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Marilyn impersonator set for Dayton's All Wheels Weekend festival

DAYTON -- Dressing up like Marilyn Monroe was a last-minute costume idea for Karen Motherway several years ago.

Well, that dress-up thing turned the Tacoma woman into a part-time celebrity.

She's been performing as a Monroe impersonator up and down the West Coast ever since.

Her next gig will be at the All Wheels Weekend event in Dayton, which starts today and continues through Sunday.

Motherway will be on hand all three days, taking part in tonight's car cruise down Main Street, presenting trophies to winners of the car show and singing a few songs throughout the festival -- Marilyn Monroe style, of course.

Motherway was told by friends years ago that she looked like Monroe, but she didn't quite believe it, she said in a recent interview.

But she was convinced it must be true when she was talked into entering a Ripley's Believe It or Not Marilyn Monroe Body Double contest in 2001 and won.

Two of the judges for the contest were photographers (George Barris and Joseph Jasgur) who were well known for their legendary Monroe photos.

And just to keep with the ambiance of a true Hollywood vixen, that title came with a 7-karat diamond necklace.

Since then, the married mother of four who uses the stage name Karilyn Monroe when performing works as a full-time hair designer for Aveda when she's not making public appearances.

The 14th annual All Wheels Weekend runs today through Sunday with most events happening on Main Street. And most events are free.

Here's the schedule:

Today

Noon -- Craft and vendor booths open on the lawn of the courthouse

4-8 p.m. -- Registration for cars

7-9 p.m. -- Live music at Skye Book and Brew

7:15 p.m. -- Opening ceremony in front of American West Bank

7:30-9 p.m. -- Presentation of cars at American West Bank

7:30 p.m. -- The film Speed Racer will be shown at the Liberty Theater.

9 p.m. -- Presentation of Coolest Cruiser trophy

9:30 p.m. -- Fireworks show

Saturday

8 a.m. -- Car registration at First and Main streets

10 a.m. -- Lawn dragster races on South Third Street near Tumac Outdoor store

10 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Poker Walk starts at Darver Tackle store

10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Show & Shine on Main Street

10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Free admission to the Dayton Depot

11 a.m. -- Photos with Marilyn Monroe lookalike at Elk Drug store

11 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Speeder car rides at Dayton Depot

1 p.m. -- Slow drags on Main Street near Kyle's Custom Toys

2 p.m. -- Men's "drag" races at Second & Main streets near Blue Mountain News

2:45 p.m. -- Lawn dragster races on South Third Street near Tumac Outdoor store

3:30 p.m. -- Official flag-burning ceremony at city hall

4 p.m. -- Car trophy presentation at The Depot

5 p.m. -- Demo derby and beer gardens open at the fairgrounds

9 p.m. -- Music and stage show featuring Retread at the fairgrounds

Sunday

8-11 a.m. -- Father's Day breakfast at the fairgrounds. Cost is $6.

* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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