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Oak Harbor pig roast draws more than 3,500
A little early-morning rain didn’t dampen Scott Fraser’s outlook Sunday.
He’d seen that before on his favorite August day in Oak Harbor.
There was no need to panic.
“I said, ‘It’s going to be a scorcher,’” Fraser said.
By the time the sixth-annual Fidalgo Avenue Block Party and Pig Roast got underway at noon, the clouds had parted and the sun was shining on one of Oak Harbor’s biggest parties of the year.
The warm weather provided the perfect backdrop for more than 3,500 people who converged on one block to enjoy a free barbecue lunch, live music and some fiery entertainment.
Fraser, owner and chef of Frasers Gourmet Hideaway restaurant and chief organizer of the annual event, said that $11,000 was raised for local charities through donations and wine and raffle sales.
Fraser said the organizers determined 3,500 people passed through the food line and more than 1,000 went through the barbecue competition line.
He couldn’t say how many people just showed up to enjoy the festive setting and didn’t get in line for the 2,200 pounds of pork, 800 pounds of potato salad, 450 pounds of pasta salad and 900 ears of corn that was provided.
“Two hundred volunteers made the day go extremely smooth,” said Fraser. “I’d like to thank everyone who participated and all of the volunteers for their hard work.”
Fraser seemed to be having plenty of fun himself and he could be heard giggling during competitions and entertainment.
Attractions included a towering climbing wall for kids, two bands on the main stage, martial arts demonstrations, belly dancing and pie and hot dog eating contests.
New Oak Harbor resident Marcus Raymond cracked up the crowd with his escape artist routine and wacky sense of humor, but got a little more serious when it came to talking about the event.
“This is awesome,” Raymond said. “It’s amazing to see all the communities come together for this event.”
“No stress. It’s all fun. I look forward to being a part of that.”
Another entertainer who heated things up was a multi-talented clown from Leavenworth.
Luke Boyce, also known as L-Bow the Clown, got laughs and cheers for his juggling and out-of-control unicycling rides but drew looks of astonishment when he blew fire.
Boyce, 32, said he grew up in the Wenatchee Youth Circus and first took his solo act on the road about 10 years ago.
He’s a plumber by day.
The stuff he blows from his mouth is lamp oil, which he wouldn’t recommend anyone else trying.
“Harmful or fatal if swallowed,” he said while reading the warning label on the back of a bottle.
For Aundrea Fisher of Oak Harbor, smashing her face in a pie was much more appealing.
Fisher, 12, won the pie-eating contest using a method advised by her mother, Erica.
“I was slurping,” Aundrea said.
“We strategized on our way here,” her mother said.
Joel Servatius, an Oak Harbor city councilman, brought his family to the event and took in all the event had to offer.
“It’s like small-town Americana,” Servatius said.
“It doesn’t get any better than this.”