is located at 20416 Jordan Rd. in Arlington. For more information, log onto www.stillaguamish.nsn.us/festival.htm.

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