$5 daily | 12 & Under FREE
By Kelsey Foster
While A Taste of Edmonds takes place over the course of just three days each August, the impact of the annual festival has a much broader reach that many don’t realize.
Each August, the sight of the fencing lining the streets near 6th and Bell and the multitude of tents springing up signals that the annual A Taste of Edmonds is upon us. And whether you visit the festival or not, chances are good you may be enjoying A Taste of Edmonds all year round.
That’s because A Taste of Edmonds serves as the main annual fundraiser for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. Revenue generated over this fun-filled weekend funds free community events throughout the entire year…community events that thousands of families participate in and enjoy.
Each September the Chamber hosts the Edmonds Classic Car Show. This annual free event draws a crowd of over 10,000 to our downtown core to ooh and ahhh over the 300+ beautiful classic cars that line the streets. The car show takes place this year on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
In October each year the Chamber puts on the Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night. Streets are closed to traffic so that over 5000 costumed kiddos (and pets) can safely roam as they collect bags full of goodies. There is also a costume contest, music, and fun for the entire family.
The holiday season kicks off each year with the Edmonds Tree Lighting hosted by the Chamber. Families gather in the streets around Centennial Plaza to enjoy singing, Santa, and the countdown to lighting up the giant tree.
And the largest free community event by far is the Edmonds 4th of July celebration which the Chamber has sponsored for 111 years running. An Edmonds Kind of 4th features something for everyone from the 5K and 1K races, two parades, the firefighter’s waterball competition, and even a mustache contest. The event culminates in a big party at Civic Center Field with food, music, and glorious fireworks. An estimated 15,000 watch the parade and 10,000 watch the fireworks at this old fashioned community celebration each year.
Altogether these events cost over $90,000 to produce. Money generated through A Taste of Edmonds allows thousands of people to enjoy community events through the entire year…for free.
Additionally, A Taste of Edmonds provides over $24,000 to local non-profit and service clubs.
A Taste of Edmonds takes place August 11-13, 2017 at the Civic Center Playfield. Daily entry fee is $5, 12 & under are FREE. A FREE shuttle runs every 15 minutes from Edmonds Woodway High School. For more information, visit www.TasteEdmonds.com.