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Kla Ha Ya celebrates spring with carnival, chili cook-off
SNOHOMISH - The city is celebrating 100 years of Kla Ha Ya Days starting with a Spring Carnival April 18, 19, 20 and 21 at Snohomish Station.
Chili and barbecue cook-offs will take center stage at the Carnegie Library at 105 Cedar Ave. in downtown. 
“The spring event will help the economic growth of the community and is a great way to get everybody excited about the main event and barbecue challenge in July,” said Tammie Isackson, president of the Kla Ha Ya Days Festival organization.
The Chili Cook-off will take place Saturday, April 20 starting at 8 a.m. This is a Chili Appreciation Society International qualifying cook-off with a first prize of $100. For more information contact the event promoter Ken Peach at
The Barbecue Cook-off will take place Sunday, April 21 at 8 a.m. This is a Pacific Northwest BBQ Association qualifying cook-off with three main categories: tri-tip, chicken and pork with a sausage option. The total prize and award pool is valued at $2,500. Entry fees range from $75 to $150. To get more information or to register or pay online, visit
Vendors selling chili and barbecue will be set up at the Carnegie. The competition foods can’t be sampled, Isackson said.
Over at Snohomish Station on Bickford Avenue, families can take part in carnival games, rides and other family-oriented activities.
“We’re excited about having the carnival there because it’s a great way to get Snohomish Station sort of in the spotlight,” Isackson said. “A lot of people don’t think of Snohomish Station as part of our community because it’s on the outskirts, but it is.”
Home Depot is allowing the Spring Carnival to take place in its parking lot, Isackson said.
“They’re supportive of what we’re about,” Isackson said. 
The carnival opens in the Home Depot Parking lot Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m and will run daily through Sunday, April 21. Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets for the carnival are $20 or $15 until Wednesday, April 17. Ticket information at
The annual Kla Ha Ya Days Festival is July 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. 


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