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.
ST. HELENS — Community Action Team will host a “Jail and Bail” benefit on June 19 in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Highway 30 and Gable Road.
The event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features a mock jailhouse and presiding judge who will sentence participants to “do time” until a friend or family member can raise bail money for their release. Jailbirds will have their mug shots taken, and be served a fine “bread and water” meal during their incarceration.
Transportation to the “Jail and Bail” is available within a 15-mile radius of the event, or participants may arrange for their own “arrest”.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the 2nd Annual Columbia County Veterans Stand Down. Details: Pam Daniel, 503-366-6591, or email@example.com.
A good indicator that fall is just around the bend in Columbia County is waking up to chilly, damp temperatures in the mornings and discovering magnificently constructed spider webs draped over much of your landscaping:
And these falling from your oak trees, making crunchy noises under your feet as you cross the lawn:
We have a forecasted high in Columbia County today of 86°F. Evening temperature will drop to around 51°F. Summer is slowly making an exit. Enjoy every last second of it!