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Free Ballard Day

Posted by Geeky Swedes on May 28th, 2008

On May 29, 1907 at about 3:45 p.m., the city of Ballard was annexed into the city of Seattle because the water smelled like a dead horse. Citizens then weren’t happy with their new status, and 101 years later Ballardites are still miffed. Thursday is “Free Ballard Day.” Last year (on the 100th anniversary) there was an anti-celebration and gathering at the old city hall, and people were encouraged to wear black. This year, Archie McPhee is remembering the day by giving away a free gift to anyone who comes in and tells the cashier the secret word. While we can’t tell you what the secret word is, this photo might help. Happy Free Ballard Day!

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