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Hot air balloons to be part of this year’s Old Settlers Picnic celebration in Ferndale

FERNDALE, Wash. — After canceling last year’s Old Settlers Picnic celebration, this year’s, while still restrained by COVID-19 government mandates, will still impress according to organizers.

Whatcom Old Settlers Association President Lynda Lucas told Whatcom News the theme of this year’s 2-day event is “Celebrating 125 years of memories.” It is held each year in Pioneer Park, around the historic slab cedar log cabins that have been relocated from various locations around Whatcom County.

Special bouquets will be presented to the oldest male and female Whatcom residents.

Throughout the 2-day event there will be entertainment, kids’ activities, food and craft vendors, a beer garden and wagon rides through Ferndale.

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Friday, July 23rd, will be a “Senior Day” with local entertainers Matt Audette & the Circle of Friends, country singer and yodeler Al Ulrich, pianist Roger Quiggle, songs by Howard and Sandy Andreason and heartwarming music by “Reminisce” singers, Alan & Carol Linde. Friday night’s entertainment will be Whatcom County country rock band, “Southbound.”

Saturday’s, July 24th, entertainment will include the Free Rain band from Issaquah along with other entertainers and a yet-to-be announced dance band at 8:00 PM Saturday night.

Saturday evening’s entertainment will include a hot air balloon glow, something not seen in Ferndale for over a decade. Lucas has crewed on balloons at several events around the US and said she was able to connect with balloonist friends to help make this happen. “Our fabulous hot air balloon friends from near and far are coming back,” Lucas said.

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The balloonists are scheduled to begin setting up about 7:30pm Saturday and a “musical glow” will begin at dusk (about 8:10pm) and last about 45 minutes. “This is something people from outside the park will be able to see,” Lucas added.

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Not able to be offered this year due to government mandates is the Grand Parade and Junior Parade. Options are still being considered for having the authentic furnished historic slab cedar log cabins open for people to see and experience pioneer life as they have been able to during past Old Settlers Picnic events.

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