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* SolarFest, VW show come to Shoreline campus

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SCC/Jim Hills

SolarFest includes information about alternative and sustainable energy solutions as well as music, food, kids activities and a beer garden.

The future and the past will come together for fun day of food, music, information and beautiful vehicles this Saturday, July 16, 2011 at Shoreline Community College.

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SCC/Jim Hills

July 16 events info


  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (music, food and beer garden open until 8 p.m.)
  • Free admission
  • Event Web site

VW Show and Swap

  • Show car registration 7-9 a.m.
  • Open to public 9 a.m.
  • Awards about 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission $15 to show, $7 general
  • Event Web site

Parking for both events

  • Free parking on campus July 16 only
  • Space may be limited
  • Free shuttle service from Shoreline designated parking near Sears and Greenwood lots. Maps.
  • Metro Routes #330, 331, 345 serve the college on Saturdays


Looking toward the horizon, the college will host the 8th annual SolarFest, a celebration of all things related to renewable energy and sustainable living. SolarFest is a production of the Shoreline Solar Project, founded in 2004 to promote the practical application of renewable energy and environmentally responsible practices to enhance the economic, ecological, and social environment of our community.

At the same time, looking in a probably rare and lovingly restored rearview mirror will be the 30th anniversary version of the NW Vintage VW Car Show and Swap Meet. Sponsored by the venerable Cascade Kombis car club, the show and swap is the centerpiece of their Vintage Volkswagen Weekend, which includes a Friday, July 15, cruise centered at the Burgermaster restaurant in Seattle’s University Village and followed by Sunday’s Bug Nationals, drag racing for Volkswagens at Bremerton Raceway

“We’re excited and honored to host these two great events that have such synergies with our equally great programs here at Shoreline,” said Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert.

“Our Clean Energy Technology Program was the first of its kind in the state and the first to graduate students trained for the jobs of the future under Gov. Gregoire’s call for 25,000 new green-collar jobs,” Lambert said. “Our Professional Automotive Training Center leads the nation in preparing technicians to work with the latest automotive technology and meeting the needs of students and industry.”


With more than 85 booths, exhibitors and vendors, SolarFest is an event for all ages. The festival includes booths on the latest solar and other alternative energy systems, recycling, electric cars and other sustainable-living interests. The electric vehicle area will include Tesla roadsters, Nissan LEAFs  and the Chevy Volt as well as home-builts and conversions.  Perhaps the highlight will be The Viking 45, Western Washington University’s entrant for the X-Prize that can get the equivalent of 172 miles to the gallon.

The must-see of the event will be special guest Graham Kerr, formerly known as the Galloping Gourmet. Kerr will be giving solar cooking demonstrations as well as morning and afternoon presentations on what he's termed “The Double Benefit.”  He'll have his newest book available at the event’s Solar Store and, while supplies last, attendees can get a free bonus book.

SolarFest includes a KIDZone that will have mini solar-powered cars as giveaways to the first 300 children and even a farmer’s market area.

There will also be food vendors, a beer garden featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing and music and other entertainment, including the Yogoman Burning Band. Admission to SolarFest is free.

NW Vintage VW Car Show and Swap Meet

This car show and swap meet has been on the calendars of Volkswagen enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates vintage automobiles for 30 years. In honor of that anniversary, the organizers are raffling off a rare 1955 Beetle with tickets at just $1.

Organizers expect more than 200 Beetles, buses, squarebacks, slantbacks, Things and other air-cooled VWs to be on display. The meet also includes food vendors for everyone and trophies for the winners of the many categories of vehicles. For those looking for that rare VW part you think no longer exists, the swap meet area is one of the largest of the year. General admission to the VW show area is $7. For those wishing to show a vehicle, preregistration is encouraged, but signups are taken the day of the event for a $15 fee.

SCC/Jim Hills

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