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Eats, arts and more at 16th annual Proctor Arts Fest this Saturday

Musicians play in front of the salmon sculpture at last year's Proctor Arts Fest. Courtesy photo.

One of North Tacoma’s biggest festivals is back this weekend – the Proctor Arts Fest, now in its 16th year and as big as ever. Arts vendors, free film, the Bite of Proctor, live music and the dog fashion parade are among the favorites that’ll be back at this street fair that attracts around 10,000 people each year. The festival mostly runs 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, with sidewalk sale Friday and juried art show Sunday, and is centered on the intersection at North 26th and Proctor Streets, Tacoma. It’s free and family-friendly.

Live music includes Hook Me Up jazz, Steve Curran Karate demo, Sherri Woolworth, Reilley and Maloney and The Shy Boys at the Main Stage; and One World Taiko, Mario Lorenz magic, Bakra Bata steel drum band, PK Dwyer, The Bears Upstairs and The Zambini Brothers Puppeteers on the Family Stage. A third stage (new this year) is the Chalet Bowl stage, with Los Flacos, accordionist Toby Hanson, the Lance Buller Trio, Kimball and the Fugitives and Morgan & Graves.

A mass ukelele performance will run from 9-11 a.m. on the Farmers’ Market Stage, with Morse Pacific and Spare Thyme following.

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Proctor Arts Fest adds a children’s musical, drums and magic to the usual art, food, dog parade and more

You can usually expect plenty of arts, food, entertainment and pet-friendly activities at the Proctor Arts Fest in Tacoma’s Proctor District, but this year’s festival adds drums, magic shows, live mural painting and a brand-new children’s musical to the mix.

Now 13 years old, the Proctor Arts Fest is probably the most family-friendly of all Tacoma’s arts festivals. Four entertainment stages include a family stage at North 28th Street featuring Nancy Stewart (10 a.m.), kiddie rock band The Not Its (11:15 a.m.), Johnny & Jason (1 p.m.), Charlie Williams The Noise Guy (2 p.m.), magician Jeff Evans (3 p.m.) and

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Winners announced for Proctor Arts Fest art show

Well, the Proctor Arts Fest carried on last Saturday despite the drizzle of a true Northwestern summer day. Congratulations to the winners of the juried art show that’s an annual part of the festival. They were:


Two Dimensional

First – Daphne Nixon for “Hard Boiled Lemon & Egg Squeezer”

Second – Bill Colby for “Forestation Vista”

Third – Susan Strohm for “Family Tree”

Honorable Mention – Karen Williams for “Division II”

Thee Dimensional

First – Cheryl Gunderson for “Love Birds”

Second – Brad Stave for “Left Handed Cabinet”

Third – Lavonne Hoivik for “Trying It”

Honorable Mention – Kirk Hauptman for

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