It was late Saturday afternoon by the time Cortney Tubbs was ready to just take a break at the Festival at Mount Si.
The all-town party was an all-day affair for the North Bend resident, who got started early, dabbing on clown make-up to be part of the Twede’s Cafe parade entry. Strolling on North Bend Way, she handing out pencils to excited children.
Later, the tie-dyed Tubbs served up pies to the competitive eaters in the Pie Contest, then rushed home for a quick-change to bring back her costumed pets, Biscuit the dog and Abacus the cat, to the Amazing Pets contest.
Tubbs has been dressing up Abacus, her handsome Persian, all his life.
“We’re in, for sure,” said Tubbs, after she saw word of the contest in the newspaper.
“I like seeing everybody’s face light up when they see my animals,” said Tubbs. “I think it beings a lot of joy to people.”
Finally, after Biscuit won an award in the costume contest, Tubbs got her chance to chill at the Festival.
“I love coming here,” she says. “I’ve done it ever since I was little. It’s definitely a family event, and I love that.”
Below, Cortney with her dressed up dog, Biscuit, and Persian cat, Abacus.
"I could have eaten my lunch and then done it," says Alex Carlyle, champ of the pie eating contest. As 6'5", 348-pound "Hollow Legs," he's headed to ninth grade, and, hopefully, the offensive line on the Mount Si football team.
Carlyle reacts as contest helper Cortney Tubbs hands him a second pie.
Emcee Kyle Wede and the audience react to the climax of the annual Festival Pie Eating Contest.
The Twede's Cafe clowns roam North Bend, handing out parade pencils.
Lauren Tenet coaxes Heidi the cow dog as she jumps over sister Brooke, doing a headstand, in the pets contest. Below, Heidi begs for a treat in the trick competition.
Below, Hendrix, a Wheaton terrier puppy, is dressed up as Chewbacca from Star Wars, meets emcee Jan Marie Johnson. The fuzzy pup loves to be with people and pets, says owner Kim Haskitt of Snoqualmie, left.
Gwendolyn Kahsen hangs on to a scampering Little Red the hen, dressed as a lion
Above, Gwendolyn Kahsen and Dahlia Fleck, 9, hold Little Red and Stormy, two fashion-plate chickens, for the Amazing Pets competition.
Below, Sophie and her sweet dog Belle share a dance.
Ruby, a water-loving Staffordshire bull terrier, hangs out with owner Kaya Hoffman, a vendor who came from West Seattle but wanted to show off his friendly pet.
Half a blueberry coffee cake is all that's left after judging for Gillian Nedblake, who took second place in the dessert contest.
Alona Petett, Shari MacRae and Luis Cutino make Chili Tye Die For, as returning champs from last year.
Sarah and dad Mark Toner make 'Team Toner' chili at Sunday's cook-off.
Pink, orange and blue were the go-to hues for Grace Marshall, Katherine
Lillie and Abby Marshall,who got their hair colored at the Si View booth with Beau Stanford, Britney Lankhaar, Minna Rudd and Laurel Anderson.
Below, the Darling Daisies Girl Scout Troop, 42695, portraying their favorite Girl Scout cookies, give the pledge.
Ignite Dance and Yoga's younger dancers.
Big Star Studio dancers
Mount Si Gymnastics and Dance
Mount Si High School cheerleaders
The newest Snoqualmie Valley youth marching band
A ghoulish Night on a Dark Trail participant hungrily eyes the crowd.
Parade watcher Danny Hinkle, 4, has a serious look after the Seafair Pirates handed him a sticker, than walked away, leaving him with a trailing roll of about 50.
Below, Gregory Malcom leads a cheer of "Hail Encompass" at the Encompass Northwest float.
Greg Felton of Seattle arrives at the finish of the 100-mile run, part of Tour de Peaks.
Friends in the Cascade Bicycle Club, Mario Valiani, Daniel Kelley, Carl Wainwright, Mike Moreland and Sandi Gold reach the 100-mile finish line.
Kaylee Hardman- Member Services Manager for the SV Chamber, awaits with Tour De Peaks swag.
Bidders check out items in the Silent Auction benefiting the festival.
"It's just a harmonica day," says Jackson Burkland, 16, far right, who, along with friends Jake Ethington, 14, Derek Thibealt, 14, Sam Burroughs, 14, Brett Dahms, 15, each bought a harmonica and started the path to learning how to play it at a festival booth.
Scouts salute the flag in front of the parade stage.
Aaron Thompson tries his hand at making a cup, courtesy of Jeff Griswold.
Jaden, 7, and Nathan Castor, 5, with dad Ed, get a lesson in pottery from Jeff Griswold.
Jeff Waters ponders his next stroke, leading a watercolors master class.
Jeff Sturgeon creates a paint-on-metal artwork inside the Festival hall.
Perpetual wheelie-popping members of the Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Team ride in unison.
A flame-colored scarf flies as Laura Holt, a.k.a Talayeh, dances with the Veils of the Nile belly dance troupe during the parade.
Alex Hughes gets green and purple hair stripes courtesy of fellow Si View staffer Beau Stanford.
Anne Melgaard smiles aboard the Sallal Grange float.
Friends Michael, Gordon, Roddy and Sanya clown around in warm wild animal suits. I love making people happy, says Gordon.
Beekeeper Jean Olsen shows off a buzzing mini-hive of honeybees at the Snoqualmie Valley Beekeeper's Association booth.