Despite the postponement of this summer’s Northwest Washington Fair (Fair) in Lynden due to health safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fair is encouraging participants of all ages to be part of “a virtual competitive exhibits event” officials said in an announcement this week.
“We’re excited to offer a vast array of competitive exhibit divisions as part of the virtual fair,” said Chris Pickering, CEO of the Northwest Washington Fair. “We’ve waived all entry fees and Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery has graciously sponsored premiums for the winners.” Results will be announced August 17th to 22nd, the previously scheduled dates for the Fair, and will include recognition across the Fair’s website and social media.
Open Class competitions include:
- Vegetables, fruits and herbs from personal gardens
- Art projects by age group
- Homemade pies, cookies, decorated cakes and other baked goods
- Fresh flowers, hanging and potted plants and flower arrangements
- Lego projects from kits and personal designs
- Needlework and quilts
- Photography of people, nature, animal and indoors
- Sewing projects with and without a pattern
- Light horse showmanship and costume
- Pets including rabbits or Guinea pigs, cats or kittens, dogs or puppies, funny pet pictures and most unique pets
There will also be 4-H and FFA competitions.
Interested participants can find more details and instruction on the NW Washington Fair’s website.
“We’re all striving to fulfill the Fair’s mission through these unprecedented times,” Pickering said. “We will continue to provide education regarding agriculture – past, present and future; experiences with positive competition; and enjoyment of wholesome entertainment, social interactions and lasting memories. We look forward to bringing everyone together in celebration just as soon as it is safe to do so.”
The decision to postpone the 2020 event to next year was announced back in May. “We’re still committed to achieving our mission, including agricultural education, competition, and bringing people together,” said Fair Manager Jim Baron said at the time.
Fair officials say the fair has only been cancelled on 2 prior occasions. It was cancelled from 1931 through 1933, during the Great Depression and from 1942 through 1945 while the United States was involved in World War II.