Once again, its mid-June, and time for the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. Hubby and I took last Thursday and Friday off from work, and drove the 2 hours up US2 to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. As usual, it was a beautiful drive, with nice scenery all the way up and over Stevens Pass to Leavenworth in Chelan County. The pretty town was much the same as previous years, but we did notice some changes on Front Street, the main “tourist trap” (but we love it). This building had been repainted in front, and there was a new business there.
There has always been an outdoor store on the main street, but this year the facade had been re-imagined too. Nice!
And inside the Festhalle, we saw more changes to the decor. There was some new wall art.
And a new piece of equipment.
Of course, Leavenworth is nothing without the accordions! There was a special exhibit this year, of very old instruments.
And, of course, the new ones, on sale at the booth of Tempo Trend Music of Victoria, BC.
The competitions brought out many new players who we had not seen before, and a few familiar faces. I especially love the kids, ranging in age from about seven to teenagers. Here’s a group picture of all this year’s kids. Those guys on the ends are this year’s judges! On the left is Emmanuel Gasser of Canada, who has been competing since he was about eight years old. On the right is everyone’s favorite pro, Gary Blair, from Scotland.
I also took some video with my brand new iPhone. This act was the best of the entire festival. Every time I play it, I get all teary-eyed, since they are so cute!
Of course, I had to do my obligatory pilgrimage to the Taffy Shop on Front Street. I found a new product they are selling!
The proprietor says they are selling like hotcakes. But here is a fixture at the store that never fails to bring smiles. How long has it been since you saw one of these?
All in all, another great year at the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration.