Summerfest draws nearly 40,000 to downtown Kirkland

Kirkland Summerfest drew nearly 40,000 people to downtown and a bunch of ducks. - Photo Courtesy of Pierre @ Folrev Photography
Kirkland Summerfest drew nearly 40,000 people to downtown and a bunch of ducks.
— image credit: Photo Courtesy of Pierre @ Folrev Photography

Despite initial concerns about funding, Kirkland Summerfest 2014 proved to be another success last weekend thanks to last-minute sponsorships.

The festival involves performances, activities, exhibitions, dancing, comedy, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. Established in partnership with the Kirkland Downtown Association, Kirkland Summerfest was first held in 2011.

Scott Becker, the vice president for the Rotary Club of Kirkland and one of the organizers, said the two-day event drew around 35-40,000 people.

“The weather was good, the music was outstanding,” he said. “Everyone seemed to have a great time.”

Back in July, organizers were struggling to find a way to acquire more funding for Summerfest, which at the time had raised $75,000 compared to the $130,000 desired. The shortage of funds ultimately required them to make cuts, including the stage for live band performances, as well as food vendors and the kids’ area.

However, Becker said they received a flurry of small personal donations, and more corporate sponsors helped to bring the total close to $100,000. Additionally, the Fish Frolic sold numerous art pieces for $5,000 each, and the Duck Dash raised $40,000, which will go to various projects.

Becker said they hope to have more food vendors next year and plan to keep the beer garden near the pavilion, which he said helped make it popular with attendees.

Photos from Summerfest can be seen here courtesy of Pierre @ Folrev Photography.

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