Scenes from SeafoodFest 2010

The 36th Annual SeafoodFest, moved a little earlier this year, attracted thousands of people to Central Ballard in beautiful weather.

The theme this year: “May the Norse be with you.”

Like every year, Stan Boreson, the King of Scandihoovian humor, kicked things off on Saturday morning. Stan and his wife own a tour company, and recently they stayed in a fancy hotel in New York City. Says Stan, “The pillows were so fluffy I could barely close my suitcase!” (Thanks, Silver for the photo!)

The big attraction, of course, is the seafood. Warren Aakervik, owner of Ballard Oil, oversaw the traditional salmon BBQ — his 34th year at SeaFood Fest. “The recipe is exactly the same it’s been for years,” he said. This year, members of the Ballard High Football Team helped at the cookers. “Maybe there will be a year in which I can just sit over there, shout orders, and watch,” Warren jokes.

With lutefisk sales on a steady decline, the lutefisk eating contest “may be the biggest simulus package lutefisk producers see all year,” says the SeafoodFest program. We covered the event right here.

On the main stage, musical acts like Portland-based Derby (above) and local favorite The Maldives entertained the crowd.

A brand new KidsZone featured a climbing wall, inflatable slides and a bouncy room, not to mention puppets and marionettes on the Family Stage.

SeafoodFest runs until 7 p.m. on Sunday. (Full disclosure: The Seafood Fest is run by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, of which My Ballard is a member.)


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Resident
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Resident

Where is the disclaimer that MyBallard is a member of the Ballard Chamber, which organizes this event?

The event is actually a fundraiser for the Chamber.

The Chamber (and as members, the GeekySwedes) are suing to stop the Missing Link trail.

Ballard can do better. Don’t support the organizations fighting the trail most residents want.

The GeekySwedes said they would report their association with this group. They did not.

The GeekySwedes don’t want you to know they are members of the group suing the city to stop our trail.

Sunset9
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Sunset9

Paranoid much?

Yea Seafood Fest, just got back had a gret time!

Resident
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Resident

Not paranoid. Just pointing out that the Swedes are members of the group that runs this fundraiser and it is not disclosed – as they promised – in the post.

overit
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overit

Resident –
STFU.

Resident
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Resident

overit –

No.

Not only are the GeekySwedes members of a group suing to stop the trail, they post promotional pieces like this without mentioning their association.

The group that runs SeafoodFest is suing to stop the bike trail.

Readers of this blog deserve to know the truth.

Nora Bell
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Nora Bell

Um, pay attention Resident. The Geeky Swedes already stated they were a member in an earlier post on Seafoodfest. Forced to by another troll just like you.

Resident
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Resident

Here’s what the GeekySwedes told us three days ago:

“However, we agree that transparency is always the best policy. So we’ve added a disclosure to this story and will be adding disclosures on all subsequent stories, not only about the chamber, but the merchant associations as well.”

And today we have a huge promotional story and pictures about the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser of the year…

…and no disclosure from the Swedes.

Why not?

BurlesonBlue
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BurlesonBlue

“(Full disclosure: The Seafood Fest is run by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, of which My Ballard is a member.)”

Sure sounds like disclosure to me. *cough*paranoid*cough*

Foghorn Leghorn
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Foghorn Leghorn

You alright there son? I keep hearing the most terrifyin’ sounds outta you. Ah Say. Boy’s about as sharp as a bowlin’ ball. Kid don’t stop talkin so much he’s liable to get his tongue sun burned…

Resident
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Resident

Pay attention, Nora.

They said there would be a disclosure on subsequent stories.

This one certainly applies. SeafoodFest is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Chamber, and the Swedes membership should be disclosed.

I’m guessing they don’t want their readers to know they are members in one of the groups suing to stop the Missing Link.

Resident
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Resident

Foghorn – they just added that.

My work here is done.

Me
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Me

I for one, fully support MyBallard for being part of the BCC. I do not want the trail, and even if I did, I don’t think I would care that they are a part.

If you really want to boycott the BCC, stop posting on here and giving MyBallard tons of hits (every time you refresh the page, you add a hit to their counter). Stop being a hypocrite.

Resident
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Resident

I’m happy to give them a few extra “hits.” Your use of early 1990s Internet terminology makes me smile.

Because of my comments, they just added the disclaimer I wanted.

So there.

Resident
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Resident

I am a loser.

Resident
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Resident

No, you just want to be me. That’s ok but you gotta get in line and it is a long one.

Spandex Boy
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Spandex Boy

Wow, the boycott was a stunning success! Just look how stunned that fish looks.

Resident
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Resident

Well if attendance was down, I doubt we’d be reading about it on this blog. MyBallard is a member of the group that runs the event. So not surprising their reporting is going to be happy and supportive – this is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Resident
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Resident

Look everybody, I am debating against myself on the Interwebz because I am 12 and failed out of the sixth grade.

Spandex Boy
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Spandex Boy

I agree resident, I think they faked those photos. I can squeeze more people in my shorts on a hot day.

Resident
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Resident

Darrell? Is that you??

(the Chairman of SeafoodFest himself was caught last week posting on this blog under multiple aliases.)

Resident
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Resident

Nope, Doug11.

m
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m

Shut up shut up shut up – give me an effing break!! Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar – people in the neighborhood had a good time !! That’s it, that’s all!!

Can’t you people just look out the window one morning and say “looks like a nice day” and leave it at that????????????

Barney
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Barney

but that’s not “it” when you realize the profits are used on lawsuits we as taxpayers must pay to defend

didn’t realize this blog supported the chamber that is a big disappointment

Walter Agony
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Walter Agony

I think it might be time to consider disabling comments. If every story’s going to be hijacked in the name of some fringe cause by people who’ve led too privileged a life to know what a “real” cause is, then I’d rather forgo them altogether.

PlainJane
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PlainJane

I wonder if The Maldives knew this is essentially an anti-bike trail fundraiser they were playing at.

I doubt they would have played there if they knew where the money goes.