Things to do in Cowlitz County

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Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
115 South Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.

To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago.

Lilac Days 2018
April 21 – Mothers Day – May 13th

History of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Woodland is perhaps best known as the home of Hulda Klager (1863–1960), who was a prolific breeder of lilacs. The “Lilac Lady” Hulda Klager née Thiel, was long the pride of Woodland. She immigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1865, when she was just two years old, and came West when her family bought a farm in Woodland. Later she married and settled down on the family farm. When a friend gave her a book about Luther Burbank, she began creating flowers, hybridizing new varieties of roses, dahlias, even apples, and lilacs in particular. By 1920 she had created such a magnificent array of new hand-pollinated lilacs that she opened her garden on Lilac Week every spring for visitors. The floodwaters of 1948 rolled over her garden, destroying every shrub and hand-pollinated lilac. The loss grieved those who visited her garden or who had purchased her lilacs. From all over the Northwest, people sent starts of her lilacs from their own gardens. By 1950, at the age of eighty-seven, Klager, who loved flowers and who had been honored by the state of Washington as well as such organizations as the nationally famous arboretum at Cambridge, Massachusetts, again opened her home for Lilac Week. After her death in 1960, the Woodland Federated Garden Club, shocked that the garden might be bulldozed for industry, succeeded in raising money to buy it and have it declared a state and national historic site.

Woodland Tulip Festival
1066 S Pekin Rd
Woodland, WA 98674
Woodland Tulip Festival

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

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
Power of the Purse
Power of the Purse

Women’s event highlighting the power of local female philanthropy and it’s positive community impacts.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Join us for the 3rd Annual women’s event that benefits United Way partner agencies! Event features a purse raffle, high energy fashion show featuring local business women and retailers, special women’s vendor services to make you feel like a princess, wine pull, Woman of Excellence Award, hors d’ oeuvres and more! There will also be an opportunity to win a Tiffany bracelet. Don’t miss this fun and philanthropic women’s night out!
When:  October 19th, 2017 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:  Cowlitz County Event Center,
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Hosted by:  United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties

360.425.5320
Unique Tin Car Show
Unique Tin Car Show

The Unique Tin car show and Cruise has become one of the premier car shows in the northwest. We are the second or third largest event in Cowlitz County and bring 500 or more classic and performance cars to the area every August. We provide a fun and profitable show for the local economy, give support to local charities and businesses, and manage to enjoy doing it. We hope to continue for years to come.

When:  Last Saturday in August
Location:  Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Contact:  Everett – 360.636.1969

http://uniquetin.com
360.636.1969
360.577.0111
Untouchables Car Show
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
Blooms to Brews
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

Festival of Lighted Boats – Kalama
Festival of Lighted Boats – Kalama

Get into the spirit of Christmas on the Columbia River! Join the Grinch and The Who’s for an evening parade of beautifully decorated boats from the Kalama waterfront! Lit boat parade, music & caroling, live entertainment, festive food & drink, Santa photos, family fun, McMenamins beer garden!

When:  Saturday, December 9th 2017
Time:  5 pm to 8 pm
Location:  Marine Park – Kalama
Hosted By:  Kalama Chamber of Commerce and The Dolphin Yacht Club

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Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo 2018
July 26, 27 & 28 at 7:00 pm

The History of the Rodeo

The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo originated as a PRCA rodeo in 1975 under the direction of rodeo committee members Ron McCoy, Mel Boultinghouse, Cal Christensen, Vern Eaton, Wayne Gossett, Bill Merz, George Moore, Les Nelson, and Jan Searing. The rodeo was originally called The Cowlitz County Fair & Rodeo, but after Mount Saint Helens spewed its fire and thunder upon this area in 1980, committeeman George Moore suggested in 1981 that the rodeo’s name be changed to The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo.

Since 1981, the rodeo has been known by this memorable name, which though was derived from a volcanic eruption, it also aptly denotes the thundering hooves and energy, which this rodeo brings to town.

When the rodeo began in 1975 we used a borrowed, portable arena that was erected just before the Cowlitz County Fair opened, and had to dismantle it after the fair ended. In 1979, we established a permanent arena. Although this arena was a vast improvement over a portable arena, we now have a state of the art arena, which we are proud to state was entirely constructed by committee members. Cowlitz County Fair Grounds 1970’s Our present committee is comprised of 12 committee members, whereas we had 8 committee members when the rodeo originated.

Christensen Brothers was our original stock contractor. Gold Buckle Rodeo Company is our present stock contractor. We began with $300.00 per added event, and now we add $3,000.00 per event, including barrel racing. Since this rodeo’s origination we have consistently drawn top cowboy and cowgirl contestants to the competition. The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo committee believes that the keys to success in having a great rodeo consist of having excellent stock, quality contestants, talented bullfighters, funny clowns, and exciting half-time entertainment. Each year we strive to make the rodeo the most successful rodeo competition we can bring to the Lower Columbia region. We hope that you have the opportunity to experience the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo!

360.577.3121
360.577.6254
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Longview Parks & Rec – Run/Walk 2017
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
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