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Plenty still on tap for second day of Lynden raspberry festival

July 19, 2014

By Kie Relyea, The Bellingham Herald (Bellingham, Wash.)

July 19--LYNDEN -- The annual Northwest Raspberry Festival enters its second and final day Saturday, July 19, with raspberry pancakes, a classic car show, a fun run, live music, and more 3-on-3 basketball tournament action.

The festival in the downtown celebrates Lynden's berry-farming heritage as well as its community.

On its first day Friday, families gathered on Front Street to watch their children play in the basketball tournament, look at offerings from vendors, and chow down on goodies that included kettle corn, mini doughnuts, barbecue, and poffertjes (a traditional Dutch treat that's similar to small, fluffy pancakes.)

Lynden also has a strong Dutch heritage.

"It's pretty fantastic," said Erin Messing, who moved to Lynden from another small town, Sumner, two months ago.

Messing was there with son Brooks, 4, and daughter Addison, 7, who was among the children playing in the basketball tournament.

Addison had four games on Friday.

The family also planned to eat some shaved ice. Brooks, in between munching on a hot dog, said he wanted to go to the "jumpy house" too.

"And face painting," he said.

Admission is free.

Additional details are online at

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or .


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