Looking back to when sunny skies drew approximately 1,000 employees and friends to the annual Lynden Picnic this past summer. Barbecued salmon was on the menu, as usual, plus 1,000 ears of sweet corn that arrived the day before from Kallstrom Farms in Ephrata, WA. According to Sandy Hartman of LTI, Inc., drivers and office staff shucked corn for most of Friday afternoon to prepare for the big day on Saturday. "The water slides and toys were a big hit this year," Sandy says. "At 4 p.m., when the games had to come down it was hard to tell the wee ones it was over." Lillybug face painting and henna tattoos were also popular along with wagon rides, the money pit, music and more. We had a great time at this family event!
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“Although it rained the whole day, the cedar trees in the picnic area provided some cover for most of the attendees. We had around 900 people which is in line with what we have had in the past,” says Lynden Picnic Co-coordinator Kevin DeKoster of LTI, Inc. “Considering the weather I was somewhat amazed at this year’s turnout.” Those 900 people consumed 1,200 rolls, 1,000 ears of corn (husked by LTI, Inc. and Milky Way drivers, Lynden Tank welders and LTI, Inc. shop maintenance personnel) and 1,200 servings of beans and salad. Employees from all over the country come together each year in Lynden, WA to celebrate with co-workers, family and friends.
Here are some scenes from this year’s event:
LTI, Inc. Director of Safety and Compliance Jeff Kok begins preparations for over 400 pounds of salmon with Hank Jansen’s “secret” sauce to be added later. Jeff arrived around 8 a.m. and had four helpers to cook the fish.
Doug Gustafson (in cowboy hat and apron) showed up at 3 a.m. to barbecue almost 450 pounds of beef in an open fire pit. He is assisted by two Lynden Lions Club volunteers also wearing red aprons. Doug has been a part of Lynden picnics for more than 30 years.
Retired LTI, Inc. Driver Jack Bostwick (center in red sweater) volunteered as supervisor of the balloon stomp and money hunt.