BELLINGHAM - It's set to be a hectic Saturday around Whatcom County May 17, as kids, families and dogs descend on local parks and venues for a variety of events.
Lake Padden Park will be overrun by kids running, biking and hopping through the Junior Ski to Sea Race, which will pack the park starting at 8 a.m. Once the race starts, parking is generally scarce, so visitors who aren't involved with the race may want to go elsewhere.
Bloedel Donovan Park will be busy as the host site for a barbecue for Ski to Sea volunteers from noon to 3 p.m.
Families also can take their pick of several free events going on this Saturday:
-- The new Hovander River Walk Trail will be dedicated in Ferndale as the first official segment of the Nooksack Loop Trail. People can meet in Pioneer Park at 9:30 a.m. and cross the river to the boat launch for the 10:30 a.m. dedication. The event will be followed by a reception at the Hovander Park picnic shelter with music and refreshments.
-- Bellingham Technical College will host the second day of its annual Welding Rodeo that will run through the day Saturday. People can watch for free as teams plan, design and weld sculptures with a "four elements" theme.
-- The Mt. Baker Kennel Club will host a dog show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center Expo Building in Lynden. Up to 1,000 dogs representing more than 100 breeds will compete for the title of best in show. Entry to the event is free, though there is a fee for parking.
-- Author and illustrator Erik Brooks will lead children on a walk for the grand opening of the Lynden StoryWalk trail, with free books available for the first 50 walkers. The event is aimed at children ages 3 to 5 and will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Lynden Public Library, 216 4th St.
SKI TO SEA JUNIOR PARADE FRIDAY
The annual parade starts at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Cornwall Avenue at Alabama Street and ends at York and State streets. Judging is from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
To join in, just show up near the start area before the parade begins.
The parade route will be closed to traffic starting about 4 p.m.
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