City Fair, show-and-shine combo takes over Edmonds July 24

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Organizers of two Edmonds-area events are combining their efforts into one community celebration this weekend.

The Edmonds City Fair and Classic Car Show takes place on Edmonds Street between Canada Way and Kingsway on Sunday, July 24. The city fair portion runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the car show goes 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Organizer and city councillor Paul McDonell said the move to combine the two events was due partly to a desire not to compete with the Langley Cruise-In car show scheduled for the city fair's usual weekend in September, and the fact Richmond Park is unavailable due to construction of the new Edmonds community centre and pool.

It's hoped combining the events will also serve to draw attendance from the city fair to the car show and vice versa, McDonell said.

The classic car show will be located on Edmonds between Kingsway and Mary Avenue. The remainder of the festival site will include a petting zoo, carnival rides, and the international fair in which the diverse community presents displays and costumes from 12 countries.

Live entertainment will take place on two stages, at Kingsway and at Canada Way, with the Metropolis Glee Club giving roving performances up and down the street.

As in past years, the highlight, said McDonell, will be the celebrity challenge at 1:20 p.m. on the mainstage across from the Edmonds fire hall. That's when local politicians and community leaders perform a secret activity that he springs on them at the last moment.

A few years back it was a pie eating contest. Unfortunately, McDonell didn't know the chocolate cream pies were still frozen. "They ate all the whipped cream then they ended up pushing the pies around the table and getting bright red noses."

Last year, it was a race involving eggs on spoons, running with firefighter turnout gear and running wearing women's dresses.

"It was pretty funny because they don't make dresses that big," he said with a laugh.

While some classic car owners might cancel if it rains, the city fair portion of the event will go ahead rain or shine.

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