Cars, chili, carnival add to festival fun

A car show, chili cook-off and carnival rumbles into downtown Burien June 14 through 17. Presented by the nonprofit Discover Burien Association, the events are affiliated with the city of Burien’s Wild Strawberry Festival June 16 and 17.

Davis Shows’ full carnival will provide sweet screams plus some gentler action during Summer Carnival Days from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17. The carnival runs 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.

The free annual Burien Father’s Day Car Show 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, and Oldest & Original.

From noon to 2 p.m., 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 Southwest 152nd Street and Fifth Place Southwest in downtown Burien. Cars will line Southwest 152nd Street between Fourth Avenue Southwest and Eighth Avenue Southwest, plus a portion of Sixth Avenue Southwest, 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.

To participate in the car show, either register in advance or on Father’s Day. Registration forms and details can be found at Pre-registration is $15. Registration on Father’s Day is $20 and takes place between 8 and 10 a.m. at Southwest 152nd Street and Ambaum Boulevard Southwest. Chili Cook-Off teams must pre-register for $25. Registration forms and details are posted at

Raffle tickets can be purchased with car show pre-registration 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.

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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