Columbia County, OR – Living in a small town provides the opportunity to know your neighbors. Communities across Columbia County have local traditions each community has a different way they participate in celebrating July 4th.
We suggest you start off your morning with a Pancake Breakfast in Scappoose from 7:30 -11:00 AM brought to you by the Scappoose Fire Department, Scappoose Volunteer Firefighters & Highway 30 Cruisers. The kids will love eating pancakes at the Fire Station. Plus, it’s a way to meet your local community responders who are raising money for graduation scholarships.
Clatskanie has Heritage Days with a Car Show starting on June 30th so if you are a car enthusiast this is the place for you to be. This year the committee has added quite a few new events such as a softball Game for Rainier Vs. Clatskanie, a Mustache & Beard Contest to mention a few. Heritage Days on the 4th of July is complete with fireworks to end the evening. For a full list of events visit the Clatskanie Heritage Days Facebook Page.
St Helens will have live music, vendors, tailgating opportunities down at the waterfront ending the evening with fireworks. You can follow their website to stay up to date.
Vernonia is hosting The Great American Bash complete with an evening parade and fireworks hosted by Intercultural Society of Vernonia. The parade starts at 5:00 PM with a ticketed concert to follow at Hawkins Park. Jessie Cain LIVE in Concert Nashville’s latest up and coming country music singer/songwriter, along with the Hill Road Band, both right from Vernonia’s backwoods will perform a concert you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets at Eventbrite. Fireworks will follow the concert.
Rainier hosts Rainier Days in the Park July 6th-8th. They have a weekend celebration with live music, rides, vendors and the fireworks. To wet your whistle on a few of the highlights that include a variety of interests to match everyone’s taste such as a Wrestling Match with AC/DC Tribute band on Friday night, Totally Awesome 80’s with Music by Live B on Saturday afternoon, Sanctus Real on Sunday at 5:00 PM.
No matter what you do or where you go, we wish you a great 4th of July from all of us at BeyondTheBurbs!
Columbia County- The 3rd Saturday in June is a day filled with family fun activities around Columbia County. The Kiwanis Parade in St Helens happens every year at noon on the 3rd Saturday. This year a few other local events such as the Cycle Columbia Challenge starting and ending in Scappoose and Scappoose Party in the Park with live music and extended Scappoose Farmers Market hours also happens the same day. It’s a day full of community fun right in your backyard a little something for everyone.
The Kiwanis Parade is a yearly tradition. This year’s theme is “Honoring Those That Serve.” Spectators can set up a prime spot anywhere along the streets of Columbia Blvd. The standard parade route starts at the corner of Hwy 30 & Emmert Motors and continues down to to the Dockside restaurant. It starts at 12:00 and typically lasts about an hour or longer depending on the number of entrants. This is a FREE parade to enter to showcase your business or community. If you want to participate in the parade or want more details, follow the Facebook Event. Parades are a fun way to meet your neighbors and celebrate small-town life. You can also tune into KOHI 1600 AM or stream from App Tune IN to listen to the parade as our local radio station broadcasts live from the event.
If you are a cyclist, you can join in the 3rd Annual Cycle Century Challenge. This is the only cycling event in Columbia County. It has two different routes a Century Plus and a Metric Century Plus with scenic views of farmland, timberlands, on unpaved historic CZ Trail, and charming small towns. Plus all the Cyclists are invited to the Scappoose Party in the Park after the race. You can sign up in advance or register the day of the event. It starts early at 6:00 AM. Go to www.cyclecolumbiacounty.com for more details or to register.
Why not end the day with a community party? This year Scappoose Party in the Park starts with extended Scappoose Farmers’ Market hours and live music Hit Machine Unplugged will perform a kid-friendly performance from 4-6 PM.
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Columbia County- Leaves are dropping along with the temperature, Fall has arrived and Halloween is quickly approaching for Columbia County. With the movie Halloweentown filmed in St. Helens in 1998, the city is still celebrating and the many across Columbia County have also embraced this holiday.
Local citizens have ties to the movie as many had their debut acting in the movie as extras such as Rainier Mayor, Jerry Cole along with Clatskanie resident, Brian Fawcett. Brian was a kid at the time who got his first paycheck as an extra to perform alongside his sister and mom in an Aladdin Costume. Brian shared that his favorite memory of the movie was, “Being part of a locally made movie with my family was a cool experience. And watching the movie near Halloween after the fact to find myself, my mom, and my sister in random scenes made for some good memories.” Maybe that’s why so many people jump at the chance to celebrate Halloween and welcome curious tourists.
The movie has a cult following that will bring a lot of tourists to the area for Halloween the month of October for a variety of activities. To view, a list of Spirit of Halloweentown events go to www.discovercolumbiacounty.com and www.keepitlocalcc.com to view many local events. SHEDCO (ST Helens Economic Development Corporation) has partnered with several local groups to host a few events for locals to have some fun along with the tourists and ways they can get engaged to show off their local community.
A signature event to kick off the month-long celebration is the Halloweentown Parade that is on Oct 7th at 3:00 PM. Last year, the parade had a Witches Float, Star Wars of Oregon, Columbia County Sherrif Department, Aliens, Zombie fighters, Scary Clown Bikers and more participated. The 2nd year parade is sure to outshine the past year. When asked what will make this year different?” Gretchen Williams, Parade Organizer, replied, “For me, the parade this year is different from the last because of the willingness from groups to participate. Many crowd favorites from last year contacted me immediately wanting to return. I didn’t even have to ask them! I have several families who have signed up to participate simply because they love Halloween. I’m very excited to see their entries! We are on track to surpass the number of entries we had last year. Something else that is new this year is that I did not have to charge an entry fee. Thanks to several additional sponsors, everyone can participate for free.” Afterwards, the Community Pumpkin lightening will take place in the Holiday Plaza at 7:00 PM.
Ways for you to get involved:
September 25th-Oct 6th Participate in a Scarecrow Contest. Open to all citizens and businesses Across Columbia County are invited to put up a ScareCrow for the Spirit of Halloweentown ScareCrow Contest. Winners get $150 sponsored by the City of St. Helens. You can post your photos to the FB page between Sept 25th- Oct 6th details on the facebook page.
Oct 7th – Halloweentown Parade sponsored by SCC Chamber of Commerce, SHEDCO & Columbia River PUD Oct 7th. Locals can participate in the parade for free by emailing email@example.com for an application.
October 6th – Oct 30th. If you like to get dressed up in costume, you can become a WayFinding Witch. What’s that? It’s a chance to share our local businesses and happenings with the tourists in your Halloween Costume. Click on the link, to sign up for a volunteer spot.
Oct 19th,20,21st at 7:00 PM & 21st at 2 PM ShoeString Theatre, “The War of the Worlds” on October 19, 20, 21 at 7 pm, and October 21 for a 2 pm matinee. Tickets on Sale September 30th online or at Bertucci’s.
Columbia County- Two sisters, Stephanie Pescio (formerly Hall) & and Sandra Mohler both hail from Rainier, Oregon. Although the sisters are physically separated by a few miles and a bridge, the girls stay close by growing a new business as Sandra now lives in Longview, WA. They recently opened their new business in Columbia County that can help enhance local events and create memories. It’s a pop up open air photo booth, called YooDoo Selfies, LLC. They serve Columbia County, Cowlitz & Clatsop Counties.
Stephanie shared, “We started YooDoo Selfies, LLC because our mother always wanted us, girls, to create a family business. We honor her memory of 10 years of caregiving by taking time now to create a business that can unite our family in joy.” After much research paired with a business plan, they opened their business in Summer of 2017. When asked what makes them different from their local competitors Stephanie replied, ” We use a Venue Pro Selfie machine. It’s equipped to send your pictures straight to your email, text, or Facebook. We are two sisters honoring our mother’s memory by starting a business that creates memories for others and gives joy and happiness. We are fun and having fun is what YooDoo is all about.”
When asked what makes their business successful, Stephanie was quick to respond, “People are what makes any business successful. This industry is about memorializing our moments of happiness, joy, and excitement. YooDoo Selfies, LLC is here to help your event become more than just a celebration. It is a chance to mingle have fun and take some selfies. Play with our props or enjoy our green screen options with many backgrounds to choose from.” This is a fun business that can be added to a family event such as a birthday, family reunion, weddings, bridal showers, graduation parties and many other events.
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St Helens, OR- Another long-standing local tradition in St Helens is the Kiwanis Parade held the 3rd Saturday in June. This year St Helens Kiwanis will host the 102nd year parade with the theme “Wonders of Columbia County ” on June 17th at noon at Columbia Blvd and Hwy 30. This parade is great family fun. You can bring a chair if you’d like, find a spot along Main Street Corridor in St. Helens from the South Columbia County Chamber & Emmert Motors to Dockside. Just follow the crowd to find out what’s going on.
If you want to get creative, you can participate in the parade by signing up the day of between 9-11 at Emmert Motors. They have many categories for floats, cars, motorcycles and more. The parade judging starts at 11:00 and the parade at noon. It is a not to miss community event. At the bottom of the page, you will find the Kiwanis Parade Application. If you would like to pre-register forms which can be mailed to:
Kiwanis Community Parade
P.O. Box 295
Saint Helens, OR 97051
The Kiwanis Parade is a family-friendly fun whether you are watching or participating. It’s also an opportunity to see old friends and meet your neighbors. Don’t forget to bring a bag for the candy and treats that are often tossed out to the kids and even a few adults.
Follow along on the Facebook Event Page to keep up on parade day events. See you there Columbia County!