ST. HELENS — Hundreds of people from Columbia County are showing their support of those affected by cancer during the annual Relay for Life event at St. Helens High School.
This year’s event began at 10 a.m. Saturday and will continue through 10 a.m. this morning.
Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. According to the organization’s Web site, so far this year 389 participants from 27 teams in our community have raised $75,462 for cancer research and outreach and educational programs.
The free event, which takes place at the City Docks, will be from 2 p.m. to dusk on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Daily activities include Portland Water Spectacular water skiing demonstrations, Native American art exhibits, historic boat tours, regional food vendors, a festival village, children’s activities and live music shows.
There also will be a street dance Friday evening, followed by a classic car cruise-in and fireworks display on Saturday (fireworks begin at dusk), and a pancake breakfast on Sunday.
The 2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo court includes queen Savanah Ball, and princess Savannah Dreyer. The two young horsewomen have been touring the northwest, representing Columbia County in various parades and at several events, and will be spending much of their time this week at the fairgrounds visiting with fairgoers and participating in rodeo events.
A pageant for the 2014 rodeo court will be held Sat, July 20, starting with a horsemanship competition at 9:30 a.m. Speeches and a royalty reception will follow at 1 p.m. The new court will be announced after 7 p.m. during the NPRA rodeo event.
The 2013 My Fair Lady court includes Joanne Bernard of Rainier, Ann Mitchell of Vernonia, Marian Smith of St. Helens, Delores Mellinger of Clatskanie, and Lesle Ruby of Scappoose. A queen will be announced at 1 p.m. Wed, July 17, during a coronation ceremony at the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo.
ST. HELENS — The 2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo is from Wed, July 17, through Sun, July 21. This year’s theme is “Wagon Teams to Western Dreams”.
The fair, located at 58892 Saulser Road in St. Helens, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The carnival begins daily at noon.
General admission is $5 to youth and senior citizens, and $8 to others. Children ages 6 and younger are free. Discounts available on advance ticket sales, seasonal passes and special promotional days. Parking is $4 a day, or $16 for all five days. Carnival passes are $31 a day, or $23 in advance.
Wednesday – Senior and Veterans Day: Senior citizens and veterans admitted for free until 3 p.m.; 10 a.m., senior services showcase; noon, opening ceremonies; 1 p.m., My Fair Lady pageant; 3 p.m., Professor Bamboozles “The Grand Illusion Show”; 6 p.m., stock car races.
Thursday – Kids’ Day: Children ages 7-17 admitted for free until 3 p.m.; 11 a.m., Cutest Show on Earth; 1:45 p.m., world champion taekwondo exhibition; 2 p.m., Professor Bamboozles “Ballonary Loonary”; 6 p.m., junior rodeo; 8:15 p.m., dance central.
Friday – Rodeo Day: 12:30 p.m., The Splat Attack; 2 p.m., Marty Davis; 2:30 p.m., The Great Toilet Paper Blowout; 5:15 p.m., Brady Goss and Pete Ford/Dueling Pianos; 7 p.m. NPRA rodeo.
Big events planned for today and through the weekend in Columbia County. For a complete list of each event’s offerings, schedules, pricing and registration deadlines, visit the web sites published with the listings below.
Scappoose Pow Wow: July 11-14; Veterans Park, Southwest JP West Road and Capt. Roger Kucera Way; concerts, cruise-in, grande and junior parades, Pow Wow court presentation, food and merchant vendors, “Battle of the Bands” competition, fun run, kids and teen zones, a mini Pow Wow, Texas Hold ’em poker and softball tournaments, wine tasting, beer zone and a mystery event; free; details: www.scappooseboosters.org.
Rainier Days in the Park: July 11-14; Rainier City Park, West A Street; live music and other entertainment, food and merchant vendors, pancake breakfast, parade, carnival, Ralph Painter Memorial Run, fireworks display, beer garden; free; details: www.rainierdaysinthepark.com.
Annie the Musical: 7 p.m., July 11-13 and 18-20; and 2 p.m., July 13 (featuring understudies); Scappoose High School theater, 33700 S.E. High School Way; presented by Shoestring Community Players; directed by Serah Pope; $12 general admission, discounts available to children ages five and younger, and senior citizens; purchase tickets in advance at Bertucci’s candy shop in St. Helens or online at www.sscpmusicals.com/tickets.
Several local artists participated in the trash can painting competition during the St. Helens Fourth of July celebration on Thursday. The competition was sponsored by the St. Helens Arts and Culture Commission. The finished trash cans will be placed in public spaces throughout the city.
It’s strawberry time in Columbia County. The sweet, juicy, delicious morsels of awesomeness are available for sale at a handful of fruit stands along Highway 30. The stand pictured above, which is located at the entrance of Bing’s Restaurant in St. Helens, is run by Crawford Berries N’ Cream out of Rainier, who grow and sell Shuksan strawberries.
Updated 1:59 p.m., 6/21/2013: According to a weekly e-mail from the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, additional acts are schedule to perform July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. The lineup includes: 11 a.m., OPAS Dance; 12:15 p.m., belly dancers; 1 p.m., Summer Januaries; 2:45 p.m., Midnight Serenaders; 5:15 p.m., Workin’ For the Weekend. The regular scheduled performer, The Sweetwater Band, will play at 8 p.m.
ST. HELENS — The classic rock band Pause 456 will headline “13 Nights on the River” on Thursday, June 20, in Columbia View Park, next to the Historic Columbia County Courthouse, in Olde Towne St. Helens.
The weekly music festival, sponsored by the St. Helens Community Foundation and Ye Ol’ Grog Distillery, is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 29.