Lynden fair board looking at possibility, may decide Monday 

  LYNDEN ­— The Northwest Washington Fair is considering going to 10 days’ duration in 2021, CEO Chris Pickering said Monday. It is now six days each August, a Monday through a Saturday.

  With no real fair being held this year due to COVID-19, “this is a time to strategically plan,” said Pickering, who stepped into his lead position just in May. 

  He was given a unanimous vote by the fair board of directors in July to look into the possibility, and got “overwhelmingly positive” response to the idea from fair staff, although concerns are raised, of course, Pickering said.

  Pickering said he expects that the board will decide the question at its meeting next Monday, Aug. 10. “It’s important that we move forward as a team,” he said.

  The new dates for a Northwest Washington Fair in 2021, if expanded, would be Aug. 12-21, versus Aug. 16-21.

  It was Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis who aired the matter of a 10-day fair at the end of Monday’s City Council meeting leading into committee reports. 

  Korthuis said he had been contacted by Pickering to get the city’s input on the idea. The mayor, in turn, wants two City Council committees, Public Works and Public Safety, to discuss it at their meetings this week, with all councilors urged to attend one or the other.

  The city’s thoughts will be included in the fair board’s discussion, he said.

  Korthuis said he has some questions on the subject, as the fair is a very major event for Lynden. No one else among city leaders added an immediate opinion at the remotely-held meeting.

  Reached later, Pickering said he has already also talked to the Lynden police and fire chiefs, representing key aspects of support for each year’s fair with extra