Friday, August 3, 2012

Show your support for Lake City skate park during Pioneer Days

Parents4sk8parks is asking Lake City boarders to come to Pioneer Days and show their support for a future Lake City skate spot. So skaters, grab your boards and head over to Pioneer Days!

Below are some of the ways skaters can participate:

Street fair: 10am – 7pm

• visit - Skate Lake City booth
• skate - Union Bank parking lot
• learn - Free clinics: 5:30–6:30 pm

Parade: 7pm

• bring your board or scooter
• ride down Lake City Way with us
• visit Skate Lake City booth before 6 pm to find out when/where to meet

For more information, and to get involved --
Parents for Skateparks: Kevin Hilman – – 206-355-9668

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PHOTOS: Lake City Pioneer Days in the 40s and 50s

During the upcoming Lake City Pioneer Days the Lake City Chamber of Commerce is hosting a photo contest to help capture our community at its best. We figured as inspiration for the contest we would publish historical photos from Lake City Pioneer Days in the 1940s and 1950s. The pictures come courtesy of the online Seattle P-I and were discovered during a recent trip into their massive photo archive.

See below the photos for details on the Chamber of Commerce photo contest.

From left, Sandra Bell, Hazel Corbet, Darlene Smith, Yvone Musmusto, Mary Devine, and Phyllis Miller in 1955

Kirkland Ladies Eagles Drill Team in 1950

Albert Davis and his wife Ethel prepare for the annual Salmon Bake in 1955

Norman Trapp and Daisy Feenstra lead a team of Hereford yearlings in the 1955 parade

Spectators watch the parade in 1948

Wagon train-themed entry from 1950

The "Bonehead Firefighters" perform a stunt in 1950

Patsy Hinrichsen in 1956

Jay Melson and his dog Sassy in 1947

Couples dance in 1948

"Judge" Elvert Vadnais and "Prosecutor" Horace Davis try Ernie Baker for "being bald" during a mock court proceeding during Pioneer Days in 1947

Marjorie Lester and Jack White ride in the Pioneer Days parade in 1947

A scene from the parade in 1950

Categories for the Chamber of Commerce photo contest are:
  • People - Anywhere, any time on August 4
  • History - Images that show connections to the past
  • Laughter - Candid expressions of joy caught on camera!

On August 4, you can register at the Chamber Booth on 125th, in front of Bank of America, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Entry into the photo contest is $5. Visit our photo contest website: for more info.

Remeber: Today's photo will be tomorrow's history.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pioneer Days, Salmon Bake this weekend!

Mark your calendars! Lake City's 70th annual Pioneer Days is coming this weekend, August 4th!

The festivities kick off Friday and Saturday as the Lake City Community Center hosts their 63rd annual Salmon Bake and a model railroad! And on Saturday, NE 125th Street will transform into a festive scene complete with a vintage car show, entertainment, vendors a kids parade and the Grand Parade!

Pioneer Days is part of Seattle's annual Seafair celebration and in years past was one of the city's largest neighborhood parades. Come out and support your community!

The Schedule for Pioneer Days:

  • Fred Meyers Street Festival — 10 a.m. - 5p.m. — NE 125th from 26th to Lake City Way & on 28th — vendors, food, music, gymnastics, skateboarding, pony rides and more!
  • Union Bank Vintage Car Show — 2611 NE 125th St, behind LC Professional Center — Registration opens at 8 a.m., the car show opens at 10 a.m., trophies are awarded at 4 p.m.
  • Lake City Lions' Salmon Bake — 12531 28th Ave NE — The Lake City Community Center holds their 63rd annual Salmon Bake on Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11 to 7 — $9 adults, $8.50 seniors and children — Proceeds go to Lake City Community Center.
  • Rotary Kid's Parade — 6 p.m. — show up at Wells Fargo (130th & Lake City Way) at 5 p.m. with kid's dressed in costume. Ribbons are awarded before the parade — Categories this year are: Western, Comic Book Heros/Fantasy, Ballerinas, Groups/Floats, You and Your Pet, Misc.
  • Pierre Auto Centers Grand Parade! — 7 p.m. — Find a great spot (on Lake City Way from 135th - 123rd) and enjoy the show! Clowns, bands, pirates, drill teams, and equestrian groups and of course the Lake City Vigilantes. Seafair judges will award for best entries. 

More info about the festival can be found here: