District 3:  Edmonds  -  Lynnwood -  Woodway

Councilmember Stephanie Wright

September 15, 2011

2011 Fair Sets Records
Lake Stickney Cleanup and "Big Check" Presentation
Stephanie Wright, District 3 County CouncilmemberCouncilmember Stephanie Wright 
3000 Rockefeller, M/S 609,
Everett, WA 98201
Office Location:

8th floor, Robert J. Drewel (Admin East) Building  

Phone: 425-388-3494     

Email me: Stephanie.Wright@snoco.org
Legislative Aide: Jennifer.Smolen@snoco.org 


Fair sets revenue record for admission, parking   


The Snohomish County Executive's office and County Parks Department released data last week showing 2011 was a record-setting year for the Fair.

"The Evergreen State Fair, the largest annual event held in Snohomish County and one of the biggest in the Northwest, set a new record this year for on-site gate admission and parking revenues totaling nearly $1.4 million," the media release stated.

"In addition, the fair collected more than 50,000 pounds of non-perishable food items during two Fridays of the 12-day fair, in support of local food banks throughout Snohomish County."  


This year's Evergreen State Fair was a great chance to get out of the house in what ended up being beautiful, seasonal weather around the region. From rides to fair food, NASCAR, fireworks, agricultural exhibits and student leadership presentations, the fair once again enthralled thousands of visitors.


Besides attending concerts and enjoying the festive atmosphere with my family, I was honored to help adjudicate the 4-H Public Presentations Top Trophy Finals. Special ceremonies that kicked off opening day and memorialized local legend Gerry Andal served as a touching tribute.


To read more about the business side of The 2011 Evergreen State Fair see the full media release posted here 

Volunteers Celebrate "big check" from County and work to Restore Lake Stickney Nature Park


Volunteers at Lake Stickney with
Volunteers at Lake Stickney with "big check" from Snohomish County, September 10, 2011


On Saturday, September 10th, I attended an EarthCorps event to restore Lake Stickney Nature Park. Lake Stickney, in unincorporated Snohomish County, is a 27-acre spring-fed lake that is the headwaters of Swamp Creek -- which eventually flows to Puget Sound. Approximately 30 - 40 total acres encompass the west side of Lake Stickney, of which approximately 50% is wetland.


On May 31 this year the County Council, with support from the County Executive, approved the Conservation Futures Advisory Board's recommendation to allocate up to $380,000 to purchase an 18.54-acre assemblage of parcels adjoining 13.52 acres of county-owned property at Lake Stickney. 


Volunteers have made great progress in restoration and clean-up work already, over multiple volunteer work sessions. An old dilapidated house and swimming pool have now been removed and brush has been cleared. At Saturday's work session volunteers pulled out blackberries and other invasive plants lakeside, as well as removing English Ivy that had invaded the upland forest area of the lake.


A partnership of Snohomish County Parks Department, Lake Stickney Conservancy, REI and EarthCorps, this weekend's "nurturing of nature" was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who participated that day!


For more information or to be notified of upcoming restoration events at Lake Stickney, email Joyce Altaras, Lake Stickney Conservancy President, at jaltaras@msn.com

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Thank you for being an involved citizen. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to represent you on the Council!



Stephanie Wright
Snohomish County Councilmember, District 3