AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017 – costume parade, chili winners, more!

(TRAFFIC/TRANSIT INFO: California is closed between Oregon and Edmunds … bus reroutes are linked here … festival schedule is here)

(Updated WSB photo – Root Beer Garden got busy a little while after our original photo)

FIRST REPORT, 10:08 AM: That’s the first-ever West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival Root Beer Garden – on the west side of the California/Alaska intersection. The festival has just begun, and continues until 2 pm, and our as-it-happens coverage starts now! Here are the key schedule points:

From 10 am to 2 pm: Free activities/games (mostly on California between Alaska and Edmunds)
From 10 am to 2 pm: Farmers’ Market (on California between Oregon and Alaska)
Starting at 11 am: Applepalooza at Farmers’ Market booth on east side of California/Alaska
Starting at 11 am: Chili Cookoff ($10 for 9 tastes & voting) on SW corner of California/Alaska
Starting at 11:30 am: Costume Parade (gather at Junction Plaza Park, 42nd/Alaska)
Starting at noon: Trick-or-treating (Junction businesses, some festival booths)

10:30 AM UPDATE: If you’re looking for the Scavenger Hunt, find it at the Farmers’ Market management booth on California south of Oregon. That’s a popular question here in the Info Booth in the midst of Walk-All-Ways. Just south of us, games are on – here’s Dave McCoy from Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor – their shop is at 42nd/Oregon) with the fishing game:

Next to EWA, you can jump with RopeWorks:

One of the most popular booths – Seattle Police crime prevention coordinators, with “button making machine, Halloween ring toss, SPD coloring books and many free goodies for children and adults!”

They’re about midway down the east side of the south block of California. And if you head over to the park (42nd/Alaska), you can make a music/rhythm instrument to get ready for the 11:30 am costume parade!

11:11 AM: The Chili Cookoff is on! KeyBank corner of California/Alaska, go buy your flight before the chili’s gone!

Your $10 gets you a vote (who will win? big trophy this year!) and 9 tastes AND knowledge you helped the West Seattle Food Bank. Meanwhile, we are seeing some amazing costumes – and the parade hasn’t even started yet! Family costumes too – like parents as chefs and their wee ones as lobsters.

And a young astronaut!

Almost parade time – we hear the West Seattle High School Marching Band warming up to lead it.

11:50 AM: After 20 minutes, the parade has ended, after circling the festival blocks. Above, the start – that’s Jim Edwards from the West Seattle Grand Parade (and West Seattle Big Band) leading the parade on his motorcycle. Below, some of the paraders on the southbound march:

(Added – More video from the parade:)

Next, trick or treat time at businesses and booths, starting at noon. Meantime, the chili is going fast – might be gone before the scheduled 1 pm cutoff.

12:14 PM: Candy collection is happening, big time.

(Above, rock ‘n’ roll trick-or-treating at Thunder Road Guitars [WSB sponsor]; below, trick-or-treating at Bikram Yoga)

And Lora Swift from the West Seattle Junction Association – the merchants’ organization that presents the festival – says the chili is sold out, 225 trays gone in just a little more than an hour! We’ll find out a bit later who won the vote.

12:52 PM: The results are in! Chili winners –

#1 Duos Catering (64 votes)
#2 Pecos Pit (35 votes)
#3 Easy Street (26 votes)

(Photo added below – from left, Joshua from Duos, Judi from WSFB, Benjamin from Duos, Lora from the Junction Association:)

Congratulations, especially to the WSFB, whose clients benefit from the participants’ donation of chili and the 225 tasters/voters!

1:09 PM: Last hour and the sun is starting to break through! Perhaps because the Comerford School of Irish Dance is performing just south of us in the Walk-All-Ways intersection:

Meantime, the costume-watching continues, including canine costumes:

Though there’s no gate for an official count, we would have to say anecdotally that this is the most-attended Harvest Festival yet!

1:36 PM: If you’re just getting here – we can’t guarantee you candy (the Info Booth folks sharing this tent have run out) but activities continue until the end. We’ve added a few more photos above and below. The crowd’s thinned a bit – maybe since the Seahawks’ game has started.

Among those with activity booths – the Junction Neighborhood Organization:

If you live and/or work in The Junction, that’s your community council.

1:52 PM: Final minutes. Soon, this’ll be history …

We’ll have even more photos later, including more from the chili trophy presentation. And stay tuned for the Junction Association’s big winter-holidays events, including the Tree Lighting on December 2nd!

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: More unique costumes. Edward Scissorhands made an appearance:

Willy Wonka was in the WSHS Band:

An aspiring band member:

We found a family of volcanologists:

And a family of recyclers:

R2D2 was not someone in costume – it’s a real replica that has an Instagram page:

ADDED LATE SUNDAY NIGHT: One more round of photos ahead – these are by Leda Costa for WSB:

The crowd:


Spooky sight in the window at West 5!

Seen in another shop window:

Another non-candy treat, spotted at the market:

Some vendors were in the Halloween spirit:

Another costumed canine:

And did we mention the crowd?

Just might add a few more!

11 Replies to "AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017 - costume parade, chili winners, more!"

  • Meyer October 29, 2017 (11:06 am)

    I see there is a root beer garden but is there a beer garden?

    • WSB October 29, 2017 (11:55 am)

      Sorry, no, but I bet The Beer Junction will sell you some :)

  • KrazzieK October 29, 2017 (11:54 am)

    And the Root Beer floats are great, even at 10:30am….

  • MercyMoi October 29, 2017 (12:26 pm)

    I love the tables set up by the chili cook off. Smart addition! Better than sitting on curbs to eat.

    I also loved the array of chili interpretations. Smoked chicken chili, salmon chili…yum. (Still, Fresh Bistro got my vote.)

  • Jon October 29, 2017 (1:11 pm)

    Salmon “Chili”, aka: Bean Water Soup.

    Congrats to the winners (a bit too salty, but tasted as chili should). Personally, I thought Elliott Bay killed it, overall. Nice try with your fancy chili, Jack — it was tasty, too.

    Hopefully they raised plenty of money for the food bank.

  • Jort October 29, 2017 (5:12 pm)

    It was a wonderful fall fest! The floats were very good and it was great to see so many nice costumes. 

    The streets were were absolutely PACKED with people! Was this because they created a new, huge temporary parking lot? I’ve been told that parking is the key to business success and clearly today was a successful day!

  • Cashmere October 29, 2017 (8:39 pm)

    There was a TON of people there!!! It was packed!! 

  • Al October 30, 2017 (10:03 am)

    Its better then the street fair

  • Lynn October 30, 2017 (1:22 pm)

    Those 4 kids running around in that floppy brown dinosaur costumes were hysterical!

    • sam-c October 30, 2017 (2:02 pm)

      Yes, they were awesome. We managed to catch up with them near the end of the day. My 4 year old was laughing hysterically, the dinosaurs gave him high-5’s, and posed for a picture with him. He loved it! Those were some great kids- thanks for sharing your fun!

  • Jo & Rosemary November 1, 2017 (12:49 pm)

    Great to see the pictures – me and my 97.5 mum are enjoying seeing all the kids costumes. Would enjoy more individual pics of them. More dancing too! People don’t dance enough

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