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Eating, parades, fireworks all part of Fourth of July
ARLINGTON Ice cream, pies, parade floats and fireworks were all part of the city of Arlingtons first Fourth of July celebration since the reopening of Olympic Avenue.
Grand Parade on Olympic Avenue
After last years construction diverted the Fourth of July Grand Parade to French Street, crowds were literally pacing the sidewalks for the Grand Parades return to Olympic Avenue.
The Grand Lodge of Washingtons Masonic Family float won both the Best in Show and first place in the Floats categories, followed by Not Your Mamas Arlington Garden Club in second place and the Arlington Arts Councils Cows on the Moooove! in third.
Arlington Youth Cheer walked away with first place in the Marching Units category, followed by the Stilly Valley Little League in second place and the Arlington Rotarys Duck Dash in third.
Arlington Hardware and Lumbers Cedar Stump of military Honor, bearing the flags and emblems of all branches of service, was awarded first place in the Commercial category, while El Gitanos orchestra-on-the-roll took second place, with Biringer Farms giant strawberry coming in third.
Cascade Valley Hospitals Under Construction, with a back-hoe on a flatbed, was awarded first place in the Speciality category, while Jean Olsons Wagons Ho! took second place, with the Arlington Free Methodist Churchs Outrigger Island Trek coming in third.
In the Political category, it was Val Stevens in first place, Mary Hargaret Haugen in second place and George Appel in third. In the Antique and Classic Vehicles category, Sam Espersons 1915 Model T Ford placed first, Harold Eastburys Cascade Two-Cylinder Club placed second, and Dr. John Maxwells Classic Car placed third.
Eating contests at the Local Scoop
The Local Scoops seventh annual ice cream eating contest was followed by its first pie eating contest, and both attracted far more spectators and contestants than last years event.
The ice cream eating contest divided its competitors into two age groups, 5-7 and 8-10, but all the children were required to eat a half-gallon each of their chosen flavor of ice cream. Children ages 5-7 were given eight minutes and small spoons to polish off as much ice cream as they could, while those ages 8-10 were only given six minutes and not allowed utensils of any kind.
In the 5-7 age category, 7-year-old Deacon Mongar beat Luke Green and Avery Perdue by leaving only one pound nine ounces remaining on his plate, which put him only an ounce ahead of Green.
I just found out about this today, said Mongar, who credited his success with eating a large lunch to stretch out his stomach. He was still asking his parents if he could finish the rest of the ice cream on his plate, even after time was called.
I didnt just have a brain-freeze, I had a heart-freeze, he added.
In the 8-10 age category, 9-year-olds Gabe Green and Erik Fleming tied for their win, by leaving behind only one pound six ounces on each of their respective plates, and defeating Samantha and Rosalyn Goneria, Madison Green and Noulan Mongar in the process.
I was just hungry, said Green, who was nonetheless coughing at the end because of how much his head hurt.
I didnt have anything else to eat today, besides half a pancake, said Fleming, who consumed ice cream with such abandon that there were trails of it all the way up to his elbows.
In the newly-minted 11-and-up pie eating contest, mom Shawna Stone took son Isaac Sandoval to school, by eating more chocolate creme pie than him, adult Matt Thiele and Local Scoop employee Cassie Wyatt. When served a four pound, four ounce pie, Stone left behind only three pounds three ounces, in spite of having to eat almost entirely hands-free.
All the winners received gift certificates from the Local Scoop.
Fireworks at Quake Park
The annual fireworks show at Bill Quake Memorial Park drew loyal crowds from around town and even out of state.
David Rose has lived in Arlington eight years, while Margaret Rose has been a resident for three years, but theyve both caught the past three consecutive fireworks shows. They were joined in their lawn chairs this year by Davids mother, Brenda Killian, a former Marysville resident who now lives in California.
Its a good show, David Rose said. The lack of traffic means you can get out quick.
We used to bring the kids, but theyve abandoned us for their cooler friends, Margaret Rose laughed. She echoed Davids sentiments about the comfort and convenience of the Arlington fireworks show, especially when compared to the one in Everett.
The crowds are horrendous in that marina, she added. Its impossible to get in or out.
Killian has seen fireworks shows at Disneyland and other locations in California, but in her opinion, This compares to any of those shows, because you dont have to watch it from blocks away.
Mike Conner and Diane Jochimsen, both 11-year Arlington residents, had only seen the fireworks show at Quake Park twice, but theyd already found a favorite spot to park their pickup truck.
Its very safe, said Jochimsen, as she petted her and Conners dog Mosby. There are a lot of activities her for kids. Weve brought grandkids a couple of times. Now, we just get our regular spot early and bring some books to read.
The Lara family has made an art form out of coming well-prepared to the fireworks show. Deb and Mike Lara have lived in Arlington 10 years and attended five fireworks shows in town during that time, with sons Nick, 8, and Jake, 4.
Each year has gotten more elaborate, said Deb Lara. At first, we just sat in the truck, but you dont get a good view through the windshield, so next year, we sat in the back. It was a bit uncomfortable, so we brought a foamy mattress next time. Now, everyone has their own blanket, junk food, soda and games.