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Langley is served by Island County Fire District#3, the Langley Police Department, and is the home of South Whidbey School District #206. The current mayor is Larry Kwarsick (2012–2016), and the police chief is Randy Heston.
Based on per capita income, Langley ranks 92nd of 522 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.

Langley was founded in the 1800s by Jacob Anthes,and was named for J.W. Langley of Seattle. In 1902, Mr. Anthes built a logger bunkhouse that is still standing in the downtown core and currently serves as a museum. Langley was officially incorporated on February 26, 1913.
Traditional events

Mystery Weekend
Mystery Weekend is a yearly event occurring the last weekend in February. A fake newspaper story is run in the South Whidbey Record or a fake newspaper can be purchased from the Visitor & Information Center, detailing the persons involved. The players are instructed to search every store for a box of cards, with a clue to the mystery printed on each card. Various locals play the parts of characters in the story, and players are invited to question them for information. The players who believe they have solved the game may submit their solutions and enter into a drawing of prizes.
Choochokam
Choochokam is held the weekend after Independence Day each July. The city closes most of First Street and Anthes Ave. south to Third St. Artists from around the Northwest showcase their art, while local musicians perform on a downtown stage.
Djangofest NW
Djangofest NW is held in September each year. This five-day festival celebrates the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt, and featues workshops, concerts, and impromptu jam sessions around town.
Island County Fair
The third weekend in August Langley hosts the Island County Fair. This is one of the biggest community gatherings of the year. The fair has such a local impact, that Island Transit will run special shuttles between Langley and the Clinton Ferry, as well as Shuttles between Oak Harbor and Langley, and extra ferry trips on the Clinton to Mukilteo run routinely at several hours.

Whidbey Island (historical spelling Whidby) is the largest of nine islands located in Island County, Washington, in the United States. Whidbey is about 30 miles (48 km) north of Seattle, and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor of western Washington. The island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.


Whidbey Island is home to 58,211 residents (according to the 2000 census),[2] also known as Whidbey Islanders. An estimated 29,000 of Whidbey Islanders live in rural locations.
Whidbey Island is approximately 35 miles (56 km) long (from the extreme north to extreme south, and 1.5 to 12 miles (2.4 to 19 km) wide, with 168.67 square miles (436.9 km2),[3] making it the 40th largest island in the United States. It is ranked as the fourth longest and fourth largest island in the contiguous United States, behind Padre Island, Texas (the world's longest barrier island); Long Island (a fact disputed by residents[4]); and Isle Royale, Michigan[citation needed]. In the state of Washington, it is the largest island, followed by Orcas Island. - Craigslist

 

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Festivals:Whidbey Island hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year.
Island County Fair, which takes place the third weekend of August, includes rides, food, and animal shows.
Wag'n'Walk, which takes place towards the end of August, is Western Washington's premier celebration of all things Dog. It includes vendors, games, competition, demonstrations and the Wag'n'Walk itself.
Whidbey Island Kite Festival, in September
Langley's Mystery Weekend in March or February. For the weekend the Town of Langley turns into the setting of a fictional murder mystery.
Penn Cove Mussel Festival, which takes place in March, celebrates the bounty of the sea, especially the mussel.
Loganberry Festival at the Greenbank Farm in July
Maxwelton Beach Fourth of July Parade and fireworks show, which takes place at the southern end of Maxwelton Beach Road at Dave Mackie Park. After the parade, there are events for all ages, including three-legged races, divided into age groups, and the most popular event, the egg toss.

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