Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest This Weekend – August 29 & 30

The 36th Annual Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest* is this weekend , Aug 29 & 30!

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Come out and join us, rain or shine, for a fun weekend in Birch Bay.
The Weekend will kick off with a Parade down Birch Bay Drive at 12pm. This year a Discovery Dash will precede the parade, as contestants dash from Alderson Road to
the finish line in front of the Beach Park. The Parade will then commence from Alderson
Road to Harborview Road.

Don’t forget the Parade Entry Categories:
Best Dressed Dog, Best Business, Best Organization, Best Kids, Best Crab Themed Entry.

This year we are proud to announce that our Grand Marshall will be Ted Morris, our local Ranger at Birch Bay State Park. Ted is an outstanding member of the community and we are very happy to be able to honor him with this title. Some of the projects that Ted has been a instrumental part of are: 1982  Started the Birch Bay Clean Up Day that is held around Earth Day in April, 2001 Original member of the Birch Bay Steering Committee, 2003 Chaired the Steering Committee sub committee on Parks and Rec., 2003 Raised $600 from local businesses to implement six Doggie waste stations around the Bay; now there are about 14 and BBWARM takes care of them. Birch Bay Chamber Treasurer for two years, Participate in many stream restoration projects on Terrell Creek with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for 17 years, Re-established the NW Park and Recreation District #2 in 2006 from a 20 year hiatus.  Chair of Commissioner for 8 years now Director, Worked towards getting a boat launch and Interpretive Center (Heron Center) at Birch Bay State Park. And is currently working on establishing a trail between Birch Bay and Blaine. Thanks Ted for being such a great member of your community!!

Event Schedule:

SATURDAY: 10:00am to 8:00pm

– Arts & Crafts: 10:00am – 6:00pm
– Discovery Dash: 12:00pm
– Parade: NOON, Along Birch Bay Drive (Alderson to Harborview
– Beer Garden: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
– Crab Derby: Click Here for More Info
– Live Music: 1:00pm – 8:00pm

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The Crab Derby is looking to be community favorite. We’re already seeing interest peaked in this new event. There are CASH prizes for the Biggest Catch, Monster Catch, and for the CASH Crabs. Please follow the link above for a flyer for more information.

CRAB FEST FOOD INFO

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce will be providing a public crab boil for $10 a plate 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with all the fixings or you can opt to bring your own crab, or cook your catch! You can buy a bag of the extras for your boil from us. We will have plenty of cooking pots and all you need to do is have fun! So walk on down, buoy up your boat (tides up at 6:00 pm) or drive down to the beach! COOK YOUR OWN OR BUY A $10 PLATE FROM US!

Thank You to our Money Crab Sponsors!
$1,000 Crabs

Jeff Carrington, Windermere
Mike Kent, Windermere
Mike Peetoom Construction
Birch Bay Market
The C-Shop
The Waterslides

$500 Crabs
Dan Washburn, Windermere
Billy Brown, Windermere
Brian Southwick, Windermere
Print and Copy Factory
John Zimmerman, Birch Bay Liquor Store

SUNDAY 10:00am to 6:00pm
– Ducky Derby: Sun 10:00AM SHARP (Terrill Creek at Birch Bay Dr)
– Arts & Crafts: 10:00am – 6:00pm
– Beer Garden: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
– Live Music: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

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Ducky Derby Contestants are on sale NOW at the Visitor Information Center located at 7900 Birch Bay Drive 10am – 4pm Tuesday though Friday. We will also have a booth at the Event where you can sign up and get involved. Derby Ducks are $5 each with the proceeds going to help support Chamber Events for the Community in 2016.

Over 70 Vendor Booths, Live Music, Yummy Food, Parade, Crab Derby, Beer Garden, Ducky Derby and more! Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic way to say Goodbye to this Awesome summer we’ve had? Come on out and join us & our Community in celebrating a great summer season in Birch Bay!

We would like to thank our Sponsors, for without whom, none of this would be possible!

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*Formerly Birch Bay Discovery Days

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Chamber Luncheon & Member Appreciation Day!!! AUGUST 20th 11:30am

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32nd Annual Sandsculpture Competition – July 18 & 19

Last Weekend we held the 32nd Annual Sand Sculpture Competition. It was a gorgeous weekend, perfect for playing in the sand. We had a great turnout in both competitors and spectators. Below are the winners of this years competition, and be sure to scroll down to the bottom for some great video footage of the event.
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Saturday, July 18th
Category: Family/Group (10 people or less)
1st Place: Team McJames
                  Pompei Volcano
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2nd Place: The Behnke Family
                    Locomotive
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3rd Place: Kispiox Kids
Castaway Island
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Category: High School Cash for College
1st Place: Kingston High School
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2nd Place: Lynden Christian High School
Baseball Rocks
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3rd Place: Squalicum High School
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Category: Youth Division
1st Place: Christopher Benard
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2nd Place: Abigail Attwell
3rd Place: Miss Holly & Ivy Annabell
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Sunday, July 19th
Category: Masters Division
1st Place: Holiday Shores
Mermaid
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2nd Place: Lisa & Rose Kent
The Guardian (Dragon)
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3rd Place: Elle & Olivia
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Category: Individual Division
1st Place: Justine Dodge
                  Dragon
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2nd Place: Beach Monkeys
Four Seasons Castle
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3rd Place: Marjory Thompson
                   Crab Artillery
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Category: Business Division
1st Place: Organized Confusion
Company: Files your Life
                   Budda Love
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2nd Place: NW Shippers
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And don’t forget to check out our Event Video & Event
Interviews by clicking the links below.
Don’t forget our next event : ROLLBACK WEEKEND AUGUST 1 & 2
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A Night at the Slides Night Fundraiser for BBMF – THIS FRIDAY

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Beach Clean Up – July 5th

4th-of-July-PostcardPlease help clean up the shoreline and Birch Bay Drive road-sides on Sunday, July 5th.

Sign in at the Birch Bay Chamber Visitor’s Center and pick up bags!  Please stack your bags of trash along side the beach garbage cans or on Birch Bay Drive off of the enhanced shoulder.

The Sheriff’s Work Crew will pick up the garbage on Monday morning, July 6th.

Paul Razore of SSC is pporting our community and donating “the haul” of several tons of garbage which will be collected.  Whatcom County is paying for the delivery and rent of the dumpster and the dump fee.

Big thank you to all participants!

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Beat the Heat and Celebrate the 4th of July weekend at Birch Bay Waterslides

Beat the Heat this 4th of July holiday with a fun filled weekend at Birch Bay Waterslides.
Fun activities for the whole family!

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4th of July – Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Clean – BURN BAN ALERT ADDED

It is extremely dry this year and the following came in from our local fire department.

ALERT…..Please be advised of the following:
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The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is increasing outdoor burning restrictions beginning at noon today.  These restrictions means that ALL outdoor burning, including recreational fires are banned completely until further notice.  Barbecues of all types are still allowed, but must be used safely.  This is in conjunction with the State DNR and Governor’s Office due to fire danger, and dry conditions that don’t show any sign of letting up.

The Birch Bay Community is advised to be vigilant. Have your garden hose available and be on the watch for grass and brush fires due to fireworks.  The fire danger is high so be safe and sane of the 4th of July!

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Again this year, a great timeless, awareness piece written by John Gargett. Thanks, John!
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4th-of-july-desktop-backgroundsThe 4th of July in Birch Bay is certainly an eagerly anticipated event by people who love fireworks.  However, not everyone loves fireworks, they can be dangerous to people and pets, noisy and pollute our bay.  Let’s remember that while fireworks are part of the 4th of July, that they should be used with care and responsibly.

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Again this year Birch Bay will have a strong presence of our Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and our Fire Department.  There will be a command center on the beach in the middle of the bay, officers will be patrolling on foot, as well as in vehicles, and the fire department will be staging equipment in several locations.  Their primary job is to help ensure public safety.  In this NWFRLogoregard, they will be on the lookout for intoxication, open use of liquor in public areas, illegal fireworks, as well as responding to incidents should they arise.

All of us have a role in helping ensure we have a 4th of July that is focused on family, friends and safe use of fireworks:

  • Know the laws. Communities typically have different fireworks ordinances; check the fireworks safety website for a complete breakdown of local laws and regulations.
  • Avoid illegal fireworks. Licensed retailers are only allowed to sell legal fireworks. Check with local police or fire departments to determine which fireworks are permitted and visit the Fireworks Ban or Restricted Sales/Use list for statewide sales and discharge periods.
  • Exercise safety. Never place any body parts directly over fireworks when lighting and ensure that proper adult supervision is available when children are involved.
  • Be prepared. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a mishap; read instructions and warning labels carefully before igniting.
  • Don’t pollute. When festivities are over, clean up the area; pour water over extinguished fireworks to prevent fire and dispose of litter properly.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office also has provided two great information sheets produced by the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau that you can print out and use to help guide you on the safe use of fireworks:

  1. Fireworks Safety Do’s and Don’ts
  2. Fireworks Stand List of Legal and Illegal Fireworks

While fireworks in Birch Bay are legal (See hours below), remember to:

  1. Be Aware of yourself, family, friends as well as those around you.
  2. Be Safe by being responsible with fire works:
    1. Have a bucket of water or hose available.
    2. Assist the Fire Department and Sheriff if needed.
    3. Do not use fireworks if you have been drinking.
    4. Keep a clear distance from others when using fireworks.
  3. Be Clean by removing all used fireworks from the beach and putting in your garbage, and on the morning of the 5th, walk the beach and pick up debris.

Have a safe and enjoyable family 4th of July, and please, also remember that the 4th of July is also a time to reflect on the importance of the day as part of our Nation’s history.

RCW 70.77.395 (State Law) – Fireworks sales and discharge laws. Dates and times common fireworks may be sold or discharged.

Date
Sales Period
Discharge Period
June 28th
12 p.m. (noon) to 11 p.m.
12 p.m. (noon) to 11 p.m.
June 29th to July 3rd
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
July 4th
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
July 5th
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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