By Billy Brown
Thousands of visitors and residents in the Birch Bay and Blaine communities “joined the fun” in Birch Bay in 2016.
The Birch Bay Chamber Visitor’s Center continues to be the busy hub of our community. “The purpose of the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) is to promote, encourage and coordinate cooperation and civil exchange between all elements of the community, and to promote, enhance and advocate for the civic, commercial, economic, recreational and general welfare interests of the Birch Bay area.”
A total 9,700 visitors registered at the visitor’s center and over 162,000 tourism contacts were made.
The BBCC sponsored seven events in 2016. Five of the annual events were held in the new beach park on the shoreline in Birch Bay. A new event last June was an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records with the longest parade of Subarus. The record held by Russia was 549 Subarus. We fell short by 28 cars but now hold the record in the United States! The event was fun for all… you can watch the parade on Birch Bay Drive on YouTube.
The Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Competition and the second annual Rollback Weekend featuring classic cars were attended by thousands. Discover Birch Bay Days in August was especially fun with wood carvers creating masterpieces from cedar in the new Beach Park. An auction was held on Sunday and many went home with new art for their yards. BBCC events would not be possible without the cooperation of a wonderful team of sponsors, volunteers, businesses and the chamber board.
2017 looks like an exciting year in Birch Bay with the groundbreaking of the Pedestrian Promenade and Shoreline Restoration Project.