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June 5, 2014

By Kathy Boyd, Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

June 05--Months of planning go into Sedro-Woolley's annual Blast from the Past celebration, which takes place Friday through Sunday, June 6-8.

The 2014 Blast will offer "one of the greatest in the history of Blast events," according to Justin Ward, event chairman, on the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce website.

"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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Woodworth Street, from the museum to the post office.

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."

Paula Johnsen, a licensing supervisor at the Chamber, said the effort has been worth it, and will offer lots of fun for everyone. "They always want to see the car show," she said of visitors.

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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in two downtown locations, 810 and 903 Metcalf St. Some of the quilts were made especially for donation to veterans organizations, according to quilter Judy Johnson.

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Metcalf Street.

The Arts Council of Sedro-Woolley will hold its first Gallery Night, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, around the stage on Metcalf Street. "We're so excited ... we're going to have 14 artists," said organizer Sandra Takaro-Miller. The artists, all local, will be on hand to talk about their work, she said.

Saturday promises more shopping and vendors with a live remote broadcast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by KAPS Radio 660 AM and 102.1 FM and live music by the Mac Daddy Band from noon until 4 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square and downtown.

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 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square.

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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