The community of Anacortes rose to the occasion last weekend in hosting the North American Town Criers Championship. Current and past Anacortes Town Criers Richard Riddell and Judy Jewell did a marvelous job of leading activities and an impressive team of sponsors and volunteers. A welcoming event was held Friday evening at the Anacortes Brewery, Mayor Dean Maxwell and Sisters Cities representative Duane Clark among those in attendance. Saturday’s activities included competitive “cries” at historic Causland Park and How It Works’ “Heart of Anacortes.” Sunday events included a final competition and awards banquet at the Port of Anacortes’ Seafarers’ Park on Fidalgo Bay. Another great weekend for this great Northwest community!
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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