Today marks the 125th anniversary of Lynden’s official incorporation on March 16th, 1891 — and every 25 years since the men of Lynden have undertaken a beard growing challenge. For this year’s contest, around 40 men grew out their beards and mustaches over a 42-day period, culminating in a judging session this past Saturday at the Inn at Lynden.
Categories include ‘Overall Grand Champion’, ‘Best Heritage Hair’ (for those who did not start with a clean shave) and ‘Best Clean Shave’ (for those who did).
Careful judging makes for a fun old-time tradition
Participants were judged by Rose DeGroot (owner of Fairway Cafe) and Cliff Fast (long-time barber from Cliff’s Shear Design on the corner of 9th & Front Streets). Speaking of the judging process, Lynden 125 committee chair Karen Kildall said “They had a tough job — the competition was really, really tight. But, in the end, they were able to choose our winners.”
For a week straight, snowfall pounded Lynden area like no other in the state. Freezing rain layered dangerous ice on nearly everything. Strong winds brought bone-chilling cold that piled snow in large drifts and took down ice-laden power lines and trees.
And the Lynden community responded in a big way.
As conditions worsened, residents stayed home when possible. City crews plowed roads around the clock, but it wasn’t enough. But seemingly every tractor in the area — large and small, new and old — was re-purposed to clear snow from roads and driveways.
Nick Snydar of Snydar Farms Custom Farming, pictured in the John Deere tractor above, was very active all week volunteering his time and resources. “Just did what I could to help the local farmers and neighbors we serve in the county.”
With his large tractor, Snydar focused mainly on county roads surrounding Lynden. “I know what a struggle it is for milk trucks and feed trucks to get around to the farms and the county snowplow trucks couldn’t keep up!” He even pulled out a stuck snowplow, in addition to Sheriff’s vehicle, other large farming equipment, and around a dozen cars.
Inside city limits and out, farmers could be seen day and night helping their neighbors out. The ourLynden Facebook page was filled with these stories:
1,250 feet — that’s all the way through downtown Lynden.
From the Dutch Village Mall on 7th & Front all the way to Colony House Furniture on 3rd & Front near the museum, a world-record berry shortcake will block the road on Saturday, June 4th during this year’s Farmers Day Parade.
“Since we have the world’s sweetest strawberries and shortcake is such a wonderful way to enjoy them, this will be a fun way to celebrate Lynden’s 125th anniversary”
Lynden is known for its berries, dairies, and a love of food — so the giant treat seemed like a great way to gather and celebrate as a community. Gary Vis, executive director of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, explains that the shortcake will be topped with locally grown strawberries, plus local ice cream and whipped cream. The community will then be invited to eat free servings of the strawberry shortcake.
Plenty of people should be around to help eat the shortcake, since it will be built immediately following the popular Farmers Day Parade, which draws up to 10,000 people annually. The parade, which celebrates our local agricultural heritage, will start at 10:30 a.m. and conclude around 12 noon.
“Once we’ve built the 1,250-foot shortcake, photographers and a drone will produce the documentation we need to submit to Guiness World Records,” Vis said. “Then volunteers will begin serving free strawberry shortcake to everyone who stays.”
Lynden’s popular Annual Lighted Christmas Parade is this Saturday, and the weekend is full of fun events you won’t want to miss! The 25th Annual Parade is sponsored by Edaleen Dairy, and is put on by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce. Whether this is your first time or you’ve been to all 25, you’ll be glad you went!
The below clip is from a few years ago by Lynden Tribune, to give you just a hint of what you’ll find at the Parade:
A few tips for this year’s Lighted Christmas Parade:
arrive early and allow extra time for parking — the parade seems to be more popular this year, and with moderate temperatures in the forecast it should be busy! Front Street will be closed from around 3:00pm onward so getting around town will take extra time.
dress warm (of course!) and dry — there is potential rain in the forecast (which is certainly no reason to miss this awesome parade), so a raincoat layer and umbrella on hand is a good idea.
check out one of the ‘hot spots’ provided by North County Christ the King Church — either in the Fairway Center parking lot by the church, or at the Windmill downtown, grab a cup of hot chocolate and hand warmers to stay warm!
keep a close eye on kids — while this is a wonderful event for children, it can be difficult for the drivers of the giant tractors and floats to see well, so be sure to keep your kids off the street and in your reach for the best experience!
The Lynden Chamber of Commerce members are hosting their annual “Dutch Treat” city-wide trick-or-treating for kids for Halloween today from 3-5pm. Look for the orange balloon outside of participating members!
Lyndenites who travel the Guide (who doesn’t!?) have surely noticed the construction and updates at Lynden Lube & Auto over the past several months. Owner Rob Heerspink and his team are excited to welcome the community to check out their fully revitalized space at their Grand Re-Opening & Open House this weekend (Saturday from 9am to 2pm).
The shop, which opened in 1997, was required by the State to sell a portion of their property closest to the Guide Meridian to make room for planned future lane expansion through Lynden. “What’s funny is now that we’re done with the demolition and remodel, the State doesn’t have the widening on their current schedule anymore,” Rob shared. Nonetheless, with the major remodel behind them, Lynden Lube now has more space than ever to perform everything from basic oil changes to complete automotive and engine repair.
The building was originally a Studebaker dealer in the 1930’s, and then was home to Milt’s Market in the 60’s (Milt’s Pizza was opened behind the current Lynden Lube building).
“Our perspective is to make lemonade on lemons,” explained Rob, who took over the business with his wife Cheryl in 2009. When the State approached them, they could have chosen to simply downsize the highway-facing portion of their building, but instead used the opportunity to expand, having outgrown their previous footprint.
The 25th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade this last weekend lit up thousands of smiles!
From Fairway Center down Front Street through Downtown Lynden, more than 40 well-lit floats including everything from classic tractors to modern farming equipment, ATVs to horse-drawn carriages, passed thousands of onlookers on Saturday evening, December 5th. Light rain and relatively warm temperatures (compared to past years) provided a great setting for this year’s parade, sponsored by Edaleen Dairy and put on by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce.
HOEK Photography of Lynden provided us lots of great parade pictures to enjoy! While every float isn’t included, these twenty pictures provide a wonderful glimpse into the evening. Click the gallery pictures below and arrow through them to enjoy! (Then, continue reading for a bit more story).
Today is a holiday celebrated across the country with the main focus being Thankfulness. Families and friends will gather in Lynden today over tables with copious amounts of delicious food. Many with history in Lynden will make the trek home to join family here, while others will make the trek away to join family elsewhere.
Regardless of your particular circumstance this Thanksgiving, it is our hope and prayer that you can find much to be thankful for this year. It may sound strange to focus on being thankful if you’re in a season of difficulty, but it is truly like medicine for the soul.