Raspberry Festival keeps building on its past success

LYNDEN ­— Expect a 2019 Northwest Raspberry Festival building on its past success.

“We are looking at 248 teams as of Monday for the Curt Maberry 3-on-3 [street basketball],” said Chamber of Commerce exective director Gary Vis. “Last year was 220. This is our new record high for Jerry Blankers and his team at the Muljat Group.” Included are more than 30 “Rookie Razz” teams of second graders and younger.

The Razz & Shine Cruise-in is looking to be very strong, Vis said, with inquiries about the car show from southern Washington to central British Columbia. Exhibitors love the tree-shaded spaces of Front Street. Lynden Lube & Auto takes the lead in organizing the show this year, assisted by show founder and longtime coordinator Blake Starkenburg.

In anticipation of larger crowds, more portable toilets will be put out, located at Fourth, Sixth and Ninth streets. With a slight reconfiguration of the 7th Street Kids Zone,  additional vendor space is gained there. This area has both “free and fee” games and activities, Vis said.

Both the craft and commercial areas are booked up, with several vendors on a waiting list.

The Washington National Guard is back with its climbing wall.

Around 20 food vendors will be downtown, including Lynden’s Original Poffertjes, Lindsay’s Crazy for Kettle Corn, JT’s BBQ  and Roasted Development.

On Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. is the Lynden Noon Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue. Tickets are $15, with the hot dog meal only $6. Pre-sales are at the Chamber office, corner of Sixth and Front streets.

As always,  a bowl of fresh Curt Maberry Farm raspberries on fresh Edaleen Dairy vanilla ice cream can be bought for only $2.

All funds help the Lynden Chamber put on the Northwest Raspberry Festival and other community events throughout the year.