Head out to Discovery Days
By Sam Abrams
Think back to a few hundred years ago when the Northwest was untamed wilderness. It was then that the fearless captain George Vancouver and his men engaged on a perilous adventure of discovery, came across this beautiful shore now known as Birch Bay.
Now skip forward a century or two and that same spirit of adventure is still going on today (except without the scurvy and with more snow-cones). Such is Birch Bay’s 26th Annual Discovery Days parade and festival.
The festival, which happens the third week in July every year, celebrates the discovery of Birch Bay by captain George Vancouver on June 12, 1792.
In his famous expedition to the Puget Sound, Vancouver took over 150 men aboard the “Discovery” to find new land and the elusive northwest passage, but he ended up finding and naming much of the land in the Northwest.
Remembering history is not the only reason for this festival, it is also an opportunity to have family fun, watch a parade, enjoy local food and music and shop for arts and crafts.
There will be more than 60 vendors each with their own unique creations to offer to the community, ranging from puppets to watercolor paintings to face painting booths run by Blaine high school cheerleaders, and lots of other things for the family to enjoy.
Also, keep an eye out for the local bands coming to perform such as “Steamboat Willie.”
Along with the crafts, vendors and music there will be a large variety of food available.
With options such as burgers, curly fries, wrap sandwiches, snow cones, and elephant ears., one is sure not to go hungry while they are at the festival.
The festival goes on all weekend, but the parade is only on Saturday. Local clubs and businesses and veterans will enter a float contes.
The event will also include the second annual parade of Dachshunds, antique cars, and much more.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Alderson Road and runs north along Birch Bay Drive.
The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce is the organizer of Discovery Days, and have instituted a few changes.
This year, it has been moved to a new location at the Birch Bay Home Park across from the waterslides. Also, many new floats and vendors will be making their first appearance in the festival this year.