Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fair is a family favorite
Hilary Parker

Family at NW Washington Fair

In my household, it just wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the Northwest Washington Fair. In fact, I don’t know if it’s me or my kids who look forward to it more! This year the fair is Aug. 14-19, 2017.

The basics

Getting there – Located north of Bellingham, in the idyllic farming town of Lynden, WA, the fairgrounds are in the heart of town. You’ll find plenty of inexpensive parking all around the fairgrounds, plus some coveted shady street parking spots. The Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) also runs buses to the fairgrounds from Bellingham, saving you money on gas and parking.

Hours & prices – The Fair is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Gate admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 62 and older and $8 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted for FREE. Carnival rides run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Most rides cost three to four tickets each and tickets cost $1.25 each purchased singly, $40 for 40 tickets; or ride-all-day wristbands for $33.

Parking at the fair is also pretty easy, and free if you park in downtown Lynden. From the downtown, you can catch a free ride to the fair with the Fair Shuttle Bus.

Some of our favorite things

Each person has their favorite attraction: the farm animals, the food, the carnival rides, so we make sure to sample a little of each.

The Small Animal Experience is always a favorite. What parent doesn’t hear “Can I touch it?” from the second you step into an animal barn? Here, you can say yes at a chance to pet kittens, rabbits and maybe even a chicken. Watching the piglets, calves and chicks, fuzzy baby alpacas and noisy geese are always so much fun! Milking game at NW Washington Fair

I’m always amazed that my children are fascinated with fiber arts, and look forward to visiting the weavers and spinners located in the sheep and goat barn. The kids love to watch the process of carding the wool, spinning it into yarn and seeing it woven on a loom. Fair visitors can even get a chance to try the spinning wheel themselves.

After eating a Moo-which (a chocolate-chip cookie ice cream sandwich) from the Whatcom County Dairy Women’s booth, and feeling appreciative of ice cream, the kids always look forward to watching milking time in the Dairy barn, and then trying their hand at “milking” in the Agricultural Adventure Area. With fun interactive exhibits such as digging for potatoes, the kids are learning about farming and agriculture without realizing it.

The Northwest Washington Fair always has so many options, it’s hard to fit everything in when little legs start to get tired out. But, here are a few more attractions worth checking out:
camels at NW Washington Fair• Watching a skilled horse and rider is an impressive sight – and it’s lot of fun to cheer on the riders as they race each other in chariots and more. Free every day in the Grandstand at noon and 5 p.m.
• A great way to cool down and get off those tired feet is the selection of free entertainment on two stages. Of course, the little ones may just get up and dance! Check the Fair guide for the entertainment line up.

The Northwest Washington Fair offers so much more than what I’ve covered here. Be sure to check out the Fair’s website for more details: www.nwwafair.com.

  • And here is where you can check to see what’s going on for the upcoming events that are happening at the fair! Like the Demolition Derby, “Fluffy” Gabriel Iglesias,  country music star and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery, annd more.


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About the Author:

Hilary Parker is a writer and editor living in Bellingham. She and her children love discovering all that Bellingham and Whatcom County have to offer.

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