SPARKLING IN RED, WHITE AND BLUE decorations, ponies, horses and their human companions from the Phillipps family’s Canter Green Farms had a blast entertaining the crowd and won the grand marshal’s award for the best overall entry in the Clatskanie Heritage Days 4th of July parade. The lively and musical Great Vow Zen Monastery float won the Puzey Memorial Award for the best theme entry – “Having a Blast in Clatskanie.”
The parade began the 4th of July celebration, which ended with a half-hour-long fireworks display that was supplemented by numerous illegal amateur blasts around the Clatskanie Valley before, during and after the official fireworks show.
Chief Photo by Amanda Gail Moravec
Featuring live music, a carnival, fireworks and a parade, Rainier Days in the Park is Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14.
1980’s power pop band Tommy Tutone will headline the weekend’s live music, taking the stage Friday night at 8 p.m. Guy Live, the Steve Hale Trio, Steal Head, Touchn Livn Squezn, Greg Parke, Sacred Roads, Ted Boursaw and Keep Your Day Job will also play the main stage Thursday-Saturday. Sunday will feature a battle of the worship bands.
Thursday, July 11, events kick off at 3 p.m. with the Davis Amusement Cascadia carnival and live performances on stage.
Festivities Friday start at 11 a.m. and continue all day. Tommy Tutone performs at 8 p.m.
Saturday starts early with a pancake breakfast at the Rainier Methodist Church from 7 to 10 a.m.
The A Street parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of fourth street and runs west to Riverside Park. The 2013 grand marshal is life-time Rainier area resident Betty Vilhauer who served as Rainier mayor from 1978-1989. Vilhauer played a major role in the establishment of Riverside Park in 1982. She has a long history of community involvement.
A pizza eating contest will be held at 1 p.m. and a meet and greet time with the cast of the History Channel’s Ax Men will take place from 2-5 p.m.
Parade awards will be announced at 4 p.m.
At 10 p.m. the countdown to the “Biggest Fireworks on the Columbia” begins.
On Sunday a pancake breakfast will be held at the Rainier Senior Center from 7-10 a.m.
An all church service and Battle of the Worship Bands will be held at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Rainier Ministerial Association.
More information on Rainier Days can be found at www.rainierdaysinthepark.com or in the Rainier Days program booklets available throughout the community.
Heritage Days 4th of July Parade Winners Celebrate “Having a Blast in Clatskanie”
Canter Green Farms, with costumed riders, decorated horses and carts, won the grand marshal’s award for the best overall entry in the Clatskanie Heritage Days 4th of July parade.
The lively and musical Great Vow Zen Monastery salute to “Having a Blast in Clatskanie” won the Puzey Memorial Trophy for the best theme entry in parade.
An old Clatskanie People’s Utility District (PUD) truck carrying the “Blast” softball team, which recently won second place in the state Amateur Softball Association tournament (see photo and caption inside this edition), received the Chris Emerson Memorial Trophy for the best children’s entry.
A group of Model Ts was awarded the Dave Klein Memorial Award for the best car or pickup entry in the parade.
Winning plaques and ribbons in the various categories in the 4th of July parade, organized by the Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District and volunteers, were:
Adults: The Abbott sisters salute to Betsy Ross, first; Betsy Ross Original Symbol of Freedom (A-1); John Lillich’s “Clatskanie Harbor or Bust,” second; Barbara Higgins Seibel and Carol Escola Jones, third.
Organized Adult Groups: Columbia County Dairy Women, first.
Children: Emma Soderstrom, first.
Courts: Heritage Days Court and Princesses-in-Training, first; Kalama Community Fair Court, second; Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Court, third.
Non-Commercial Floats: Astoria Regatta Festival, first; Stout family’s “Generations of Having a Blast in Clatskanie,” second; Columbia County United Way, third.
Motorized Equipment: 1944 Case Tractor, first; Case 446 compact tractor, second; 1948 John Deere “B” Tractor, third.
Horse: Kayann Brownfield, first; Tice family, second; Josie and Sophia, third.
Commercial trucks: Evenson Logging, first; Rainier Towing, second.
Organized youth groups: Clatskanie Cheerleaders, first; Clatskanie Boy Scout Troop #241, second; Wyld Life, third.
Commercial Float: Johnson Family Feed, first; Johnson Auto Body, second.
Pre-’60s Cars and Pickups: “Luvbrd” White Thunderbird, first; Larry Hall’s 1957 Pontiac Convertible with State Senator Betsy Johnson, second; United States Marine Corps Red Cross truck, third.
Post-’60s Cars and Pickups: 1968 Buick Electra (Virginia Leloff & LE’s Income Tax, first; a purple Dodge Dart, second; Mayger Dock, third.
“Wagon Teams to Western Dreams” is the theme of the 98th annual Columbia County Fair which will run Wednesday, July 17, through Sunday, July 21, at the fairgrounds near St. Helens.
In addition to 4-H and open class shows, the fair schedule includes live entertainment, special events such as the “My Fair Lady Pageant” on Wednesday at 1 p.m., and National Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) rodeos on Friday and Saturday nights, and a carnival.
The first day of the fair is Senior Day. The CC Rider bus is offering free rides to seniors 55 and older, who will get into the fair for free. Departure time is 9:15 a.m. from the Castle, 620 SW Tichenor Street in Clatskanie, and the bus will leave the fairgrounds to return to Clatskanie at 2:30 p.m. Clatskanie area seniors who wish to take advantage of the free trip to the fair should call the Castle senior center at 503 728-3608.
Thursday, July 18, is “Kids Day” at the fair with special events and entertainment for the younger set.
Along with the 4-H and open competitions, entertainment and carnival, the NPRA rodeos will be featured on Friday and Saturday.
The fair will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. Among the features on the last day will be a wrestling exhibition by Pete Ford.
Day passes at the gate are $6 for youth, $9 for adults, $6 for seniors. A dollar may by saved by purchasing them in advance. Season passes for all 5 days are $15 for youth (ages 7-17), $30 for adults, and $15 for seniors (age 60 and up. Parking passes are $4 per day or $16 for the run of the fair. Carnival passes are $31 at the gate or $23 in advance. A carnival pass is $15 onsite only on Sunday.
Advance tickets may be purchased at Wauna Federal Credit Union branches in Clatskanie, St. Helens, Vernonia and Scappoose, at US Bank in Clatskanie, St. Helens, Vernonia and Scappoose, and at St. Helens Federal Credit Union branches in Rainier, St. Helens and Scappoose.
Prior to the official start of the fair, the Columbia County Dressage Chapter will be hosting a dressage schooling event that is open to the general public on Saturday, July 13.
For more information visit the Columbia County Fairgrounds website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com.
Travelers on Highway 30 from the Lewis and Clark Bridge southeast to Portland should use caution and plan extra travel time this weekend because of the annual Seattle to Portland bike ride, Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14.
As many as 10,000 cyclists are expected to ride western Washington’s state highways and local roads, then cross the Columbia River between Longview and Rainier, and travel down Highway 30 to Portland in the 2013 Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic (STP).
Following a June 4th conviction on 46 felony counts, Clatskanie area resident George Nick Lammi, 57, was sentenced by Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Steven Reed to over 56 years in prison at a Tuesday, July 9, hearing.
Lammi was convicted of three charges of First Degree Rape, 16 charges of First Degree Sodomy, eight charges of First Degree Sexual Abuse and 19 charges of Incest. All charges involved an underage female relative.
Lammi received 300 months on one charge of rape, 300 months for one charge of sodomy and 75 months for sex abuse. All are Measure 11 crimes, which do not allow for early release and carry minimum mandatory sentences, which Lammi received. Sentences for all other counts will be served concurrently.
The sentence specified life time post-prison supervision, although Lammi would be 113 years old at the end of his sentence. The court ordered that all bail money Lammi has posted be used to pay back child support, counseling for the victim and witness costs.
Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District crews responded to a capsized sail boat Tuesday evening, July 9.
Columbia County Sheriff’s patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and several other agencies were also mobilized. A “good samaritan” in another vessel rescued all four occupants before any agencies could respond.