LYNDEN, Wash. — Lynden Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gary Vis said today, April 28th, they have decided to cancel the 2021 Lynden Farmers Day Parade and Northwest Raspberry Festival.
So today, following an open, candid and very pleasant conversation between Mayor Scott, the Governor’s Senior Advisor, the Governor’s Representative, and myself, in which all parties shared their views honestly and openly, I made a recommendation to the Board of Directors of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, after which they made the extremely difficult and emotional decision to cancel both of these great community celebrations. This option was not reached lightly, with every avenue having been explored, and innumerable alternative options offered and considered. These men and women did what they didn’t want to do, in the best interest of our community.Lynden Chamber of Commerce announcement (April 28, 2021)
Vis said the current event guidance from the State of Washington was “simply not achievable.” Limitations on allowable spectator numbers, combined with “an inability to enforce those limitations, and our own hesitancy to take action with our visitors, even if we could, it was 100% certain we would be in violation of the guidance, in numerous areas.”