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'Magic in Manette'

School may already soon be back in session, but summer festivals are still going strong.

The 14th annual Manette Fest is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 on and around 11th Street in Manette.

"It's just a whole day of fun and activities," said Holly James, president of the Manette Business Association, who puts on Manette Fest each year.

James said a few thousand people turn out every year to peruse local vendors' goods and listen to live music.

"The whole community turns out for the festival," James said.

A fun run kicks off Manette Fest at 9 a.m., followed by a pancake breakfast. Jennie Wetter, of the Manette Business Association, said there will be two stages at this year's festival, one for live music and another for performances from local dance groups and other entertainers.

"We have live bands performing every hour — different bands," Wetter said.

More than 40 vendors will set up on and around 11th Street in Manette selling everything from jewelry to baked goods.

"It's so community based and family friendly," James said.

Following a free barbecue lunch, Manette's Tiniest Parade gets underway. Children of all ages are invited to dress up in costumes and participate in the festivities. Two-year-old Kevin Arnold, son of Matt and Megan Arnold, will be this year's grand marshal.

"Everyone's invited to participate," Wetter said.

Bremerton School District and Central Kitsap School District administrators and teachers will sit in a dunk tank at Manette Fest for a good cause. For a small fee, students can try and soak their principal or teacher. The school districts and Infinite Possibilities, a charitable organization, will use proceeds raised at the dunk tank to purchase school supplies for local students.

"We have several principals that are going to sit in the dunk tank," Wetter said.

Genesis Infinity Real Estate Group, the city of Bremerton, Ploy Studios and Harrison Medical Center are just a few local businesses sponsoring this year's Manette Fest.

"We have so much participation from different businesses in the community," James said.

She added that the Manette Business Association hopes Manette Fest continues to grow year after year and more people come check out the "magic in Manette."

"We just look for ways to have a celebration of summer and community," James said. "We always like to say there's magic in Manette."

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