Hoof’s Clicking, Rides Spinning & Faces Grinning 102nd Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR – Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is one of the oldest annual traditions in Columbia County along with the Kiwanis Parade.  It’s four days of nothing but fun after a year of hard work by local citizens who donate their time to put on one of the best Fair & Rodeos around.  You’ll find many different entertainments during Fair Week it’s highly recommended you check it out as it has something for all ages.

As tradition dictates, the opening ceremony starts at noon on Wednesday the 19th.  It’s also Senior and Veterans Day that means free admission for both Seniors and Veterans.  Our fair seems to have something for everyone such as live music, carnival rides, exhibits, entertainment, Amateur & Professional Rodeo, local vendors, fair food, Elks Beer Garden, Dairy Princess Ice Cream Booth has the best milkshakes, Bingo at the Grange Booth and so much more.

Adults and kids alike enjoy seeing the open 4-H exhibits such as local photography, baked goods, flower arrangements and livestock with chickens, goats, pigs, cows, and horses.  It’s nice to see a showcase of our rural county represented at our fair.  Additional acts such as Pirate Parrot Show, Jerry Harris Master Hypnotist, Cooks Racing Pigs, Jeff Evans Magician schedules can be found on the Fair Event Schedule.  Don’t forget to check out the Farm Museum and the Master Gardners Gardens on site.

Be prepared to bring some cash to the fair.  It’s a low entrance fee at the gate.  Ages 7-60 years old it’s $8.00.  Seniors & Veterans and older $5.00 except Wednesday it’s FREE.  It’s also $5.00 to park as a local Kiwanis fundraiser.  You can also take the CC Rider out to the Fairgrounds scheduled is posted on their  Facebook page.  If the kids want to ride the carnival rides, make sure to get the pre-sale Carnival bands to save a few bucks.  The can be purchased at the following local businesses:   Chubb’s, all Wauna Federal Credit Union & St Helens Community Credit Union branches but for a limited time.

To stay up to date on all things Fair & Rodeo, follow along on their Facebook Page.  We’ll see you at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo!

#columbiacountyor #columbiacountyfairandrodeo #carnivalrides #4H #horses #cows #livemusic #HitMachine #Showdown #entertainment #kidfriendly

All Photos Courtesy of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo FB Page


July Staycation Fun

Columbia County, OR –   A small community is your community. When you attend events, you meet your neighbors and contribute to the character of your communities.  Nonprofits put on events to preserve traditions and showcase local history for when families who grew up here come “home” for the 4th of July or those visiting get to enjoy the small town atmosphere.  If you ask someone why they live in a small town, some will reply, “the opportunity to get involved.”  Maybe it’s just meeting your neighbors or volunteering but your participation can shape your community. The best time to participate is around the 4th of July to celebrate our Independence.

If you haven’t made plans, you might want to consider staying local.  Columbia County has lots of family friendly events and fireworks shows.  Looking for a logging show?  live music?  ice cream eating contest or talent show? parade?  Check out the variety of fun activities for all to enjoy.

Clatskanie

June 30th – 4th  Clatskanie Heritage Days &  Fireworks

Highlights July 3rd – The 234th Army Band – General Discord – Free Concert at 7:00 PM hosted by Clatskanie Cultural Arts

Photo Courtsey Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce FB page

July 4th – The parade starts at 11:00 with an 11:10 Fly over by  Oregon 142nd Fighter Wing Flyover on July 4th.  Youth & Professional  Logging Show

St. Helens

July 1st- July 4th   St HelaPalooza & Fireworks

Highlights- July 1st- July 4th Live Music with a variety of bands.  Local music sensation Hit Machine plays on the 4th of July before the Fireworks from 8-10 at Columbia View Park.  Tailgate or camp down at the waterfront.  Check out www.discovercolumbiacounty.com for more details.

Scappoose

4th of July – Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast

Vernonia

4th of July – – Great American Bash & Fireworks

Highlights4 Bands & Performances, Vendors, Parade and more.

 Rainier

7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Days in the Park Includes Fireworks

Highlights – 7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Historical Museum Soft Opening, Carnival Rides & so much more!

Thank you for supporting local events.  Have a fun July in your community.  Enjoy your small towns!  #festivals #fireworks #familyfriendly #vendors #artisans

 

 


2nd Annual Columbia Century Challenge

Vernonia, OR – If you’ve visited Vernonia on a Saturday in the Summer, you’ll see many cyclists. Vernonia known to many as a bustling cycling community will be the start of the 2nd Annual Columbia Century Challenge Race Saturday, June 17th.  A local group of volunteers that involve business owners and community leaders from across Columbia County have been working over the past three years to bring this race to Columbia County. The Columbia Country Challenge is the only organized cycling race in Columbia County put on by locals who care about enhancing the cycling opportunities in Columbia County.

In 2016, the group held their 1st race the 3rd Saturday in June which brought 100 cyclists out to explore the scenic views in Columbia County. The 1st year race also was voted #2 race by Bike Oregon for the category of Best Bike Ride.  The volunteers are building off the first year success receiving more support from sponsors and volunteers but could always use more support.  The goal of the race is to strengthen the cycling community in Columbia County.  Proceeds from this race help enhance our ride and cycling improvements in honor of Phil Barlow according to their website it was Phil “ who planted the seed for this concept and cared passionately about expanding opportunities for bicycling and fashioning Columbia County as a bicycling destination.”

Gearing up for its 2nd year brings a few changes to the new event.  Last year the race started in St Helens, this year it’s in Vernonia.  You have the option to pick three types of rides out of Vernonia.  The Century Plus 119 miles, Metric Century Plus, 86 miles or the 40-mile gravel ride through commercial timberline.  Go to the website to see the full map to determine which path is the one you shall choose.  Rolling hills, farmland, historic logging trails, scenic views of the Pacific Northwest, what’s not to like?  It’s not too late to join the upcoming race as a cyclist or as a volunteer. You can register online at http://cyclecolumbiacounty.com/registration/    While it lasts use special code CCC17  for a 2 for 1, so grab a friend.  Enjoy your ride whatever one you choose!

Photo Courtsey Cycle Columbia County Facebook
Photo Courtsey Cycle Columbia County Facebook

#cyclecolumbiacounty #cyclecolumbiacentury #cycleoregon #outdoors #familyfriendly #funforall

 

 

 


Meet Carleen, She knows Fitness!

Carleen Mathews Photo Courtsey of CrossFit, Inc.
Photo Courtsey of CrossFit St. Helens Facebook Page

St. Helens, OR-  Have you met Carleen Mathews?  She’s not your typical business owner and owning a CrossFit business isn’t typical.  One could say Carleen has CrossFit in her blood.  She has always loved competitive sports, playing softball in college.  She worked hard to get scholarships, graduating with a degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies from Concordia University.  When asked why she loves to compete, Carleen shared, “I love the challenge of making myself better every day!  I always say, once it’s easy or I’m not improving there will be no reason for me to continue. That’s the amazing thing about this sport, it constantly pushes me to be better every day! I get to see what I’m capable of and then improve that!”

Competing and CrossFit go hand in hand.  What is CrossFit?  CrossFit is a type of exercise that consists of a daily class in four parts:  Warm-up, Skill, Workout of the Day and Cooldown.  CrossFit offers a variety of classes for groups , such as for 12-17, and any skill set can join.  CrossFit is a long-term physical development that promotes health and well-being.

In 2010, when Carleen tried CrossFit, she was hooked. During her 1st year, she found herself competing in the local CrossFit games.  For the past six years, she has competed at Regionals, and at the CrossFit Games the last two years.  Carleen has many impressive accomplishments at the age of 33 such as:

2012  NW Regionals 18th Place

2013  NW Regionals 9th Place

2014 NW Regionals 4th Place

2015  2nd Place West Coast Regionals & 36th at CrossFit Games

2016 Fittest in Northwest, NW Regionals 1st  & 23rd at CrossFit Games

2017 Fittest in Northwest- More to be determined with upcoming Regionals June 2-4th at the Expo Center in Portland.   The Top 5 will move forward to compete at the CrossFit Games the first week in August in Madison, Wisconsin  Please follow along on the Crossfit Reader board to cheer Carleen on at Regionals.

When Carleen isn’t training to compete, she loves to train and coach.  Carleen shared, “We took over the CrossFit gym because my coach had previously owned it and I was coaching out here full time. When they decided they wanted to focus more on their other business, my coach offered for me to take over the gym. The community out here is the best part about owning the gym. I couldn’t leave them and wanted to continue to work with this community. The main reason we took over was the community. I never imagined myself owning my own gym. I love CrossFit and I love competing but it was never on my long term goals to own my own gym.  But when the opportunity came up and I thought about leaving this community I couldn’t say no.”

When asked what her biggest challenge was for training she replied, “There are so many challenging parts to owning a business and training for the Games. It is my full-time job training for the Games, so I think balance is one of the hardest things because I need to balance my training, business, marriage, relationships etc. I am also training a lot alone and that has been very challenging.”

Anyone can take classes at CrossFit St. Helens –  view schedule on their website.  You can keep up with her events and coaching tips on their Facebook page @CrossFitStHelens.  You can even google Carleen.  She has been featured in several fitness magazines, on Instagram, Blogs and more.  She is a local hero to many, especially those who work out in her classes.  Help us cheer her on in the upcoming 2017 Regional CrossFit Games on June 2nd- 2017  in Portland.  If you are downtown St Helens, you might just spy her training outside of her location.

Photo courtesy TeamCarleen Instagram

#crossfit #physicalfitness #sthelensor #crossfitsthelens

 

 


Join the 9th Annual Race Against Child Abuse

St. Helens, OR – Established in 2000 as a 501(c) nonprofit, the Amani Center is a community-based assessment & treatment services center, that helps children who have been abused in a child-friendly setting to minimize trauma and raise awareness against child abuse.   Every year since 2009, they have held a walk to promote Child Abuse Awareness in our communities as well as a fundraiser for the organization.  This year marks the 9th Annual Race which you can support our children in our community by participating in a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon or if you’re not a runner join the 1 mile Walk on April 22nd, 2017.

Beth Pulito, Development Director, shared why this race is so important for Columbia County.  Beth said, “Although this is an annual race, just recently we have been trying to consistently hold in in April, which is the National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  This race gives us an opportunity to raise necessary funds to provide forensic interviews and medical evaluations to children of Columbia County suspected of abuse or neglect.  It’s an event that allows participation and support from all ages and all levels of fitness, with distances from our 1 Mile Family Fun Walk to a beautiful and challenging Half Marathon.  We have great volunteers who assist us in many facets of the event, supportive vendors who make our event run smoothly and fabulous sponsors and participants who see the value in supporting our mission and the children we serve.  We see amazing growth potential for this event in the future and look forward to participants and partners collaboration to continue and evolve a long-standing race in Columbia County.’

It’s not too late to register.  Go to https://raceagainstchildabusehalfmarathon.itsyourrace.com/register/ use the promo code special for a discount.  Stay in touch as another race is in the works for July in Clatskanie.  Stay tuned on their FB page for more details  #familyfriendlyfun #childabuseawareness #columbiacounty #halfmarathon #walk #fundraiser

 

 


2016 Summer Community Celebrations

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Our communities offer many types of activities around the 4th of July to showcase a sense of community pride while celebrating our nation’s independence.  These communities are inviting you to join in the fun.

Scappoose –  Start your morning off right with a donation only Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11:00 AM.  All proceeds go to Scappoose Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund held at 52751 Columbia River Hwy.

St. Helens-  4th of July Festivities start at Columbia View Park  at 11:00 am with an Adult Tail Gate Party down at the waterfront.  The Elks Food Cart opens between 11:00-8:00 PM.  Elks will be grilling up hamburgers and such to raise funds for Veterans.  Other family friendly events like a Pie Baking Contest,Watermelon Eating Contest, Trash Can Painting Contest all happen during the day.  Live music starts at 3:00 PM followed by local sensation Hit Machine at 8:00 PM.  For specific events, go to  St Helens 4th of July Events Schedule.

Rainer Days starts officially at noon on July 7th.  You will find free live music, carnival rides, evening kids movie in the park and more until July 10th.  According to their website, they were voted Best fireworks on the Columbia River for 5 years in a row.  Make sure to catch the “Fibre Federal / Rainier Days in the Park Fireworks show” July 9th 10:00 PM.  Rainier Days 2016 Schedule.

Clatskanie – Heritage Days is a long-running tradition started by pioneers.  Many new events have been added to showcase the best of Clatskanie. On the 4th, they have a day full of events to celebrate their local Heritage.  Two of the highlights is a live logging show at 6:30 PM followed by a fireworks show at dusk.  For more information or detailed events, go to their website.

The Vernonia Chamber of Commerce hosts the  Vernonia Great American Bash 2016.  They have a parade that starts at 6:00 PM and fireworks at dusk.  Looking for daytime activities? The newly upgraded Dewey Pool is ready for visitors.   Want to squeeze in a bike ride?  You can jump on the Crown Zellerbach Trail.   Whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy your time in Vernonia.

Columbia County hosts many community events with free activities that allow you to see your neighbors, meet new friends and participate in what makes small towns so great.  #Thankscolumbiacounty #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #welovecc #welovewherewelive

 

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Festival, Parade & More starting June 16th, 2016

13433336_10208173950839377_9005612333863629753_oSt Helens, OR-   Do you remember the old Port-o-Fun?  Port-o-Fun was located downtown along the waterfront in St Helens for many years.  St Helens Kiwanis decided to bring back the memories and fun with a new name, The River Festival.  St. Helens River Festival will start at noon on Thursday 16th with Free Admission. You’ll have plenty to do with 13 Nights on the River  open air market  from 3:00-9:00 PM and live music starting at 6:00 PM by  a band called “Slicker” made up of some of Oregon’s finest home grown, professional musicians.

Another long-standing local tradition, St Helens Kiwanis will also host the 101st year Kiwanis Parade with the theme “2016 Year of Health & Wellness”  June 18th at noon at Columbia Blvd and Hwy 30.  This parade is great family fun.  If you want to get creative,  you can participate in the parade by signing up the day of the parade between 9-11 at Emmert Motors.  Parade judging starts at 11:00 and Parade at Noon.  It’s a not to miss community event.  Kiwanis want to invite Columbia County to join in the celebrations.

Yes, there is adult fun involved.  When was the last time you attended a street dance?  This upcoming weekend, you’ll have the option to attend two street dances.  One on Friday 17th by Stevie Marie & Jackson Road and The Wieners will play on Saturday both start at 8:00 PM with a $5.00 cover for each dance.  River Festival Facebook Page follow along for details.  Spending time at community creates great family memories.

#hereincc #keepitlocalcc #livemusic #recreatecc


Columbia County 1st Century Challenge

C3-logomark (rev 2)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
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Land, Water or Just Something Different?

Exercise     Dreaming of a healthier you in 2016?  If you are not as motivated as you’d like, try group exercise.  Groups are a great for accountability, to make new friends, build self-confidence and meet your health goals. Columbia County has many group exercise options.  After reading a community facebook post where locals bragged about the following exercise hot spots, I’ve complied a list of  their favorites.   I also wanted to share a few more if your New Year’s Resolutions is for a healthier you, if you are into that.  If not, maybe just because it’s good for you.

On land:

Columbia City:  Pacific Athletic Club.  Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.

St. Helens: Anytime Fitness   &  Curves

Scappoose:  The Fitness Center in Scappoose

Water:

St Helens:  Einsenschmidt Pool.  Lap swimming and classes. Click here for pool schedule.

Kayaking/Canoe Tours:  Your Adventure Awaits

Something different:

Clogging Classes start on January 7th, 2016

Crossfit St Helens.  A type of workout.

Yoga: Classes by Meredith Redding Fitness and Yoga LLC &  YogaYouUnion

Lots of options to choose from in the area.  Here’s to a healthier us in 2016.

 

 


Annual Walk/Run to Support Local Charities Saturday

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St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run?  It is a signature event in Columbia County.  It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens.  You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.

Don’t worry you still have time to join in on the fun.  Sign up for 6th Annual Reindeer Run.  This year they are adding a new twist with a costume contest.

Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs.  The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. .  Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.

Join in on the fun & get involved in this year’s Reindeer Run!  Click here to learn more about the run.

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