The six-day Lynden Fair kicks off on Monday; Deming, Birch Bay and Custer serve up their own family fun events.
Northwest Washington Fair
Carnival rides, great fair foods, awesome grandstand entertainers, a demolition derby, a rodeo, animal exhibits, quilts, canning, arts, photography, 4H and FFA exhibits are among the delights at the annual fair at the Northwest Fair and Events Center,
Gates open at 9 a.m. starting Monday and running through Aug. 19 and close at 10 p.m. Carnival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Grandstand Entertainment Series starts with the demolition derby at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday; The Lynden PRCA Rodeos are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; Night Ranger plays at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17; Scotty McCreery performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18; and Gabriel “Fluffy”Iglesias performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Grandstand tickets don’t include gate admission.
WTA is offering a special 10 p.m. return trip from the fairgrounds each night, departing from a bus stop across the street from the fairgrounds, between Bank of the Pacific and Umpqua Bank. This bus makes two stops: WTA’s Cordata Station, located near Whatcom Community College, and WTA’s downtown Bellingham Station, on Railroad at Magnolia. Gate admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and older and $8 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted for free. Info: 360-354-4111, nwwafair.com.
Sudued Stringband Jamboree
The 17th annual Subdued Stringband Jamboree runs Thursday through Sunday at the Deming Logging Show Fairgrounds, 3295 Cedarville Road, near Nugents Corner. The jamboree is an open-air concert celebrating music from Whatcom County and beyond. Dozens of instrumentalists and vocalists will perform rockabilly, singer-songwriter, folk, old-time, country, vaudeville and ragtime, embellished with performances from the Bellingham Circus Guild, workshops, kids’ activities and square dancing. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Advance tickets also are available at Avalon Records and the Community Food Co-op while supplies last. Camping is not included in the ticket price and is charged at the gate. RV spots and a few camping spots are available in advance. Info: stringbandjamboree.com.
Birch Bay Rollback Weekend
The third annual Birch Bay Rollback Weekend takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the empty lot at 7930 Birch Bay Drive. The celebration returns to the good old days of the 1950s and ’60s with cool cars, arts and crafts, rock n’ roll music and family entertainment. It’s free for spectators. Info: 360- 371-5004, birchbaychamber.com.
Amateur Chalk Art Festival
The 2017 Amateur Chalk Art Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1322 Cornwall Ave., by the Dakota Art Store. This is a revival of the sidewalk chalk art festival that used to occur annually in downtown Bellingham. People of all skill levels, from artists to people who just want to have fun, are encouraged to participate. The only cost to participants is to purchase a chalk kit at the event, unless participants want to bring their own non-toxic chalk or pastels. Crayola 48-piece kits will be sold for $5 and 48 piece pastel kits will cost $10. The chalk art will take place regardless of the weather. There is ample covered area to use in case of rain. Info: 360-920-3418 and on Facebook.
Custer Days is a hometown celebration that brings the whole community together every year on the second Saturday in August for more than 25 years. This year’s fun family events begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the evening closes at 9 p.m. with the infamous Custer Days street dance with Sunset Superman, right in the center of town. There will be craft booth vendors, a parade at 11 a.m., a car show, face painting, good food, a beer garden that opens at 11 a.m., karaoke at 3 p.m., monster truck rides, and best of all, the return of the memorable lawn-mower races for ages 8 and older. To participate in the lawn-mower races, which can range from stock types to custom speedsters equipped with snowmobile, motorcycle or small car engines, contact Joe R Maddux, 360-383-8007, firstname.lastname@example.org. Info on the event: custerdays.com.
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