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WEST SEATTLE HARVEST FESTIVAL FOLLOWUP: Big fun, big benefit, and … more photos!

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

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This year’s West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction was the biggest ever, and might have been even bigger if it hadn’t started to rain in the last hour.

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Rain and all, it was a success, and we have one more round of photos to share – as well as an update from the Chili Cookoff that raised money for the West Seattle Food Bank:

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As we reported in yesterday’s as-it-happened coverage, The Westy won – that’s JP Vidican at right, getting congratulated by past winner Jack Miller of Husky Deli. Judi Yazzolino from the Food Bank tells us the cookoff brought in almost $2,000 to help fight hunger.

Meantime, click ahead to see a new Harvest Festival gallery – the costumes, the activities, the pets, and more, as photographed by WSB’s Leda Costa: Read More

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Harvest Festival 2016!

October 30, 2016 10:00 am
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10 AM: It’s on! Joining the Farmers’ Market for the next four hours, it’s the 2016 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. Starting right now, on Alaska between 44th and 42nd, and on California south of the market, Alaska to Edmunds, local businesses, schools, and organizations are offering fun activities. Everything’s free except the Chili Cookoff starting at 11 am – a $10 donation gets you a taste of each of the eight competing chilis, plus a vote, and the money goes to the West Seattle Food Bank. Then at 11:30, it’s the costume parade from Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) around the festival/market zone, and at noon, business trick-or-treating begins. Explore the side-street businesses too – ReMAX, for example, has a noon-2 pm Haunted House on the NW corner of 44th/Alaska (that was canceled).

10:14 AM: Our first activity feature – “melting pumpkins” at the West Seattle Timebank booth. Here’s volunteer Cupcake, showing one off:

Thanks to Timebank leader Tamsen Spengler for the photo. The Timebank booth is on SW Alaska across from Twilight, which is just west of Easy Street. Go visit! We, meantime, are right in the heart of California/Alaska, and immediately west of us you’ll find free facepainting:

The costumes just might be the most-fun part of the festival every year. Even with more than an hour to go until the parade, many costumed people of all sizes are wandering. We’ve even seen Darth Vader (and survived the encounter):

This festivalgoer is costumed as cotton candy:

By the way, there’s free cotton candy (while it lasts) on SW Alaska by Easy Street.

11:07 AM: Chili time! That’s the number one question we’re being asked right now – where’s the chili? Answer: Look for the West Seattle Food Bank canopy right in front of KeyBank on the SW corner of California/Alaska. Here are the competitors:

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Number two most popular question – where does the Costume Parade start? Junction Plaza Park is on the NW corner of 42nd/Alaska, and the parade will head west from there, starting at 11:30. Many awesome costumes this year. Check out Sharknado and friend:

11:44 AM: The parade is making its way through the festival. And this year it’s MASSIVE! Hundreds of people. Led by the West Seattle High School Band:

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Here’s video from the start (looks like we’ll have to wait until we’re back at HQ for the full 6 1/2 minute clip):

Next up: Business trick-or-treating at noon. We’ve been asked how that works – look for merchants with candy OUTSIDE their businesses throughout The Junction.

12:15 PM: Trick-or-treating is now on! And activities continue. Westside School (WSB sponsor) is one of your stops on California between Alaska and Edmunds – there, you can play Plinko:

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Coworking center West Seattle Office Junction (also a WSB sponsor) is nearby and has a “critter pit”:

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Meanwhile, the Farmers Market continues until 2 pm as usual. Many vendors are in the spirit!

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We have some music here at California/Alaska, too – WSHS Band members, post-parade, are busking, as they’ve been doing to raise money for new instruments. And all the while, more cool costumes:

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12:58 PM: Final hour. The crowd has thinned a bit but still really festive – we are talking with organizers and participants about how big the festival is this year, so many people here in The Junction, it reminds us of Summer Fest. Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by to say hi – from our booth in the heart of Walk-All-Ways, we’ve had a front-row seat for it all.

1:19 PM: The crowd’s thinned further because the rain has returned. Next big thing: Vote-counting for the chili cookoff. Here’s a tweet with a look at the contenders’ offerings:

Still some good stuff at this week’s market, too.

1:30 PM: And the chili winners are:

#1 – The Westy
#2 – Brookdale Admiral Heights
#3 – Shadowland

Congratulations!

2 PM: The rain hasn’t stopped but the festival’s wrapping up.

P.S. We will have a separate photo gallery plus some other festival followups at midday Monday.

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle Harvest Festival 2016 almost here!

October 28, 2016 5:45 pm
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(WSB file photo from past Harvest Festival)

Just a little over a day and a half until this year’s West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction, which runs concurrent with the Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday.

The market remains in the street on California between Alaska and Oregon. Festival activities will also be found on California between Alaska and Edmunds, and on Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

*Activities (games, art, crafts, more – more than two dozen providers – all free!) 10 am-2 pm

*Chili competition on the southwest corner of California/Alaska starting at 11 am – buy a flight (nine competitors), vote for your favorite, and your $ goes to the West Seattle Food Bank

*Costume parade 11:30 am from Junction Plaza Park (gather there starting at 11:15 am at 42nd/Alaska), led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band

*Trick-or-treating at Junction businesses starting at noon

We’ll be there throughout the festival, covering it “live” from the heart of The Junction. See you there on Sunday (forecast so far looks like we’ll see some sunshine)!

West Seattle Harvest Festival 2016 set & welcoming activity presenters, sponsors, chili competitors…

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ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:46 PM: The 2016 West Seattle Harvest Festival has just been announced for Sunday, October 30th, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. If you’re new here – the Harvest Festival is the annual street-fair combination of family activities, business trick-or-treating (that part starts at noon), and WS Farmers’ Market. The West Seattle Junction Association presents it, and director Lora Swift says they’re currently inviting prospective sponsors (WSB is already on board) and activity presenters. Go here ASAP if you’re a business interested in being a sponsor, and/or a business, nonprofit, or school interested in presenting an activity. (And yes, there will be a chili cookoff again this year, with the fee for tasting/judging benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank – more to come on that.)

3:19 PM UPDATE: Here’s the scoop on how to enter the chili competition:

Participants must:

§ Be a West Seattle business.

§ Bring two gallons of hot chili made in commercial kitchen and an electric warmer. Maintain chili’s temperature to meet health standards.

§ Provide a chili server who has a current Food Handlers Card.

§ Be ready to serve at 11 am! With 2 gallons of chili, we’ll be able to serve about 100 flights and the competition will probably be done by 1 pm.

§ Space is limited to 8 competitors, and a minimum of 4 competitors are needed.

We’ll provide everything else. To register – admin@wsjunction.org with your business name, contact person, and agreement that rules will be followed.

The festival also includes a costume parade at 11:30 am, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band.

West Seattle Harvest Festival followup #1: Chili competition raises $2,500+

(WSB photo from Sunday, with 4 of the chili contenders, L-R: Todd from Elliott Bay, Amber from Freshy’s, Dave from West 5, Matt from Easy Street)

First of two followups this afternoon on Sunday’s mega-successful West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction (co-sponsored by WSB): Full results, including fundraising, from the festival’s chili competition. We reported the winner in our as-it-happened coverage – here are the full results, from Judi Yazzolino at the West Seattle Food Bank:

Thank you so much (to the participants) in our very successful 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. The West Seattle Food Bank and the clients we serve are most appreciative. We raised an incredible $2,025 in tastings and single serving sales and $357 in straight donations, for a total of $2582! Now for all of the voting results! Congratulations to Jeremy at Shadowland for taking home the beautiful trophy and bragging rights for a year with 41 votes. Here’s how the rest of the votes came in:

Elliott Bay Brewery with 36
The Westy with 26
Easy Street Café with 20
Husky Deli and West Seattle Brewery with 17 each
Freshy’s with 13
West 5 with 6

Everybody who bought a flight for a $10 WSFB donation got a vote; the participants all donated a huge vat of custom-cooked chili plus somebody to serve it, so it was a big contribution, and everyone was a winner, really, with the competition’s popularity – “where’s the chili?” was the most frequently asked question in the info booth.

West Seattle Harvest Festival tomorrow: The big preview

Despite tonight’s storminess, the forecast is still looking relatively promising for the third annual West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm tomorrow. It’s on, rain or shine – activity booths are covered, so are Farmers’ Market stands, and of course local businesses are happy to welcome you for shopping/dining – so we hope it’s on your schedule already. As a co-sponsor and activity host, we’ll be reporting live starting around 9 am, so check in here in the morning. (And remember that California will be closed to traffic between Edmunds and Oregon, with Alaska closed between 42nd and 44th)

Meantime, one last roundup of festival info! The basics, again, are:
*10 am-2 pm, activities
*10 am-2 pm, Farmers’ Market in the street
*11 am-1 pm, chili competition on southwest corner of California/Alaska
*11:30 am, costume parade from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band
*Noon-2 pm, trick-or-treating at participating storefronts

We’ve already previewed several of the activities (including ours!) and here’s a more comprehensive list (apologies if we’ve missed yours – this is a compilation of info provided by the Junction Association and sent by those answering a call for info) – read ahead!

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As-it-happened coverage: West Seattle Harvest Festival 2013, from rain to shine!

(Updated: Afternoon screengrab from “live” SDOT camera at California/Alaska)
10:13 AM: From kids in costume to Farmers’ Market shoppers, West Seattleites aren’t letting the showers keep them away from the second annual Harvest Festival, happening now in the streets-closed heart of The Junction until 2 pm. We’re on the east side of the California/Alaska intersection, part of the “WSB x 3” pumpkin-bowling booth with WestSide Baby volunteers and West Seattle Bowl equipment.

More updates as the festival unfolds; full schedule here; bus reroutes here.

10:35 AM UPDATE: Hard to tell if we’re going to get another sunbreak, so you might as well grab the umbrella and come on down. We’re seeing more than a few costumed children here at the bowling booth – and nearby:

(Some costumed grownups have passed by, too!) Up and down California, the Farmers’ Market booths and activity tents are particularly festive, with pumpkins, colorful leaves, and other fall/harvest decorations. Less than an hour until the costume parade; meet at 11:30 at Junction Plaza Park, northwest corner of 42nd/Alaska, and less than half an hour until you can be a chili judge, right across the intersection in front of KeyBank. Live music nearby, courtesy of Nick Moyer:

11:07 AM UPDATE: The harvest theme doesn’t just involve plants – you can check out a few baby farm animals:

Right across the intersection, the chili competition is on! Donations for your “judging” samples (hurry, once they’re out, they’re out) go to the West Seattle Food Bank. The cooks are from eight great West Seattle venues (listed here):

More updates to come – including the costume parade!

11:48 AM UPDATE: There’s a snippet of Instagram video as the West Seattle High School Marching Band led the costume parade, which is just wrapping up after traveling all around the festival. We have the full parade on video and will add it once we’re able to get it uploaded. (Added – here it is! That’s Jim Edwards, West Seattle Grand Parade co-coordinator, on the motorcycle.)

REALLY good crowd here now – the rain has stopped, and we can see some blue sky in the distance!

12:06 PM UPDATE: The sun is back! Unscientific costume-tallying observation, meantime, indicates that “Star Wars” and superheroes are the most popular themes. Construction workers too – particularly topical given this year’s backdrop:

We also found a “minion”:

We’ve also seen a washing machine [photo added below], an airplane, lots of other costumes from simple to ornate … so glad to see everybody out having fun.

12:35 PM UPDATE: By the way, it’s officially trick-or-treat time now that it’s past noon. And if you don’t happen to have your own timekeeping device – don’t let the Jefferson Square clock on the southeast corner of 42nd/Alaska confuse you – it’s an hour fast (and if it’s not fixed by this time next week, it’ll be TWO hours fast, since we “fall back” next Sunday morning at 2 am). Here’s someone who knows something about time:

The festival and Farmers’ Market are on until 2 pm; still time to come down to The Junction.

12:51 PM UPDATE: Just got word that Husky Deli won the chili competition – as voted on by everybody who bought a “flight” of samples from the eight competitors, with proceeds benefiting the WS Food Bank.

Congratulations to Jack Miller and team. Judi Yazzolino from WS Food Bank (at right in the photo with Jack and, at left, Susan Melrose from the festival-presenting WS Junction Association) tells us 150 people donated $10 each to be taster/judges, and more than $200 extra was donated, so the food bank has $1,700 more with which to fight hunger, thanks to Harvest Festival-goers!

1:28 PM UPDATE: Half an hour left – crowd’s still going strong, and we have a line outside the “pumpkin bowling” booth. Lots of other activities here, thanks to great community businesses and organizations:

Among those organizations, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, which is also handing out flyers for its next big event – the 67th community Pancake Breakfast, coming up December 7th.

2 PM: Festival’s over already! We’ll be adding more photos later – have to roll up the pumpkin-bowling booth first.

9:04 PM: Adding more photos, including some sent by WSB readers. Check back in the morning, as we’ll be adding off and on for the next few hours. First:

Terri Sharp shared the next two photos, and says she’s continuing to add more to her Flickr feed:

Nothing like checking the trick-or-treat bag!

The next two photos are courtesy of Brian Presser from TouchTech Systems in The Junction – first, more candy inspection:

Next, the WSHS Band warming up in the park before the costume parade:

Still adding more!

FOLLOWUP: How much helping you did with those West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival Chili Cookoff helpings

(WSB photos from Sunday)

As reported in our as-it-happened West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival coverage Sunday, Duos Catering won the Chili Cookoff. But thanks to all nine contenders who donated and served chili, and the hundreds of people who bought tastes and voted, the real winners are the West Seattle Food Bank‘s clients – Lora Radford of the WSJA (above left) sends word via Judi Yazzolino of WSFB (above right) that the cookoff raised $3,400 to fight hunger. Plus, the Root Beer Garden raised $130 in tips for WSFB.

The folks from The Beer Junction ran the garden again this year. As a festival sponsor, we were there to cover it all – see our as-it-happened report here and bonus photo gallery here!

GALLERY: More scenes from West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2018

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

As promised – more views from the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, which filled the streets in the heart of The Junction with four hours of fun on Sunday. (Here’s our as-it-happened coverage.) Costumed canines were part of the fun:

The festival began as a fusion of the Farmers’ Market and Junction business trick-or-treating – and has continued to grow, but both of those components are still part of it:

The Farmers’ Market can take on a sort of town-square character, where you see your friends and neighbors. The Harvest Festival, like Summer Fest, is something of a supercharged version:

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AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2018!

October 28, 2018 10:39 am
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10:39 AM: One of the changes for this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival – the chili cookoff started earlier than usual, so if you head here right now, it’s awaiting you! On the southwest corner at California/Alaska, $10 donation to the West Seattle Food Bank gets you a flight of chili tastes by all the contenders, and a vote.

More chili than last year too. Also happening now – free activities presented by dozens of local businesses and organizations, including Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor):

And Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor):

Somehow this fish escaped being hooked:

Costume parade is at 11:30 am (starts from the park on the northwest corner of 42nd/Alaska) but costumes are already here in abundance. Activities are on California between Alaska and Edmunds; the Farmers’ Market is on California north of Alaska; the Root Beer Garden ($3.50 for root beer with Husky Deli ice cream) is on Alaska west of California, next to chili. More coverage to come!

11:02 AM: Costumed adults aplenty, too. Above, masquerading as an emoji, is Jennifer Danner, SPD’s Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator. Family costume themes are everywhere:

11:30 AM: The costume parade is starting!



Overheard on the parade sidelines: “Santa? What’s Santa doing here?”

11:45 AM: The parade has circled back to Alaska/42nd, with the WSHS Band wrapping up with “Thriller.” Now it’s almost trick-or-treat time.

12:15 PM: Above, the Junction Association volunteers with whom we’re sharing the Info Booth during today’s festival have candy – so if you’re trick-or-treating at California/Alaska, see them on the south side of the booth. WSJA’s executive director Lora Radford is here, in costume of course.

Thanks to Steve Thiele for the photo. Besides our as-it-happens pics, we have photographer Leda Costa roaming for festival scenes and we will publish a separate gallery later.

12:41 PM: Bulletin – the Chili Cookoff is sold out. And that’s with more this year than past years! Winner (a flight got you a vote) will be announced shortly. Meantime, our vote for best Farmers’ Market vendor costume – a murder of crows at Whistling Train Farms:

And sunshine!

1:08 PM: The chili-cookoff votes were tallied and announced a little earlier than planned. Duos in a landslide:

For the win – a trophy, medal, and apron.

Meanwhile, though the election is just nine days away, we’ve had only one political sighting today:

I-1631 is one of four state initiatives on your ballot. Whomever and whatever you’re voting for, Tuesday, November 6th, is the deadline.

1:40 PM: Last scheduled event of the festival – kids’ pie-eating contest – just wrapped up!

Festival concludes at 2, same time as the Farmers’ Market. Great turnout – thanks to everybody who’s been part of it! Gallery later! (Added: Here it is.)

West Seattle Sunday: Harvest Festival, salmon drumming, Terry Brooks, more!

(Lincoln Park fall colors, photographed by Anjanette Nelson-Wally)

Good morning! From the WSB West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide and year-round Event Calendar:

PUGET PARK TRAIL WORK PARTY: 9 am-noon, the hardy volunteers who regularly work in this area of the West Duwamish Greenbelt could use some help, as explained here. (Meet at 19th/Dawson)

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: Rain or shine, on California between Oregon and Edmunds and on Alaska between 42nd and 44th, the Harvest Festival, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association with co-sponsors including WSB, is on! Festival runs 10 am-2 pm, with free, fun activities throughout (here’s the list); chili cookoff ($10 to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank) starts at 10 am and continues while the chili lasts, costume parade at 11:30 (meet by Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska), trick-or-treating starts at noon. Rain or shine! We’ll be there for as-it-happens coverage.

FARMERS’ MARKET: Part of the Harvest Festival! 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California between Alaska and Oregon)

TERRY BROOKS: The West Seattle-residing best-selling author will be at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village at 1 pm to speak and to sign books, including his newest, “Street Freaks” and “The Skaar Invasion.” (2600 SW Barton)

PAUL DORPAT: Not in West Seattle but lots of West Seattle connections to this book launch, including that local author/journalist/historian Clay Eals edited the book: 1 pm at the Central Library downtown, it’s the launch event for “Seattle Now and Then, The Historic Hundred.” Free admission but get there early – seating is first-come, first-served. (1000 4th Ave.)

TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP: 2-4 pm at Delridge Library. “Teens are invited to join poet Ann Teplick in a poetry-writing workshop that explores the themes of self-care and resilience. … Please bring a pen/pencil and paper or fully-charged laptop.” (5423 Delridge Way SW)

KIDS EAT FREE: Costumed kids eat free daily through Halloween at Pecos Pit-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 3 pm-close – details here. (4400 35th SW)

CORREO AEREO: Music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

DRUM TO CALL THE SALMON HOME: It’s a Fauntleroy Creek tradition. 5 pm, gather at the fish ladder overlook across from the ferry terminal and up the slope (event moves to nearby covered carport if the rain hasn’t stopped – follow the driveway just east of the viewpoint). Bring fish jokes as well as whatever you want to use to drum. Or just bring yourself! All ages welcome. (Fauntleroy/Director)

HALLOWEEN MUSIC: “The Heebie Jeebies will once again play an all-ages show at 6:00 pm at The Skylark. We will be joined by Runt and the Heebie Jeebie Juniors.” $5 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THOSE ARE JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS … full lists are in our WSB West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide and year-round Event Calendar.

SUNDAY: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, rain or shine!

(2013 WSB photo)

The forecast for tomorrow looks less rainy than tonight, but still probably showery. That’s no obstacle to the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (10 am-2 pm Sunday). Just look how much fun it was in soggy 2013. Many activity providers are under canopies anyway. The list of who’s doing what is here (and you’ll find a few more by festival time). Here’s the map of the festival zone, expanded beyond the usual Farmers’ Market footprint:

Activities are free – bring $ if you’re interested in the chili cookoff ($10 donation for a flight of tastes, goes to the West Seattle Food Bank and gets you a vote – availability starts at 10 am this year) and/or Root Beer Garden. If you only show up for one thing, the Costume Parade (11:30 – start gathering at 11:15 am at Junction Plaza Park, 42nd/Alaska) would be our pick. We’re a festival sponsor and we’ll be in the Info Booth at Walk-All-Ways tomorrow – see you there!

COUNTDOWN: The kids’ activities you’ll find @ West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival on Sunday

October 25, 2018 2:04 pm
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(WSB photo from 2017 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival)

Only three days until our area’s biggest fall celebration, the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, with the Farmers’ Market plus Applepalooza, Chili Cookoff, Costume Parade, Root-Beer Garden, Trick-or-Treating … and free activities offered by local businesses and organizations! Here’s a list with most of them (a few participants were still finalizing their plan):

ArtsWest – Coloring contest
Be Smart for Kids – Coloring with superheroes
Child Evangelism Fellowship – TeaLight Lantern-making
Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) – Pumpkin placemat to color
Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) – Fly casting for kids with practice rods
Endolyne Children’s Choir – Musical beanbag toss, music-themed coloring sheets
FIT4MOM West Seattle – Beanbag pumpkin toss; making ghosts with tissue paper
Full Circle – Coloring
Holy Rosary School – Giant Plinko game; hand-turkey decorating
Lil’ Bug Studio – Create a jack o’lantern on a foam pumpkin shape with stickers
Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) – Tiny Modes demonstration (musical instruments and Caspar Babypants music) and a wheel for older kids to spin for prizes
Outer Space Seattle – “Moon sand play area” sensory tables
Pagliacci Pizza – Learn to toss pizza
PCC (WSB sponsor) – Trail mix
Pecos Pit Barbecue (WSB sponsor) – Paint the piggies
Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – Coloring activity
School of Rock – Button-making booth, free short guitar lessons
Snip-it’s Haircuts for Kids – Temporary hair color for kids, giant Connect 4 game
Southwest Lacrosse Club – Tent with a taped “goal” to target a beanbag or “dead” ball
The Little Gym of West Seattle – Obstacle Course if weather permits.
Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) – Costume Contest
West City Rope Ninjas – Jump-rope demos and learn-to-jump activities
West Seattle Christian Church – Photo backdrops and props for pics
West Seattle Eagles – Fishing booth for kids
West Seattle Junction – Cornhole game
West Seattle Performing Arts – Photo cutout of a dancer for photos, cutout station for coloring a ballerina and hip-hop dancer
Westside Collaborative Law – Hula hoop contest

(Plus free – tips encouraged – face painting!) Most of the activity booths will be south of the Farmers’ Market, on California SW between Alaska and Edmunds. The costume parade starts at 11:30 am from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band. And trick-or-treating at booths and businesses begins at noon. A new pie-eating contest will be at 1:30 at the info booth – which is where you’ll find us (co-sponsoring the festival again this year and reporting as-it-happens). See you there, rain or shine! Activities are free; bring $ for food/beverages (the Chili Cookoff flights, for example, are a $10 donation that goes to the West Seattle Food Bank – that starts right at 10 am this year and is on while supplies last).

COUNTDOWN! What’s happening where at Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 23, 2018 4:47 pm
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Just in – the map of what’s happening where at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival this Sunday! Even if you’re not planning to go, remember that the festival “footprint” is close to West Seattle Summer Fest – the streets will be festival-filled (and off-limits to motorized traffic) on California SW from Oregon to Edmunds and on SW Alaska from 44th to 42nd. The festival runs 10 am-2 pm, concurrent from the Farmers’ Market (which will be on its usual block, California between Alaska and Oregon), and one popular feature will start earlier this year- the Chili Cookoff “flights” go on sale just as the festival begins, 10 am on the KeyBank corner. (More flights for sale, too – 400 this year – $10 donation to the West Seattle Food Bank gets you a taste of the contenders‘ chili offerings plus a chance to vote!) Other times are the same as past years, costume parade at 11:30 am (start gathering by Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska at 11:15) and trick-or-treating at noon. We’re a Harvest Festival co-sponsor and will be reporting as-it-happens from the Info Booth at Walk-All-Ways – see you there, rain or shine.

P.S. In our next preview, get a sneak peek at this year’s lineup of free festival activities!

LAST CALL! Be part of the 2018 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 18, 2018 9:31 am
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(2017 photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

With a week and a half to go until this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, here’s one last call for your business/school/organization to be part of it by offering an activity! More options mean more fun for the festival, which happens in the heart of The Junction 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 28th – an ever-growing extravaganza involving not only activities, but also a costume parade (11:30 am), trick-or-treating (noon), the Farmers’ Market, chili cookoff to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank, a root-beer garden, and more. A few booth spaces remain – here’s where to register for one.

COUNTDOWN: From costumes to chili – get ready for the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

September 27, 2018 2:34 pm
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One month and one day until the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! 10 am to 2 pm Sunday, October 28th, in the street in the heart of The Junction. It’s multifaceted fun – the Farmers’ Market, harvest/fall-themed kids’ activities, a costume parade, trick-or-treating, and a benefit chili cookoff! The chili cookoff field is set – you buy, you vote, proceeds go to the West Seattle Food Bank: This year’s contenders are Elliott Bay Brewing, Husky Deli, Easy Street Café, The Westy, Duos Catering, Pecos Pit (WSB sponsor), Girls Gone BBQ, The Bridge, and Shadowland are this year’s competitors. Also: Whether you chow down on chili or not, you’ll be able to quench your thirst at the Root Beer Garden! And something new this year: A pumpkin-pie-eating contest.

P.S. If your business/organization can host an activity booth, there’s still time to sign up for that – no charge! Just use this form. Volunteers are also welcome to be part of the fun – sign up here.

2018 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! How to be part of it

(WSB photo from 2017 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival)

It’s a little chilly, a little cloudy – technically still summer for another two weeks but it’s really feeling like fall. So – it’s time to talk about your opportunities for being part of this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 28th, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. New here? Here’s how the West Seattle Junction Association explains it:

Now in our seventh year, the Junction’s Harvest Festival has become a favorite event for West Seattle. With California Ave closed, the streets are filled with colorful farmers and local vendors, fun art activities for kids supported by West Seattle businesses and community groups, plus a costume parade lead by West Seattle High’s marching band, the Farmers Market Applepalooza and a root beer garden. The Harvest Festival is good community fun!

(Here’s our as-it-happened coverage from last year.)

*WSB is proud to be the Harvest Festival media sponsor again this year. The festival welcomes sponsors to help cover the costs of presenting a free and fun event for the community – want to be one? Go here to sign up!

*Can your business/organization provide a free arts-and-crafts activity booth during the festival? Go here to sign up!

*Can you provide chili for the West Seattle Food Bank-benefiting Chili Cookoff at the Harvest Festival? (Note that you must cook and prepare the chili in a commercial restaurant/facility.) To sign up, e-mail lora@wsjunction.org!

*The Root Beer Garden will be back for a second year and needs volunteers. Can you help? Go here to sign up!

And of course – you can be part of the festival by just showing up as a participant, spectator, chili taster, costume-parader, trick-or-treater … Whatever your plan, we’ll see you in The Junction on October 28th!

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017, by the numbers

October 30, 2017 7:34 pm
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(Photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

If you were part of Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival – here are three numbers that reiterate that it rocked:

From Lora Swift at the West Seattle Junction Association – 35 community businesses, groups, and nonprofits donated time and materials for free games and activities. … Almost 300 root-beer floats were served up by The Beer Junction in the first-ever Root Beer Garden … and the biggest number of all is from the Chili Cookoff:

From Judi Yazzolino of the West Seattle Food Bank:

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off to taste the delicious chili at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival on Sunday. All proceeds went to the West Seattle Food Bank, and what a success – we raised $3,146 from the tastings and $160 from the Beer Junction Root Beer Float Garden tips. We’d really like to extend a special thanks to the nine establishments who not only donated their fabulous chili but their time serving it: Brookdale Senior Living, Duos Catering, Easy Street Café, Elliott Bay Brewery, Fresh Bistro, Girls Gone BBQ, Husky Deli, Pecos Pit, and The Westy. Congratulations to Joshua & Benjamin from Duos Catering for being our 2017 winner by a landslide!

See our as-it-happened festival coverage, with video and photos, here.

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:

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West Seattle Sunday: Junction Harvest Festival; salmon-watching; music; much more…

(Halloween decorations at 2747 44th Ave SW – just added to our guide – thanks for the pic!)

Hallo-weekend continues – highlights from the WSB West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide:

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: This is today’s big event, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association (with co-sponsors including WSB). See our full preview here; see the schedule on the WSJA website. 10 am-2 pm, with free activities and games throughout, plus the chili cookoff ($10 donation for the West Seattle Food Bank) at 11 am, costume parade at 11:30 am, business trick-or-treating noon. We’ll be there for the entire festival with as-it-happens coverage. (California SW is closed between Oregon and Edmunds for the festival, and SW Alaska between 44th and 42nd)

(WSB photo)

HALLOWEEN LIGHT SHOW: From the folks who bring you West Seattle Yuletide. 6-10 pm. (38th SW between Genesee and Dakota)

HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY: 6 pm with The Heebie Jeebies at The Skylark. All ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LARRINGTONS RANCH HAUNTED HOUSE. 7 pm-10 pm. Suggested for ages 10 and up. Free “but we accept donations of cans toward support of the local food bank.” (Erskine Way/SW Hudson)

And here are the non-Halloween highlights, from our year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LAST WEEKEND DAY FOR WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: Tomorrow, the WS Water Taxi goes to its five-day-a-week, commute-times-only schedule until next spring, so today is its last weekend day of 2017.

HAPPY 3RD ANNIVERSARY, PEEL & PRESS: The Morgan Junction restaurant/bar is celebrating its third anniversary by donating 10 percent of proceeds to the West Seattle Food Bank as holiday turkeys and chickens. Open today 9 am-10 pm. (6503 California SW)

HIGHLAND PARK TRAFFIC-CIRCLE CLEANUP: Many hands make light work!

This weekend we will finish cleaning up four roundabouts in Highland Park in preparation for new trees, shrubs, and ground cover. We could really use extra hands! If you live, walk or drive near the intersections listed below, or you love to garden, or you just want to meet some neighbors, come on out and pitch in!

10 am – 11:30 am: 12th Ave SW & SW Trenton — install new plants & mulch
12 pm – 1:30 pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
2 pm – 3:30 pm: 10th Ave SW & SW Thistle — install new plants & mulch
4 pm – 5 pm: 12th Ave SW & SW Kenyon — install new plants & mulch

Bring your own tools/wheelbarrow/etc. if you can.

SALMON-WATCHING: As reported here yesterday, the first coho have come home to Fauntleroy Creek, so volunteers will be there 2-3:30 pm to assist you in trying to see them. No dogs. Meet at the fish-ladder overlook across and upslope from the ferry dock. (Upper Fauntleroy Way & SW Director)

OPEN MICROPHONE: 3-6 pm, open mic at The Skylark, presented by neighboring Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor), all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

PACIFICO: Pop act from Louisiana performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

RHIANNON AND FRIENDS: 7:30 pm concert at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

THERE’S MORE ON OUR CALENDAR … see it all here!

What you need to know about Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

October 28, 2017 8:34 pm
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(WSB file photo)

Just hours until our area’s biggest fall fun at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm Sunday. Here’s what you need to know:

STREET CLOSURES: The festival closes an extra block of California SW, which will be off-limits to motorized vehicles between SW Edmunds and SW Oregon from early Sunday morning until late Sunday afternoon, as will SW Alaska between 44th and 42nd.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, it’s part of the festival, in its usual spot on California north of SW Alaska, usual time, 10 am-2 pm. The market includes Applepalooza – taste fall’s fave fruit, starting at 11 am, plus a scavenger hunt.

HARVEST ACTIVITIES: You’ll find most of these on California south of Alaska, *free* fun presented by more than 30 organizations and businesses during the entire duration of the festival. (See the long list of activities here!)

ROOT BEER GARDEN: Bring $3.50 if you want to try a 16-ounce root beer with Husky Deli ice cream – Easy Street corner of California/Alaska.

CHILI COOKOFF: Nine venues are competing for this year’s title – bring $10 to buy your flight of a taste from each starting at 11 am at the KeyBank corner of California/Alaska, and you’ll get to vote on who you think should win! The money goes to the West Seattle Food Bank.

COSTUME PARADE: Gather at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) before 11:30 am (you can make a musical instrument there starting at 10) and follow the West Seattle High School Marching Band around the festival grounds!

TRICK-OR-TREATING: Businesses will have treats starting at noon – some of the booths, too.

WHAT’S NEW – IRISH DANCING: Late addition to the program, Celtic Arts Northwest will perform at California/Alaska at 1 pm. (That’s where we’ll be throughout the festival, with as-it-happens coverage … see you there!)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday updates; weekend alerts, including West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:59 AM: Good morning! So far, no incidents on the major outbound routes in/from West Seattle. But we have weekend alerts:

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HARVEST FESTIVAL: On Sunday, from early morning through about 4 pm, California will be closed to traffic between Alaska and Edmunds as well as the usual Farmers’ Market closure between Oregon and Alaska. The festival (full details here) runs 10 am-2 pm.

SW EDMUNDS CLOSURE AT 40TH SW: SDOT plans to continue its paving work starting Saturday morning and potentially continuing through Sunday afternoon.

I-5 REPAIRS TONIGHT: 11 pm tonight through 6 am Saturday, repair work will close three lanes of NB I-5 through downtown, between Yesler Way and Seneca Street.

7:37 AM UPDATE: After-the-fact transit alert:

9:34 AM: WSDOT says tonight’s I-5 lane closures (mentioned above) are canceled. Meantime, we forgot to mention that this is the last weekend for the West Seattle Water Taxi’s seven-day-a-week schedule – next Monday, it starts the five-day-a-week schedule, which also means no midday trips.

COUNTDOWN: Five days to West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2017

October 24, 2017 4:29 pm
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harvestfestival_01(2016 Harvest Festival photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

Of all the fun stuff in the WSB Halloween (Etc.) Guide – the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival is the biggest (just look at all these photos from last year!), and it’s now just five days away (10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 29th).

Some notes as it gets closer:

*Can you volunteer? Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association – which presents the festival – says, “We’re still hoping to fill a couple volunteer slots at the kids’ music tables and the Farmers’ Market Applepalooza.” Here’s how to sign up.

*Planning to be part of the costume parade (11:30 am)? Make maracas or a music box at Junction Plaza Park (also the parade starting point, NW corner of 42nd/Alaska) first – 10 am-11:30 am.

*Four of the nine competitors in this year’s Chili Cookoff (the West Seattle Food Bank benefits from your $10 for 9 tastes, and you get to vote for the winner – KeyBank corner of California/Alaska starting at 11 am) are new – Duos Catering, Pecos Pit BBQ (WSB sponsor), Girls Gone BBQ, and Fresh Bistro. They’re going up against defending champs The Westy Sports and Spirits (WSB sponsor) and return competitors Easy Street Café, Elliott Bay Brewing Company, Husky Deli, and Brookdale Senior Living.

The festival starts with the Farmers’ Market in its usual mid-street spot and other local businesses and organizations offering free fun activities on California, which will also be closed to traffic, south of Alaska – see the list on the WSJA website. Business and booth trick-or-treating starts after the costume parade, at noon. And don’t miss the Root Beer Garden on the Easy Street corner of California/Alaska!

WSB is a co-sponsor of the Harvest Festival – see you in The Junction on Sunday. Weather looks dry.