Food, fun, art, entertainment and crowds of people seems a good way to describe it. An annual event, for three days the Anacortes Arts Festival literally consumes downtown Anacortes.
Poster for the 2011 Anacortes Arts Festival
Emersing ourselves into the crowd, we walked from one booth to the next looking at the beautiful wares.
Colorful hand blown glass balls for sale at the 2011 Anacortes Arts Festival
Then, hungry, we looked for something to eat. With just a little help, we found the corn dog booth.
The corn dog booth is that-a-way
One of the more notable artists/characters in Anacortes is Bill Mitchell. A paraplegic as a result of a car accident many years ago, he became involved with the Anacortes Mural Project by revitalizing the old buildings in the downtown core with his larger-than-life sized painted scenes and figures. While chatting with Bill, he invited us back to Anacortes for another upcoming event, the Anacortes Work Boat Races. Another day of fun, I am sure, as Anacortes celebrates its maritime heritage with a pirate boat parade kick off for the event. Bill advised us to dress in costumes – gypsies or dancing girls – shouting to us as we left his side something about bustiers and corsets being especially appreciated. Actually, the event does sound quite fun. With boat race competitions in three classes showcasing fireboats, tugs, transporters and working vessels, and their crews, in and around Fidalgo Island and ending with one of my favorite local bands, the Walrus, playing at a dance late into the evening, I just might attend – but would dress more normally.
Bill Mitchell, the Anacortes Mural Project artist
At many of the street intersections along the festival there was a stage with performers, and I certainly felt very well entertained. My favorite, however, was Jonny Hahn, a piano player/composer quite well known on the streets in the Seattle area.
Street piano performer Jonny Hahn
Here are more of the photos of the arts, entertainment, people and around the town of Anacortes.