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Momentum building early for expanded Festival Days

By BARBARA REID

For the Mirror

There is no doubt about it. It was a matter of pride in the Federal Way community that motivated Pacific Coast Ford owner Floyd Little to underwrite the three-day Festival Days event, which is scheduled this year for the last weekend in August.

The $8,000 donation will help fund the planned activities at Steel Lake and Celebration Parks, as well as at SeaTac Mall, Little explained.

The donation will also fund KIXI-AM/FM’s live radio broadcasts during the activity-packed weekend.

“We hope listeners wherever the broadcast signal reaches will come and enjoy Federal Way Festival Days with us,” Little added.

Festival Days has expanded into a citywide event, as evident in some events being staged at the mall for the first time in the festival’s history.

Included in this year’s planning are 5K and family fun runs sponsored by St. Francis Hospital. The runs, directed by Scott Brown of Best Western and Comfort Inns, will start and end at Celebration Park.

A softball tournament will dominate the ball fields all weekend at Celebration Park. There will be sandcastle-building and bingo –– always a crowd favorite –– at Steel Lake.

Activity booths in the SeaTac Mall parking lot on 320th Street will offer crafting and other fun. Juried crafts exhibitors have been added this year. A shuttle bus will connect all three activity areas.

Carnival rides are returning with multi-ethnic food booths to meet the appetites of the diverse Federal Way community.

The parade Aug. 30 is a Festival Days staple and will be chaired by Pat Smithson, a Federal Way Public Schools official.

The parade will again feature marching groups representing all schools in the district, in addition to marching groups from throughout King County. Participation from Federal Way sister cities in Korea and Japan is planned.

The Wenatchee Youth Circus is among the returning showstoppers, and the main stage will feature many outstanding musical performers.

Festival chairman Bob Hitchcock reminds people on his planning committee that the event is a summer’s-end party for Federal Way.

“This year’s celebration will be the best and largest ever,” he said.

Barbara Reid is a publicist for Festival Days.

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