We’ll see if it is one for the record books, but in the meantime thousands of people enjoyed themselves on Lynden’s 125th anniversary by eating what may be the longest known strawberry shortcake.
Like a well-oil machine, about 300 volunteers took what had been a parade route and set up four blocks of tables right down the middle of Front Street in a matter of minutes. That was followed by the house gutters, waxed paper, Lynden Dutch Bakery shortcake, strawberries from the Curt Maberry Farm, Edaleen Dairy ice cream, and Darigold whipped cream.
In a little over an hour after starting, the crowd sang the “Happy Birthday” song then dug into the 1,250-foot long strawberry shortcake, quickly polishing it off before the ice cream melted on a day with temperatures in the mid-80s. With the flags, tractors, and marching bands still in the area, it had an all-American look befitting a Norman Rockwell painting.
“It was delicious. The ice cream was a little soft but was still really good,” said David Kruse, who was there with his wife Amy and children Taylor and Christian. For the Kruse family, who live a few blocks away, it was an added bonus after watching the Farmers Day Parade.
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1250 feet of gutter
900 pounds of Lynden Dutch Bakery shortcake
1,088 pounds of Curt Maberry Farm sweetened berries
360 quarts of Edaleen Dairy Vanilla ice cream
1020 ounces of Darigold whipped cream
10,000 bowls and spoons
A lifetime resident, David Kruse remembers Lynden’s 100th birthday celebration in 1991 when commemorative coins were handed out, something he still has. He enjoyed this event even more and was impressed with how it all came together.
“At 1,250 feet, you couldn’t have done a better job organizing this (construction of the shortcake),” he said.
It was an event that was very Lynden-esque, said Sheri Haaland, who was in town visiting her parents from Kansas.
“I didn’t want to miss this,” said Haaland, adding that the nice weather helped.
Besides putting the shortcake together, there was a lot of work documenting the event through photos and witness accounts, which will be compiled and sent to the Guinness World Records, said Gary Vis, president of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce. Currently Guinness World Records doesn’t have a category for longest shortcake, but the hope for Vis is that this will be added. In researching this event, he found the previous longest strawberry shortcake was 214 feet.
While the record would be nice, it was more about bringing the community together for something fun, Vis said. Companies donated the items for the event and volunteers put in plenty of work to make this happen, he said. The gutters will be cleaned and donated to Habitat for Humanity.
“Before the raspberry festival, Lynden used to serve strawberry shortcake, so we wanted to bring it back in a big way,” Vis said. “What a fantastic event.”