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74th Annual

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Chamber’s welcome................................ 4 Festival history........................................6 Schedule of events..................................7 Strawberry shortcake..............................8 Recipe for strawberry shortcake..............7 Festival map............................................9 Recipe for Lemon Cheesecake Bars....... 10 Recipe for Field Greens with Oranges, . Strawberries and Vanilla Vinaigrette.... 10 Firecracker Invite & Fireworks...............11 The Grand Parade................................ 12 Berry Dairy Days Fun Run.................... 13 Salmon BBQ......................................... 13 Festival in the Park............................... 14 Berry Cool Car Show............................ 15

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lease join with us June 16 – 19 as we celebrate Burlington’s agricultural and dairy industries during the 74th annual Berry Dairy Days Festival. We want to thank United General Hospital for presenting the festival. Each year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Burlington, is proud to welcome the community to this growing event. Berry Dairy Days began 74 years ago when the Burlington Fire Department started a festival to honor the agricultural and dairy industries of Skagit Valley. As the years have gone by, more activities and events have been added, while organizers have been careful to preserve the favorite events of years past. This year will be no exception! Family-friendly, fun events will keep you and your family

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Skagit Publishing | entertained throughout this four-day festival. Strawberry shortcake will be available in many locations around town, including Fairhaven Avenue in front of the Canton restaurant and at the Festival in the Park at Maiben Park. In addition, shortcake can be found at the fireworks show on Friday night at Skagit River Park and the Skagit Speedway Dirt Cup. We are grateful for the generous donation of time from the Burlington-Edison High School Cheerleaders, who will once again serve this great shortcake. Be sure to check out the extensive schedule of events included in this year’s program; you’re sure to find an event for everyone! Linda Fergusson, President/CEO Burlington Chamber of Commerce


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ome 74 years ago, when Burlington was just a little town, the volunteer firefighters needed some money to keep things going. They came up with an event they named the Strawberry Festival. In those days, the festival was more about the carnival, the gambling and the parade, said Duane Stowe, who has only missed a few of the events in his 81 years. The firefighters brought in a carnival for a week and set it up next to the old firehouse. They moved the firetrucks out of the Fire Hall and turned it into what was essentially a gambling hall. Stowe recalls how the children would peek into the old Fire Hall where sawdust had been laid out on the floor for what they called the “slippery gulch.” “All these guys would be in there playing cards, drinking beer,” he said. “They were having quite a time.” And the events provided enough revenue to run the station for the whole year, Stowe said. The carnival and the gambling have since been retired, but have been replaced with even more events aimed at appealing to different people. Two important elements have endured: the Grand Parade and the strawberry shortcake. Back then, the shortcake came in the form of one huge strawberryand-cream-covered cake made by a local bakery. And it was served up for free. “It was huge. It was good. Everybody liked it, and the price was right,” Stowe said. These days, portions are sold

for a reasonable $3 each as part of a fundraiser for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington-Edison High School cheerleaders. Sakuma Brothers berry growers provide the strawberries, and Haggen provides the cakes and whipped cream. One big change for the festival came a couple of decades after it began, when the firefighters handed the event over to the Chamber of Commerce. By then, the city had expanded enough to have paid firefighters who really didn’t have the time to organize an event that had grown in size with the city’s population, Stowe said. The chamber changed the festival’s name to Berry Dairy Days to honor both the berry and dairy farmers of the area. Over time, the number of farmers has diminished, but some remain. And so has the tradition of the Berry Dairy Days festival. “It’s a small-town affair, not a big polished extravaganza. But we get folks from all over,” Stowe said. “It’s still exciting.” And because the festival has continued for so long, Stowe said,

“People who moved away come back because they can see all their friends … It’s really fun to be out on the street and see all the people who walk by. It’s what you call a real community festival.” | Skagit Publishing

Schedule of events Thursday, June 16 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Strawberry shortcake booth Canton parking lot 423 E. Fairhaven Avenue

Friday, June 17 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Strawberry shortcake booth Canton parking lot, Fairhaven Avenue 5-9 p.m. Burlington-Edison Kiwanis 62nd annual Fred Stump Memorial Salmon Barbecue, mobile vendors, strawberry shortcake Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit St. 7:45 p.m. Buckaroo Blues Band Skagit River Park

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Dusk City Of Burlington fireworks show presented by Skagit State Bank Skagit River Park

Saturday, June 18 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. start time Skagit Runners — Berry Dairy Days 10K and 2-Mile Fun Run Downtown, Oak Street and Fairhaven Avenue 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Strawberry shortcake booth Canton parking lot, Fairhaven Avenue

Noon to 6 p.m. Festival in the Park • Live music • Pony rides by Skagit Ford Subaru • Haggen Kids fun zone • Skagit Farmers Supply petting farm • Vendors – craft, retail & food • Strawberry shortcake booth • Dog show, “Gone to the Dogs” Maiben Park

Sunday, June 19 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Berry Cool Car Show Fairhaven Avenue

11 a.m. Grand Parade Fairhaven Avenue 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Kiwanis salmon barbecue Burlington Community/Senior Center in Maiben Park 1011 E. Greenleaf Ave.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Strawberry shortcake booth Canton parking lot, Fairhaven Avenue

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little cake, some lucious strawberries and a sweet cream topping. Strawberry shortcake is the official food of the Berry Dairy Days festival, part of the event’s 74-yearlong tradition. Tradition also dictates that it’s served by local cheerleaders. So, the Burlington-Edison High School cheerleaders and some of their parents will be on hand to dish up and sell shortcakes at several locations during the four-day festival. The cakes are sold for $3 each. The cheerleaders will get a portion of the proceeds from the sales, and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce will also benefit, using proceeds for chamber operations and events, said the chamber’s office director, Lisa Swanberg. The cheerleaders use their part of the proceeds for cheer camps, clinics and uniforms. But that’s really a secondary reason they go every year, according to one cheer mom. “The first and foremost reason we do it is the community service — just being out there in the community,” said Karrie McCrea, cheer booster president of the B-E High cheerleaders. “The money is appreciated, but I think the real big part is the community aspect of it.” For this new group of cheerleaders, this project has another special meaning. It’s their first public appearance as a new squad. “So it’s exciting,” McCrea said.

Skagit Strawberry Shortcake Berries 2 quarts fresh strawberries 1/2 cup sugar or to taste 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Wet Ingredients Generous 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 3 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon vanilla

Slice strawberries and toss with the sugar and lemon juice. Let them “juice up” while you make the shortcake. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan or baking sheet and cover with sugar. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until it comes together. Let rest for 5 minutes. Tip the dough onto a floured board and knead a few times or until it holds together. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan. Brush with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden

(Serves 8)

Dry Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup bread flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Topping 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla brown. Cut into 8 pieces when it has cooled slightly. Alternatively, gently roll the dough into an 8x8 square and cut into 8 smaller squares. Bake squares on a greased and sugared baking sheet for about 15 minutes. For the topping, whip cream with the sugar and vanilla by hand or with an electric beater until thick but not stiff.  Cut the cake squares in half and place the bottom half on each plate. Spoon half the berries over the cake, set the other half on top and cover with the rest of the berries. Top with whipping cream and enjoy. Courtesy of Suzanne Butler


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Lemon Cheesecake Bars Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Refrigerate Time: 4 hours Makes 24 servings Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons flour 1 1/2 teaspoons pure lemon extract 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 eggs 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter and ginger. Press firmly onto bottom of foil-lined 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to use. 2. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add milk, flour and extracts; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust. 3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack.


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4. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Lift out of pan onto cutting board. Cut into bars. Garnish as desired. Store leftover bars in refrigerator. Berry Topping: Garnish top of cheesecake with 4 cups assorted berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries and raspberries. Brush berries with 3 tablespoons currant or apple jelly, melted and cooled slightly. Flavor Variations: Prepare as directed. Use 1 1/2 teaspoons pure orange extract or 2 teaspoons raspberry extract in place of the lemon extract. Nutritional Information per Serving: 198 calories, Fat 14g, carbohydrates 15g, cholesterol 63mg, sodium 159mg, fiber 0g, protein 3g

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Field Greens with Oranges, Strawberries and Vanilla Vinaigrette Prep Time: 20 minutes Makes 6 servings Vinaigrette: 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground Salad: 1 package (6 ounces) field greens or baby spinach leaves 2 seedless oranges, peeled and sectioned 2 cups strawberry halves or slices 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces 1. For the vinaigrette, mix all ingredients in small bowl with wire whisk until well blended. 2. Toss greens with oranges, strawberries and pecans in large bowl. (Or divide among individual serving plates.) Serve with vinaigrette. Nutritional Information per Serving: 231 calories, fat 19g, carbohydrates 13g, cholesterol 0mg, sodium 208mg, fiber 3g, protein 2g Source: McCormick | Skagit Publishing

Since they were brought together during Berry Dairy Days four years ago, they’ve become a winning team — fireworks and soccer.

For the fourth year in a row, the NW Fireworks Invitational tournament will coincide with Berry Dairy Days festivities, including the fireworks display, music and other entertainment in Skagit River Park Friday evening. More than 200 teams are expected to converge again this year on the soccer fields for the secondlargest annual soccer tournament in the state, said Todd Stauber, tournament director. The arrangement to have the soccer tournament on the same weekend as Berry Dairy Days has benefited both the city of Burlington


Berry Dairy Days | June 2011 and the tournament, Stauber said. “There’s no other tournaments you’re going to find bringing in live bands and the fireworks show,” Stauber said. “I have a lot of return teams every year, religiously, because they have such a good time.” That good time adds up to millions of dollars generated by the 10,000 to 12,000 people who come for the tournament and stay in the Burlington area for the weekend, said Loren Cavanaugh, Burlington Parks and Recreation director. “It’s a huge deal for Burlington,” Cavanaugh said. Boys’ and girls’ soccer teams from as far away as Calgary, Alberta, compete in premier, select and competitive levels from the age groups of U-12 to U-19. Games begin late Friday afternoon and then continue from about 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and

Sunday. Many of the players look forward to the festivities that begin at about 7:30 p.m. Friday evening in Skagit River Park, Stauber said. The evening includes local, luscious strawberry shortcake, music by the Buckaroo Blues Band, salmon from the Kiwanis salmon barbecue, kids’ games and, of course, the celebrated fireworks display over the river at dusk. The Berry Dairy Days fireworks display is one of the best attended in the region because it’s one of the first of the season, Cavanaugh said. The fireworks show usually lasts about 18 minutes. “It is pretty cool, just because of the area, the vendors, the band, and we’ve got such large field space, and they (the fireworks) go right off the dike, so they’re already elevated and easy to see,” he added.






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or several years, organizers of the Berry Dairy Days Grand Parade down Fairhaven Avenue have been waffling over direction: Should the parade travel east to west, like in the old days, or the opposite direction? Turns out heading west was not the best, and this year, the parade that begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, is heading east again, said Lisa Swanberg, Burlington Chamber of Commerce office director. “Everybody just liked it better that way,” Swanberg said. Parade watchers like to follow the parade eastbound along Fairhaven where it ends in Maiben Park and in time for the Festival in the Park that begins there at noon. About 30 entries had signed up by press time, but organizers say they usually end up with about 80. Many of the entrants don’t sign up until the last minute. Expect to see the usual favorites marching or riding on and waving from colorful floats, including the Burlington-Edison High School Dance Team, the Burlington Fire Department, Fred Meyer, Skagit Speedway, the 4-H clubs, Norm Nelson Potato Shed, the Burlington Public Library and Shakespeare Northwest. Entry fees are $25 and $15 for nonprofit organizations, Swanberg said. Organizers estimate that thousands of people come out to find a good spot along both sides of Fairhaven Avenue to view the parade that typically lasts about an hour and a half. “People are lined up on both sides three to four deep all the way down Fairhaven,” Swanberg said. And luckily, viewers have been spared the rain, she added. | Skagit Publishing



hether you’re an avid runner or more of an occasional jogger, this year’s Berry Dairy Days Run has something for you. The half-marathon, 10K and 2mile run will be held on Saturday, June 18. Day-of-race fees are as follows: • Half-marathon: $35 • 10K: $20 • 2-mile: $15 Pre-register by June 14 for a $5 discount. Entry fees do not include T-shirt. Those cost $15. Race registration begins at 7 a.m. with the half-marathon start at 8:30 a.m., while the 10K and 2-mile start at 9 a.m. The race begins at 504 E. Fairhaven. Results will be announced after each race with half-marathon results announced at 11 a.m. The half-marathon runs along the scenic Skagit River Dike. Both the half-marathon and the 10K are certified by USA Track and Field. Go to for more information. Register at or in person in Mount Vernon at Skagit Running Co. at 702 S. First St. or in Bellingham at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St.

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“It’s a great fundraiser for us,” said Todd LeHecka, the club’s past president. “It goes to the youth of the community — scholarships mostly, and we donate money to different causes in the community.” Last year, the club was able to install a new barbecue pit at Skagit River Park that was built with money Kiwanians raised. Bellingham Cold Storage provides the Johnstone Strait Alaska bright salmon at a great discount, LeHecka said. Then the Kiwanis members do the rest. “We fillet the fish, we bring it down on ice, we put it on the barbecue, then we cook it, then we serve it,” he said. It isn’t just about good food and raising money, though, both LeHecka and current club President Les Tohe Fred Stump Memorial karchuk said. Barbecue is making its 62nd “It’s all about having fun and appearance at this year’s Berry serving the community at the same Dairy Days festival. time,” Tokarchuk said. On the menu: salmon, baked The salmon dinners will be availpotato, cole slaw, bread, dessert and able on Friday night and Saturday a beverage. The barbecue is a major fundrais- at the soccer fields at Skagit River er for the Burlington-Edison Kiwanis Park, and also Saturday at Maiben Club — an event the group started in Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1949 to raise money for a commuTickets are $12 for adults, and $6 nity center. for children younger than 12.

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o, really it has, and organizers are thrilled and expect visitors to have a barkin’ good time during the festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in Maiben Park. Organizers extended this year’s festival by two hours to accommodate some changes and adjust to the popularity of the event. Along with other activities that have made the park festival a family favorite, this year’s event will include a “Gone to the Dogs” festivalwithin-a-festival, with a dog tricks contest, a dog costume contest and a dog-owner look-alike contest. Lisa Swanberg, Burlington Chamber of Commerce office director, said the chamber decided to coordinate the dog contests after seeing similar contests on a segment of a show that aired on Animal Planet. “We’re always trying to add and grow and attract a different audience,” Swanberg said. “There are a lot of dog lovers out there, and we thought, ‘Let’s give this a try.’” Entry in the dog events is $2 per animal or a bag of food that will go toward two of the county’s leading dog organizations, Saving Pets One at a Time and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. “We are always eager to participate in any food drives for the

animals here,” said Sandy Nelson, Humane Society director. The Humane Society has set up a booth during Berry Dairy Days for the past few years, and plans to again this year, she said. Also new to Festival in the Park this year, organizers have set up both large and small entertainment stages so they can provide more entertainment all day, Swanberg said. While a band is taking a break on the big stage, another performer can hop on the small stage and keep the fun going, Swanberg said. As usual, the festival will include plenty of live musical and family entertainment, pony rides hosted by Skagit Ford Subaru, a kids “fun zone,” with games and crafts, a petting farm, vendors, crafts, food booths, the Kiwanis salmon barbecue and, of course, a strawberry shortcake booth, Swanberg said.

schedule What: Berry Dairy Days Festival in the Park When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18 Where: Maiben Park, 1011 E. Greenleaf Ave., between Skagit and Regent streets Features: Food vendors, live music and entertainment, crafts, children’s games, retail vendors, pony rides, a petting farm, the “Gone to the Dogs” show and strawberry shortcake. Cost: $2 entry fee or bag of dog food for the dog show; pony rides by donation. Strawberry shortcake and salmon barbecue will be sold. | Skagit Publishing

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ot a classic 1950s street rod to show? How about chromeand-colorful Corvette? Bring them on down to the Berry Cool Car Show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, where you can show off your classic “baby” and view a wide variety of other vehicles. This is the 10th year for the car show that started as a small affair with about 30 cars during the Berry Dairy Days Parade and has grown enough to warrant an event of its own. It’s turned into the favorite Father’s Day event, said Garnor Bensen, an organizer and member of the North Cascades Street Rod Association and the Skagit Old Car Club that both host the show. About 200 vehicles are expected to line up along Fairhaven Avenue. Expect to see a little bit of everything, from the nappy dented “rat rod” to the expensive, custom classic Cadillac, Bensen said. Car club members from across the region love to mingle and see what other classic car lovers have done to their vehicles, Bensen added.

“Most of these street rods, you’re talking $50,000 to $70,000 that the owner have invested in them,” Bensen said. He plans to show up — as always — in his beloved 1959 red Thunderbird convertible. Participants and their vehicles can compete for prizes in nine categories based on age — 1930s and older; ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and newer, trucks, Corvettes and foreign vehicles — with first, second and third-place prizes awarded for each category. The entry fee is $15, and the first 150 entries will receive dashboard

plaques, Bensen said. The hosts use the profits from the show to support a scholarship at Skagit Valley College, he added. The Berry Cool Car Show is considered a “kick-off” for the summer car show circuit in the region, attracting plenty of people from all over northwestern Washington, Bensen said. He said he’s enjoyed the way the show has blossomed in recent years. While he anticipates around 200 vehicles, he said any more than that, and the event can get out of hand. Weather plays a big part in how many people show up, he said.

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Burlington, WA's 74th annual week-long celebration of the berry and dairy industries in Skagit County.