Discover Kelso, Washington, and all it has to offer when you stay at Americas Best Value Inn Kelso. We are ideally located off Cowlitz Way providing you easy access to nearby attractions including Lower Columbia College, Cowlitz Event Center, and Lake Sacajawea. Whether you’re in town for vacation, business, or simply passing through, take advantage of our free high-speed Wi-Fi, comfortable guest rooms and wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast served with coffee in the lobby. At Americas Best Value Inn Kelso, we’ve got you covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow.
Best Western Aladdin Inn is located on the border of Kelso/Longview and is minutes away from everything.
Inside this 100% non-smoking hotel in Kelso, guests will find relaxing accommodations to unwind in while visiting the area or passing through en-route to Washington’s beaches. Pets are welcome, but please call about restrictions. Each guest room and kitchenette comes complete with flat screen TV’s, cable television, and high-speed internet access. This Mount St. Helens Best Western also provides a complimentary full breakfast each morning, an indoor heated swimming pool and on-site guest laundry.
Bob’s Sporting Goods
Full-time Pro Shop employees
Archery Lessons, Seminars
11-lane air conditioned range
Full service repair shop
Offering Hoyt, Mathews, Mission Bows
Parts and Accessories
while still being in convenient reach of the freeway, shopping, and downtown in the Kelso/Longview area.
Brookhollow RV Park is located one mile (1.6 km) east off Interstate 5 in Kelso, Washington, a small town about 125 miles (200 km) south of Seattle, Washington, and 50 miles (80 km) north of Portland, Oregon. The park is in a scenic valley setting with a country feel along the Coweeman River on the east side of the city of Kelso. Within easy reach are shopping and tourist activities, including visitor centers and other tourist centers around Mt. St. Helens.
Longview, WA 98632
Bruno’s pizza is conveniently located in Longview, Washington. We’ve built a reputation in our community with our amazing pizza and our great service. People from all over the Northwest LOVE our pepperoni that we slice ourselves every day and pre-cook in our oven to a delicious crispiness that people just can’t seem to get enough of.
We like to keep it classic with our thin crispy crust made from our own fresh dough that we make ourselves. Pizza isn’t something we take lightly. That’s why we use the best ingredients we can and give attention to every detail.
We love what we do and that’s why people love coming here. Whether it’s just stopping by to pick up dinner or the whole family is celebrating a special event. Come by and try us out. But just a warning…. Once you have our pizza you’ll be hooked for life.
Kelso, WA 98626
There’s a BURGER KING® restaurant near you at 1021 Allen Street. Visit us or call for more information. Every day, more than 11 million guests visit over 13,000 BURGER KING® restaurants near them in 97 countries around the world. And they do so because our fast food restaurants are known for serving high-quality, great-tasting and affordable food. The BURGER KING® restaurant in Kelso, WA serves burgers, breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared your way. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, our commitment to quality ingredients, signature recipes, iconic sandwiches like the flame-grilled WHOPPER® Sandwich and fast, family-friendly dining experiences in a welcoming environment is what has defined our brand for more than 50 successful years.
Located conveniently off Interstate 5, our Comfort Inn & Suites® Kelso – Longview hotel has the unique position of being located inside the Three Rivers Mall Complex. This makes it easy to shop and dine no matter what the overall purpose of your visit, and free parking only adds to the accessibility. The Mount St. Helen’s Visitor Center is not far away, and the Columbia Theatre and Cowlitz County Exhibition Center offer great entertainment. Outdoor enthusiasts have a lot to explore nearby. Visitors to Lower Columbia College appreciate our location, and golfers can swing their clubs at Three Rivers Golf Course.
Get a great start to your day with a Grab & Go breakfast each morning. Enjoy free WiFi, a business center with a print station and a heated indoor pool and hot tub.
You will feel refreshed and ready to take on your day after a relaxing night in our premium bedding with a thick comforter and fluffy pillows. Everyone can access the fast and free WiFi and enjoy ensuite perks including a microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator. A flat-screen TV offers all the best entertainment if you’re looking to catch up on the news or latest movies. Select rooms add sofa sleepers for those needing extra space. We’ve got all it takes for the perfect stay when you travel.
Longview WA 98632
The Country Folks Deli
(A.K.A. The Cow Deli) opened it’s doors in the summer of 1991 with two things: Passion and a family recipe that we all now know as Grandmas Bread.
Our vision is to provide our community with not only a comfortable, clean atmosphere, with a friendly staff, but to also offer the freshest product of the highest quality to our customers!
Every morning the kitchens of The Country Folks Deli are overwhelmed with the aromas of fresh baked breads, homemade soups and oven roasted turkey. If that’s not enough to entice you, stop by and try one of our many different pies that are made fresh every morning. From coconut cream to Marion berry and rhubarb, you are sure to find your favorite!
The friendly staff of The Country Folks Deli serves up to 200 people every afternoon, most of them just asking for “the usual”. Whether you join us for our signature grilled chicken pesto sandwich, one of our fabulous fresh salads, or something hot off of the grill, we guarantee you’ll love it!
1800 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632
The Cowlitz Black Bears is an amateur baseball team located in Kelso / Longview, Washington. They play in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The league comprises teams from British Columbia, Oregon and Washington. Cowlitz calls David Story Field on the campus of Lower Columbia College home.
Story Field at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA, was remodeled for the 2010 Cowlitz Black Bears inaugural season. Amenities include Party Suites and the Bob’s Sporting Goods Party Deck in left field, the Home Plate Club in the grandstand area and picnic tables and a kids playground sponsored by Kelso, Washington’s Red Lion Inn.
Season: June, July & August
July 21, 22, 23 & 24
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.
Longview WA 98632
Five Dons Brewing aims to bring local beer to the Lower Columbia with our downtown Longview WA microbrewery.
Our beers include Hard Way Pale Ale, Blonde Next Door Blonde Ale and Dark Divide Porter.
Growler fills & Kegs to go only Wednesday 4:30 to 9:00 pm
Growler fills & Kegs to go only Saturday 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Kelso, WA 98626
Grounds for Opportunity (GFO) Cafe is a full service cafe and a training kitchen, offering a 16-week certificated course, preparing students for jobs in the restaurant industry, and serves as CAP’s central kitchen for its Meals on Wheels and Senior Community Lunch programs. We also cater events.
The cafe is located at 413 S. Pacific in Kelso, next to the train station.
Operating hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
We have a great breakfast and lunch menu with daily specials. Come and enjoy a Starbucks Latte and support job training and meals for seniors at the same time!
Guadalajara Grill & Cantina located in Longview WA has fresh Mexican fare is prepared the old fashioned way and you’ll notice the difference. Our tortillas and salsas are made fresh daily and our meats are locally sourced, but seafood is our specialty! We bring in fresh King Crab, prawns, scallops, Alaskan cod, and octopus every other day to offer a wide variety of rich, flavorful menu options.
GuestHouse Inn & Suites Kelso/Longview is pleased to provide the services and facilities expected by today’s travelers. Our friendly, professional staff members will ensure a comfortable stay at our conveniently located Kelso, WA hotel. While staying with us, enjoy easy access to area business, premier dining and top entertainment districts. Experience the top hotel in Kelso, WA today. We look forward to welcoming you.
Within walking distance to:
Fiesta Bonita Mexican Grill
Please check out our dining pages for more choices
Longview, WA 98632
Hop-N-Grape is a lot of things under one roof. The Smokehouse Pub is at one end of the building turning out delicious BBQ 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. There are two hickory burning smokers making the best pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey and salmon in the area.
At the other end of the building is a retail shop that has a complete selection of beer and wine making supplies. Over 800 varieties of beer and 700 varieties of wine are on hand for Cowlitz County’s best selection. We also have related gifts and accessories.
Great Showers, Color TV in room, Pets allowed with fee, Hairdryers in room, alarm clock, Coffee Maker, Microwave in room Refrigerator in room, Dataport Hook-up, Wireless internet, Iron/Ironing Board Extra towels in room (large bath towels)Queen size Pillows &Extra pillows in room + (sweet dream candy). Business Center Free for Clients, New Meeting & Breakfast Room, Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Discount for AAA, AARP, Military, Corporate
Woodland, WA 98674
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 2021
April to May
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.
We serve from-scratch food made with excellent ingredients. At Jimmy John’s our food is simple; it’s clean, and it’s fresh! We use locally purchased produce, which is brought in fresh and hand sliced daily. Our tuna salad is made from scratch by hand. Our real provolone cheese, oven-roasted turkey, choice top round roast beef, real wood-smoked ham, dry cured genoa salami, and spicy capicola are also brought in fresh and sliced by hand daily – in every single Jimmy John’s location
Kelso Highlander Festival
Tam O’Shanter Park
Kelso, WA 98626
When: September 2021
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.
At beautiful Tam O’Shanter Park on Saturday, September 2021 the festivities begin, starting at 7:00 am with a Fun Run/Walk 5K road race. 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 “Journey Through the Highlands”. 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, Darby O’Gill, and pipe bands from Ft. Vancouver and Clan Gordon. This is located under the covered area.
The Kilted Klassic Golf Tournament starts with registration at 8:00 AM at the Three Rivers Golf Course on Saturday, September 2021. Tee-off is at 10:00 AM. Contact Mike Fowler 360-749-4925
Sunday, September 2021
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 a bagpiper 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 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 2021, for only $1.00 each and you could win many prizes which have been donated from various merchants in Kelso, $600 grand prize shopping certificate.
Kelso, WA 98626
Kelso Theater Pub & Backstage Cafe… We are a unique single-screen movie theater, showing current mainstream films & Occasionally first-run blockbusters.
The movie theater is for all ages. Watch a movie and have a pizza. The theater has been set up for your enjoyment. Tables have been placed in front of each seat for your dining enjoyment while watching one of our movies.
Our adjoining Backstage Cafe is open Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm for lunch & Every evening for Dinner from 5 pm – 8 pm. Our full menu & specials
are always available in the cafe. Our menu is limited form but including all of our pizzas are always available in our Theater along with the standard movie fare. Beer & Wine is served in both Theater and Cafe & Chef Marc usually has a limited yet tantalizing selection of handcrafted desserts, including his signature Peanut Butter Pie as well as seasonal selections, all made from scratch.
Longview, WA 98632
Monday Lunch: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Monday Dinner: 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday Lunch: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Tuesday Dinner: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Wednesday Lunch: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wednesday Dinner: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday Lunch: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday Dinner: 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Lewis & Clark Bowmen
Archery Lessons – Youth and Adult, Individual/Group
Archery Shoots – Competitions
Archery Range Situated in the Woods – 3-D Range
(Range accessible to members only or during shoots)
Hunting Preparation Shoots – Fall/Winter Archery
Inexpensive Club Memberships
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
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
Kids Games & Activities
Beer & Wine Garden
Main Stage – Musical Entertainment
With a stay at Motel 6 Kelso – Mt St Helens in Kelso, you’ll be within a 15-minute walk of Tam O’Shanter Park and Three Rivers Mall. This motel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Cowlitz County Historical Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Three Rivers Golf Course.
Make yourself at home in one of the 63 air-conditioned guestrooms. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected,
and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms with shower/tub combinations are provided. Enjoy the recreation opportunities such as an outdoor pool or make use of other amenities including wireless Internet access (surcharge). Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities, and coffee/tea in a common area. Free self parking is available onsite.
Puzzle Quest Escape Room is filled with mysterious objects and using some of those items as clues you must work together with your team to attempt to complete your given mission and break free from the room.
The first and only full length Escape Room Game in Cowlitz County. Enter the room, accept your mission, and try to escape as the 60 minute clock counts down.
A great activity for team building, date nights, birthdays, family events, and more. Come and test your ingenuity, out-of-the-box thinking, mind power, and most importantly, team work as you use clues and items around the room to solve the puzzles and escape!
Hotel Location & Nearby Attractions
Located in Longview, Quality Inn & Suites Longview Kelso is within a 5-minute drive of Lake Sacajawea Park and Cowlitz County Historical Museum. This hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Three Rivers Mall and 4.2 mi (6.7 km) from Three Rivers Golf Course.
Popular Hotel Amenities and Features
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an indoor pool and a spa tub.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event
in Longview? This hotel has 580 square feet (52 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and a meeting room.
* Free self parking is available onsite.
* A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 6 AM to 9:30 AM.
Hotel Accommodations and Guest Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 50 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Flat-screen televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, and housekeeping is
Pet Policy for Quality Inn & Suites Longview Kelso
If you are thinking of bringing your pet (dog or cat) and want to know if pets are allowed at Quality Inn & Suites Longview Kelso, please read the hotel pet policy. Sometimes the hotel may charge pet fees or have weight limit on pets.
Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
Only service animals are allowed
Maximum number of pets per room 2
From the breathtaking beauty of Mount Saint Helens to the powerful waters of the Columbia River, Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center – Kelso/Longview is situated in a prime Washington State location. Offering a variety of options for things to do for families, couples, and business travelers alike, Red Lion is a standout among hotels in Kelso and Longview.
Discover a unique ambiance as you enter our Kelso hotel, and experience an unmatched level of service that makes you feel at home immediately. Indulge in plush amenities that mimic the comforts of home, including a plush pillow-top bed, complimentary Wi-Fi, and eco-bath friendly amenities. After you’ve settled in, treat yourself to a dining delight at Scoreboard Lounge or the Pacific Grill, our onsite restaurants that offer a variety of flavorful entrees and generous portions. Or, take a refreshing dip in our outdoor pool.
Offering 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for up to 600 guests, Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center – Kelso/Longview is a chosen destination among Kelso and Longview hotels for social and professional events as well.
Regal Three Rivers Mall 12 & RPX Cinemas
Located at Three Rivers Mall in Kelso WA.
341 Three Rivers Mall Drive
Wherever you are in the world, the dream of the open road is the same—the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and that feeling of freedom that can’t be matched. At Super 8, you’ve got a standing invitation to come in and experience it firsthand.
Taco Bell is an American chain of fast food restaurants based out of Irvine, California, founded in 1962 by Glen Bell. Taco Bell is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. The restaurants serve a variety of Mexican inspired foods that include tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, novelty and specialty items, and a variety of “value menu” items. As of 2018, Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion customers each year at 7,072 restaurants, more than 93 percent of which are owned and operated by independent franchisees and licensees.
Opening in 2012, The Office 842 is located at 842 Washington in Longview, WA. Decorated in upscale and chic decor, The Office 842 features organic
speciality coffee, hand crafted martini and cocktails and delicious tapas style dishes. Coming by for morning coffee, a quick lunch, happy hour or a night cap.
The Office 842 is a great place to socialize and relax.
From the rich leather seating, dark wood cabinets, and custom glass chandeliers, The Office 842 offers a warm and inviting getaway to meet friends, celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a night on the town. The Office 842 boasts a flavorful menu that provides Longview/Kelso area with something deliciously different. We had the foodie in mind when we created our menu featuring spicy, garlic, zesty and bold flavors, with all of our hot items being baked not fried. We have many gluten free and vegan friendly items. Our full menu is always available during business hours. Come in and enjoy your lunch or call ahead to pick up your order at our drive-thru. You can even place your order from your smart phone using The Office 842 app.
The Office 842 offers all the amenities of a relaxing internet cafe. We provide a clean, modern and comfortable cafe by day with free wi-fi and serve roasted organic coffee and espresso beans. We also have a delicious variety of breakfast items on our menu. Come in and enjoy a relaxing morning at The Office 842, while enjoying your favorite espresso drink, smoothie, or breakfast item. Our friendly staff is always available to serve you your favorite morning treats through our drive-thu for your convenience.
The Office 842 specializes in hand crafted, fresh pressed martinis. In addition to our rotating seasonal cocktails we have over 42 specialty martinis on our menu. We even carry low cal and gluten free spirits. Enjoy a martini or craft beer on our covered patio anytime of the year. We have two beautiful fire pits to keep you toasty or to help you set the mood.
Longview, WA 98632
July 22 23 & 24 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!
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: August 2021
Location: Cowlitz County Event Center
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Contact: Everett – 360.636.1969