Food, fun and prizes will accompany the 34th annual Birch Bay Discovery Days in Birch Bay Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. The festival, which commemorates the discovery and founding of Birch Bay, will feature a parade, food and nearly 60 vendors.
Gail Walker is vice president of Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce and coordinator of the event. She said the festival is a great way to celebrate the unique environment and diversity of Birch Bay.
“We’re very much a local festival here,” Walker said. “We want all the neighbors to come out and enjoy the area.”
The festivities will kick off with a parade at 11 a.m. on July 20, starting at The C Shop at 4825 Alderson Road. The parade will feature floats, groups of cyclists, motorcyclists and Shetland ponies.
Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce president Dave Hiller expects a strong showing for the event. “Depending on the weather, we could expect between 5,000 and 8,000 unique visitors over the weekend,” Hiller said. “If it stays as nice as it’s been lately, then we should have a great turnout.”
The Ducky Derby is a highlight of the two-day event. Contestants can purchase one of 400 small rubber ducks to be released into Terrell Creek on July 21. The first ducks to cross the finish line will win a prize. This year, the Ducky Derby has been moved from its usual 10 a.m. start time to 9 a.m. to accommodate a low tide.
Walker said prizes for the Ducky Derby are still being finalized, but Hiller said participants could expect vouchers for overnight stays, passes to recreational activities and gift certificates to local restaurants.
The crafts fair will take place Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vendors for the event will range from local arts and crafts to food. Roll N’ Smoke Barbeque will provide a food truck, while Mount Baker Kettle Corn and Edaleen Dairy ice cream will supply the sweet treats.
The event is free to attend and open to all ages. For more information, contact Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center at 360/371-5004, or visit birchbaychamber.com.