Edmonds Chamber of Commerce News
Edmonds Chamber Director Pursues Other Business Interests
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Ailsa KellamAilsa Kellam, director of development and communications for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce since March, 2012, is resigning from the chamber staff to pursue other business interests.


Kellam said she intends to remain in the area and is “excited and supportive” of the city and its business community, and of their future. She will continue to consult with the Chamber on communications and marketing leading up to the annual Taste of Edmonds festival, Aug. 9-11.


Ron Clyborne, Chamber president, said the business group is examining its longterm staffing needs and structure and will complete that study before naming a successor.


For more information:
Ron Clyborne, President
Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
(425) 218-9993


Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 146
121 5th Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone: (425) 670.1496
Fax: (425) 712.1808


“I want to thank Ailsa for her service and for her commitment,” Clyborne said. “All of us at the Chamber wish her well and look forward to her continued participation in the Edmonds business community.”


About the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce


Our mission is to promote the economic vitality of the greater Edmonds business community through advocacy, leadership and education. The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1907 and is a voluntary organization serving over 450 business and professional leaders in several neighborhoods including the Downtown, Waterfront, Perrinville, Firdale, Westgate and Highway 99 districts. The organization also serves to encourage unified public support and initiate action for the sustainability of a rich quality of life in the community, country and state. To learn more about the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events and programs, visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.edmondswa.com" www.edmondswa.com.

Beauty and the Taste
Friday, 19 July 2013 02:08

Miss EdmondsEdmonds is known for its beautiful views. On Sunday, August 11, from Noon to 2 p.m. the Taste will also provide something to gaze at, as twenty contestants in the Miss Washington USA and Miss Washington Teen USA competition will be introduced. However, as the old saying goes “beauty is only skin deep.” All these young women prove that to be true, as they will be given the opportunity to share their social platforms, not just their charms.

The young women represent counties and towns throughout the state. Each one gained her current title through an interview process that assessed her moral character and required her to meet specific qualifications. Each will compete at the state competition in October where she will be judged in three categories: interviewing skills, swimsuit, and evening gown.

Stroll the grounds of A Taste of Edmonds and you never know whom you are going to meet. Besides a Miss Washington contestant, keep an eye out for the tallest man in Edmonds, a belly dancer, clowns, a world famous safari guide, or a giant chicken.

To meet with this year’s festival theme, visitors should also spot Elvis! It should be the largest rash of Elvis sighting since the 1980s when the media paid attention to a number of Elvis sightings in Kalamazoo, Michigan!

Elvis was quoted as saying "The most beautiful thing in the world to me is a baby lookin' as pretty as her mamma." We think he also had a good eye for a pretty girl.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce produces the Taste of Edmonds annually.

What you need to know:

  • Click for general event information, or call the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (425) 776-6711.
  • Festival location: Civic Playfield at 310 6th Ave. N in Edmonds, 98020.
  • Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: $4 Daily (12 and under free).
  • Free Shuttle from Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th
The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce presents 31st ANNUAL A TASTE OF EDMONDS
Thursday, 18 July 2013 03:31

Aug. 9-11, 2013

  • Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Where: Civic Playfield, 310 6th Ave. N, Edmonds, WA 98020
  • Admission: $4 Daily (12 and under free)
  • Theme: Elvis. Join the fun  as entertainers perform Elvis songs, vendors dress like Elvis, and you become part of the show. Thank you, Thank you very much!


Food Booths

35 food booths featuring a wide range of palatable delights.

Arts and Crafts Booths


More than 70 quality vendors offering original, hand-crafted work including: jewelry, art, photography, clothing, pottery, glass, leather items and many other crafts.

Children's Area


Features inflatable rides, pony rides, rock wall, a giant slide, the Frog Zone, model hydroplane racing, free craft activities and booths that cater to the wee ones.



Three stages of fabulous entertainment!

  • The Beer Garden Stage serving Budweiser and welcomed by 106.1 KISSFM will feature popular bands THE BEATNIKS, SPIKE & THE IMPALERS, THE AFRODISIACS AND #1 VAN HALEN TRIBUTE BAND “THE ATOMIC PUNKS”. Note: $2 cover charge to beer garden from 4pm on Friday and Saturday.
  • The Main Stage is welcomed by KOMO News Radio and Frontier Communications will feature HEART BY HEART that includes recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier original members of Super group HEART. Also appearing Beatles tribute band BRITISH EXPORT, Neil Diamond tribute band CHERRY CHERRY and Elivis tribute bands DANNY VERNON & THE DEVILLES and TRACY ALAN MOORE & RISING SON.
  • The Kid's Stage is welcomed by KMPS Radio, Disney Radio, and Lynnwood Honda and is hosted by BUCK & ELIZABETH. Appearing on the kids stage will be REPTILE ISLE, LITTLE ELVIS,  5th Avenue actress NAOMI MORGAN, and THE DISNEY DANCE TEAM.
  • Roving entertainers include jugglers, unicyclists, stilt walkers, belly dancers, clowns, musicians, etc. There will be a surprise around every corner.

Free Shuttle

Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th Avenue. Parking and shuttle are free! The busses will depart and return to Edmonds Woodway High School every 15 minutes beginning 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


  • Meadowdale High School Class of 1973 will host an unofficial 40-year party on Aug. 9, beginning at 4 p.m. in the beer garden.
  • Edmonds High School Class of 1983 will host an unofficial 30-year party on Aug. 10, beginning at 4 p.m. in the beer garden.
  • Lynnwood High School Class of 1993 will host an unofficial 20-year party on Aug. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. in the wine garden.
  • Woodway High School Class of 2003 will host an unofficial 10-year party on Aug. 10 beginning at 4pm in the beer garden.

Have a hunk a hunk a hunk of fun at A Taste of Edmonds
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 03:22

Have a hunk a hunk a hunk of fun at A Taste of Edmonds, Friday through Saturday, August 9 to 11. Elvis sightings are almost a sure thing this year. Even the Taste’s seagull mascot is sporting a pompadour in honor of the King!

For music fans, two main stages will feature top talents such as Heart by Heart, Shambala, Spike and the Impalers, The Spazamatics, The Beatniks and more! Every band at the 2013 Taste will play at least one song made famous by the King — but for true Elvis fans Shane Cobane will be on stage with his Tribute to Elvis, as will as Tracy Alan Moore, Danny Vernon and the DeVilles, and even Little Elvis on the Kid’s stage.

Swiveling your hips may cause you to work up an appetite. With 35 Taste food vendors there will be plenty of awesome choices for chowing down. Mate your plate with a beverage at the beer garden or the wine garden.

Elvis liked to purchase expensive gifts for his friends. What will you find at the 70 Arts and Crafts booths? The variety makes the shopping fun. The bargains make it worthwhile. From locally fresh items like natural honey to fine handcrafted art, it’s a shopper’s delight.

In 1956 Elvis was quoted as saying, “Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.”


Do it all at A Taste of Edmonds!


The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce presents the Taste of Edmonds annually.

What you need to know:

  • For general event information, visit www.atasteofedmonds.com or call the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at (425) 776-6711.
  • Festival location: Civic Playfield at 310 6th Ave. N in Edmonds, 98020.
  • Festival hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entrance Fee: $4 Daily (12 and under free).
  • Free Shuttle from Coldwell Banker Bain Realty of Edmonds will be making it easy to visit the Taste by dropping folks off at the festival entrance on 7th

Edmonds 4th of July 5K Draws Nearly 500
Sunday, 14 July 2013 21:54

By Edmonds Beacon

1st place winner (Carter Osborne) and 2nd place winner (Miler Haller) are pictured crossing the finish line at 16:20.

Nearly 500 runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels from as far away as Pennsylvania turned out for the 7th annual 4th of July 5K Fun Run/Walk presented by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

The ages of participants ranged from 0 (James Johnson was likely helped along by his parent driven stroller) to 81 years young.

The first to complete the course were Carter Osborne (18) and Miler Haller (16), who crossed the finish line just 16 minutes and 20 seconds after starting!

According to long time race director and Edmonds City Councilman, Frank Yamamoto, the 4th of July 5K Fun Run/Walk is a growing success.

“Since I first put this race on seven years ago, it has steadily grown,” Yamamoto said.  “Particularly in the past two years, there have been great improvements in numbers and the quality of the event.

“This year the number participating nearly reached 500!

“There are many factors contributing to the growth of this race. Those include the popularity of the scenic route, increased promotion of the event, work of Chamber staff Ailsa Kellam and Chris Nelson, and our great team of volunteers.

“Edmonds City Police ensured the event was safe so our many participants could come out and have a fun time.”

Yamamoto also expressed appreciation for co-sponsors Swedish/Edmonds and Sound Woman’s Care for making the event possible.

Race winners and race times for all fun run participants have been posted to www.facebook.com/EdmondsChamber and are available on the Edmonds Chamber Website.

A wonderful 4th of July celebration
Thursday, 11 July 2013 21:57




Thanks to Ron Clyborne, President of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, for organizing another fabulous 4th of July celebration.

Thanks to everyone involved, especially Darlene Stern, who organized the main parade.  This year, "An Edmonds Kind of 4th" had something for everyone: 5-K fun run/walk, parades, firefighters waterball competition, North Sound Sea Wolves soccer game, concert and of course fireworks.
Thanks to all the sponsors and participants who made the events possible.

Kristiana Johnson

4th of July Parade Trophy Winners Announced
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 02:30









A ‘thank you’ to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
Monday, 08 July 2013 21:58





I just wanted to complement you on the best Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration that I can remember!  Thank you.

It was such a pleasure to experience the all-around participation of so many families and children, neighbors, businesses, friends of Edmonds, The Military, those who serve or volunteer in our community…all coming together to honor this important day in our history.

I especially appreciated the respectful tone prior to the fireworks display where we were asked to remove our hats to honor those that have fought for our country to keep it free.

How delighted my husband and I were to hear the old, traditional songs during the fireworks that spoke of the reason we celebrate.

These songs would never be heard by the general public or passed down to future generations, if they are not sung on this day.  (By the way, the tenor who performed the “Star Spangled Banner” was outstanding!)

Thank you for all your hard work in keeping these important traditions in music, song, remembrance and honor alive.  I hope that future generations can continue to grow in the knowledge of the foundation of what makes this nation great.

May the beauty that is so evident in the seaside community of Edmonds, permeate our hearts and motivate our lives to protect America, our home.


Johanna Molloy

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