2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo update

ST. HELENS — The theme for the 2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo is “Country Roots and Cowboy Boots”. Darci Solimine of St. Helens submitted the winning idea for the theme.

The Friends of Columbia County Fair are selling event posters for $5 each (see image). Proceeds from the sales will benefit the fairgrounds. Posters from previous years are also available.

Clean-up volunteers are needed during fair week. Applicants must be 12 and older and available for morning or afternoon shifts. Those who work one shift will earn a meal ticket. Those who work two shifts will earn a meal ticket, plus a one-day pass for carnival rides. Details: Message Amanda McFeron via Facebook.

Superintendents for the art and floral open classes also are being recruited. People who have knowledge of different types of art, or in multiple types of horticulture, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be available July 12-20. Superintendents will be paid for their time, and given free passes to the fair. Details: e-mail Megan Bluhm at meganbopenclass@hotmail.com.

Additional pre-sale ticket locations:

• Clatskanie: Wauna Federal Credit Union

• Scappoose: Wauna Federal Credit Union, Chevron, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• St. Helens: Skinny’s, Chubb’s, Wauna Federal Credit Union, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Rainier: St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Vernonia: Wauna Federal Credit Union

For more information, click on our previous post here, or call the fair office, 503-397-4231, e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit the website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com. This year’s fair will be from July 16-20 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens.

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Event poster

Lewis and Clark secretary awarded school employee of the year

Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she had been selected as the Oregon Schools Employee Associaton employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.
Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she was the Oregon Schools Employee Association employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.

ST. HELENS — Jeanette Sessions, a 24-year veteran of the St. Helens School District, has been chosen as the Oregon Schools Employees Association employee of the year.

Sessions currently works as the head secretary at Lewis and Clark Elementary in St. Helens. Her supervisor, principal Cathy Carson, nominated her for the award, referring to Sessions as the heart and soul of their school in her recommendation letter.

The announcement of Sessions’ award was made on May 8 during a surprise celebration, cloaked as a mandatory staff meeting, in the school library. Sessions’ family, friends and current and former co-workers were in attendance.

Sessions was caught off-guard by the award because she was unaware of her nomination by Carson. According to an OSEA press release, Sessions said, “When I saw my retired friends here (at the meeting) my first thought was… I didn’t retire yet!”

The employee of the year award is one of the highest honors of OSEA. The award is given out annually, and recipients are chosen from a pool of Oregon nominees by a committee of past OSEA presidents.

Sessions will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2014 OSEA Conference from June 26-28 in Portland.

 


Scappoose Farmers Market opens for 12th season

SCAPPOOSE — The Scappoose Farmers Market has returned for its 12th season.

Vendors will sell goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27 in the Scappoose City Hall parking lot, and along Southeast Second Street, off of East Columbia Avenue.

Shoppers will find fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and seasonal Oregon berries, as well as nursery plants, herbs, flowers, handcrafted items by local and regional artisans, and other items for sale.

On average, the market features between 22-24 vendors a week. For those who are interested in selling their wares at the market, contact the Scappoose Community Club for information about guidelines and fees.

Details: call 503-543-3469, e-mail scappoosefm@gmail.com, or visit the website www.scappoosefarmersmarket.com.

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Event flyer

‘Sailing for Sacagawea’ benefit May 31 in St. Helens

ST. HELENS — Sacagawea Health Center will host their 12th annual “Touch the Heart of Child” auction and benefit May 31 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

The theme of the event is “Sailing for Sacagawea”. It will include a hosted bar, appetizers and a barbecue dinner by Blackbird Catering, entertainment, and a silent and oral auction. Travel packages, fine art, pottery, glass works and other items will be up for bid.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at Sacagawea Health Center, Houlton Bakery and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens, and at Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose.

The Sacagawea Health Center is a non-profit organization that extends medical care and other services to students in Columbia County (regardless of having health insurance). Primary health care, such as, well-child examinations, immunizations, treatment for chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, and sports physicals are offered.

The center also provides prevention services, including fitness and nutrition classes, and some mental health services, such as family counseling and counseling for depression.

Details: call 503-366-7696, or visit the website www.sacagaweahealthcenter.org. For real-time updates, like the Sacagawea Health Center on Facebook.

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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.

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Event flyer

 


Gallery: Snowpocalypse Columbia County 2014

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Photo by Krystal Kuckenbaker

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!

*UPDATED Sat, Feb. 8, 2014