If you travel highway 30 on a Saturday, you most likely have seen groups of cyclists ascending into Columbia County from Portland. For years, these groups of cyclists have been coming out here to enjoy the CZ (Crown Zellerbach Trail) from Scappoose to Vernonia and onward to Banks, OR. You see, as a country, we are quite bike friendly. The City of St Helens has a Pedestrian and Bike Commission that meets on a monthly basis. Plus, many local businesses are bike friendly with bike racks. If you own a business, check out how to become Bike Friendly and more from City of St. Helens Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission.
To meet the needs of locals and tourists alike, June 18th will mark the 1st Cycle Columbia County, Columbia Centurian Challenge, starting in downtown St Helens riding thru many small towns such as Vernonia, Mist and Columbia City. To see a full route and to register for the challenge which opens soon go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com and “like” Columbia Century Challenge Facebook page. #hereincc #columbiacenturychallenge #cyclistslovecc
St Helens – St. Helens celebrates the Spirit of Halloweentown as an Annual Tradition. The 1998 Disney Channel orginal movie “Halloweentown” had scences shot in the Courthouse Plaza. Over the years, the city pays homage every October to the movie “Halloweentown” by redocrating the square complete with a Pumpkin Lighting to kick off the celebrations. The number of Halloween activities continue to grow always celebrating a beloved holiday by many who live in Columbia County. If Halloween is your thing, you will surely find a few activities to join in on the fun.
Local organizers recently announced Kimberly Brown, actress from the movie will be attending and acting as the Master of Ceremonies for Annual Pumpkin Lighting on Oct 10th at 7:30 at the Courthouse Plaza. See You Tube announcment from Kimberly Brown actress from Halloweentown.
Many local business will put up scarecrows to participate in the Scarecrow Contest to give you a fright and don’t forget about the “Taste of Terror” as local resturants have featured Halloween food/drinks. Many other Halloween related activities from the Pumpkin Lighting to a Monster Dash benefitting Veterans. a pumpkin carving contest and so much more which will take place Oct 10th-31st. To keep up with all the local activities and as more are being added follow the Spirt of HalloweenTown Facebook page. See below a snapshot of activities:
Oct 8th – Oct 16th – Drop off pumpkin at City Hall for Judging Oct 8th-Oct 16th. One day voting Oct 17th 11-3:00 PM. Cash prizes sponsored by St. Helens Arts Coalition Commission.
Oct 10th- Pumpkin Lightening – 7:30 PM with Lighting at 8:00 PM at Court House Plaza. Costumes welcome and treats will be provided.
Oct 10th- Monster Dash- 10:00 AM hosted by Rotary to support Veterans http://www.sthelensmonsterdash.com
Oct 10th- 1st Annual Dark & Dank Disco at Dockside 8 p.m. Old Town St. Helens Oregon – When it’s black outside and gloomy it’s time to throw a party. The spinning some tunes and dancing the night away. Bring a friend and be ready to get into the “spirit” of things. Wear a costume. Prizes and fun.
Oct 11th, 17th, 24th & 25th – Haunted Tractor Rides with photo opportunities allowing you to get on and off. Suggested Donation is to purchase a pumpkin. Open Saturday’s 11-3:00 PM and Sunday’s12-3 PM at the Courthouse Plaza. Costumes & Friends welcome.
Oct 31st – Little Spooks Halloween Trick or Treat – sponsored by the Chronicle starts at 7:30 PM downtown
Deer Island, OR – If you are looking for a farm to table bed and breakfast, you’ve found it at Deer Island Manor. Diane & Jason Dunn bought the Deer Island School a little over a year ago to turn it into a new type of Bed & Breakfast in Deer Island, Columbia County. This is small town America with big time service.
Deer Island Bed & Breakfast has a master suite, and two additional rooms. Diane Dunn is a hostess extraordinaire. It’s all about the amenities. You can get healthy food there if that’s what your into because well the cook lets you pick out of her garden when the produce is in season. I mean, how cool is that? Plus, they care about sending their guests to the best local restaurants and shops in Columbia County. You get on the spot concierge service.
Deer Island Manor is a booming business filling up with new guests everyday from all over the world with rave reviews on the internet. They host events, workshops and luncheons.
What makes them different? Diane & Jason moved out to Columbia County from Portland. They wanted a different type of B & B starting with the experience then the location. They wanted their guests to have both rest & relaxation. They want their guests to experience the small town Oregon experience to come and stay awhile. They allow you to pick your own eggs for breakfast and veggies from there garden, plus they have a robot ready to be worn by any adventurous 5-8 year old. They have chalk board for kids to create on in the kitchen bar, plus local walks and places to explore. #STAYLOCAL #CONNECTCOLUMBIACOUNTY
Scappoose, OR- Wings and Wheels is a must for the whole family. Join in on the fun at this 5th Annual event on August 8th, 2015 at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, Oregon Aero Hanger, 34020 Sky Way Dr. from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Columbia Pacific Food Bank to put on this community event with the help of their sponsors. This is a free community event with a suggested donation of non-perishable food items or cash at the admission gate to help our neighbors in Columbia County.
What’s going on you ask? Well, a cruise in for classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There will be several types of airplanes and military vehicles on display not to mention airplane rides for kids ages 10-17 (must have parent with, 1st timer preference) last year they gave over 90 rides. This event is not only for kids but adults love it as well. No doubt you’ll run into old friends while attending but you’ll be able to visit with local business vendors about what they do. Plus lots of other kid activities put on by the local businesses and a kids zone provided by Tinkerbell Preschool. Wings & Wheels is ending the evening with a new event, live music from Bartholomew Productions with the band, 90 Proof so our community can dance in the Hanger & a beer garden by Columbia County Brewing!
Have a classic car, motorcycle? Be sure to check out the cruise in option. You can attend that day without prior registration. For more information, go to Wings and Wheels 2015.
This upcoming Saturday at the Rainer High School the 5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run will began at 8:30 AM. This race is a 10K Run & 5 k Run/Walk to honor Ralph Painter, an avid runner for many, many years. Ralph Painter, a graduate from St. Helens High School, was a long time Columbia County resident serving as the Chief of Police in Rainer, Oregon until he was tragically killed while in the performance of duties on January 5th, 2011.
Over the past five years, this memorial race has generated over $20,000 in scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County. The race is successful because of the runners, walkers and sponsors. Please join the Painter family and other fellow officers on July 25th to help with this cause and to honor Ralph’s memory and ultimate sacrafice. Don’t worry there is still time to participate. You can pick up packet information starting at 7:30 AM. To register online by 11:00 PM on Thursday July 23rd or go to Ralph Painter Memorial 10k Run & 5 K Walk for more information.
Carnival rides and games, barrel racing, rodeo court, corn dogs, cotton candy, 4-H Animals, Country Music and beer gardens. It sounds like a 100 Year Celebration to me. 2015 marks the celebration of both the Warren Grange & the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.
100 years ago, Warren Grange started a partnership with the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Warren Grange operates out of the 4-H Pavilion on the fairground. This 100 year celebration will draw many people to the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo which runs from July 15th – July 19th, 2015. A special opening ceremoney for the Fair will began at noon on July 15th to honor the orginal stones that were moved to the current fair location from the original location on Deer Island and to kick off the celebration.
This year John Micheal Montgomery will preform July 15th. While the VIP tickets are sold out, general admission is still available at local businesses like Chubb’s and Skinny’s in St. Helens. Groups such as the Columbia County Fair Board invite you to not only attend but to get involved. They are even reaching out to kids to help volunteer. Other groups such as Pacific Northwest Works have a call for volunteers for the Annual Plant Sale prep on July 14th whose proceeds support the fair. Contact Pacific Northwest Works at 503-397-6495 to volunteer.
Let’s keep the fair going strong for another 100 years as it’s another great Columbia County annual tradition that helps create new memories, see old friends and pull a community together. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCounty
Kids, grab your baskets! Easter egg hunts will be offered at the following locaitons in Columbia County on Saturday, April 19:
Clatskanie Middle School: 10 a.m.; school playing fields, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis; free.
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.
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.
Riverfront Park: 10 a.m.; on B Street; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; free.
Hawkins Park: 10 a.m.; end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; sponsored by Vernonia Community PTA; free.
It’s not often we get blasted with copious amounts of snow here in Columbia County. Maybe every few years or so, if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your feelings about the white stuff). But, when we do, we really know how to make the best of it. The following gallery is a collection of images submitted by readers of Beyond the Burbs, and others we begged to share their experiences with us through photography. Enjoy the snow, stay warm, and be safe!