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Kenmore 2015 Special Events & Volunteer Calendar

Join Our Volunteer Team!

The City of Kenmore is currently accepting applications for two on-going volunteer opportunities for adults. Applications for Park Stewards and Kenmore Events Team are due on April 10, 2015.

Park Stewards Volunteer
This important volunteer lead position helps the City in keeping watch over and maintaining our Kenmore park system. Park Stewards conduct weekly park patrols and direct a Stewardship Project (weeding, clean up, etc.) each month at their assigned park. Stewards attend training on invasive plants, volunteer project management, and a volunteer orientation. This position requires a time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours per month. Volunteers in this role should enjoy the outdoors, working with people, and making a difference in their community.

Kenmore Events Team Volunteer (KET)
This dedicated team of volunteers work closely with their fellow KET volunteer team members in helping the City in planning and production of the City's four annual community events: 4th of July Fireworks Show, Summer Concert Series, Kenmore Play Day, and the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. KET positions include event operations and logistics, event concierge & volunteer coordination, parking and security, sponsorship and marketing, entertainment and children's activities, hospitality coordination, event assistant, and set up. This position requires a time commitment of approximately 4-8 hours per month.






Vendor Applications
The City of Kenmore is seeking vendors for the Fourth of July Fireworks Show and Summer Concert Series.

Kenmore's annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show takes place at Log Boom Park from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. with fireworks blasting off at 10 p.m. Download application

The Summer Concert Series takes place Thursday evenings from July 9 to August 13 at St. Edward State Park. Download application


Kenmore Hydroplane Cup
Saturday, April 11
Kenmore Boat Launch & Log Boom Park

The Seattle Outboard Association is bringing back the Kenmore Hydroplane Cup for its second year on Saturday, April 11. The event will be held on the north end of Lake Washington at the Kenmore Boat Launch and Log Boom Park. The timed exhibition race will feature a variety of boats including two cylinder and three-and-up cylinder boats, Native American war canoe, and junior hydroplanes. Competitors will race one or two boats at a time up the Sammamish River, navigate around the challenging oval course and back to the Kenmore Boat Launch.

The original race, known as the "Slough Race," was wildly popular between 1928 and 1976 and drew crowds of spectators between 40,000 and 80,000. The idea came to fruition in 2013 after local artist Gaul Culley organized the Sammamish Slough Race exhibit at Kenmore City Hall, which drew hundreds of racing fans.


Event Organizer:
Jan Shaw with the Seattle Outboard Association may be reached at or by phone at (425) 478-1196. 


Saturday, April 11

10:00 a.m.   Opening Ceremonies @ Kenmore Boat Launch

12:00 p.m.   Race & Main Event Begin 

  • Best viewing area for the race: Kenmore Boat Launch
  • Activities at Kenmore Boat Launch
    • Hydroplane & Runabout Pits (two cylinder, three-and-up cylinder)
    • Vintage Inboard Hydroplanes
    • Native American War Canoe Display
  • Activities at Log Boom Park
    • Hydroplane & Vintage Yacht Show

3:30 p.m.     Trophy Ceremony @ Kenmore Boat Launch

How to Get to Kenmore
Kenmore is centrally located along SR 522 between I-405 and I-5 at the northern tip of beautiful Lake Washington. You can get to Kenmore by vehicle, public transit, or the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Event Locations
Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE
Kenmore Boat Launch, 17150 68th Ave NE

Event Parking
Street parking along NE 175th Street
Rhododendron Park, 6910 NE 170th Street
* A shuttle will operate between Rhododendron Park and Log Boom Park

Please note:
* Limited ADA parking available at Log Boom Park
* No spectator parking available at Kenmore Boat Launch

Friday, April 10
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.   Opening Reception @ 192 Brewing Co. (7324 NE 175th Street, Kenmore)
This family-friendly event features iconic historical photos of the Slough Race by late photographer Bob Carver.

Event Supporters:
Seattle Outboard Association, North Lake Marina, The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum, Plywood Supply, Safeway, Seattle Water Sports, Jet City Printing, Woodshed Embroidery, Kenmore Air,, and City of Kenmore


Kenmore Hydroplane Cup 2015

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Seeking 2015 Sponsors
Events sponsors are needed to help support the operation of City events. If you are interested in sponsoring City events in 2015, please contact Volunteer and Special Events Supervisor Cindy Shelton at 425-398-8900 or