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June 10th, 2021
St. Merryfest offered ‘carnival’ excitement
St. Merryfest 2004
St. Merryfest action: 2013
Remember the St. Merryfest hosted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church? This from 2004: “Get your sunblock on and head for the annual St. Merryfest Friday through Sunday, June 18-20. The weather is supposed to be great for this annual event, which features carnival, food, games, pony rides and music on Friday and Saturday nights. Performing will be “Midlife Crisis” and the An-O-Chords. An alder-smoked salmon barbecue will be served on Saturday, June 19.”
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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