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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 18, 2018

A classic Washington summer

Rain avoids Summer Classic
By David Hotle | Jun 04, 2018
Photo by: David Hotle Again this year ducks were flying from the Central Park fountain as part of the annual Ridiculous Day celebration this past weekend. Over 1,000 ducks with over $2,000 worth of prizes came from the fountain.

With only a few drops of rain and plenty of events for all, including six area high school alumni events, Washington Chamber of Commerce director Michelle Redlinger believes Summer Classic 2018 was again a success and she is grateful people are continuing to come out and support the Chamber.

Redlinger said she thought this year the Main Street Washington 10th anniversary Shrimp Boil with music on the Central Park bandstand was a “nice hit.” She said that the park saw more people Friday evening for the events than it had for years past. People also flocked into the park to watch the first of three Main Street movies in the Park.

“It is too early to know if we saw growth or anything like that, but the whole event had beautiful weather with just a few blips here and there,” Redlinger said.

Redlinger also said that six class reunions attended Flight Line Live Saturday evening. While she has not received a total number of people who attended the event she said that she has received many positive comments about the annual music festival.

When the event kicked off with AG Day Thursday, Redlinger said the events had gone well.

She said Family Day on Friday tends to be a bit more quiet than the other days. Still, the events were well attended. Friday evening the park filled with people attending the Main Street events.

The 71st annual running of Ridiculous Day provided a steady crowd downtown. Redlinger said some years there is more of a rush, but because the weather was consistent, with only a few drops of rain early in the day, there was a steady stream of people attending the downtown vendors’ events and sales. There had been plenty of participants in the superhero and princess contests and many participants for the 1,000 ducks in the fountain event.

“We might need to do some bandaging of our ducks,” Redlinger said. “Some of them are getting some duck fatigue from the past four years and some of them are only half ducks now.”

The parade, too, was well attended.

The Noche Latino event this year was coordinated by the new group Latinos for Washington. Once again, Redlinger said the turnout to the square was great. There were some new performers this year and the food during the event is always great.

Redlinger said Summer Classic still is a new event to the community, an offshoot of the city’s 175th anniversary, and she hopes to continue to develop new ideas, although she said the core event will remain the same. She commented that Summer Classic 2019, with June 1 being on a Saturday, will mark the earliest the event will begin.

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