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Lynden’s Main Street up for best in U.S.; Bellingham not Best Town

A 3-on-3 tournament is one of the highlights of the Lynden Raspberry Festival held on the streets of downtown Lynden each year. Lynden is one of 25 small cities in the running in a national contest to pick the best Main Street in America.
A 3-on-3 tournament is one of the highlights of the Lynden Raspberry Festival held on the streets of downtown Lynden each year. Lynden is one of 25 small cities in the running in a national contest to pick the best Main Street in America. The Bellingham Herald

Lynden is in the running for national recognition and could win $25,000 to promote its downtown district.

Lynden is one of 25 small cities remaining in a national contest to pick the best Main Street in America. The contest is hosted by Independent We Stand, which promotes communities’ local economies and the importance of “buying local.” A total of 253 cities were initially nominated.

People can vote online once a day through May 29. The winner, to be announced June 3, will receive $25,000. The Downtown Business Association of Lynden would decide how to spend the prize money. To vote, go to mainstreetcontest.com.

▪ Meanwhile, Bellingham has been bumped from Outside Magazine’s list of 16 candidates for its Best Town of 2016. The 16 will be featured in the magazine’s September issue, but Bellingham lost in the “Beach” bracket, with Ludington, Mich., and Grand Marais, Minn., moving on to the next round of voting.

Dean Kahn

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