Equestrians will be drilling, knights jousting, kids pony-riding, pancakes flipping and runners running Saturday during the Bridle Trails Park Foundation’s 10th-annual Party in the Park this Saturday.
The event is the annual family oriented festival that helps raise money for the non-profit foundation, which pays for half of ’s operating costs through an unusual agreement with Washington State Parks. A green, 482-acre gem on Rose Hill between Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond, the equestrian-oriented state park features 28 miles of forest trails and a main showgrounds.
The party is centered around the showgrounds, at Northeast 53rd Street and 116th Avenue Northeast, and this year will feature a fun run as well as a 10K run, pancake breakfast, pony rides, face-painting, cake walks, nature walks and a host of equestrian events.
The latter include drill teams, the Seattle Knights team, show horses and more. It’s a popular event with a country fair feel (see a Kirkland Patch photo gallery of ), and because the parking lot will be jammed with horse trailers, a free shuttle service will be provided. Buses will pick people up at the , across from , with the shuttle making trips every 10 minutes from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.
The run starts at 7:30, but the party is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can find details on the foundation’s website, bridletrails.org.