The 2014 Blast will offer "one of the greatest in the history of Blast events," according to
"The best thing is going to be the JJ Cruisers Car Show" on Sunday, said Ward. The show will feature dozens of old and classic cars lined up from
Ward began work in January to round up arts and crafts vendors, merchants for the sidewalk sale and volunteers to organize the activities -- children's contests, a car show, quilt show, art exhibit -- and the food and music for the annual celebration. Walking water balls and pony rides on all three days are additions to the lineup.
"It's a very big job, with all the planning, making sure we have good entertainment," Ward said. "It's not especially hard, just time-consuming."
The Woolley Fibers Quilters Blast of Freedom quilt show will feature demonstrations, a quilt raffle and the popular bed-turning event, which highlights vintage quilts in both bed size and doll size.
Around 300 quilts, many in the red, white and blue theme colors, will be on display from
Visitors can vote for their favorite quilt to select the Peoples Choice Award winner. Raffle and award winners will be announced Saturday afternoon.
Shoppers and visitors can check out the assorted merchants in the dress-up contest on Friday and the downtown sidewalk sale and food booths open from
Saturday promises more shopping and vendors with a live remote broadcast from
Saturday brings everything the kids are anticipating: jump rope, hula hoop and pie-eating contests. Johnsen said both young and older can compete in four age groups -- 4-7, 8-11, 12-15 and adult -- from
The food competitions come with a slightly different twist to the typical pie-eating contest, Johnsen said. Instead of actual pies, adults can dive into cheese pizzas, provided by Skagit River Pizza. Kids get another kind of pie -- whipped topping in a bowl.
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