Faces, places & happenings of Columbia County

Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR –  Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is an annual tradition here in Columbia County.   This year marks the 103rd year for the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.  Attending the fair provides you and your family with many opportunities for fun and a chance to see your neighbors.  You will be able to experience the Warren Grange Farm Museum, Master Gardeners Gardens, carnival rides and food, Open Exhibits that include art, canning, baked goods, floral arrangements and more, 4-H Animals demonstrations and the Youth Livestock Auction, local vendors, a plant sale, free family-friendly entertainment, a beer garden for 21 & Older, and so much more.   The Columbia County Fair & Rodeo has plenty of events to fascinate everyone in your family.

Wednesday 18th at noon marks the start of the Fair with events thru 5:00 PM on Sunday 22nd.  A few of the daily highlights include:

Wednesday 18th invites Seniors/Veterans to attend for FREE.  RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is hosting a luncheon to recognize senior volunteers followed by My Fair Lady Padget at 1:00 Pm.  Stay around to enjoy live music by local band The Decades from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.   You can entertain kids by learning about parrot species in a fun-filled, and entertaining pirate-themed show at The Pirates Parrot Show!  Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  View detailed schedule online.

Thursday 19th is Junior Rodeo/Kids Day this means free fair entrance until 3:00 PM.  Hit Machine, a local favorite band, performs from 3:00-6:00 PM.   Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  Buck Trout drives around in his little truck, his zany antics and comical stories always make a lasting impression that brings smiles and laughter to children of all ages!  Plus, a pie eating contest at 2:00 PM stick around to see The Junior Rodeo which starts at 6:00 PM.  

Friday & Saturday  – Kick off your weekend with the National Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) Rodeo Friday & Saturday night. Live music includes Brewers Grade delivers a set list that is always fresh, built around the latest Country material as well as covers for classic and outlaw country and  country sensation, Showdown.

Saturday & Sunday – Straight Up Racing’s Monster Truck show Saturday & Sunday at this years Columbia County Fair & Rodeo! Go on a ride in a monster truck before the show starts!! Admission is $20 for adult, $15 Senior/Veterans & Kids 7-17, 6 & under are free!  Fair is done at 5:00 PM.

To stay up to date, please follow the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook page and get your tickets ahead of time on their website.  You can get more information about specifics from the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo:  4-H Exhibit Information, Open Exhibits, and  Columbia County Youth Livestock. 

See you at the Fair.  #BeyondtheBurbs #fair #carnival#traditions #columbiaocountyor #shoplocal #carnivalfood #4H


Small Town 4th of July Celebrations

Columbia County, OR –  Living in a small town provides the opportunity to know your neighbors.  Communities across Columbia County have local traditions each community has a different way they participate in celebrating July 4th.

We suggest you start off your morning with a Pancake Breakfast in Scappoose from 7:30 -11:00 AM brought to you by the Scappoose Fire Department, Scappoose Volunteer Firefighters & Highway 30 Cruisers. The kids will love eating pancakes at the Fire Station.  Plus, it’s a way to meet your local community responders who are raising money for graduation scholarships.

Clatskanie has Heritage Days with a Car Show starting on June 30th so if you are a car enthusiast this is the place for you to be.  This year the committee has added quite a few new events such as a softball Game for Rainier Vs. Clatskanie, a Mustache & Beard Contest to mention a few.  Heritage Days on the 4th of July is complete with fireworks to end the evening.  For a full list of events visit the Clatskanie Heritage Days Facebook Page.

St Helens will have live music, vendors, tailgating opportunities down at the waterfront ending the evening with fireworks.  You can follow their website to stay up to date.

Vernonia is hosting The Great American Bash complete with an evening parade and fireworks hosted by Intercultural Society of Vernonia.  The parade starts at 5:00 PM with a ticketed concert to follow at Hawkins Park.  Jessie Cain LIVE in Concert Nashville’s latest up and coming country music singer/songwriter, along with the Hill Road Band, both right from Vernonia’s backwoods will perform a concert you won’t want to miss.  Get your tickets at Eventbrite.   Fireworks will follow the concert.

Rainier hosts Rainier Days in the Park July 6th-8th.  They have a weekend celebration with live music, rides, vendors and the fireworks.  To wet your whistle on a few of the highlights that include a variety of interests to match everyone’s taste such as a Wrestling Match with AC/DC Tribute band on Friday night, Totally Awesome 80’s with Music by Live B on Saturday afternoon, Sanctus Real on Sunday at 5:00 PM.

No matter what you do or where you go, we wish you a great 4th of July from all of us at BeyondTheBurbs!

 

 

 

 


June 16th Community Events

Columbia County- The 3rd Saturday in June is a day filled with family fun activities around Columbia County.  The Kiwanis Parade in St Helens happens every year at noon on the 3rd Saturday. This year a few other local events such as the Cycle Columbia Challenge starting and ending in Scappoose and Scappoose Party in the Park with live music and extended Scappoose Farmers Market hours also happens the same day.  It’s a day full of community fun right in your backyard a little something for everyone.

The Kiwanis Parade is a yearly tradition.  This year’s theme is “Honoring Those That Serve.”  Spectators can set up a prime spot anywhere along the streets of Columbia Blvd. The standard parade route starts at the corner of Hwy 30 & Emmert Motors and continues down to to the Dockside restaurant. It starts at 12:00 and typically lasts about an hour or longer depending on the number of entrants.  This is a FREE parade to enter to showcase your business or community.  If you want to participate in the parade or want more details, follow the Facebook Event.   Parades are a fun way to meet your neighbors and celebrate small-town life.  You can also tune into KOHI 1600 AM or stream from App Tune IN to listen to the parade as our local radio station broadcasts live from the event.

If you are a cyclist, you can join in the 3rd Annual Cycle Century Challenge.   This is the only cycling event in Columbia County.  It has two different routes a Century Plus and a Metric Century Plus with scenic views of farmland, timberlands, on unpaved historic CZ Trail, and charming small towns. Plus all the Cyclists are invited to the Scappoose Party in the Park after the race.  You can sign up in advance or register the day of the event. It starts early at 6:00 AM. Go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com for more details or to register.

Why not end the day with a community party?  This year Scappoose Party in the Park starts with extended Scappoose Farmers’ Market hours and live music Hit Machine Unplugged will perform a kid-friendly performance from 4-6 PM.

Get to know your community Beyond the Burbs!  It’s What’s Happening.  #community #columbiacountyor #cycle #parade #family #kiwanis #farmersmarket #livemusic #outdoorrec #thingstodoincc #thingstodocolumbiacounty

 

 


New Summer Recreation Program

St. Helens, OR – The citizens of St Helens have a whole new program for all ages filled with activities and classes galore for Summer 2018 thanks to a new St. Helens Recreation Program.   This program is a partnership between the City of St. Helens and the St. Helens School District to fill a need for a centralized program for recreation creating a sense of community.  Working in partnership the two organizations had a good start on the inventory of facilities.  Project coordinators asked for citizen input on upcoming classes they would like to see and where a need should be filled such as a monthly family movie night. This input created a diverse Summer Recreation Program for St. Helen’s citizens.

Anyone can register for the new program on the website.  Over 14 programs from Yoga in the Park, Community Game Night, Co-Ed Volleyball, Painting,  Movie Night, Terrarum Making Classes, Walking Groups and so much available throughout the summer months for all ages.  You’ll also get information for what’s going on at St. Helens Public Library, Eisenschmidt Pool, Summer Meals, and other community events such as 13 Nights on the River.

Shanna Duggan volunteer with the project also runs a Facebook group called Columbia County Sole Sisters for women to promote health. They provide online support and events to create a culture of a community.  Columbia County Sole Sisters is for women only.   She also works as the Utility  Billing, Court, and Bank Specialist for the City of St. Helens.  Working with this project is a perfect fit for Shanna.  When you meet her she’ll tell you that she loves to create events to help pull her community together. As soon as she was asked Shanna wanted to help with the project. She shared, “I am passionate about community. It’s something I take pride in, volunteer for, and helps me to find connections for myself and others. I have seen a need for a recreation program since I moved here 16 years ago.  When I was asked to help work on this project, it was an immediate yes. To me, a recreation program helps people connect with others, find a purpose, and provides opportunities to explore what is right here in front of us. So many times we leave Columbia County to do things that are already offered locally or could easily be offered here. It’s a win for everyone.  I think that in today’s times, with cellphones and other distractions, bringing it back to the basics is such an important thing AND it’s fun. I mean, who doesn’t smile when they are playing freeze tag, painting, or doing a scavenger hunt?”

She said she is excited about the future of the program.  ” I would love to see it be offered year-round with inclusive and diverse programs that partner with community members, local businesses, and sports programs. I hope we continue to find ways to offer programs at a lower rate for community members or at a price that’s affordable for low-income populations.  I believe a recreation program can be a backbone of a community.”

For the full program, click here.  To give more input for the future, please fill out the short online survey.   Want a list of events, interested in teaching a class or have questions, please email recreation@ci.st-helens.or.us.  or contact Shanna Duggan, City Of St. Helens, Utility Billing, Court and Bank Specialist, 503-397-6272 ext. 160

#sthelensor #community #familyfriendlyfun #recreationprogram #pool #library #painting #communitygames #yoga #volleyball #coed #diy #fun

 

 


Spring Into Art 2018

St. Helens, OR –  Book Signing, Open Mic, Fiber Art & Leather Making Demos, all ages Coloring Contest and more fun.  What do all of these have in common?  It’s the 3rd Annual Spring Into Art event at The Columbia Learning Center, 375 18th Street St. Helens hosted by the Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) on May 5th from 10 AM- 4 PM.  This is a free family-friendly fun community event.

Columbia Arts Guild is a powerhouse for pulling Columbia County artists working in a variety of mediums together to support all the Arts.  Teresa Knight, President of CAG,  was excited to add more vendors to the mix this year.  She told us that Spring Into Art is important to host because “A very good friend of mine told me that art builds community. I believe we are all born as creative individuals. When we surround ourselves with art it inspires us to try again or challenges us to do something new. The synergy of a festival brings together people who are active in art and those who may be interested but not sure where to start. Most of all there is an atmosphere of fun!”  Teresa noted, “As for me I love art, all kinds of art and I love a party!”

New this year, sponsors donated prizes for the coloring contest and raffles!  Events like this couldn’t happen with support from local businesses like St. Helens Market Fresh (Red Apple), Walmart, Safeway, Ace Hardware and Lagunitas Brewing Company.   You still have time to participate in Coloring Contest.  Entries taken until noon on May 4th, Drop off at the Columbia Learning Center.  You can go to this link for contest rules and pages.  Be sure to click on right click on the image, save as and print out to color to participate.

Other partners on site will be This Is Us St. Helens, a community art project, St Helens Ukelele Orchestra,  Sausage King food cart with food available for purchase and of course the art show and vendors! The Columbia Humane Society will be on site and if possible please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.

Local events like these give you a chance to meet your neighbor, learn something new or just have fun.  See you on Saturday!

#Community #Arts #OpenMic #ColoringContest #kids #familyfriendly #columbiacountyor #artshow #artparty #shoplocalcolumbiacounty #keepitlocalcc

 

 

 


2018 Annual Home & Garden Show

Columbia County, OR –  The Home & Garden Show continues to grow every year.  It’s happening this Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.  Last year an estimated 3,000-5,000 attended each day.  Organizers expect a larger crowd this year due to the increase in vendors. This year more than 49 vendors will be on site along with product demonstrations, food and fun!

The Home & Garden show has all sorts of new Spring items for both your home and your garden.  This show is sponsored by The Chronicle, St Helens Community Credit Union & Dahlgren’s Do It Best.  If you forget to grab your free ticket, it’s only $3 Admission at the gate.  You can stop by local businesses to pick up Free Tickets at the any of the above sponsors and The Chief,  Don’s Rentals, Sears Hometown Store of Scappoose, and Discount and Deals in Clatskanie.

Growing the show means many new vendors are coming in this year such as Sunset Equipment which will have an Excavator outside the pavilion.  Cedar Farm from Clatskanie Oregon will have their patent-pending product Hizap, an insulated fence extender, a PVC pipe extension making electric fences higher and wider.  Organizer, Amy Johnson also mentioned that there are more garden vendors this year such as BlackBerry Bog Farm, offering plant starts, herbs, and plants.  A few of the highlights of the Show will include local companies such as Clatskanie Builders Supply grilling up samples of tasty barbeque on their Traeger Grills to share with attendees and Dahlgren’s Do It Best Building Supplies will have onsite Cordless Power Tool Demonstrations.  The food was so good they brought back St Helen’s Grill which offers gourmet style food for purchase.

Staying up to date with what’s happening at the show is easy as local radio station KOHI 1600 AM which will be broadcasting LIVE on Saturday so you can listen in to what’s going on.  OSU Extension Service of Columbia County will be on site doing pop up demonstrations/workshops.

Amy Johnson, Organizer & Sales Representative for The Chronicle/The Chief, mentioned she enjoys this event because “I love that we can put local businesses in front of our customers to help grow our communities.  They do well and we do well.”

Meet your neighbors.  Find local resources for your home & garden needs.  See you this weekend!  #home #garden #columbiacountyor #shopcolumbiacounty #spring #community #family #businessresources #neighbors #community

 


Farm to Table Cooking Class

Deer Island, OR – It’s new to Columbia County.  It’s a twist on the Farm to Table concept trendy in the restaurants but different.  It’s a farm tour, a cooking class, and then eating! It’s called “Good Farm- Good Eats” a new event happening here in Columbia County on April 14th at Canaan Hill Farm, 33219 Canaan Road, Deer Island, Oregon 97054 from 1:00-2:30 PM.  You can purchase tickets directly on the website Eventbrite.   At this event, you’ll be cooking with the food at the farm after you have met the farmer.

Photo Lindsey Jones, RD – Photo Credit Facebook Page

Lindsey Jones, RD (Registered & Licensed Dietitian since 2006) has been cooking with individuals to help them on their wellness journey or in groups since she opened her private practice, One on One Good Easts in 2014.

Lindsey loves to share nutrition information with kids and adults alike.  In 2017,  she partnered with St Helens Community Credit to promote a project called “Going Green” promoting Budgets & Wellness with her emphasis on presenting the importance of nutrition to local businesses, teachers & administrators in our schools.   Lindsey loves to teach nutrition.  She believes, “So many people have become disconnected from their bodies and minds- how they function, and the role that food and nutrition play in that.  I love teaching people how to create healthy minds and bodies.”

This year she is sharing a new experience with a local business while Farm to Table is popular in restaurants a close partner, agri-tourism is popping up in rural areas to promote tourism.  As defined by Wikipedia, Agritourism or agrotourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.     Canaan Hill Farm owners, Pat & Jeannie Schenk approached Lindsey about cooking on their farm.   This is the first agritourism kick-off event to start as more “Good Farm-Good Eats” events will happen during the growing season.   Lindsey wanted to partner with a local farm because, “Connecting people with the farmers and with local food that is grown and raised in a sustainable and responsible way, is vital to promoting thriving and sustainable food systems.”   People want to know where their food comes from and with the close proximity to farms, we have fresh produce and opportunities in our backyards & surrounding communities here in Columbia County.

You still have some time to sign up for the new class but do it soon her classes tend to sell out.  Going up to the farm shows you what is in season now for early spring and why you want to eat the types of fresh produce this time of year.  You will be given handouts and recipes along with nutrition education.  Both Canaan Hill Farm &  Ferreira Family Farms will  have their produce for sale the day of the events.  Follow Lindsey on her social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or find her on her website to stay up to date on her nutrition classes, nutrition tidbits and more!  #healthyeating #cookingclasses #canaanfarms #ferreirafamilyfarms #agritourismcc #farming


Business Bits: Acoustic Flash Mob (AFM)

Columbia County, OR- New to Columbia County, Acoustic Flash Mob (AFM) packed the house the night of their 1st performance on Feb 24th at Running Dogs Brewery in St Helens.  This is just the beginning for AFM fans as they are also performing April 14th at Warren Country Inn and booked for Rainier Days in July 2018.  So you too can join in the sensation surrounding the new concept of reflective social commentary and humor inviting those that listen to engage in the music and fun.

Band Member, Todd Tolles, tells the tale of how the band formed, “Acoustic Flash Mob, aka AFM, began one fine summer day back in 2016.  Two acoustic guitar troubadours, Bob Salisbury and Todd Tolles, wandered into the dining patio of one of our local Columbia County establishments, sparked by Bob Salisbury’s brilliant idea of finding an audience, instantly, to partake in our fun… we sat down with a few local patrons and began playing some familiar songs.  After being well received and appreciated some of the folks joined along in singing, AFM was born.”  Tolles explains, “Fast forward to today; we ‘Troubadors’ have decided to take AFM up a notch by adding a rhythm section.  The rhythm section has Chris Ponti on upright Bass and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Sean Clark on percussion.  Enhancing the ability brought a whole slew of new songs to perform as a mostly acoustic outfit; think MTV Unplugged circa the early 90’s.”  The spirit of the ‘flash mob’ stays alive with the use of songbooks at performances to help audiences sing along.

AFM creates a fun loving, intimate vibe in the venues where they show up or even in their planned shows.  They choose songs with a little bit of reflective social commentary and some tongue in cheek humor, along with some very familiar tunes to those for singin’ along to.  AFM aims to enrich people’s time out in our local community with thoughtful, good vibrations.  AFM wants you to resolve to evolve by seeing more live music in 2018 and they are the perfect group to inspire folks to do just that.  Their mission for their show is simple:  AFM-Resolve to Evolve  | See More Live Music.   Contact band manager, Meagan Tolles for booking and questions 503-333-8790.

 

 


Oldest Photo of Oregon Senate Donated by Your Neighbor

St. Helens, OR – On March 3rd, during the 2018 Oregon Legislative Session in Salem, Senator Betsy Johnson presented the Oregon Senate with the oldest photo of the Senate and showed members of the 12th Bi-Annual 1882 Oregon Senate.  Local resident Diane Kruggel Dillard recently found this heirloom photo and wanted to share it with the Oregon Senate.

The Dillard family has a long history of public service in Columbia County. The photo was the property of William Barclay Dillard married to Susan Holcomb Dillard, and who were early residents of St. Helens. William Barclay worked as a Columbia County District Attorney and his wife was the first postmistress and later head librarian. They had two sons, William Walden and James Mason. Walden, like his father, served as County District Attorney while James Mason was appointed Federal District Attorney.  The Dillard family had two sons, Max W. “Sandy” Dillard and Carl Dillard.

Diane Dillard married Sandy in 1964. Sandy served as a County Commissioner for Columbia County.   Diane served as Communications Manager for Boise Cascade and retired after 44 years of service. She donated her time to many worthy causes including, Columbia Rural Fire District, United Way, CASA, Chamber of Commerce, Sacagawea and Chance to Become Scholarship.  Diane, a widow, is still a strong supporter of Columbia County.

To view the official state recording from the Senate website, go to Dillard Senate Presentation


Business Bits: The Lake House

Scappoose, OR – The new business that has everyone buzzing comes complete with a water feature as one would imagine from its name, The Lake House.  It is located at 1600 SE 9th St. in Scappoose, OR.  They opened their doors to events after hosting their first wedding in August of 2017.

Since then they’ve hosted many types of events such as baby showers, class reunions, weddings, birthday parties, memorials, family reunions, holiday events, and much more.  They have a blast at everything they do with the main goal to make their client’s vision come to life.

It’s not surprising that this new event, performance & concert venue is such a success from the start. Bart Hafeman, the owner, decided to open the doors to events because of his years of experience in the industry and his desire to create a warm, positive atmosphere for celebrating unique moments and milestones in life.   If you’ve seen Bart play, he carries that rock n roll, have fun just dance attitude always with a big smile.  He makes you want to get up and go.  His positive outlook on life carries thru in his interactions with his audience and clients.

Bart’s experience gives The Lake House its own relaxed atmosphere that draws people to his venue.  Bart Hafeman is widely known as the singer for Hit Machine, and because of that he’s been able to entertain at a handful of our events- However, they have hosted small private exclusive events like Jennifer Batten, guitar player for Michael Jackson on the Bad, History and Dangerous world tours. Bart joined in and sang “Human Nature” with her that evening. Tommy Tutone who sang the 80’s hit, “867-5309” has performed on the property as well.  They are currently working on a Lake House Summer Concert Series and would love to hear from people about who they would like to see perform at The Lake House.  Please send your suggestions to ashley.gray28@yahoo.com.  They want to hear from you!

If you are looking for a venue to host an event, you may want to consider The Lake House.  They can accommodate between  20 to 200 people. For winter events the barn can hold up to 85 individuals downstairs and 30 people upstairs- summer events offer more room due to better weather conditions, which allows up to 200 guests.   Additionally, they offer a complete package for the one-stop shopper, or can customize an event when desired. They have a list of preferred vendors but are always open to our client’s dreams and desires for their event.  The Lake House offers an incredibly unique atmosphere that carries a rustic and elegant element all at the same time. The barn has a warm intimate feeling that not many venues offer.

We want to welcome The Lake House to Columbia County and wish them continued success!  #columbiacountybusinesses #concertvenue #TheLakeHouse #performancevenue

 


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