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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 20, 2007

24-Hour Relay, Strawberry Festival and more

Bellevue's 24-Hour Relay Challenge just keeps growing. Now in its ninth year, the celebration of family and community is bigger than ever, set to draw about 1,300 participants to the Downtown Park over the June 23-24 weekend. Summer starts with a bang in Bellevue, with major recreational events, including the Strawberry Festival, the Family Orienteering Challenge and the 24-Hour Relay Challenge set for the June 23-24 weekend.

Members of each 10-person team take turns walking or jogging around the park track from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert, Mayor Grant Degginger, Deputy Mayor John Chelminiak and City councilmembers Claudia Balducci and Phil Noble are expected to open the Relay, which also will feature live music, games and food.

Summer starts with a bang in Bellevue, with other major recreational events, including the Strawberry Festival and the Family Orienteering Challenge coming up this weekend too.

Bellevue's rich agricultural history is celebrated with the Eastside Heritage Center's Strawberry Festival, which will be at Crossroads International Park (16000 NE 10th St.) this year, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Strawberry Festival and the 24-Hour Relay are just two of several events in Bellevue that are part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Days, a regional celebration of protected open space and forests along Interstate 90. At Bellevue, orienteering and treasure hunts offer an introduction to the city's many parks and trails.

Greenway Days event guides and additional information are available at the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, 2102 Bellevue Way S.E or online at the Mountains to Greenway website. For more information about Greenway Days events, call 425-452-7106.

Family Orienteering Challenge: No experience is necessary for this exploration of the serene open space at Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Allow one to one-and-a-half hours for this drop-in activity.

Greenway Treasures Trek: Mercer Slough Nature Park Blueberry Farm, 2380 Bellevue Way, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Pick up an official Treasures Trek Passport at the Blueberry Farm and head out along the Heritage Trail to find clues. Allow one hour.

24-Hour Relay Challenge: The Challenge brings together youth and adults in celebration and collaboration.  Entertainment will include performances by Main Street Cloggers, Melody Dance Group, Brian Butler Trio, Massive Monkees, Te Fare O Tamatoa, Bellevue Ballet and Brazilian Martial Arts.  In addition, KISS Radio will host the Kelly Clarkson Karaoke Contest. 

Relay teams must register prior to the event by calling 425-452-2846. For more information about the Relay Challenge, call 425-452-2846.

The Eastside Heritage Center's Strawberry Festival in Bellevue: Visitors are encouraged to park at Sammamish High School (140th Avenue Northeast and Main Street) and take the free shuttle to the festival. The Festival is an Eastside tradition featuring strawberry shortcake, historical and agricultural displays, games, clowns, face painting, music and artistic entertainment, classic automobiles, food and vendor booths.

For information about the Strawberry Festival, call the Eastside Heritage Center at 425-450-1049 or visit the Strawberry Festival website.

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Parks & Community Services
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Robin Haaseth, Public Information Officer
Phone: 425-452-6182
E-mail: rhaaseth@bellevuewa.gov

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