Strawberry Festival ripe with new stuff, including pro wrestling

MARYSVILLE – “Let’s get ready to rumble.”

As Maryfest, the nonprofit that puts on the Marysville Strawberry Festival, announced its royalty this week, it also said it’s going to feature CTW Combat Wrestling.

Other changes planned include a return of the car show, and the Berry Run taking place downtown between the Kiddies and Grand parades.

However, despite a lot of interest in the community, from downtown merchants and from Maryfest itself, the Trike Races are not a go this year do to organizational problems.

Maryfest president Jodi Hiatt said Wednesday that CTW pro wrestling has been a popular event at the Living Room Coffee House with up to 80 folks showing up. They actually contacted Maryfest, which sent some representatives to watch.

“The texts back to us were hilarious,” Hiatt said, adding one wrestler dressed as a slice of pizza and another a superhero.

“Corny but fun,” was one of the texts from Maryfest volunteer and Marysville City Councilman Tom King, she added.

Hiatt said the free wrestling event will take place June 15 in the afternoon. “You can watch however long you want,” Hiatt said.

She said about eight wrestlers from Portland to Puget Sound will participate. “It’s completely different from high school wrestling,” she said, meaning it’s more like the old Hulk Hogan style. No word yet if Jack Black of Macho Libre fame will appear.

Although the route is not final yet, Hiatt is excited about the Berry Run coming to State Avenue on Parade Day, rather than having it a week before outside of town.

Jeff Sowards, who heads the run and coaches at Lakewood High School, told her that runners in general “like having an audience” cheering as they run down the street.

“People get to see these runners; I wouldn’t make it a block,” Hiatt joked.

The car show is back and hopes to have 25 classics, 25 hot rods, 25 motorcycles and 25 trucks. It will take place at Asbury Field. There will be an entry fee and prizes. If interested in displaying your car, email maryfest.org.

Along with the wrestling, there will be other new entertainment this year. The Marysville School District is going to have jazz bands of all ages perform June 14 at the Market.

“This is another way to show the community what wonderful kids we have, and how talented they are,” Hiatt said. “People will get to listen to the kids who don’t normally go to their concerts.”

Meanwhile, this year’s Fashion Show will be at the Opera House with Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring the emcee. Bleachers Restaurant at Cedarcrest Golf Course again will supply the food. Parade entries and obtaining vendors for the Market are right on schedule, Hiatt said. Kids in the Park is back June 8 with face painters, bouncy houses, balloon art and a variety of entertainers. Maryfest volunteers are building the city’s float for the Daffodil Parade which kicks off the season April 4.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will volunteer, and Hiatt said more help is needed.

Community involvement is key, Hiatt said.

“We love the community stepping in and joining us,” she said. “If you have ideas we’d love to hear them.”

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