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Kelso Highlander Festival

Kelso Highlander Festival
Saturday, September 8th & Sunday September 9th
Tam O’Shanter Park
Kelso, WA 98626

Experience a whole weekend of Scottish & Celtic culture, with the Avenue of Clans, Scottish craft & food vendors, Scottish music & dancing, as well as Highland Games.
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
At beautiful Tam O’Shanter Park on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 the festivities begin, starting at 7:00 am with a Fun Run/Walk 5K road race.  The Sons of Norway Hall in Kelso is holding a Norwegian Waffle and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday only.  Please join us there for breakfast before heading over to the park.  At 9:00 am the Highland Dance Competition, Silent Auction and Highland Games begin.  At 10:00 am please join us for the annual Highlander Festival Parade.  Also beginning at 10:00 am join us for the Kelso Garden Club Flower Show . At 12:30 the Opening Ceremonies & Parade of Clans begins on the field.  The Silent Auction ends at 4:00.  The entertainment continues all day Saturday with music by:  Men of Worth, Rogues End, and pipe bands from Ft. Vancouver and Clan Gordon.  This is located under the covered area.

There will not be a baking contest this year.  Thank you to all past judges and contestants for entering your baked goods and making it a success for so many years.
Sunday, September 9th, 2018
At 8:00 AM  please join us for the Kirkin’ of the Tartan Worship Service at Tam O’Shanter Park and again at 10:00 AM at the Kelso Methodist Presbyterian Church in Kelso at 206 Cowlitz Way.  There will be a special tea reception following the Kirkin’ at 11:00 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be bagpipers and a Highland Dancer performing.

The Highland Games will begin at the park at 9:00 AM with those hardy lads and lasses tossing the caber and throwing the stone. There will be entertainment in the afternoon at the park with the Wicked Tinkers, and Men of Worth.

The Kilted Classic Golf Tournament starts with registration at 8:00 AM at the Longview Country Club.  Contact Mike Fowler 360-749-4925

The Kelso Rotary will be holding their Annual Duck Race in the afternoon raising money for charities and scholarships.

Get your Highlander Festival Buttons, on sale July 5th, for only $1.00 each and you could win many prizes which have been donated from various merchants in Kelso.

Longview Parks & Rec – Run/Walk 2017

Longview Parks & Recreation puts on a amazing amount of events each year for the community…
They put on 8 scheduled running & walking events to get us excited to get out and go have some fun around the Longview area

February:  Heart & Sole 5k & 10k run/walk at Lake Sacajawea
March: Electrifying Shamrock Run at Lake Sacajawea
April:  Running of the Fools 10k walk/run at Willow Grove
June:  $5 – 5k series at Tam O’Shanter Park
July:  Firecracker Fun Run 5 k course at Lake Sacajawea
September:  Moonlight Run 5k course at Mint Valley Golf Course
October:  Pumpkin Pi Run 3.14 mile run/walk at Willow Grove
November:  Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning at Lake Sacajawea

 

360.442.5400
Untouchables Car Show

For the last 20 years the Untouchables Car Club has hosted their car show in historic downtown Kalama on the third Sunday in August.   Good weather usually prevails and the show averages well over 300 cars per year.   The Kalama Chamber of Commerce helps to put the event on.  It’s a great day of fun in downtown Kalama.

Proceeds sponsor scholarships to Lower Columbia College for our local High School Graduates and the needy in our local community.

When:  Third Sunday in August each year
Location: Kalama WA

360.425.0125
Hot Summer Nights
Downtown Woodland

This concert series features a different band and genre of music each week- so there’s a little something for everyone in downtown Woodland Washington!
The back drop to our stage is beautiful Horse Shoe Lake – making this a fun, memorable, photo-worthy way to spend your summer Friday nights!
We encourage dancing, and always have sidewalk chalk for the kiddos. Come once, come often, come every night- it’s a new experience each week,
and a great way to get out and enjoy our Northwest summer evenings in our big, little town!

A rockin’ good time for all ages! This family friendly festival is alcohal free and open to all ages. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy great music!
July & August each summer

Squatch Fest 2018
Event Location:
Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632

A day full of fun activities for the children in the Kids Cave, speakers such as author Dr. Jeff Meldrum and researcher Derek Randles from the Olympic Project for the true believers, food & craft vendors and a beer garden with firepits to sit around and tell your Bigfoot Story! Stay tuned for updates.

sQuatch Fest is coming back in 2018 and you can expect world renowned Speakers, Authors and Researchers along with Brew Mountain that will be serving some of Washington’s finest beers. The Kids Cave will be back with even more for the children to do and don’t forget the fantastic vendors where you can find some one of a kind items. Stay tuned for updates. $20 Adluts $5 for Children 15 and younger. #klccsquatch

Event Location:  Cowlitz County Event Center
Date:  Saturday, January 27th
Time:  10 am to 8 pm
Hosted by:  Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce

360.423.8400
Longview Squirrel Fest
Civic Circle

The Longview Squirrel Fest is the first of its kind on the West Coast and in the Mount St. Helens region! We’re nuts over this one-day festival in honor or our furry friends. Launching the first Longview Squirrel Fest was a dream of a local group, The idea came from the Sandbaggers who helped build and maintains the Nutty Narrows Bridge on the Civic Circle in Longview, they wanted a fun event that would be nutty enough for everyone from age 2 to 102.

The Civic Circle is transformed into an all day venue of fun, games, and music for the whole family to enjoy.

Kids 5 k Run
Go Nutty Squirrel Fest Parade
Craft Vendors
Food Vendors
Kids Games & Activities
Karaoke
Beer & Wine Garden
Main Stage – Musical Entertainment

Every August

http://lvsquirrelfest.com
360.430.0273
Cowlitz County Fair
1900 7th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
Cowlitz County Fair 2018
July 25, 26, 27 & 28

The History of the Cowlitz County Fair~
On September 3rd and 4th 1937 the Cowlitz Valley Fair was held for the first time in Catlin Park, beginning a tradition that has lasted seventy-five years and continues on to this day as the Cowlitz County Fair. With the exception of the four years during World War II, the annual fair has provided such stimulating and amusing entertainment as a milking contest between civic leaders from Longview and Kelso held the very first day of that very first fair. Contestants included Kelso Mayor W.E. Chinn, Kelso Kiwanis President Thomas H. Van Noy, President E.G. Ditlersen and Secretary Eugene Crumb of the Kelso Chamber of Commerce VS Longview Mayor John P. Bell, Longview Kiwanis President Verne DeVilbiss, President J.L. Norris and Secretary L.K. Martini of the Longview Chamber of Commerce. The winner was Dr. J.L. Norris of Longview.
Other events of the day included the livestock judging contest and the Home Economics judging event. There were fair exhibits on clean easy milkers, grange feeds, grange flour, international trucks, batteries, tires, and J.I. Case Farm Machinery. The first day centered on farms and gardens. The Rose Valley Grange won first in the Grange exhibit division with a variety of farm produce. Pleasant Hill was 2nd and Kalama 3rd. The Judges were Mr.& Mrs. Heye Meyers of Vancouver.

COWLITZ COUNTY FAIR FOR THE 1st TWENTY-FIVE YEARS 1937 – 1962

Our fair began as The Cowlitz Valley Fair held at Catlin Park. But it didn’t stay put. The location moved to 15th Avenue and Ocean Beach Hwy in 1941, next to 7th Avenue and the old LP&N railway in 1942, then to Saddle Club Park in Longview at 14th and Baltimore in 1946, back to 7th Avenue in 1947, and finally to the present location in 1950. During this time the fair underwent two additional name changes: The Cowlitz County Fair in 1946 and The Columbia Empire Fair in 1949. There were no fairs nationwide from 1941 -1945 by government order due to WWII.
Right from the beginning the fair was a family friendly event. Admission increases reflected this, starting from only .25 to .50 cents for adults and from .10 to .25 cents for children under the age of 15. By 1962 admission was .75 cents for adults and the .25 cents for kids stayed the same and the age requirement was dropped to under 12 years of age and covered all of the events. The attendance grew from approximately 3,000 in 1946 to 23,302 in 1962.
From the beginning, the fair has had a western flare throughout, with many Country Western singers, comedians, and various other western themed performers. Events and entertainment included horse shows, juvenile rodeos, Sheriff’s Posse horse shows, many dog & chimp acrobatic performers, and jalopy races. Also in attendance were governors, noted political leaders, and T.V. & movie personality guest appearances. One of the exciting attractions was seeing who would win the crown for “Queen of the Fair.” Many of the young ladies who won the title of Queen had also first won a Rodeo title, demonstrating how hard working these youths were in the early days of the fair.
New building additions to the fair began with the construction of the automobile building in 1947 and went on to include the floral building, modern restrooms, model milk parlor and office building in 1948. Also added was a new horse show arena in 1952, a dormitory for youngsters who stay overnight for livestock exhibits in 1953, a caretaker’s house in 1954, and lastly in this time period, a 40’X120’ livestock building.

360.577.3121
360.577.6254
Harvest Festival
Kelso Senior Center
106 NW 8th
Kelso, WA 98626

Join us for the 1st Annual Harvest Festival. This is a family-friendly event! We’ll have candy, games, vendors, food, auction and raffle items!
Chili Competition during the Harvest Festival.
When:  Saturday, October 28th 2017
Time:  11 am to 5:30 pm
Location:  Kelso Senior Center
Contact:  Katie Sutton – 360.703.5424

360.703.5424
Blooms to Brews

The Blooms to Brews Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, and 10K Run/Walk takes place in one of the most historic communities in Washington State in the Woodland bottoms farm country!

Follow the flat course through the Woodland Bottoms just when the tulips and lilacs are in full bloom. Take in breath-taking views of the Columbia and Lewis Rivers. Relax at the post party at Horseshoe Lake with a cold micro-brew or root beer!

Woodland Washington is only 28 miles North of the Portland, Oregon Airport! Easily follow the I-205 N to 1-5 N and Woodland is just off the freeway.

 The Blooms to Brews Marathon is a non-profit organization that serves the community by providing a world class marathon and            related fun events that raise money to benefit local charities, while promoting health and fitness.

Blooms to Brews happens in April each year.

When:  Sunday, April 29 2018
Time: 7:30 am Full Marathon & 4-person Relay
7:40 am Half Marathon
7:50 am 10K 8:30 am–TBD Post Race Celebration at Horseshoe Lake Park
Location: Woodland WA

Woodland Tulip Festival
1066 S Pekin Rd
Woodland, WA 98674

The Woodland Tulip Festival occurs each year in April at Holland America Flower Gardens in Woodland, WA. Our U-Pick fields are open and there are several vendors and activities going on throughout the duration of the festival. Our gift shop is always open year round but is full of special items just for tulip season! Call for more information or follow our Facebook  page to get other updates.

360.225.4512
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