10th ANNIVERSARY DELRIDGE DAY FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND!
Featuring skate competitions, field games, police vehicles, food trucks, music groups and more…
August 6th – Last year’s event almost didn’t happen. The annual one-day celebration in the past had been coordinated by the North Delridge Neighborhood Council but they had to decline due to some volunteer burnout and transitions. Having successfully conducted the Gathering of Neighbors event for several years, VieWS decided to take coordination of Delridge Day on… but also had to scale down the event.
VieWS discovered that this year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Delridge Day event – it began on June 24, 2006 – so this year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better than before, with the return of many of the groups, local businesses and community organizations showcasing the services they offer to our Delridge community and greater West Seattle. Our goal is to increase attendance to prior levels of over 2,500 attendees!
The 2015 Delridge Day Festival kicks off this Saturday, August 8th from 11AM-3PM at the Delridge Community Center and Park. This year’s festival will feature a large vendor area, food trucks where you can grab a bite to eat, kid- and family-friendly field games, bouncy houses, the wading pool, and much, much more!
Alki Bike & Board is back hosting another truly awesome and entertaining competition at the Skate Park! The skate competition will be going on all day with registration beginning at 9:45am, so if you haven’t already signed up, don’t miss out on the chance to show off your skills and win some cool cash and product prizes for competitors of all ages! At 11am groms, 12 and under will begin the skate competition, followed by men’s 13 and over at noon, then at 1pm women’s 13 and under will take center stage. At 2pm get ready for the pro/am main event and at 3pm the awards and all-star best trick competition will begin.
With the continuing support of The Seattle Police Foundation, the Southwest Precinct Picnic will be back for the third consecutive year. The Seattle Police Department plans to make many officers and units available. Last year, they brought cars, a canine police officer, their mounted patrol (that happen to be based right here in our Delridge neighborhood), a Bomb Squad robot that was offering candy, and free ice cream and popcorn. We will have a visit by SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole for the second year in a row.
Our music stage will feature a great lineup of local live music and entertainment as always, with many favorites returning. Get ready to kick your day off right at 11am with some rock & roll by Quarter Past 8. At noon the Ellis Brothers will take the stage to show off their jazz & improv skills – and how much this band of brothers have grown since last year! At 1pm Yesod will deliver some psychedelic world music. Finally, you can groove to the classics as the Oldies But Goodies close out the festival with the final slot at 3pm. And look for a few other youth entertainment acts to entertain you during the transitions.
The VieWS planning committee would like to give a shout-out to our Festival Sponsor, Seattle City Light. We also want to recognize our Feature Sponsors: Nucor, PNTA, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and Straight Blast Gym. Without them, our others sponsors, and all of our volunteers, none of this would be possible!
The sponsorship and vendor fees not only support the festival but also allow us to give back to the community, as VieWS will continue the tradition of donating a percentage of all fees to the ARC (Associated Recreational Council), which provides money to fund scholarships for Community Center classes at the Delridge Community Center.
Delridge Day 2015
Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015
Time: 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Location: Delridge Community Center and Park
To keep updated on the festival plans or view the history of the event with video, pictures, and links to past news coverage, visit the festival web page: wsgathering.org/delridge-day or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delridgeday!