REMINDER: 6th Annual Delridge Day Festival is today, Aug. 18

Today is the day (Aug. 18)!

The 6th Annual Delridge Day Festival is coming to the Delridge Community Center and Park on August 18th, and four hours of non-stop family fun are planned.

Where: Delridge Park/Community Center at Delridge Way S.W. and S.W. Genesee St.

When: August 18 (Saturday), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please read on for details on music, skateboard competitions, kid activities and more.

Update for Aug. 14
With only a few days to go until Delridge Day 2012 kicks off, here are the latest updates from Holli Margell with the planning committee:

- The Music Stage has a full 4-band line-up from 11am-3pm: Ellis Brothers, Moongirl, Sidesaddle Cowboy, and from the North Delridge Neighborhood, Low Land High.

- Skate Competition prizes have been counted and there’s plenty of decks, hats, shirts and other swag for lots of contestants. Registration starts at 10am, closes at 11am for competition. Parental signature (minors only) and helmets required for entry. A $15 registration fee includes Festival Shirt.

- Kids Zone has a Face painter and Balloon Artist booked. Bouncy House and Picnic Games are ready!

- The Vendor booth area is up to 60! You’ll see local artists, businesses and non-profits. Bring some cash for a new plant start, local art or books. Youngstown Flats, the new development on 26th, will be giving out free Ice Cream tickets on a first come first serve basis until they run out.

- We need your help to make it an amazing day! A completely volunteer led festival, we depend on volunteers for event day to help the event run smoothly. Any time you have to give is helpful from setting up tables for an hour in the morning to picking up trash after the festival in the evening. If you can help make it an awesome event with your time, please email delridgeday@ndnc.org or visit http://tinyurl.com/ddvolunteer for more details.

To check out more about the festival, Skate Competition, Food Truck Chow Down, Kids Zone and Vendors, visit the webpage: www.ndnc.org/delridgeday

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Original post on Aug. 6
The 6th Annual Delridge Day Festival is coming to the Delridge Community Center and Park on August 18th, and four hours of non-stop family fun are planned.

Where: Delridge Park/Community Center at Delridge Way S.W. and S.W. Genesee St.

When: August 18 (Saturday), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The festival is made possible by countless volunteer hours of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council in collaboration with Seattle’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation. A number of West Seattle companies have also climbed on board as sponsors to make the event happen.

A little history
According to Holli Margell with the Delridge Day Outreach Team, the festival was started by the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, but by the fifth year (last year), the event was “slated to be cut as another victim to a failing economy. The organization’s funding was cut severely and it simply didn’t have the capacity to continue the much-loved festival.”

The NDNC along with neighbors (who did not want to see such a great community-building day subside) worked together to keep the festival alive with help from the city and sponsors.

A portion of this year’s sponsorship and vendor fees will go back to the community in the form of scholarships for Delridge Community Center classes through the Associated Recreational Council.

Here is a preview of what you can expect!

New additions in 2012
1)Food Truck Chow Down featuring Full Tilt Ice Cream, Jemil’s Big Easy Food Truck and Highland Park’s own Athena’s.

2)Music Stage showcasing four local bands

3)Delridge Skate Park’s first ever Alki Bike and Board Skate Contest with local pro-skaters and advocates as judges.

Schedule for Delridge Day 2012

Zippy’s Burger's and Grindline’s MUSIC STAGE
Soft Open at 10:30 a.m. with DJ Chas
11 a.m. – Ellis Brothers (jazz and improvisations 3-piece)
12 p.m. – Moongirl (3-piece folk and folk-rock)
1 p.m. – SideSaddle Cowboy (garage rock and folk-punk)
2 p.m. – Low Land High (4-piece Americana, rock and roots)
3 p.m. – Music wraps up: enjoy the park!

Alki Bike and Board’s SKATE COMPETITION
10 a.m. – Competition registration at the registration booth
11 a.m. – 12 years and under competition
12 p.m. – 13 to 17 years competition
1 p.m. – 18 and over competition
2 p.m. – Free skate continues until the park closes

WSB’s KIDS ZONE
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Picnic Games (all ages) at the grassy hill area
2:30 p.m. – Egg Toss (all ages) at the grassy hill area
3 p.m. – Kids area closes: wading pool open until 7 p.m., playground open until dark

We'll be sure to send out a reminder as the 18th approaches, but wanted to give an early heads up so families can plan and skateboarders can sharpen up their concrete mastery!

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