Highlands Day to celebrate Swedish/Issaquah

July 5, 2011

By Quinn Eddy

On its 10th anniversary, the Issaquah Highlands Council will host its annual Highlands Day on July 9, in conjunction with the grand opening celebration of Issaquah’s new Swedish Medical Center campus.

“This year will be the biggest Highlands Day ever,” said, Christy Garrard special events planner for the council. “We’re expecting over 10,000 people during the seven-hour event.”

This year, Highlands Day will carry a healthy living theme and will take place on the site of the new hospital.

More than 50 booths will represent sports, fitness and nutrition experts, local businesses and local nonprofit agencies. The booths will offer free carnival games and crafts, free samples and free answers to fitness and sports-related questions.

“Over 20 booths are just fitness professionals and nutrition experts.” Garrard said.

Behind-the-scenes tours of the new hospital will be given for those curious to explore. Inside the hospital, children can join in on “Stamping Around Swedish.” Youngsters will be given a passport and a stamp for each of the 12 locations visited.

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Highlands Day

The first 2,000 children to visit each location will receive a free 12-inch Build-A-Bear teddy bear. Passports are available at the Swedish Pediatric Specialty Clinic on the fifth floor of the new hospital.

Other family friendly activities include carnival games and rides. Activities planned for the celebration include a giant inflatable obstacle course, an elevated-ropes course, bungee-trampolines, pony rides and a rock climbing wall.

Entertainment will be provided by Dj Blue! and JSL Entertainment. Concessions for purchase will include food from local restaurants such as Sip!, Agave Cocina & Tequilas, Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop.

Thanks to generous support from Swedish, admission is free and the event is open to everyone, Garrard said.

“It’s great for a family on a budget,” she said. “You can bring everyone and let the kids play all day. The only thing you would have to pay for is food. I love that Swedish has made this possible for everyone to enjoy.”

To make transportation to and from the celebration less stressful, free shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shuttles will stop at the Issaquah Transit Center, the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride, Grand Ridge Elementary School, Blakely Hall, the corner of 15th Street and Park Drive, and in front of Caffe Ladro.

For those who drive to the event, there will be on-site parking available on the hospital campus.

Next year’s festival will be at its usual location, at Blakely Hall and the Village Green, on the last Saturday in June.

Quinn Eddy: 392-6434 or isspress@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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