Get your Viking on at Seafood Fest

Ballard’s biggest neighborhood event of the year is coming up this weekend. The 35th annual Ballard SeafoodFest draws 60,000 people to downtown Ballard for salmon, arts & crafts, music and other events.

New this year is a hot dog eating contest sponsored by Dante’s Inferno Dogs. At 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, head to the community stage at Bergen Place to see how many dogs get put away. You can still sign up for the competition at Snacks! on Ballard Ave. Cost is $20 for a seat at the table and a t-shirt.

If hot dog eating is too tame for you, how about the lutefisk eating contest? Last year Einer Johannsen smashed the record by slurping down two pounds of the stinky Scandinavian staple in just 7 seconds! “I poured it down like a pitcher of Rainier Beer,” Johannsen told us after the contest with a big smile on this face. We’ll see if someone can top that this year.

A long-running tradition is the mouth-watering alder-smoked salmon ($9) cooked up by master griller Warren Aakervik. By the end of the weekend, the crew will serve 2,000 pounds of salmon!

The 9th Annual Couture Coverall Contest is Sunday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. on the community stage. Last year the winner came dressed as a woman from the Duwamish tribe in the 1800s, but we saw everything from four-legged contestants to some that were, er, showing a little more skin.

Stan Boreson, the king of Scandihoovian humor, kicks off the entertainment on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and performs again on Sunday. The musical lineup for the main stage can be found here, the community stage entertainment here, and the family stage at Ballard Commons Park can be found here.

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doug11
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doug11

SeafoodFest is brought to you by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce — the same organization that recently sued the City of Seattle to stop the bike trail which SDOT approved.

If you are a biker, or concerned about bicycle safety, do not support this event.

doug11
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doug11

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce has an online directory of members. Tell these companies you do not support their membership in an association that would rather sue the city than see the bike trail built as approved.

http://www.ballardchamber.com/locations

Sports-oriented businesses listed as members include:

Second Ascent
http://www.ballardchamber.com/node/934

Olympic Athletic Club
http://www.ballardchamber.com/node/492

Kavu
http://www.ballardchamber.com/node/938

Seattle Sports
http://www.ballardchamber.com/node/586

Big 5 Sporting Goods
http://www.ballardchamber.com/node/138

It's possible some of these companies aren't members at all, but the Chamber lists them anyway.

Another reason not to support the Ballard Chamber of Commerce or their events!!!

Pheel
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Pheel

Great idea! Let's drive all the businesses out of Ballard! Actually while you're about it drive all the tourists out as well!

I hope the view from your ivory tower is nice.

doug11
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doug11

Why should I buy bike equipment from companies that join a lawsuit against bike trails?

mickey
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mickey

doug11 – You really need to do something more with your life than spend all day and night on your computer, hijacking every single MyBallard comment thread with your froth-at-the-mouth ranting.

It's pathetic.

Pheel
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Pheel

No one's asking you to

doug11
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doug11

Why should I support a Chamber of Commerce that puts the interests of Ballard Oil and the company that sells sand ahead of a trail that's been approved by SDOT after years of studies and debate?

The people want a bike trail. We can make our voices heard. We can decide where to spend our money. Just like the Chamber of Commerce can decide who to sue.

mickey
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mickey

Better question:

Why should the readers of this blog have to tolerate your incessant ranting?

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Are you doing this on purpose, Geeky Swedes? ;-)
Uff da! I'll be there both days, as usual. Especially looking forward to the appearance of El Vis on the main stage.
For the record, I will be signing the bike club's petition while I'm there. But only after my donation to PurrFect Pals. Some things are just more important to me.

doug11
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doug11

I found this site yesterday. My life is pretty balanced but thanks for the concern.

mickey
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mickey

I will be at the Seafood Fest, working as a volunteer, enjoying the food, the people, the costumes, the music and the sunshine.

Haters go away.

mickey
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mickey

If you just found this site yesterday and have already posted as many rants as you have… then I'm even more worried about your sanity.

doug11
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doug11

and supporting an organization that spends it's money to hire lawyers to sue the city to deny the people of Ballard the safe bike trail they want.

eddiek
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eddiek

I will not be attending, no way. The Ballard chamber of Commerce by suing the city is costing the taxpayers lots of money and waste. There are many other businesses to support and places to go such as Fremont, Wallingford, Magnolia, etc.

mickey
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mickey

rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant…rant……………………………

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Oh, the Chamber speaks for oil and gravel…got it.
It also speaks to hundreds of other interests.
sorry, enjoy the Fest folks, I'll leave it at that.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

one parking spot available!

ninaf
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whine whine whine.

JohnF
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JohnF

Ride yer bike:-)

doug11
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doug11

Hundreds of other interests? Two things on their plate right dwarf everything else:

– Stopping the bike trail by joining the lawsuit
– SeafoodFest

They also misrepresent themselves online by including businesses in the directory that aren't actually members. Nice way to ruin reputations.

And “leave it at that” Chopper, if you don't comment any more on this thread I'll be extremely impressed.

msballard30
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msballard30

I'm excited about SeafoodFest – it's one of the great ways that this community comes together each year to celebrate Ballard's Nordic heritage, its maritime roots and the sense of “place” that is increasingly missing from so many other communities. I, for one, will be there both days, enjoying the sun, the free music, the shopping and the great food. For those unhappy with the Chamber, that's fine. But this event isn't about politics or divisiveness, it's about coming together. Uff da!

Gurple
Member

You're presenting an unbelievably obnoxious example of someone who doesn't like the Chamber's stance on the trail, and you're doing it over and over. Not everything is about this issue.

If you're trying to drum up support /against/ the trail, you seem to be doing a great job of it. Please stop.

doug11
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doug11

It's about coming together to sue the city and stop bike trail improvements.

That's what the Chamber of Commerce does when they're not fooling you with Seafood Fest and “free music” (wow!)

Ernie
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Ernie

That makes two of us msballard30

mickey
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mickey

LOL. You're the one with the itchy keyboard fingers.

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