Farming for Life

A 360 Surround Theater is envisioned as part of the Farming for Life Experience in the new fairgrounds Farm Pavilion. (Courtesy rendering)

But $2 million is still needed to create building’s interior exhibit

LYNDEN — The Northwest Washington Fair on July 18 will mark the milestone of nearly completing its Farm Pavilion and will update supporters on plans for the 10,000-square-foot Farming for Life Experience exhibit that will be inside the new building.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Farm Pavilion will be at 10 a.m. next week Thursday at the fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. 

“Over 50 businesses, organizations and individuals have donated over $4 million to make the Farm Pavilion a reality,” said Jim Baron, fair general manager. “Now we are attempting to raise $2 million to fund the Farming for Life Experience, which will offer educational, interactive and immersive exhibits engaging visitors of all ages. Donations will help us highlight the importance of agriculture in our area.”

Assuming funding is received, the Farming for Life Experience will include a three-screen panoramic video and a 360-degree theater.

“Through animated light, sound and multi-image depictions, the 360 Surround Theater will dramatically portray the full process of creating food by northwest Washington farmers,” Baron said. “Created to stimulate all the senses, this immersive experience will bring a new understanding to what it means to be a farmer in the 21st century.”

For a virtual tour and more information, visit www.farming-for-life.com. Anyone wishing to support the Farming for Life Experience may contact the fair office at 360-354-4111.