I attended my first University Place summer event last Saturday, June 6, 2015. What fun. I enjoyed the enthusiasm, the (antique, classic, and custom) cars on display and the family friendly booths and events. It was all part of University Place's annual Duck Daze. There was fun, food, shopping, entertainment and more! University Place has come along way in the last few years. It all started with the Duck Daze Parade.
The Duck Daze Parade gave way to the Duck Daze Festival in Market Square with a day full of fun and entertainment.
There were food booths, local business booths, local organizations (I chatted and laughed with my Rotary buddies at the Tacoma Narrows Rotary booth), arts and crafts, entertainment and perhaps a booth or food vendor I may have missed.
I had the best breakfast sandwich I've ever had from the Mitzel's food truck. And for lunch I love Jersey Mike's, now a fixture at Market Square. From hot dogs to pizza and sandwiches there were lots of good things to eat.
The UPTown Cruisin’ Association and American Legion Post 138 car show was held in conjunction with the Duck Daze events. There were vintage, classic, hot rod, modern cars and a few motorcycles. I even saw a 1961 Chrysler New Yorker.
One of my favorite cars was my 1955 Chrysler New Yorker two-door hardtop with a 331 Hemi. I grew up with Chryslers.
My parents had a 1961 Chrysler Newport painted in "Dubonnet." It was the only year that color (somewhere on the color chart between liver and rose) was ever used. Now, that's a collector's car!
That there were no 1961 Dubonnet Chryslers only goes to show the quality of the cars at Duck Daze. It was obvious this group of car owners really loves their cars.
American Legion Post 138 was in University Place to march at the head of the Duck Daze Parade as well as co-sponsor the car show. The color guard of Doughboys led the parade followed by a contingent of camo dressed soldiers from nearby JBLM. Our soldiers who fought in World War I were dubbed doughboys by our allies. The armies of France and Great Britain insisted on our men serving in their ranks, but General Pershing refused and our forces fought under American offices in their own units and helped win the war. The Duck Daze parade started with a nice round of applause for our service people.
Also receiving applause was U.S. Army Veteran Brittnay DeWolf. Brittnay spoke in support of University Place citizen, council member, and mayor pro tem Javier Figueroa, candidate for Washington State Lieutenent Governor.
Recently retired from the army, Brittnay told of the need for assistance in helping soon to be released soldiers find jobs as well as getting information to them on being entrepreneurs who want to open their own businesses. Figueroa wants to work with business incubators that would help both veterans and regular citizens learn more about jobs and business training.
It was a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest for Duck Daze 2015. The Market Square is finally more than just a dream, especially with Whole Foods debuting in May. People are excited about the U.S. Open at Chamber's Bay and are so proud of their community. I can hardly wait for Duck Daze 2016.