St. Helens Celebrates Spirit of Halloweentown Oct 10th- 31st

Photo courtsey of Spirit of Halloweentown Facebook page

St Helens –  St. Helens celebrates the Spirit of Halloweentown as an Annual Tradition.  The 1998 Disney Channel orginal movie  “Halloweentown” had scences shot in the Courthouse Plaza. Over the years, the city pays homage every October to the movie “Halloweentown” by redocrating the square complete with a Pumpkin Lighting to kick off the celebrations.  The number of Halloween activities continue to grow always celebrating a beloved holiday by many who live in Columbia County.  If Halloween is your thing, you will surely find a few activities to join in on the fun.

Local organizers recently announced Kimberly Brown, actress from the movie will be attending and acting as the Master of Ceremonies for Annual Pumpkin Lighting on Oct 10th at 7:30 at the Courthouse Plaza.  See You Tube announcment from Kimberly Brown actress from Halloweentown.

Many local business will put up scarecrows to participate in the Scarecrow Contest to give you a fright and don’t forget about the “Taste of Terror” as local resturants have featured Halloween food/drinks.  Many other Halloween related activities from the Pumpkin Lighting to a Monster Dash benefitting Veterans. a pumpkin carving contest and so much more which will take place Oct 10th-31st.  To keep up with all the local activities and as more are being added follow the Spirt of HalloweenTown Facebook page.  See below a snapshot of activities:

Oct 8th – Oct 16th – Drop off pumpkin at City Hall for Judging Oct 8th-Oct 16th.  One day voting Oct 17th 11-3:00 PM. Cash prizes sponsored by St. Helens Arts Coalition Commission.

Oct 10th- Pumpkin Lightening – 7:30 PM with Lighting at 8:00 PM at Court House Plaza.  Costumes welcome and treats will be provided.

Oct 10th- Monster Dash- 10:00 AM hosted by Rotary to support Veterans

Oct 10th- 1st Annual Dark & Dank Disco at Dockside 8 p.m. Old Town St. Helens Oregon – When it’s black outside and gloomy it’s time to throw a party. The spinning some tunes and dancing the night away. Bring a friend and be ready to get into the “spirit” of things. Wear a costume. Prizes and fun.

Oct 11th, 17th, 24th & 25th – Haunted Tractor Rides with photo opportunities allowing you to get on and off.  Suggested Donation is to purchase a pumpkin.  Open Saturday’s 11-3:00 PM and Sunday’s12-3 PM at the Courthouse Plaza.  Costumes & Friends welcome.

Oct 31st – Little Spooks Halloween Trick or Treat – sponsored by the Chronicle starts at 7:30 PM downtown

Wishing you a Spooky Time!



Visitor posing in Town Square sharing her fright!

New Parking Area for Trestle Beach


Columbia City, OR Local Columbia County Free Recreation Area– Yearning to put your feet in the sand or miss the sound of waves lapping the beach, you can get your fill of both by checking out Trestle Beach right here in Columbia County.  You don’t need to drive all the way to the Oregon Coast.  It’s a river instead of an ocean but sometimes, it’s about being near water.

Trestle Beach has easy access to the Columbia River. It’s a short walk down thru a wide path in the woods and less than 1/4 mile in the sand down to the water.  If you have pets who love to swim or are looking for a quick walk along the river this is one of the closest to Columbia City and St. Helens.

Recent collaboration between Port of St. Helens, the City of Columbia City, citizens, and Oregon Department of Transportation helped move the project forward to create a safer more secure parking area for locals to enjoy this waterfront area.  The Port invested $9,000 not in the Port’s budget but the port commission found funds to commit to the project according to a recent news article from the Chronicle on Sept 2nd, 2015.

The Port of St. Helens officially opened this new entrance right off of Hwy 30 in the Industrial Area outside of Columbia City on August 28th.  The entrance takes you down a hill and back up the hill just follow the signs.  The parking area has room for up to approximatley  50 cars and has both a bathroom and a garbage container. Prior, residents were parking alongside busy Hwy 30.  This new option not only provides facilities at Trestle Beach open from  8am-7pm but a safer and secure area. Please be respectful and follow the rules to ensure us citizens of Columbia County can continue to access Trestle Beach. If you have any questions call Port of St. Helens at 503-397-2888.

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Port of St. Helens new Public Access Parking Lot


Home Sweet Home at a School?


Deer Island, OR –  If you are looking for a farm to table bed and breakfast, you’ve found it at Deer Island Manor.  Diane & Jason Dunn bought the Deer Island School a little over a year ago to turn it into a new type of Bed & Breakfast in Deer Island, Columbia County.  This is small town America with big time service.

Deer Island Bed & Breakfast has a master suite, and two additional rooms.   Diane Dunn is a hostess extraordinaire.  It’s all about the amenities.  You can get healthy food there if that’s what your into because well the cook lets you pick out of her garden when the produce is in season.  I mean, how cool is that?   Plus, they care about sending their guests to the best local restaurants and shops in Columbia County.  You get on the spot concierge service.

Deer Island Manor is a booming business filling up with new guests everyday from all over the world with rave reviews on the internet.  They host events, workshops and luncheons.

What makes them different?  Diane & Jason moved out to Columbia County from Portland.  They wanted a different type of B & B starting with the experience then the location.  They wanted their guests to have both rest & relaxation.  They want their guests to experience the small town Oregon experience to come and stay awhile. They allow you to pick your own eggs for breakfast and veggies from there garden, plus they have a robot ready to be worn by any adventurous 5-8 year old.  They have chalk board for kids to create on in the kitchen bar, plus local walks and places to explore.  #STAYLOCAL #CONNECTCOLUMBIACOUNTY


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A Goble Warming Party

Where the Hell is Goble, OR?  If you’ve heard that saying then you’ve been to Columbia County, if not then you must come spend the day exploring.   Now it’s one of those cities where if you blink, you’ve missed it.  It’s worth a stop by for a beer, a burger, or play a game out back or come in for live music usually last Friday of the month.   August 15th marks the important day for the Annual Goble Warming Party.  A Goble Tavern spokesperson shared that varying stories as to WHO came up with the name for the party to be called Goble Warming. But it’s catchy.  They think former owner Jerry Modine with his company Pig Party Productions roasted a pig on his farm a couple of times and then moved it to the Goble Tavern.

Goble Tavern new majority owners since 2006, Mike Avent &  Meryl Head partnered with Tim Navarro & Melanie Smith purchased the 50-60 year old Historic Goble Tavern from Jerry Modine.  Just so you know Goble back in the day was a thriving Port town still located with a view of the Columbia River.  Now days it’s quite less populated with one famous business, The Historic Goble Tavern.  The Goble Tavern has been under several different owners over the years but its claim to fame is that Willie Nelson’s mother once bartended there when he was 19 according to local folklore.   It also has a summer music contest “Search for the Star” sponsored by Jim Beam. Goble Warming Party is the contest finals for “Search for the Star.”

Come down on August 15th to celebrate Goble Warming.  Live music starts at 2:30 PM with no cover charge.  Be sure to bring a few of your favorite friends.  It’s all about getting together in one spot with live music to celebrate Goble, OR.   You’ll meet a few locals, plus enjoy the small town vibe. See you there. Historic Goble Tavern Information

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no– it’s the 5th Annual “Wings & Wheels”

Scappoose, OR- Wings and Wheels is a must for the whole family.   Join in on the fun at this 5th Annual event on August 8th, 2015 at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, Oregon Aero Hanger, 34020 Sky Way Dr. from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.  The South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Columbia Pacific Food Bank to put on this community event with the help of their sponsors.   This is a free community event with a suggested donation of non-perishable food items or cash at the admission gate to help our neighbors in Columbia County.

What’s going on you ask?  Well, a cruise in for classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  There will be several types of airplanes and military vehicles on display not to mention airplane rides for kids ages 10-17 (must have parent with, 1st timer preference) last year they gave over 90 rides.  This event is not only for kids but adults love it as well.  No doubt you’ll run into old friends while attending but you’ll be able to visit with local business vendors about what they do.   Plus lots of other kid activities put on by the local businesses and a kids zone provided by Tinkerbell Preschool.  Wings & Wheels is ending the evening with a new event, live music from Bartholomew Productions with the band, 90 Proof so our community can dance in the Hanger &  a beer garden by Columbia County Brewing!

Have a classic car, motorcycle? Be sure to check out the cruise in option.   You can attend that day without prior registration.  For more information, go to  Wings and Wheels 2015.


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5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run

This upcoming Saturday at the Rainer High School the 5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run will began at 8:30 AM.  This race is a 10K Run & 5 k Run/Walk to honor Ralph Painter, an avid runner for many, many years.   Ralph Painter, a graduate from St. Helens High School, was a long time Columbia County resident serving as the Chief of Police in Rainer, Oregon until he was tragically killed while in the performance of duties on January 5th, 2011.

Over the past five years, this memorial race has generated over $20,000 in scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County.  The race is successful because of the runners, walkers and sponsors.  Please join the Painter family and other fellow officers on July 25th to help with this cause and to honor Ralph’s memory and ultimate sacrafice.  Don’t worry there is still time to participate.  You can pick up packet information starting at 7:30 AM.  To register online by 11:00 PM on Thursday July 23rd or go to Ralph Painter Memorial 10k Run & 5 K Walk for more information.

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Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Marks 100 Years

Columbia County Fair & Rodeo – Photo Courtsey of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook Page

Carnival rides and games, barrel racing, rodeo court, corn dogs, cotton candy, 4-H Animals, Country Music and beer gardens. It sounds like a 100 Year Celebration to me.  2015 marks the celebration of both the Warren Grange & the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.

100 years ago, Warren Grange started a partnership with the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Warren Grange operates out of the 4-H Pavilion  on the fairground.  This 100 year celebration will draw many people to the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo which runs from July 15th – July 19th, 2015.  A special opening ceremoney for the Fair will began at noon on July 15th to honor the orginal stones that were moved to the current fair location from the original location on Deer Island and to kick off the celebration.

Want to keep up with all the events, you can follow the fair  schedule on both their website and facebook pages. 2015 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Calendar of Events and Follow events for the fair on Facebook.

This year John Micheal Montgomery will  preform July 15th.  While the VIP tickets are sold out, general admission is still available at local businesses like Chubb’s and Skinny’s in St. Helens. Groups such as the Columbia County Fair Board invite you to not only attend but to get involved.  They are even reaching out to kids to help volunteer.  Other groups such as Pacific Northwest Works have a call for volunteers for the Annual Plant Sale prep on July 14th whose proceeds support the fair.  Contact Pacific Northwest Works at 503-397-6495 to volunteer.

Let’s keep the fair going strong for another 100 years as it’s another great Columbia County annual tradition that helps create new memories, see old friends and pull a community together. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCounty

Celebrate 4th of July in Columbia County

Fireworks almost always steal the show on the 4th of July. St. Helens has fireworks that you don’t want to miss.  The show starts at 10:00 PM & Columbia County is invited to join.  Don’t forget to donate generoulsy to make this happen.  You will find donation jars all over town at locations like Klondike, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Skinny’s just to name a few local businesses.  This year City of St. Helens Community Foundation, the same organization that puts on 13 nights is also organizing all the events for July 4th.

So many things going on that day starting with a Fun Run & a Pancake Breakfast put on by Columbia River Fire and Rescue from 7-10, to a trash can painting contest where you can win $200 sponsored by Arts & Cultural Coaltition, to a “Strut Your Mutt” Parade & Contest benefitting the Columbia Humane Society  with so much more even a pie eating contest as a fundraiser for Yankton Arthur Academy.  You will enjoy seeing all the local businesses decorated for the 4th competing in a Display Window Contest.   Follow all the events at 4th of July St. Helens

We join you to get involved with the 4th of July fun it’s all part of living in a small community.  See you at the Columbia View Park. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal


Scappoose SummerFest – June 26th & 27th

Scappoose SummerFest is always held on the last weekend of June, in well, you guessed it, Scappoose, Oregon.  What is SummerFest?  SummerFest is an annual community event organized by the Scappoose Boosters as a fundraiser to help fund their local sports prorgrams.  If you ask the folks who have lived here for quite awhile, they will say it was the old “Pow-Wow” Festival.

You will find lots of live music and vendors galore starting Friday 26th continuing until late Saturday at 11:00 PM. This year the SummerFest Committee added a few extra events that can’t be ignored such as the Kids Parade and a Fun Run.

Be sure to check out the Kids Parade “SuperHero’s & Princesses” on Friday night.  Kids are encouraged to ride their bikes, hot wheels or ride in a wagaon, really, whatever they prefer.  Kids must be lined up at 6:30 on Friday 26th on the north side of the Scappoose Middle School.  This parade will surely provide the kids with great memories.  Who doesn’t have found parade memories from their childhood?  The Kids Parade will go from 1st street to JP West ending in Veteran’s Park.   It’s sure to be a great way to start the 2 day event.

Live music begins on Friday 26th at 5:00 PM with Radio Giants ending Saturday at 9:00 with Weiners with many other great bands in between.  This year the Weiners, a local band, is coming out of retirment to play for the group for the hot event Saturday night.  Be sure not to miss out because they were talked out of retirement to play.

Don’t forget about the parade which starts at 11 on Saturday no fee.  It’s called the Grande Parade with the theme this year “Let the Good Times Roll.”  A tractor parade is also being done so new or old join in on the  fun.  There is still time to register so be sure to shine up your tractor. Register for Scappoose SummerFest Parade

The Fun Run Saturday morning which includes a 5 or 10 K.  Scappoose SummerFest Fun Run Registration

Scappoose Boosters Committee arranged for a Carnival to be on site to celebrate SummerFest.  There is even a Ferris Wheel.   You can also find a magaican on Saturday on Stage #2  at 3:00 PM. Presto, the Magician, is back to entertain kids of all ages. Don’t forget about The Pet Parade which starts at 12:30PM on Saturday 27th with lots of categories and prizes.  Please bring your leashed pet to compete.

Why not join in on the fun?  There are things to do from dust till dawn.  What a perfect way to enjoy living in a small town.  Follow SummerFest Events on FaceBook

#DiscoverColumbiaCounty #PlayLocal #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal #Community #Festivals


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13 Nights on the River to Start June 4th

St. Helens, OR-  June 4th marks the start of the 11th Season of 13 Nights on the River at Columbia Park in St. Helens.

If you haven’t been, your in for a treat. The St. Helens Community Foundation along with sponsors Columbia River PUD, Dyno Nobel, Ace Hardware, Port of St. Helens, Columbia River Funeral & Cremation, & Taylor Resolution Dispute support 13 Nights on the River which coordinates music for the community on Thursday nights along with an open air market.

The Open Air Market has a variety of food, crafts and product vendors starting from 3:00-6:00 PM.  For the adults there is a beer garden.  For the kids, a playground.  For all, live music.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 PM Thursdays through Aug. 27th. Admission is free but please donate generously.  You might want to come early as many residents across Columbia County attend, so you might even run into an old friend or two.

Follow 13 Nights on the River on Facebook.

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To read more about each band, go to 13 Nights on the River band information.