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Deception Pass park celebrates 100th birthday

The parking lot at East Cranberry Lake was filled with cars, pedestrians and shuttle buses this past Saturday as folks from across the region came to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Deception Pass State Park.

Included in the bustling crowds were volunteers and park rangers to make sure the day's activities went smoothly, vendors lined along the road selling food, knick-knacks and local art and people of all ages admiring the scenery.

Performances from jugglers to local musicians took turns on the park's stage throughout the day with Cranberry Lake and sunshine serving as a scenic backdrop.

The day was warm but not too hot thanks to the many trees overheard throughout the area.

Saturday's centennial event marked a return to an old tradition that happened even more than a century ago when the first community picnic at the park was held on July 28, 1919, and became an annual event for years after.

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