We’re talking puppies, food, music, games, paint, military vehicles, inflatables … and more! It was a great Saturday for hundreds of kids at Storvik Park, where once again many organizations volunteered to make their day special with the Kids R Best Festival. Pictured here are kids doing their thing with paints at the dinosaur farm in the center of activities. Seven-year-old Christian Ackley grins with the excitement of receiving free books from Skip Blatter and the Anacortes Noon Kiwanis Club. DARE office J. Wilson fingerprints Haley Rodriguez as mom looks on, and Glen “Alex” Alexander, Education Coordinator at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, gathers volunteers to help with a song about eelgrass. It’s an awesome tribute to the young people of Anacortes. Accolades are in order for those who make this great event happen.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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