2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo dates announced

File photo: Columbia County Fair and Rodeo 2013.
File photo: Columbia County Fair and Rodeo 2013.

ST. HELENS – The 2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo will be July 16-20 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road.

Discount days:

• Wednesday will be Seniors/Veterans Day, and includes free admission to service veterans and those ages 60 and older until 3 p.m.

• Thursday will be Kids’ Day, and includes free admission to children through age 17 until 3 p.m.

• Sunday is Half-priced day.

Presale tickets are currently available in the fair office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Advance day passes are free to ages 6 and younger, $4 to youth ages 7-17, $7 to adults ages 18-59, and $4 to senior citizens ages 60 and older.

Advance season passes (for all five days) are free to ages 6 and younger, $15 to youth ages 7-17, $30 to adults ages 18-59, and $15 to senior citizens ages 60 and older.

Carnival wristbands can be purchased in advance for $23. This covers one day of carnival rides only.

Parking will be $4 a car, per day, or $16 for the entire week.

The Northwest Professional Rodeo Association competition will be on Friday and Saturday. Admission to rodeo is included with the purchase of a day pass.

The open horse show will be on Sunday, July 13. The class schedule and an entry form can be download at  http://bit.ly/1gBE5ej. If there are issues viewing the form, call show superintendent Chris Cooper at 503-397-3726, or e-mail at cccustomcowgirl@hotmail.com.

Hours of operation, entertainment schedules, and other fair information will be published when they are made available.

Details: call 503-397-4231, e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit the website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.


River City kicks off racing season Saturday

Dwarf car races at River City Speedway in St. Helens. Photo courtesy of River City Speedway.
Dwarf car races at River City Speedway in St. Helens. Photo courtesy of River City Speedway.

ST. HELENS — Races will start up again this Saturday, May 2, at River City Speedway in St. Helens.

The family-friendly venue is located at 58892 Saulsler Road, next to the Columbia County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 11 a.m. (back) and 2 p.m. (front), time trials begin at 2:30 p.m., and racing is at 5 p.m.

Racing divisions include Sportsman, Street Stock, Tracers, Modified, 4-Cylinder, Dwarf Cars and Pacific Mini-Sprints.

Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, military personnel, and students ages 12-18, and $6 for children ages 6-11. Family passes are $30, and children ages five and younger are free.

For more information, including dates for future races, visit the track’s website at www.river-city-speedway.com, or call 503-397-6506 or 503-397-2393.


Country music festival, cornhole tournament comes to St. Helens May 17-18

Brent Amaker and The Rodeo will perform during the Countrycon music festival May 17-18 at The Old School in St. Helens. Photo by Lance Mercer.
Brent Amaker and The Rodeo will perform during the Countrycon music festival on May 17 and 18 at The Old School in St. Helens. Photo by Lance Mercer.

ST. HELENS — The two-day music festival Countrycon will feature eight popular county bands and a cornhole tournament in Olde Towne St. Helens May 17-18.

The event will be from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, in The Old School at 251 St. Helens St.

Saturday bands include Brian Earl Haines and Sunset Highway, Sweetwater, Counterfeit Cash, Michele Drey and Branded, and Brent Amaker and The Rodeo.

The cornhole tournament begins at 11 a.m. First place wins $500. Teams are limited to 30 players and participants must be ages 13 and older. Only regulation boards and bags are permitted. Entry fee is $25 a team. Registration forms are available at Bertucci’s, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.

On Sunday, Country Wide, Carrie Cunningham, and Tiffany Kuenzi will perform. Food and beverages also will be available for purchase both days, including beer, wine and spirits.

Admission to Countrycon is $25 a day, or $40 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and younger are $10 a day, or $15 for both. Tickets can be purchased at Bertucci’s, or online at http://bit.ly/SigJiZ. The event is limited to 250 people a day.

For more information, call 503-366-9602, or visit the Columbia County Tourism website at www.travelcolumbiacounty.com.

What is a cornhole tournament? Chances are you have seen it before:


Several Easter egg hunts offered Saturday in Columbia County

File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.
File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.

Kids, grab your baskets! Easter egg hunts will be offered at the following locaitons in Columbia County on Saturday, April 19:

Clatskanie

Clatskanie Middle School: 10 a.m.; school playing fields, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis; free.

Scappoose

Grant Watts Elementary: 10 a.m., school playground, 5200 S.E. 3rd Place; for children 12 and younger; thousands of plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and toys will be hidden; sponsored by Scappoose Kiwanis; free.

St. Helens

Columbia County Fairgrounds: mEGGa egg hunt; 11 a.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.); 58892 Saulser Road; for ages 12 and younger, and special needs children 15 and younger; other highlights include a petting zoo, face-painting, horse rides, archery and robotics demonstrations and more; free; CC Rider will offer shuttle bus rides from St. Helens High School to the fairgrounds.

Rainer

Riverfront Park: 10 a.m.; on B Street; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; free.

Vernonia

Hawkins Park: 10 a.m.; end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; sponsored by Vernonia Community PTA; free.


‘Empty Bowls’ to benefit hungry of Columbia County

ST. HELENS — The Columbia Pacific Food Bank will combat hunger in Columbia County with an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser on Fri, April 11, in McBride Elementary School, 2774 Columbia Blvd.

The concept of “Empty Bowls” was established in 1990 by a high school art teacher from Michigan. His students crafted ceramic bowls to sell during a fundraising meal where proceeds benefited hungry members of their community.

Guests at the St. Helens “Empty Bowls” event will purchase studnet-made bowls and fill it with cuisine donated by local food merchants and dining establishments. Everyone keeps their bowls as a reminder of hunger in the world.

The event is 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Dianna’s Formal Affair and Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose, and Bertucci’s, Sunshine Pizza, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, and South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens.

Details: call 503-397-9708, or visit the website www.cpfoodbank.org.

Event flyer
Event flyer

 


Summer horse camps for youth beginning in June

Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.
Sande School of Horsemanship in Warren is offering summer riding camps
for ages 14 and younger beginning in June.

WARREN – Sande School of Horsemanship, a non-profit horseback-riding program in Warren, is now accepting registrations for their 2014 summer horse camps.

Summer horse camps focus on riding and care-taking of horses, as well as safe handling skills. Groups are kept small to ensure a high instructor-to-student ratio, which allows for a learning-rich and safe environment.

Participants are divided into two age groups. Children ages 4-7 will meet Wednesdays from June 18 through Aug. 27. Morning and afternoon sessions are available (same lesson plan for each). The cost is $280 for eight sessions, and $35 for each additional session. Single sessions also available for $40.

Children ages 8-14 will meet Thursdays from June 19 through Aug. 28. Morning sessions offered only. The cost is $450 for eight sessions. Single sessions are $65.

Barn staff and volunteers at Sande School of Horsemanship are trained to work with students of all abilities, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities.

To register, visit their website www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, and click on the “Summer Camps” tab. Forms can be downloaded, filled out, and re-submitted by e-mail or U.S. postal mail. A non-refundable deposit is required for all participants to secure a spot.

In addition to summer camps, Sande School of Horsemanship also regularly offers other programs, such as Little Wranglers, Barn Buddy Youth Enrichment, and HorseShare, as well as therapeutic grooming, private riding lessons, and group horsemanship lessons.

Sande School of Horsemanship is located at 33836 Bennett Road in Warren. For more information, visit their website, www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call 503-369-3008.

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Wine festival offers tasting tours, good eats, and jazz

Sample wines and delicious local fair during the Rain or Shine Wine Festival Sat, March 1.

The event, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., features a trolley tour through Scappoose and St. Helens, stopping at different businesses for various wine and food tastings. Pick-up is at Avenue 30 wine shop, 33480 Chinook Plaza, in Scappoose.

The final stop on the tour includes a “long happy hour” with food, drinks and live world class jazz music in 2Cs Vendor Mall.

Participating businesses include: Houlton Bakery, Alternations by Heather, Bertucci’s, Flowers 4 U & Antiques Too, Bella Maison, Miyako, Mo’s Art, Hook & Needle, 2Cs Vendor Mall, Treasures, Trinkets & Threads, Scandalous Hair Design and Dockside Steak & Pasta.

Tickets are $30 a person and can be purchased online by clicking here, or in person at Bertucci’s, 2017 Columbia Blvd., St.. Helens.

The event is sponsored by the City of St. Helens and Shedco.

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Arts commission to host second Sweetheart Ball Feb. 15

2014 Sweetheart Ball
2014 Sweetheart Ball.
Click on image to see full size of poster.

ST. HELENS — Dinner, dancing, a silent auction and more will be featured Feb. 15 during the second annual Sweetheart Ball in Buccini Hall, 165 S. 14th St.

The event, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., is hosted by the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission. Highlights include vintage swing jazz music by the Jenny Finn Orchestra, ballroom dance performances by  Josh and Emily McLaughlin, a vintage scotch tasting room, and sales of fine art, unique gifts, artisan chocolates and flowers. Dinner will be served by Blackbird Catering.

Tickets are $85 a person, or $680 for a table of eight (price reduced to $75 and $600 if purchased by Jan. 15), and can be purchased at St. Helens City Hall, the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the St. Helens Public Library, or online at Brown Paper Tickets (click here for link to site).

Proceeds from the event will benefit public arts
programs.