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Raspberry festival brings fun and flavor to Lynden this weekend

Addison Messing shoots the ball at the Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Tournament in Lynden at the 2014 Northwest Raspberry Festival. The 2016 event takes place July 15 and 16 in downtown Lynden.
Addison Messing shoots the ball at the Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Tournament in Lynden at the 2014 Northwest Raspberry Festival. The 2016 event takes place July 15 and 16 in downtown Lynden. The Bellingham Herald

Celebrate the largest harvest of raspberries in North America Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, in downtown Lynden, with family-friendly activities like a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, arts and crafts, a 5K fun run, a classic car show and live music on two stages.

Most events take place on Front Street.

You can try raspberry treats, ice-cream sundaes, parfaits and pies. You can buy pints or flats of the berries and shop vendor booths at the Berry Fair Street Market. Those 21 and older can enjoy a raspberry beer at the Timeout Razz Beer-y Garden; and imbibe in BelleWood Acres’ raspberry-infusion vodka or Honey Moon Winery’s raspberry hard cider and wine.

Friday’s events begin at 10 a.m., with kids’ activities that include a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course and a bounce house.

Music runs from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Silver City Band, Westfalia, Checo Tohomaso, Queens Bluegrass, Soul Shadows, Joe and Carol Young, SoFull-7, Out of the Ashes, Two Tenors, the Kid’Sax Ensemble and The Anissa Quartet.

Start Saturday morning off right with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast topped with local raspberries from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Lynden Community Center.

The Curt Maberry Memorial Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, open to ages 10 and older (including adults) is from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For 3-on-3 applications and more information, call tournament sponsor The Muljat Group North Real Estate at 360-354-4242 or visit lynden3on3razz.com.

Festival attendees can see classic and restored cars and trucks at the Razz & Shine Cruise-In from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Front Street between Seventh and 10th streets. Registration for the Razz & Shine, sponsored by Lynden Lube & Auto, is free and starts at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call 360-303-7610.

A 5-kilometer fun run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Lynden Christian High School, 515 Drayton St. Anyone 12 and younger can participate for free. Proceeds benefit the Kornerstone Kids nonprofit therapy center. For registration forms visit lynden.org.

For a complete schedule, contact Lynden Chamber of Commerce at 360-354-5995 or visit lynden.org.

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

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