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Early harvest won’t hinder Lynden Raspberry Festival

Alex Crabtree, left, and Tore Olson, right, prepare raspberry sundaes at the Northwest Raspberry Festival on July 18, 2014, in downtown Lynden. Despite an early harvest this year, there will be plenty of raspberries for the festival that runs Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18.
Alex Crabtree, left, and Tore Olson, right, prepare raspberry sundaes at the Northwest Raspberry Festival on July 18, 2014, in downtown Lynden. Despite an early harvest this year, there will be plenty of raspberries for the festival that runs Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. The Bellingham Herald

Although the harvest is already winding down weeks ahead of schedule, fans of the Northwest Raspberry Festival can breathe easy knowing there still will be berries left for the weekend’s festivities.

“It’s looking good,” said Gary Vis, executive director of Lynden Chamber of Commerce. “I think they’re going to have some quality fruit come out.”

Vis said raspberry season usually begins tapering off during the first week of August, then blueberry harvest begins to take center stage. This year, however, blueberries have already begun to ripen and raspberries are on their last leg.

With temperatures in Lynden expected to rise into the high 70s to mid-80s over the weekend, Vis said harvesting for the festival won’t be easy.

“Heat isn’t the best thing,” he said. “It isn’t going to help the (farmers’) cause.”

The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, and continues Saturday until 6 p.m.

Live music on two stages, a berry market, food court, kids activities, a beer and wine garden, and the Curt Maberry Memorial 3-on-3 tournament are among the many festival activities in downtown Lynden throughout the two-day celebration.

For more information, contact the Lynden Chamber of Commerce at 360-354-5995 or visit its website, lynden.org.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.

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