County celebrates two big events

Spanaway Park turns 100
Citizens are invited to join Spanaway Park in celebrating its 100th birthday on Friday, July 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the park (14905 Gus G. Bresemann Road S.) near area five and six. The event is free and many fun activities for all ages are planned.

There will be a bounce area for kids and a Lemay classic car show, as well as food booths and crafts for kids to make. The highlight will be a performance by the Dance Factory, an energetic group of nine talented performers presenting hits of the 70s through the 90s, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Spanaway Park has been a center for fun and recreation since 1903, and through the years it has housed an outdoor dance pavilion and an antique carousel, among other fun features. Since 1962 the park has been the summer home of Fun Fitness Day Camp, which encourages kids to keep active and stay in shape.

Today park visitors enjoy picnicking, fishing, swimming, biking, walking the trails, and playing ball games on the 135-acre site.

For more information about the celebration, call Pierce County Parks at 253/798-4176 or visit their Website at:

Ethnic Fest
Ethnic Fest, the popular festival celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Pierce County, returns next weekend to Wright Park – at 6th and I Streets – in Tacoma. On Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, thousands are expected to attend the 17th annual event. The free festival runs both days from noon to 7 p.m.

Last year more than 55,000 people came from throughout the Northwest to enjoy music, ethnic dance, food, arts & crafts and an International Fun Zone for kids. This year attendees can also enjoy continuous live music from blues to jazz, world fusion to Celtic, Klezmer to gospel, comedy, magic, and traditional ethnic dance performances on three stages. Over 20 international food vendors and 50 import arts and handicrafts booths create the atmosphere of an authentic international marketplace. Children will enjoy the Hands-On Art Tent sponsored by Metro Parks and Casey Family Programs,
Ethnic Fest also features the participation of over 60 Pierce County community service agencies. Information tables for each of these organizations will offer a chance for fairgoers to learn about the many vital and valuable resources available in and for this community.