Blossomtime Parade

Blossomtime Parade
Thank you for making the 2015 Blossomtime Parade presented by Camel Safari  a huge success!  In spite of the weather, thousands of you lined the streets for the annual parade.  A great big thank you also goes out to all who participated in the parade.  Without your endless hours of building floats, practicing dance routines, polishing those antique cars and fire trucks, band rehearsals etc...the parade wouldn't be the anticipated community event that it is!
The 2015 Grand Marshal was Joe Moser.  Thank you, Joe, for your service to our country!

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

High School Marching Bands:
   First Place "A"
        Mount Baker High School
   First Place "AA"
        Bremerton High School
   First Place "AAA"
        Marysville Pilchuck High School
   Best Drumline
​        Bellingham High School
    Best Drum Major
         Squalicum High School
    Best Drill Team
         Ferndale High School
    Best Dance Team
         Bremerton High School
    Best Cheer Squad
          Bellingham High School
Ralph Pauley Award for Best Nonprofit Band Performance
     Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums
Best Equestrian Costume or Novelty
     Daughters of Norway
Best Draft Horse Hitch
     Historic Fairhaven Association
Best Equestrian
     Camel Safari
Best Equestrian Group
     Historic Fairhaven Association
Best Clean-up Crew
     Camel Safari
Best Green Float
     Bellingham Mayor kelli Linville & Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws' Pedal Party
Best Memorial Day Theme Float
     Whatcom County Marine Corps League Detachment 1335
County Executive's Award for Best Themed Float
     Fircreek and ASA: Every Kid Deserves a Hero
Chamber of Commerce Award for Best Commercial Float
     Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
Mayor's Award for Best Decorated Nonprofit Float
     American Sikhs of Whatcom County/       Gurmat Khalsa Punjabi School
Grand Sweepstakes Award for the Most Outstanding Float
     Deming Log Show

Best Fire Truck
      Bellingham Fire Department
Best Law Enforcement Vehicle
     Western Washington University
John C. Burley Award for Best Military or Fraternal Entry
     Albert J. Hamilton Post #7, The American Legion, Bellingham, WA
Best Antique Car
     Gomer Owens' Antique Model A 1930 Coupe
Best Antique Truck
     Bornstein Seafoods' 1910 REO Delivery Wagon
Best Decorated Car
     Port of Bellingham
Best Association/Car Club Presentation
     Gear Heads of Whatcom County
Best Car Club Spirit
     4th Corner Elites
Best Motorcycle
     Albert J. Hamilton Post #7, The American Legion, Bellingham, WA
Best Novelty
     Bellingham Sea Hawkers Booster Club
Best Themed Walking Group
    Northwest ballet Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty
Most Enthusiastic Group
Filipino American Association

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Jr Ski to Sea

Jr Ski to Sea

The Junior Ski to Sea Race presented by Haggen Northwest Fresh is an annual community event organized and hosted by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  It is for participants who are in 3rd grade or older.

Each year, six-member teams register to participate in a five-leg race consisting of running, three-legged race, biking, soccer and an obstacle course. Check out the course maps here.

The Jr. Ski to Sea Race, held at Lake Padden Park, provided lots of fun for over 800 participants!

Check out photos and past competitors on the Jr. Ski to Sea Fan Page.

The 2015 Junior Ski to Sea Parade presented by Haggen Northwest Fresh was held on Friday, May 15.

Awards were given in several different categories. Congratulations to the following winners!

Grand Prize-Catch the Son Preschool

Best Pet- Kristin Uhrig with Jack the Husky

Best Large Float- Fircreek Day Camp 

Best Small Float- Perch and Play and The PlaySchool​

Best Walking Group- Geneva Elementary School 

Best Decorated Bike- Happy Hero Babies

Best Novelty/Most Unique- Bellingham Ballet Presents: Peter Pan

The 4 Judges Awards went to- the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County, the United States Coast Guard, Whatcom Museum, and Interfaith Community Health Center

1st Place Band- Ferndale Middle School

2nd Place Band- Blaine Middle School

3rd Place Band- Meridian Middle School

Haggen Family 4th of July

Haggen Family 4th of July

July 4th at Zuanich Park
Festivities begin at 11am.  Fireworks at sunset!

For nearly two decades, the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry has partnered with Haggen Northwest Fresh and the Port of Bellingham to provide the community its fireworks display.

The festival includes vendor and craft booths, live bands and old-time games for the kids. At 2pm, the beer garden opens!  This is the place to be on July 4th!  There is something for everyone in the family.  And new this year, we're adding a Hoop it Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament, sponsored by Haggen!

Old-time games begin at 11 a.m. Activities will include a water balloon toss, watermelon rolling, sack races and a scavenger hunt. 

They'll be lots of food vendors so stay tuned for the complete list!  If you're interested in a vendor booth, click here for the application!!

KISM 92.9 and KAFE 104.1 will be broadcasting live from the festival!  Stop by and say hello to your favorite radio personality!!

Bellair Charters will provide shuttles for anyone who wants to park at the lot at the corner of F Street and Roeder.  There will be designated handicap parking on site.

This event will be at Zuanich Point Park from 11:00am – 10:30pm.  Live performances begin at 2:15pm - 10:30pm. The beer garden will be open from 2:00pm - 11:00pm. The fireworks are set to go off at sunset (approximately 10:30pm). 

Gather your friends and family at your favorite location and enjoy the show!

Chamber Speaker Series

Chamber Speaker Series

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce strives to serve its members and the business community by providing educational speeches and seminars.  Our goal is to gather together people who represent an issue to discuss it in a factual and logical manner.  As a Chamber of Commerce, we believe it is our responsibility to offer the community an opportunity to hear all sides of an issue so that they can make decisions based on the facts and facilitate factually-based discussions.   We want to be a conduit through which the community can obtain information, drive discussions and make their own decisions.
The Chamber Speaker Series allows you to keep up on current events and topics of interest locally, regionally and statewide.  Business owners, HR professionals, marketers and small businesses will find these topics helpful as they are designed to educate and inform about subjects that are relevant to you-our local business community.
The Speaker Series is open to the public.  The cost of admission is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.  The price of admission includes a meal.

The upcoming Speaker Series speeches include:

State of the City and State of the County Addresses
Featuring Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Bellingham Golf & Country Club