West Seattle Summer Fest 2010: LOCAL businesses get priority!

Our clip from July 10, 2009, captured the iconic moment of last year’s West Seattle Summer FestDow Constantine talking about his eventual-landslide King County Executive campaign as he introduced Mudhoney, who performed for thousands in the heart of The Junction. Now the dates are set for this year’s Summer Fest – July 9, 10 and 11. And the five months between now and then will go fast, so Susan Melrose at the West Seattle Junction Association has an announcement to share:

I know it’s early, but we’re already planning for Summer Fest. There has been a steady stream of phone calls all month from regional craft and food vendors wanting to apply to this event. The good news is that West Seattle businesses get top priority!

In order to have a stronger West Seattle event, we are offering West Seattle businesses priority over non-West Seattle businesses if they apply by March 15th. If you’re a West Seattle business and want to apply for Summer Fest, visit www.westseattlefestival.com, download the appropriate application and write “West Seattle Local” in the comment section to be given priority. Applications received after March 15 will be handled like any other applicant.

21 Replies to "West Seattle Summer Fest 2010: LOCAL businesses get priority!"

  • Sue February 2, 2010 (7:26 am)

    Unless I’m missing something, I see applications for crafts vendors and food vendors – what about local business vendors that aren’t in those categories?

  • 35this35mph February 2, 2010 (7:37 am)

    I wonder if there’ll be any priority given to West Seattle Musicians? (nudge, nudge, wink!)

  • SarahScoot February 2, 2010 (9:04 am)

    Finally! I’ve finally given up on SummerFest after determining that they had virtually the same regional vendors as every other festival in Seattle: FolkLife, Bumbershoot, etc. It was always disappointing that they had the same generic fair food as anywhere else.
    Maybe I’ll actually give SummerFest another shot this year!.

  • KBear February 2, 2010 (9:48 am)

    Yes, some of the same food vendors are there, but there have always been West Seattle ones as well. The thing that gets me, though, is the prices. Do I really want to wait in a long line and pay $10 to eat off a paper plate on the sidewalk, when I can sit down in a restaurant and have someone serve me for almost the same price? I wish the vendors would simplify their offerings and lower their prices.

  • PeterT February 2, 2010 (10:03 am)

    When will entertainment (i.e. musician) applications be available on the site ? And to underline a previous respondee’s question–will West Seattle artists be given priority ?

  • westseattledood February 2, 2010 (11:20 am)

    Now that is really terrific! And even though I am not a musician or artist, I sure hope the notion of giving our talented, local creatives priority is an idea that will be seriously considered by the organizers.

    And while I’m at it, can we have a dance venue this year? Surely I can’t be the only one to imagine how fun it would be to have an area where peeps can partner dance on a portable
    floor, or a hall (Eagle’s?) with LIVE music! Think salsa, west coast swing and ballroom! There are more dancers in West Seattle than people realize! Let’s celebrate that too!



  • Erik February 2, 2010 (11:24 am)

    Sue – I filled out the craft vendor form. There is a space for ‘Service for Sale’ on the form.
    If this story was up on the blog yesterday I would’ve also put ‘West Seattle Local’ in the comments section.

    • WSB February 2, 2010 (11:42 am)

      I’m calling Susan M to check on some of the questions answered here, and will add to the story – TR

  • Diane February 2, 2010 (12:44 pm)

    Last year they only allowed 10 Non-Profit Booths. Can you find out if they plan on increasing this number this year? I called last week and left a message but have not received a back from them.
    Thanks for your help.

    • WSB February 2, 2010 (1:13 pm)

      Diane – thanks. I just talked to Liz at the Junction Association who was about to have a meeting with the company that helps them wrangle this massive extravaganza each year, and I hope to have some answers later. Didn’t see your comment till after I spoke with her, though, but will follow up as much as we can! – TR

  • Jason F February 2, 2010 (1:21 pm)

    Hi everyone. I can answer some of these questions:

    Sue – Most every business will fall into one of those two general categories. If you look at the Craft application, it has different sub-categories you can choose from.

    35this35mph – I ALWAYS give priority to West Seattle bands. Most bands last year had at least one West Seattle member or solid connection. But you still have to be actually good :)

    SarahScoot- Last year we had 2 West Seattle food vendors (Matador and Tom Yum Koong). We would love to have more local food vendors if they would send in an application! Those two are the only ones who apply.

    PeterT – Available right now! I just put them up on the website.

    westseattledood – That is something we are thinking about. Haven’t gotten all the puzzle pieces to line-up yet, but you never know…

    Email info@westseattlefestival.com and I’ll try and answer any other questions you may have.

  • Restita February 2, 2010 (1:40 pm)

    In past years, my kung fu studio here in WSea did numerous demonstrations for the event….does anyone know if would we need to submit an application as “entertainment” as well (if we were interested in demonstrating)?

  • dawsonct February 2, 2010 (2:28 pm)

    Man. Mudhoney effing ROCKS.

  • Erik February 2, 2010 (2:35 pm)

    Restita –

    Click on the ‘ROVING SIDEWALK PERFORMERS & BUSKERS: 2010 applications HERE’ link on their website.

    …and Mudhoney rocked last year.

  • 35this35mph February 2, 2010 (5:15 pm)

    Oh the old, “You have to be good” excuse, eh? Well, we suck but we’re from WS so sign us up! ;)

    JK! We’ll submit an application like everybody else.

  • Babs February 2, 2010 (6:06 pm)

    Mudhoney PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE return! You guys made my day/week/month!

  • westseattledood February 2, 2010 (6:56 pm)

    Just for the record, I like Mudhoney too!

    If The Brian Marshall Band (Brian is a gifted lyricist and a WS person!) applies, THAT would be fantastic too. Kind of a Cold Play, U2 kind of thing going on with their grrrrreat sound.

    How about Children of the Revolution? They have played at Cafe Rozella many times. Absolutely fantastic world music!

  • Keith February 3, 2010 (12:04 am)

    I’m totally in support of a big dance area, or even just a DJ after the headlining acts – isn’t that what Summerfest (aka West Seattle Street Fair) used to be famous for?

  • Jason F February 3, 2010 (11:28 am)

    Restita – You can contact me directly to talk about that. We’d be happy to have you. info@westseattlefestival.com

    Babs – I try not to book the same bands from year to year. I’ll ask them back one day, though.

    Keith – I will arrange something for this year.

  • westseattledood February 3, 2010 (12:05 pm)

    Hey Jason –

    First, thanks for all your efforts on the Summerfest! If you find yourself in need of such info, I might be able to point you to a swing or salsa DJ or two, as well as portable dance floor peeps, with WS ties. Just let me know.

    I am looking forward to summer!

  • PeterT February 4, 2010 (4:27 pm)


    Thanks very much for posting the application !!


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