Another great year
By Pam Christianson
2004 was another great year for the Blaine Chamber of Commerce. Our fourth annual Bite of Blaine set a record with over 300 people in attendance. The food was wonderful and we are looking forward to another great evening when we have the fifth annual Bite of Blaine on February 21.
The chamber is also proud to provide the flags that fly downtown from Memorial Day until the end of September. This year we replaced approximately half of the flags, with the other half to be replaced in 2005. Even though they are considered “all weather” flags they need to be replaced every two years.
We had our annual July 1 Toast Across the Border with the White Rock-South Surrey Chamber of Commerce in Peace Arch Park. As usual, this event was a great deal of fun, bringing together chamber members from both sides of the border.
This year, Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration was even bigger and better than previous years. We had double the number of vendors for our street fair and a parade that lasted for one and a half hours. Thanks to Cheryl Fisher’s efforts we had a car Show & Shine that included over 100 participants. We ended the day with our best ever fireworks show over Marine Park. Each year brings a bigger crowd to this event and we hope to keep growing it in the years to come.
Most recently, we celebrated the holiday season in downtown Blaine with our annual Christmas Lighting. Our city crew did a great job adding extra lights to the trees. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived on an antique fire truck while everyone sang Christmas carols and drank apple cider. Special thanks to Bob Gray and his eighth grade band and Andy Harmening and his choir for providing great music for all to enjoy and sing along with.
The chamber has worked with the city of Blaine to relocate our visitor’s information center. Our VIC is now located right downtown in the Pizza Factory building.
As our chamber’s membership continues to grow with the new businesses coming to our community, we look forward to another exciting year in Blaine. We would like to thank the people of Blaine for supporting our local businesses and hope to see you all in 2005!