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.


’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.


Big Fun For Our Little Ones

Wee-Bop Music and Movement is a program where children ages 4 months to 6 years can engage in music, rhythm, art, cooking and/or sports. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, provides safe, indoor, high quality classes for children to explore, meet new friends, and expend their energy in innovative and fun ways.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement was started by St. Helens resident, Jen Morse in 2004. She had just moved to the St. Helens area, was a stay-at-home mom with two young children and had a newly earned Masters degree in Elementary Ed.  As a licensed teacher and a recent employee of Gymboree Music & Movement, she knew a program like Wee-Bop Music and Movement was something our community could really use, and something she could do and still stay home with her own children. She started off by offering 1 class a week at the Yankton Grange. Since then she has opened up shop off Columbia Blvd in St. Helens and in February of this year opened her second location in Scappoose. Wee-Bops, as it is commonly known, offers a variety of quality classes for children ages 4 months to 6 years.

Classes include such activities as Music & Movement, where little ones and their parents participate in circle games, rhythm instrument exploration, prop play, creative dance; Play & Art, focuses on building strength, balance and coordination as kids explore bounce hoses, tents, obstacle courses and ending each class with a simple art project; Preschool Prep, including short circle time, arts and crafts and sensory activities; Fitness, an intro into different sports in a noncompetitive fashion for the older kids (2.5-5yrs) and soon to be adding a yoga class for all ages;  and Cooking,  where students will learn about safety and sanitation in the kitchen, cooperation, experimentation, use of a recipe, and more.

Wee-Bop Music and Movement also offer private playgroups and themed birthday parties

Registration for the spring session is now underway for both locations.

Classes start Monday, April 30th. Please contact Jen Morse @ (503) 396-0956

For more detailed information please go to their website www.wee-bop.net, or find them on Facebook as Wee-Bop Music & Movement.