Basset Bash is On for Celebrate Woodinville!

Volunteers are still needed for the parade, basset bash, children’s activity and family resource fair and just about everything else, according to Celebrate Woodinville organizers.


Woodinville's beloved Basset Bash and Brigade will once again grace the Celebrate Woodinville event on March 31.

The kinks that have all been worked out, according to Gary Greene, founder of the Basset Bash. The hound party will be held at at 1 p.m. after the parade.

"We’ll also have the Basset Brigade in the parade. There’ll be hound dogs drooling all over Woodinville,” Greene said.

Volunteers are still needed for the other events, according to coordinator Catherine Howard.

In order for the 2012 celebration to run smoothly we still need groups, families and individuals that can step up to the plate and help with time, leadership and resources,” Howard wrote to Woodinville Patch. “This includes setup and teardown, help blowing up helium balloons for event decorations and more. Ambassetors (not a typo) are needed to fill a variety of positions.”

After a scaled-back version of Celebrate Woodinville in 2011, Howard is trying to recreate the former glory of past years when the event drew upwards of 1,000 families. Back then, it was the city’s Parks and Recreation Department that helped her run the event, now that the city has no recreation department; Howard is trying to create a new organization and at the same time, trying to plan this year’s festivities.

“A group could volunteer for any one of these needs. Individuals can, and are making a difference in this year’s event, but more help is needed,” Howard said.

People interested in volunteering can find the contact forms on the event’s website at celebratewoodinville.weebly.com.

Woodinville Patch will have a booth at the Celebrate Woodinville Arts & Crafts Fair inside the Carol Edwards Center starting at 9 a.m. Stop by to say hello.

Tony Bussert April 01, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Hmm, I think I want to try and get involved with this next year. I laud the desire, but it seems key elements of the business community need to be involved if this is going to draw any sort of crowds.
Annie Archer April 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Everyone I talked with at the Celebrate Woodinville events yesterday agreed that it's time to move the event to summer so more Woodinville residents can enjoy it without also experiencing hypothermia. I understand the idea of moving it to summer is already being considered, I'll have more on that later.
Tony Bussert April 02, 2012 at 03:26 PM
That's great news! How is Celebrate Woodinville organized? I couldn't really tell from the website or who to get involved with for planning and organizing. I really want to try and help for next year. Is there a committee for this, is it sponsored by the city or is it private? I see a lot of potential for growth each year and it becoming a destination celebration for people all around.
Annie Archer April 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Tony, who organizes Celebrate Woodinville is a good question, many different organizations and individuals is the answer. The chamber organizes the parade, resident Gary Greene handles the Basset Bash, Catherine Howard organizes the children's fair, the fire district hosts the pancake breakfast and the city handles its cake. There does not appear to a great deal of organization between the many interested parties, although they all try and most are volunteers. It is my understanding that the city used to organize the day when it had a full parks and recreation department.
Tony Bussert April 04, 2012 at 05:52 PM
If the goal is to get back to the big numbers not having a centralized planning committee is going to make things really hard. Thanks for the names, I'll see about reaching out to each group.


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