Arts Festival returns this weekend

Arts Festival returns this weekend

Arts Festival returns this weekend

It’s long been a community tradition for the first full weekend of August.

And this year’s Eatonville Lions Club Arts Festival promises to again provide three days of fun for the whole family. Items from than 100 artisans from across the country will be available for purchase, alongside live entertainment, an array of food options, and a beer garden.

“It’s always fun,” said Jamie Baublits, event coordinator for the Eatonville Lions. “It’s like a big class reunion. It was your big event before school started. You’d see people you haven’t seen for a while. Then when you turn 21, you can go into the beer garden and see people you haven’t seen in years come together for the Arts Festival. There’s lots of classes that graduate and use that time for their reunion, and a lot of people will be around for the weekend.”

In her role, Baublits has been tasked with finding vendors, talking to artists, scheduling the entertainment, and the other logistics of planning the yearly festival (now in its 47th year), set for August 3, 4, and 5 at Glacier Park (213 Fir St.). She also praised Joella Oldfield for her more than two decades of work organizing the festival, along with her fellow current event coordinator, Lisa Rasmussen (who also is a participating artist).

“I feel the whole town gets together for it,” she said. "Either they have a booth there, or they’re walking it. If you live in Eatonville, you will go to the Arts Festival at some point.”

While classic offerings like Italian sodas, popsicles, sno-cones, and donuts are again among the food offerings, food trucks and vendors on hand will also be serving up teriyaki chicken, burgers, wings, and other fare.

But the best part, Baublits said, is how it brings the area together.

“It’s the sense of community,” she said. “We feel like a small town and it’s a staple in Eatonville. It’s something to go to and do that’s been happening for a long time.”

All proceeds from the festival help the Lions Club continue its humanitarian efforts, like giving eye glasses and hearing aids to those in need, funding school scholarships, donating to the American Diabetes Association, the Lions Club International Foundation, and more. Baublits also noted the organization’s support in helping more than 20 Boy Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

“Our mission: We serve!” she said.

When asked who should attend this weekend’s festival, Baublits listed off the wide variety of elements — from glass blowing artisans to the various food vendors — in making the case that it’s not just for any one group.

“There’s something for everyone,” she said.

The festival starts at noon on Friday, with artisan booths open until 8 p.m. On Saturday, things kick-off at 10 a.m. (beer garden open at noon), with festivities set to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday (beer garden open at 11 a.m.).

For more information about the festival, or to learn more about having a booth as an artisan or volunteering, visit


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment