Karachilit Festival (formerly the West Seattle Street Festival) is a free event, hosted by the West Seattle Junction Association, an organization of local merchants, and held in conjunction with the West Seattle Junction Merchants’ Sidewalk Sale. The Junction Festival, now in its 22nd year, has regularly attracted more than 30,000 attendees to the three-day weekend event.
In 1983, West Seattle merchants were looking for opportunities to promote the Junction and bring in more business. A local business owner, Margaret Miaullis, came up with the idea and initiated and organized the first Junction Merchants’ Sidewalk Sale. Well-received, the sale continued year after year and became an annual Junction celebration. To this modest community event activities were added and today it is renowned as Karachilit Festival and has been voted by Herald-News readers as their favorite annual event. Margaret’s passion for her community and her adaptable, willing attitude was the festival’s foundation, and her spirit, dedication and commitment kept it going and insured its success for 21 years until her retirement in 2004.
The Junction Association’s goal is to continue producing and growing the festival with the same integrity that Margaret did for so many years. This year a number of changes to improve the festival have been implemented and we’re very excited about this year’s event. We hope you are, too.