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2021 Rick Campbell Memorial Hot Rod Show in Friday Harbor

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.

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The Fox Olympics - photos by Brad Pillow

We had a bit of fun with Photo of the Day this month. Photographer Brad Pillow realized he had a number of fox photos that could be construed as Olympic performances. One photo appeared each day. In case you missed any, here they are. 

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Slideshow: 2021 4th of July parade in Friday Harbor

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. 

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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. 

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SLIDESHOW: 25 entries in word-of-mouth parade in Friday Harbor (MORE PHOTOS ADDED)

 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. 

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33 more photos added to SLIDESHOW: Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade

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 



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People, music and old-fashioned fun at Kiwanis Pig War Picnic - SLIDESHOW

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. 

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SLIDESHOW: Friendly competition at the Port of Friday Harbor's Rock 'n Roll Regatta


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. 


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61 graduate from Friday Harbor High School - SLIDESHOW and VIDEO

The 107th Friday Harbor High School graduation ceremony saw 61 students receive their diplomas. The Class of 2019 was known for its humor. The class slogan was a quote from the sitcom The Office. On senior prank day instead of skipping school the students camped in the hallways complete with tents and bird chirps on their smart phones.

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SLIDESHOW OF 2019 Memorial Day Parade in Friday Harbor

The traditional Memorial Day Parade took place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2019 in Friday Harbor.  Marchers began at the San Juan County Courthouse on Court Street, continued down Second Street, turned onto Spring Street and assembled at Memorial Park (Circle Park)


Veterans representing the branches of service hold roses presented to them during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring fallen veterans at Friday Harbor's Memorial Park Monday, May 27. Matt Pranger photo

They listened to speakers including Marine veteran and former Hackett-Larson Post 163 Commander Peter DeLorenzi . The ceremony included introductions of representatives of all branches of military service.

The poem "Flanders Field" was read. Children threw flowers into the water in honor of those who died at sea. 

Taps was played. The firing of the cannon closed the ceremony.

All photos by Matt Pranger

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