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Originally published Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Old-fashioned summer fun in old-fashioned Snohomish

Kla Ha Ya Days, July 21-24, Snohomish.

Seattle Times staff

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Get your bed ready for racing, practice your cherry-pit spitting and get your frog in shape for the jumping contest at Kla Ha Ya Days this weekend in historic Snohomish.

Other events to challenge your skills or cheer others on include a 5-mile run, ice cream- and watermelon-eating contests, video-game competitions and a Baby Crawl Race for speedy tiny tots.

The Frogtastic Kids Fair kicks off the festival Thursday with a bike rodeo and parade, dog races, a pine wood derby, entertainment and games. A carnival at Harvey Field runs daily, Thursday through Sunday.

The Kla Ha Ya Days parade winds through town Saturday morning to kick off the weekend's street fair, arts and crafts festival and Taste of Snohomish. Nearly 100 vendors line Union, Glen, Pearl and Cedar streets with a variety of arts, crafts and food, along with shopping and events in Snohomish antique stores, boutiques and restaurants Saturday and Sunday.

Entertainment, a beer garden, games and contests continue at the festival both days with frog jumping, video games, bike and board slalom events and pie-, watermelon- and ice cream-eating contests Saturday afternoon.

Wild and crazy costumes are encouraged for five-person bed-race teams, with prizes for Team Dress and Entertainment, People's Choice, and Worst New Course Record, along with awards for actually winning the race. The popular Saturday fundraiser draws thousands of spectators to watch 40 teams navigate the course. Not all beds make it through intact.

Sunday's Custom & Classic Cars Show of 250 vehicles is among weekend events at Harvey Field, with free shuttle service from festival events in downtown Snohomish. The Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA) provides transportation from downtown Seattle to Snohomish in historic buses Sunday.

The details

Kla Ha Ya Days

Time: Frogtastic Kids Fair, 1-8 p.m. Thursday; carnival opens 3 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday; community picnic, 4-11 p.m. Friday; parade, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, on First Street; street fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; bed races, 5-7 p.m. Saturday; Custom & Classic Cars Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Friday picnic, $10/ages 21 and older, $5/ages 6-20. Festival free, fees to enter some contests and events.

Location: Carnival, community picnic, flight activities and car show, all at Harvey Field; other events, downtown Snohomish; free shuttle between locations.

Getting there: From Interstate 5 in Everett, take Highway 2 east to Highway 9 and take Highway 9 South. Turn left at Marsh Road, then left onto Airport Way. From I-405 North take the Highway 522 East exit. Take 522 to the exit for Highway 9 North, and follow 9 to Marsh Road. Turn right on to Marsh Road, then left onto Airport Way.

More information: 425-493-7824 or

MEHVA buses: Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association's restored historic buses travel to Snohomish to Kla Ha Ya Days, 11 a.m. Sunday from Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, ages 5 and younger free; no Metro or ORCA passes or transfers accepted; 206-684-1816 or

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or

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