Don’t get mustard on that petition: Matt Erickson, who is gathering petition signatures on Wenatchee’s red-light cameras, is mixing politics and hot dogs this spring. Erickson has started a new business called Freedom Franks, in which he’ll be selling hot dogs and pop on downtown streets.
He’ll also have petition-signing on the side. Erickson is hoping to gather enough signatures from Wenatchee voters to put an initiative on the ballot that would ask voters if they want red-light cameras. Three cameras are set up now on Wenatchee streets.
Erickson will be offering Constitution booklets and small American flags to customers as well as very patriotic dogs. They will range from the Benjamin Franklin turkey dog to the deluxe George Washington bratwurst.
Need more American history? Erickson will be dressed in his patriotic costume.
The slogan for his business is “Freedom Franks: Dogs with more fight, because rolling over and playing dead just isn’t an option.”
Student bloomers: Drive by the educational garden at Springwater and Western avenues and check out the tulips. They were planted in September by local second-graders. The youngsters planted the bulbs as part of Awesome Apple Adventures, an annual agricultural field trip at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.
Master Gardeners taught the children about bulb activity, then each student planted a bulb. Each plot is identified by elementary school and a teacher’s name.
Talk about sprouting up. The first Apple Blossom Festival food vendor — a kitchen cart for corn dogs, curly fries and lemonade — was spotted this morning staged along First Street.
Food vendors selling everything from funnel cakes and delectable Shishkaberries can begin staging in Memorial Park at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Selling will begin Thursday at 11 a.m., after each food vendor gets a clean bill from health inspectors.
Carnies with Funtastic Shows have had the go-ahead since Sunday to set up their rides, games and attractions at Riverfront Park, near the foot of Fifth Street.
Not much was going on down there this morning, but Ray Heit, parks manager for the Chelan County PUD, said the carnival will be in full swing by the Friday, 5 p.m.
Chairs are crowding parts of the Orondo Avenue stretch of the kids’ and grand parade route, including a few that “bloom” with a spirited “Happy Apple Blossom” hand-painted on their backrest amid colorful blossoms. Enjoy the week!
This week’s Worm was compiled by reporters Dee Riggs and Christine Pratt. Got a tip? Email newsroom@ wenatcheeworld.com.