Friday Harbor High School junior Cody Balcomb-Bartok's community project - The Friday Harbor Car Show - was a welcome event on a sunny afternoon on San Juan Island. Turnout indicates the community is ready to get back to a more normal life.
Balcomb-Bartok (in photo with his Volkswagen Bug) organized the event to fulfill his community project graduation requirement. He's already working on another car show for 2023.
Slideshow photos by Matt Pranger; Winner photos courtesy of San Juan County Parks and Fairground
The winners were:
JD Allen of Friday Harbor, won Best Custom car for his 1935 Chevy Coupe
Gary Fischer of Roche Harbor, won Best Classic for his 1955 Chevy Nomad
Susan Mazzarella of Friday Harbor, won People’s Choice for her 1957 Ford T-Bird
Raymond Ploghoft of Friday Harbor, won Best in Show for his 1948 Chevy Truck 3100
Breaking with tradition, the weather cooperated for the Island Lights Fest in Friday Harbor and everyone stayed dry. Dozens of islanders gathered on Spring Street in front of Memorial Park. Kira Sable led the crowd in singing familiar Christmas carols including "Here Comes Santa Claus". And right on cue, Santa showed up, counted down from five, and the lights on the two elms in Memorial Park glowed. Mrs. Claus handed out candy canes to excited children.
The annual Friday Harbor High School Homecoming Parade traveled through downtown Friday Harbor on the way to FHHS football field. The festivities included a pep rally and a football game that the Wolverines won 56-0. Enjoy the slideshow. Matt Pranger photos
Senior Class of 2022
The first annual Witches Paddle took place Sunday morning, October 31, 2021 in Friday Harbor. Photos by Dena Royal
All Welcome - Requirements
Bring Paddle Board and Paddle
Must Have a Leash for Paddle Board (For Safety)
PFD / Personal Flotation Device
Dressed as Witch
Let's Infuse Friday Harbor with Some Witchiness this Halloween
An automotive enthusiast checks out Keith Guard's 1941 Chevy during the 2021 Rick Campbell Memorial Hot Rod Show Saturday, August 7. Showgoers voted Guard's custom pickup the favorite at the event that raises money for scholarships awarded in honor of the long-time owner of CarQuest in Friday Harbor.
Slideshow photos by Matt Pranger.
Friday Harbor's 4th of July parade attracted hundreds of viewers. They lined Spring Street from Caines to First. The parade was shorter than pre-pandemic parades, but was filled with children, pirates, political candidates, and a lot of dogs. We'll have more later.
Parin Columna was the Grand Marshal.
Lori Stokes was the Honored Citizen. Matt Pranger photo
San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Becki Day with dog and her hardworking helpers organized the parade.
With the song “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood filling the air, 25 decorated vehicles left the Port of Friday Harbor parking lot and headed up Spring Street on July 4, 2020. The unofficial 4th of July parade was organized by word-of-mouth. Participants saying "They can't take away our Independence Day Celebration." The parade provided a safe and sane way to celebrate the U.S.A. according to the participants.
Friday Harbor Elementary School students marched from their school down to Spring Street showing off their colorful costumes to the townsfolk. The parade was a bit less gruesome than some in previous years, the students were asked not to dress in gruesome costumes, no blood, guts, etc., nor carry any props that look like weapons. There were plenty of princesses, Super Heroes, sports figures, candy, hot dogs and all kinds of animals.
Photos by Matt Pranger
The location may have been new, but the annual Kiwanis Pig War picnic still had more than its share of traditional Fourth of July fun. Local band Chameleons played, people danced, kids scrabbled through hay looking for coins, eggs were tossed and people of all ages tried the three-legged races.
The Port of Friday Harbor's first-ever Rock 'n Roll Regatta drew crowds of folks to the Friday Harbor Marina. San Juan Airline dropped prizes for the Paddle Race. Participants raced to pick up competitors on paddle boards, kayaks and rowboats did their best to retrieve the dropped items.
There was no sinking in the cardboard boat race. The creative entries stayed afloat. Creative and unsinkable cardboard watercraft raced.
92.9 KISM's Brad and John broadcast their morning and afternoon shows live. Friday's festivities wound up with music from Rocktapus, a beer garden provided by the San Juan Island Lions and food by Vic's Drive In.
Photos by Matt Pranger.