Whatcom County activities to celebrate fall

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By Katelyn Doggett

Fall has arrived, and it’s time to jump into celebrating the season. Check out these autumn events happening around Whatcom County.

Apple picking at Bellewood Acres

Kick off fall by picking your own apples from one of northwest Washington’s largest apple orchards. Wander through the 25,000-tree orchard on your own, or ride the Apple Bin Express train ride through the orchard, stopping at trees that are ready for picking. Pick from 20 apple varieties, including favorites such as Jonagold, Sansa, Honeycrisp and Golden Supreme.

U-pick apple season runs through early November and is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. While you’re there, visit Bellewood’s farm market, gift shop, bakery and enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Country Cafe. Additional events are held on the weekend, including a corn maze, face painting, distillery tours, live music and a fish fry on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Bellewood Acres is located at 6140 Guide Meridian in Lynden. For more information visit bellewoodfarms.com or call 360/318-7720.

Scarecrow contest

Downtown Blaine businesses and residents are invited to participate in the ninth annual Bountiful Harvest Scarecrow Tour by decorating scarecrows and spooky or fall-themed doorways, windows and porches. While the tour doesn’t begin until October 10, now is the time to get creative and get all your decorations into place. Make use of corn stalks, pumpkins, hay bales, leaves and any other material to make a unique display. The public will judge displays by voting for their favorites online.

A Gardeners Market Harvest Fair will take place at H Street Plaza on October 10 to kick off the fall season with family activities, refreshments and walking tours of the exhibits. To sign up, contact the Blaine Visitor Center at 360/332-6484 or email vic@cityofblaine.com.

Corn maze

Lynden High School Future Farmers of America is hosting its annual corn maze fundraiser on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September. The cornfield is located just south of Lynden on Hannegan Road, north of the Nooksack River Bridge. Hours are 6–10 p.m. Fridays, 2–10 p.m. Saturdays and 2–6 p.m. Sundays. After dark it becomes a flashlight maze. Prices are $6 for seventh grade and older, $4 for students in kindergarten through sixth grade and free for children 4 and under. The family rate is $18, which includes two adult and three child tickets. An adult must accompany children younger than seventh grade. For more information call Lynden High School at 360/354-4401 or visit lyndenffa.com/cornmaze.

Night market

Bellingham is holding a night market every Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m. until October 2 at the Commercial Street Plaza. Although the drive is longer, the market is full of local creativity, with something to offer everyone. Twenty unique vendors will line the plaza, including local craftspeople, artists, entertainers, musicians and food vendors. The plaza is located at 1300 Commercial Street in Bellingham. Call 360/647-7093 for more information.

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