Discovery Days parade and festival this weekend

Published on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Visitors and residents looking for something to do this weekend will want to check out the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Discovery Days Arts, Crafts & Family Fun Festival this weekend.

The event is scheduled for July 18 and 19 and will kick off with the Discovery Days parade at 11 a.m. Saturday at the C Shop on the corner of Birch Bay Drive and Harborview Road.

The parade will feature grand marshals Earl and Bea Ball of Ball BayView RV Park.  The Balls are lifetime Birch Bay residents and Bea is a resident historian. Both have long served as volunteers at the chamber and both have served as president, and will be riding in their Cadillac limousine once they sign in and judge all the parade entries.  Chamber president Lisa Guthrie said children participating in the parade will earn a free snow cone at the C Shop courtesy of Patrick and Patricia Alesse.

The following arts and crafts festival will include more than 60 vendors featuring food items, handmade soaps, photography, kits and more along with a children’s carnival put on by the youth group at Birch Bay Bible Community Church.

Kristin Brandt, of Luminous Boutique, is a lifelong resident of Birch Bay until the last two years and is one of the many vendors scheduled. She will return from Utah to showcase her handmade soaps, beach glass jewelry made with glass collected along Birch Bay, as well as vintage button rings, diaper clutches, hair, decor accessories, and handbags.

Also new at the festival this year is the Birch Bay chamber’s “Raffle for the Ultimate Birch Bay Getaway Experience.” Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The prize package includes items such as an overnight stay to local entertainment valued at more than $700.

This year’s event will also feature a performance stage available for musicians to sign up for one-hour time slots and play. Those who are interested can call the chamber office at 371-5004 or stop by the office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. until Friday to sign up or for more information.

Guthrie added the chamber is still looking for volunteers to help with set up and operations. Those interested can call the chamber office at 371-5004 to sign up.