Do the Razz in Lynden July 17-18

Addison Messing shoots the ball at the 2014 Raspberry Festival’s Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Tournament. This year’s event is July 17-18 in Lynden.
Addison Messing shoots the ball at the 2014 Raspberry Festival’s Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Tournament. This year’s event is July 17-18 in Lynden. The Bellingham Herald

One of the more successful events of Lynden’s 2014 Northwest Raspberry Festival was the inaugural “Lynden’s Got Talent” contest.

Presented by the Lynden Music Festival and by Lynden Performing Arts Guild, this year’s solo and group voice competition will take place on an outdoor stage from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, in front of a panel of local judges as well as festival patrons. The competitors are all 22 or younger.

Ten of them will be chosen to perform in the finals Saturday evening at Claire vg Thomas Theatre, where the audience will participate in selecting the winners. There will be a grand prize of $500, second place of $300, and third place of $200.

Doug Broersma, one of the judges — the others are Bonnie Dick, Malcolm H. Oliver, Deb Slater, and Pete Kremen — says the main objective of the competition is to adjudicate vocal talent of participants, who do not have to reside in Lynden.

Broersma says that in addition to the top 10 contestants performing Saturday evening, the winner will be given the opportunity to be a featured performer later in the year at the Lynden Music Festival. He and his wife, Terhi Broersma, are coordinating the festival, which takes place in October.

Broersma says the judges are looking for several things from the contestants.

“One of them is basic vocal skills, how well they are using their voices,” he says. “The other thing that we look at are the performances. We want to see how well they are connecting with the audience participants with the message and the artistry of the song.

“We have found that there is so much amazing young talent in the Lynden and surrounding area,” he says. “We just want to give these young people a platform so that they can be noticed and discovered.”

Festival events begin 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, in downtown Lynden, with music on two stages, face painting and inflatables for kids, and the Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

Visitors can shop at the “Berry Fair” street market, and enjoy ice-cold raspberry beer at the “Timeout Razz Beer-y” Garden. People 21 and older can try BelleWood Acres’ raspberry-infusion vodka or Honey Moon Mead’s raspberry wine and hard cider.

A pancake breakfast topped with raspberries is from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Lynden Community/Senior Center.

A five-kilometer fun run/walk is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Proceeds benefit Nepal earthquake relief.

Classic and restored cars and trucks will be displayed at The Razz & Shine Cruise-In from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Front Street between Seventh and 10th streets. Registration is free and starts at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lynden Raspberry Festival

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, July 17-18

Where: Downtown Lynden.

Cost: Free to attend.

Details: 360-354-5995, Lynden.org.