Columbia County Fair and Rodeo begins Wednesday in St. Helens

Columbia County Fair and Rodeo/Rebecca Cheney (2010)
Columbia County Fair and Rodeo/Rebecca Cheney (2010)

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.

For a list of pre-sale locations, click here.

Promotional days:

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.

Saturday – Rodeo Day: 1 p.m., 2014 rodeo court pageant (speeches and royalty reception); 3 p.m., SpongeBob trivia game; 3:30 p.m., youth livestock auction; 6 p.m., Cale Moon; 7 p.m., NPRA rodeo (2014 rodeo court announced during event); 9 p.m., dance central.

Sunday – Half-Off Day: Fair admission and carnival passes half-off all day; 10 a.m., 4-H sheep fitting contest; 2 p.m., Pete Ford wrestling exhibition; 3 p.m., Kory Johnson.

For a complete schedule of events, including 4-H competitions, click here.

For more information, call 503-397-4231 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You also can e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.


Two festivals, musical kick-off today in Rainier and Scappoose

The 2013 Scappoose Pow Wow court: (from left to right) Brandon Patanjo, Sandra Hales, Johnny Kang, Lindsey Marquardt, Isaiah O’Brien, and Kristen Hansen.
The 2013 Scappoose Pow Wow court: (from left to right) Brandon Patanjo, Sandra Hales, Johnny Kang, Lindsey Marquardt, Isaiah O’Brien, and Kristen Hansen. Photo courtesy of Scappoose Community Club (2013).

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.


Gallery: St. Helens Fourth of July trash can painting competition

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.

 

 


’13 Nights on the River’ rocks summer in St. Helens

Classic rock band Pause 456 will headline "13 Nights on the River" June 20 in Columbia View Park. Photo courtesy of Pause 456.
Classic rock band Pause 456 will headline “13 Nights on the River” June 20 in Columbia View Park.
Photo courtesy of Pause 456.

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.

Future acts include:

June 27: Jackstraw; bluegrass.

July 4: The Sweetwater Band; country/rock.

July 11: The Get Ahead;  R&B, soul, jazz, and rock and roll.

July 18: The New Iberians; Blues and Zydeco.

July 25: Michael Allen Harrison; classical contemporary pianist.

Aug. 1: Hit Machine; hits from various eras; and Count the Ants; rock.

Aug. 8: Sweet Baby James; blues/jazz.

Aug. 15: Lulu LaFever and the Hot Tamales; pop jazz, blues.

Aug. 22: The Steve Hale Trio; blue-eyed-soul-americana.

Aug. 29: Jujuba; Nigerian-style afro-beat.

Details: visit www.13nightsontheriver.com, or e-mail Christina Sullivan, christina.13nights@gmail.com.


Annual St. Helens Kiwanis parade on Saturday

Courtesy of St. Helens Kiwanis/2012
Courtesy of St. Helens Kiwanis/2012

ST. HELENS — The St. Helens Kiwanis Club will present their annual community parade along Columbia Boulevard on Sat, June 15.

The parade will start at noon in front of Emmert Motors, and end on St. Helens Street in Olde Towne. The full parade route can be seen by clicking here.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Roll On Columbia, Roll On”. Parade participants need to register in front of Emmert Motors from 9 to 11 a.m.; judging of entries begins at 11 a.m.

Details: Keith Locke, 503-369-0575, or sthelenskiwanis@gmail.com.

 

 


Holiday bazaars this weekend in Columbia County

Several holiday bazaars are offered in the St. Helens area today, as well as in Rainier and Claskanie.

Swing by if you are out and about, and scan the locally made arts and crafts, and purchase some fresh baked cakes, pies, and cookies to take home. Some bazaars also feature nice, warm bowls of comforting homemade soup and bread for sale, too.

Harvest Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17; Quincy Grange Hall, off Rutter Road, northeast of Clatskanie (follow the signs from Beaver Falls Road); proceeds benefit the Grange scholarship fund and other activities; soups, sandwiches, hot dogs and pie available for purchase.

Plymouth Presbyterian Church bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17; 2615 Sykes Road, St. Helens; hand-crafted gifts, wreaths, bakes goods, jams and jellies; lunch of homemade soup, bread and pie available for purchase, and free coffee; international fair trade market with gifts from around the world; fair trade coffee and chocolates; opportunity to donate goods and services through Gifts to Church World Services.

St. Helens Elks Lodge Christmas bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17; 350 Belton Road, St. Helens; homemade goodies and crafts; kid and adult cake walks; visits with Santa Claus; refreshments available for purchase; some proceeds benefit charity.

Beaver Homes Grange bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17; Beaver Homes Grange, 31105 Beaver Homes Road, Rainier (Goble); lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., choice of soup, sandwich and salad, chips, beverage, dessert, $5.

Clatskanie Holiday bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17; Clatskanie Middle/High School Commons, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive, Clatskanie; proceeds benefit the high school baseball team spring trip; concessions available for purchase.

It’s a Jingle Jangle Christmas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18; private residence, 722 E. Second St., Rainier; benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure; free coffee, hot chocolate and cider; credit cards accepted.

For those of you who don’t mind crossing the river in search of holiday goods, The Longview Daily News also has compiled a nice list of bazaars for the Cowlitz County area . For more information, click here.