Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jake the Alligator Man's 2011 Birthday Party

One of our favorite projects here at Vintage Roadside is having the honor of designing the t-shirt for Jake the Alligator Man's Birthday Party each summer.

For those of you not familiar with Jake, he's one of the star attractions at Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, Washington. Marsh's, open since 1935, is a true piece of roadside history and one of our must-see places. Everything from taxidermy to vintage penny arcade games as well as plenty of souvenirs to take home.

Huge thanks to Wendy and the Long Beach Merchants Association for throwing one of the best parties of the year! To encourage you to start making plans for 2012 here are 20 random photos from the celebration.

All photos copyright Vintage Roadside.

Free birthday cake at Marsh's provided by the Cottage Bakery.

Did we mention the hot rod show?

The Bride of Jake Contest in full swing.

A parade breaks out as the cake travels from the bakery to Marsh's.

DragStrip Riot - always a crowd-pleaser!

Jake enjoys an annual bachelor party.

Our mascot Stinky also enjoyed the bachelor party!

Party games for the kids!

The fearless leader of the event Wendy.

Each year William of My Dementia creates an amazing trophy to be given as "Jake's Choice" at the hot rod show.

Lobster Girl makes her case as a potential Bride of Jake.

Eerie Lee Shivers & Friends say "Welcome!"

Derek of Cherry Redd proudly accepts the 2011 Jake's Choice Award.

Jake's amazing cake from the Cottage Bakery.

2011 Bridesmaid of Jake - Katy Kosmic!

2011 Bride of Jake - Monica Midnight!

Nothing goes with a summer party like a little Elvis. The Graceland Five were simply amazing.

Mrs. Roadside with the 2011 Bride & Bridesmaid.

Hot rods & pin-ups.

Jake & Stinky hope to see you there next year!

Jeff & Kelly