DennyFest - food contests, live music, dog show and fun, September 19

A celebration of neighbors and the environment returns once again to the shores of Lake Washington at OO Denny Park with the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance’s DennyFest on Sunday, September 19 from noon to 5 pm.

All area residents and supporters of Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA) are welcome to attend the annual event. OO Denny Park is located at 12032 Holmes Point Drive, about a mile off Juanita Drive. Get onto Holmes Point Drive either at the intersection where Fire Station 25 is located or across from Inglewood QFC.

Live Music

Two bands that appeared last year return to provide musical entertainment. Wynne C. Blue and her Troublefakers will be performing as well as the guitar and bass violin trio Natch’l Thang. The Babylons are also scheduled to play.

Dog Parade and Contests

Last year’s inaugural dog competition returns. It starts with a parade of dogs around the park at 2:30 pm. Then several competitions will be held:

  • Perkiest Pup (dogs under 12 months);
  • Superlative Senior (dogs over 10 years);
  • Best Young Handler (child 12 years and under);
  • Best Kisser;
  • Best Costume
  • Dog and Owner Look-Alike;
  • and Nature’s Treasure Hunt (for kids 8-12 years old and their furry companions)

Participants are asked to donate $2 for each competition entry.

A panel of judges will handle the canine critiques and awards will be given to dogs judged tops in the various categories.

For pre-registration or to ask any question, e-mail Tracy Doering at

Sponsors for the dog competition include Pet Pros in Bellevue, Pup Scrub of Kirkland, Dining Dog Café in Edmonds, Denny’s Pet World in Kirkland, Northwest Cellars, Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington, Nature’s Pet Market in Kirkland, Homeward Pet, KDOG, Diane Rich Dog Training, and Wild Child Portraits.

Chili Cookoff and Pie Contest

The popular chili cookoff returns with about a dozen contestants vying to tantalize the taste buds. Contestants are asked to bring a campstove and several gallons of chili to serve to festival attendees. Awards go to the top three vote-getters. Interested participants can contact Jane Burgan and confirm they want to be in the competition. Reach her at A pie contest will also be offered. Please contact Marlien Paine at 425-821-0961 for more information. Awards will go to the top three vote-getters in both contests.

Trail Tours

Lou Berner will be leading some interpretive forest walks. Tour times will be 2pm and 4pm at the park. Lou will describe the area vegetation and history.

Arts and Crafts

There will be an activity area for younger children. Besides arts and craft supplies, Francesca Lyman will be drawing her Wild Child portraits of children in attendance.

Art Show

Local artists will also be showcasing their talents in Art Alley. The artwork will also be available for purchase.

Additional food, drinks, and prizes will be available thanks to generous donations from Finn Hill Shell, Inglewood QFC, Kirkland Trader Joe’s, Village Mart, Butcher Shop Café, Bella Vita, Plaza Garcia, and Starbucks in Juanita Village. Fire Station 25 plans to have a fire truck in the parking lot for kids to view up close.