Blaine artists on display at Lynden Craft Show


By Steve Guntli

The Lynden Craft and Antique Show is returning to the Northwest Washington Fair Expo Building this weekend, and several Blaine residents are getting in on the fun.

The fair has been a community staple for 29 years. On average, the show draws about 4,000 visitors over its three days, and features more than 100 vendors selling homemade crafts and vintage furniture.

“Our goal is to gather the most talented, creative vendors in the northwest,” said Judy Meixner, co-organizer for the event. “Shoppers love meeting the people who make the handcrafts and inspire them to refresh their own homes and gardens.”

One Blaine resident is using the show to launch her new cookbook. Evelyn Hoefakker’s new book, “Such Great Recipes,” features more than 90 traditional recipes designed for people with busy schedules. Hoefakker got the idea for the book after teaching a cooking class at the Lynden Academy.

“Several of my students came up to me and said I should put my recipes together in a book, so I just ran with it,” she said. “I’ve been cooking all my life. I love making people happy with food.”

After the book’s craft show debut, “Such Great Recipes” will be available at KATZ! Coffee and Used Books in Lynden, and online at If the book does well, Hoefakker is hoping to expand into other bookstores throughout the county.

In addition to Hoefakker, eight other Blaine locals will be selling their goods at the show: Cabin Antiques, Peggy Cook’s Whimsical Art, Wood-n-Stiches, Cottage Creations, Rustic Cottage Home and Garden Décor, The Flour Girl, Swanson Glass and Laura’s Creative Attic and Chocolates.

The Lynden Craft and Antique Show will run from Thursday, March 19 to Saturday, March 21. The doors open at 10 a.m. all three days. The show closes at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.  Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older and free for children under 12. Parking is free, and the price of admission grants access for all three days of the show. For a full list of vendors, visit the show’s website at

  1. So, visitors must pay for admission and, I assume, each vendor must pay or a space. Does the promoter also take a cut from sales? The real “talented and creative” people appear to be the ones who came up with the plan to make money from buyers and sellers alike.


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