Roll back to the past in Birch Bay

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By Katelyn Doggett

Prepare for a blast from the past – Birch Bay is taking a time machine to the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s with its first Rollback Weekend held on Saturday and Sunday, August 1–2.

The event is a throwback to the old days of Birch Bay, when the most popular recreational activity was to cruise the drive, said Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Carrington, whose family has lived in Birch Bay for four generations.

“Remembering and celebrating our past is important to pass on to future generations,” Carrington said. “Providing these activities is helping bring family fun back to Birch Bay.”

The event will take place along Birch Bay Drive and beach area, with local restaurants and business holding old-time specials. Live ’50s-style rock ‘n’ roll music will start at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a beer garden, vendors and a classic car show. Kafe 104.1 will be broadcasting live from the event for three hours on Saturday.

Free parking will be available  for up to 500 cars behind the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center located at 7900 Birch Bay Drive. Carrington said attendees are encouraged to dress up in ’50s, ’60s and ’70s attire in order to have fun and fit the theme.

The car show will host a variety of vintage cars with the chance to win one of 50 trophies, which are commemorative wooden surfboards. To register a car for the show, visit birchbaychamber.com/rollback-weekend. Registration is $10 and includes a commemorative dashboard plaque. The first 250 cars to register get a prime spot in the beach park, Carrington said.

The weekend is planned and coordinated by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce with help from volunteers, and sponsored by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 and local businesses.

For more information visit birchbaychamber.com/rollback-weekend or call the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce at 360/371-5004.

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