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Festival Days sets attendance record

By PAT JENKINS

The Mirror

An estimated 25,000 people attended Federal Way’s Festival Days last weekend, setting an attendance record for the three-day annual event.

Warm, sunny weather was one of the main magnets for the crowd. Others included a carnival, live music and a vintage car show, all in the South 320th Street parking lot of The Commons at Federal Way.

The total attendance exceeded the previous high of about 25,000, said Bob Hitchcock, festival president.

Officials added that unofficial headcounts revealed more spectators than ever also watched the festival parade Saturday morning, and a record number of entrants –– 170-plus –– ran in the 5k fun run staged at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

The festival began Friday and ended Sunday evening. This was its 17th year, though it had a different name some of those years.

One of this year’s carnival rides was a mechanical bull. Among those brave enough to ride it were Maria Bourg, who held on tight and afterward pronounced it “scary” and said it would be her only time on the bucking machine.

Joe Britt, who lives in the Auburn area, was one of the more than 150 exhibitors in the car show. He and his 1965 Mustang convertible were basking in the sunshine Saturday afternoon.

“On a day like this, you have to take it out,” he answered when asked if he drives the yellow, mint-condition Mustang much.

Other exhibitors, including commercial vendors, said they were pleased by the weather and the throngs that visited their booths and attractions.

The location for next year’s festival is uncertain. It can’t be the same spot at the mall, as part of the parking area is scheduled to be replaced by new businesses. Reid said it’s too early to pinpoint a possible new location.

Staff photographer Fumiko Yarita contributed to this report.

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565, editor@fedwaymirror.com

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