Discover Birch Bay Days parade and festival return


Discover Birch Bay Days parade and festival will take over Birch Bay Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.

The 43rd annual festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with most events at the Birch Bay library property, 7968 Birch Bay Drive. A parade, vendor fair, live music, kids games and crab derby will be just some of the weekend activities.

The parade starts at noon and is expected to last until 1 p.m. So far, the parade has 20 sign-ups, which include everything from decked-out golf carts to classic cars, Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce event coordinator Sacha Sanguinetti said. Both lanes of the parade route, which runs along Birch Bay Drive, from Alderson Road to Harborview Road, will be closed to traffic starting at 11:30 a.m. and will reopen when the parade finishes.

A local vendor fair and Friends of Birch Bay Library (FOBBL) book sale will be all day events both festival days at the library.

On Saturday, a FOBBL hotdog and burger fundraiser will start at 11 a.m. outside of the library. Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 will have a kids obstacle course at the library 1:30-4 p.m. Billy Brown’s annual crab derby will be held 4-7 p.m. in front of The Beach Bar, 7876 Birch Bay Drive.

The rubber duck derby will start 5:30 p.m. near the mouth of Terrell Creek. Participants of the first 10 ducks to reach the bridge near The C Shop will win prizes as well as the 43rd duck and last duck, or “slacker quacker,” to reach the finish line. About 300 ducks are left to purchase at $5 for one duck, $25 for five or $50 for 10, Sanguinetti said. Ducks will be sold at the starting line if they’re not sold out.

Saturday will end with a showing of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” around 8 p.m. outside of the library.

Sunday’s festival activities will start at 9 a.m. with the FOBBL pancake breakfast at the library. A non-gambling bike and golf cart poker run will take participants to several checkpoints in Birch Bay 9-11 a.m. Participants with the best hands will win prizes. Baby Cakes will play live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library.

Prizes will include Seattle Sounders FC tickets, Birch Bay Waterslides tickets, Beach Cat Brewing gift cards and overnight stays at Silver Reef Casino Resort.

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