Carnival, Car Show, Chili Cook-Off to Compliment Strawberry Fest June 14–17

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It won’t just be the annual Wild Strawberry Festival in B-Town next weekend – there will also be a Carnival, Father’s Day car show and chili cook-off running from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17.

Presented by the non-profit Discover Burien (we’re members), the events are affiliated with the city of Burien’s Wild Strawberry Festival, also being held that weekend.

Davis Shows’ full Carnival will provide sweet screams plus some gentler action during Summer Carnival Days from June 14 – 17. The carnival is scheduled to run each day until attendance becomes too light. Hours are June 14 and June 15 from 3 p.m. to close and June 16 and June 17 from 11 a.m. to close.

Here’s a great POV video shot by AnscoTitan at the 2012 carnival from within the Ali-Baba:

The free annual Burien Father’s Day Car Show, to be held Sunday, June 17, displays magnificent machines of different decades from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event also features ‘50s and ‘60s tunes spun by a disk jockey plus a chili cook-off.

Car show participants will compete in nine prize categories:

  • Mayor’s Choice
  • Best Project Car
  • Best Truck
  • Most Likely To Go On A Date In
  • People’s Choice
  • Best Interior
  • Auto Dealers’ Choice
  • Best Paint Job
  • Oldest & Original

From Noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, taste savory chili concocted by competitors in the Annual Chili Cook-Off. The chili earning first place wins $200 plus a traveling trophy. Second place will receive $100 and third place $50.

The carnival and car show will center on Burien Town Square Park at SW 152nd Street and 5th Place SW in downtown Burien. Cars will line SW 152nd Street between 4th Ave SW and 8th Ave SW, plus a portion of 6th Ave SW, all of which will be closed off to vehicular traffic.

Adjacent to the two events, in Burien Town Square Park the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival adds to the excitement with food, live entertainment and more (read our post with the full schedule here).

To participate in the car show, either register in advance or on Father’s Day. Registration forms and details can be found at Preregistration is $15. Registration on Father’s Day is $20 and takes place between 8 and 10 a.m. at SW 152nd Street and Ambaum Blvd. SW.

Chili Cook-Off teams must preregister for $25. Registration forms and details are posted at

50/50 raffle tickets can be purchased with car show preregistration or on the day of the event at the Discover Burien booth. Tickets are $1 or 7 for $5.

Car Pros Burien Nissan, Burien Honda, Burien Chevrolet and Burien Toyota are the primary sponsors of the car show. El Dorado West and Jim Coleman, DDS, are sponsoring the Chili Cook-Off.

Registration fees and raffle proceeds go toward operation of the two events and Discover Burien, a nonprofit organization that works on the economic development and promotion of the city.

It’s going to be a jam-packed four days of fun all around B-Town, and we’ll see ya there!

For more information, go to, call the Discover Burien office at 206-433-2882 or contact Debra George, the Discover Burien event manager, at 206-941-7199.

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