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Annual Grapeview Water and Arts Fest fun for the family

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The scents of cobblers, steamed clams and hamburgers will soon waft over the brightly colored tents of artists and vendors, as children race to paint boats or attempt a hole-in-one on the floating green. Live music and laughter will again be the soundtrack to the annual Grapeview Water and Arts Festival.

This year's festival is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 at Fair Harbor Marina, located on Grapeview Loop Road in Grapeview. The event, put on by the Grapeview Community Association, is in its 23rd year. It is free and open to the public.

A number of family activities are available throughout the day. Students from North Mason High School will be available to paint faces and various craft activities, such as wood boat decorating, will take place throughout the day.

There will also be a putting contest and a floating golf green for adults and children alike, with three balls for $1.

The Kids' Fishing Derby runs from noon to 1 p.m., with registration from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Life jackets are mandatory for all participants, and children must provide their own fishing gear and bait.

Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m.

"It's basically a free-for-all for the children," said Louise Okonek, chairman for the event. "The only thing people pay for is their food and the hole-in-one event."

Live music will take place during the day, with performances by local groups the Cobbler Group and Full Circle.

More than 50 vendors are scheduled to show off their art, crafts and food, including a plethora of homemade cobblers by the community association.

"We always have wonderful shrimp cocktails, so there's always that to look forward to," Okonek said. "And the steamer clams are always a big hit."

Each year, the community organization hosts a contest for local artists to design the poster for the festival. This year, Julie Creighton designed the winning art. The Stretch Island-based artist has more than 20 years of experience teaching classes and workshops. Her paintings have been accepted into numerous juried art shows and recognized with awards throughout the years; her paintings have also been selected for cards and calendars, as well as commissioned work.

Framed and unframed prints of her poster will be available for purchase during the festival.

Proceeds from the festival go to community scholarships and local nonprofit organizations, such as the Food for Kids Backpack Program, Grapeview School, North Mason High School Grad Night, Faith in Action, Senior Services for South Sound, Habitat for Humanity and the HUB Center for Seniors.

Since 2009, the Grapeview Community Association has contributed more than $65,000 to local schools and nonprofit organizations. This year, the association has already awarded $5,600 in scholarships, according to its website.

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"It's basically a free-for-all for the children. The only thing people pay for is their food and the hole-in-one event."

Louise Okonek, chairman for the Grapeview Water and Arts Festival

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Original Publication Date: July 21, 2016

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