The Down Syndrome Association of Snohomish County (DSASC) is hosting its annual Friendship Festival this Saturday, September 21st. This is a chance for people living with Down Syndrome, their families, and friends to all come together to support each other and raise awareness. The main event of the festival is the walk on Snohomish property at Harvey Airfield. You can form your own team for the walk or join one that already exists. The top fundraising team will win a vacation to Northshore Lodge at Lake Wenatchee. If you can’t come to the walk, you can still donate so DSASC can continue its work of advocacy, education, and events for people with Down Syndrome.
Saturday is going to be a lot of fun. The festival gets going at noon and runs until 4 p.m. Come at noon to register and get involved in the activities. Come hungry and have lunch at one of the food vendors. Enjoy live music and entertainment and play games. At 2 p.m., the top fundraising team will be announced and event sponsors recognized. There will also be speeches from teen self-advocates. The walk itself begins at 2:30. When the walk is over, activities start up again. The last item on the schedule is the raffle and silent auction at 3:30. The whole event is a wonderful way to meet other families, make new friends, and have a fun afternoon.
All Snohomish property owners are invited to visit the DSASC website. You’ll find more details about the Friendship Festival, including a page to register a team or donate. There are also lots of resources, including families sharing about their experience with Down Syndrome. Discover a host of resources for assistance and advocacy, both locally and nationally. There are also links to social groups, classes, and opportunities for recreation.