The Cowlitz County Fair continues Friday and Saturday, headlined by the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo each night at 7 pm. Friday night is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night,” highlighting breast cancer awareness and research. Saturday will also feature the “Rascal Rodeo” at 10 am, providing those with mental or physical disabilities to take part in rodeo-type events, scaled down for those who have challenges. It’s free to participate, and all are welcome to attend. Get more information at rascalrodeo.org.
The 8th annual Hot Summer Nights Concert series is under way in Woodland, with concerts planned for each Friday evening through August 14. “Silver Rose” performs at 7 pm on the Hoffman Plaza in Woodland. Admission is free, and this is a non-alcohol family event. Go to revitalizewoodland.org for more information.
The annual Rod Run to the Rock Car Show will be held this Saturday in Castle Rock. Dozens of classic, custom and collector cars will be on display in downtown Castle Rock, going on all day long. Get more information by calling the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Starting at 9 am on Saturday, free tours of the Just-a-Mere Tree Farm outside of Rainier will be offered. After a short presentation with coffee and pastries, visitors will be driven around the combination timber, Christmas Tree and contract logging farm. There’s a picnic lunch being offered, and the Oregon Department of Forestry will also have a presentation on fire season safety. You’re asked to RSVP to 503-397-3462 prior to heading out.
You can help out the local Salvation Army by attending Saturday’s “Christmas in July” fundraiser, which is being held at the Longview Eagles. There’s a dinner and a silent auction; dinner will be served at 6, followed by dessert, a live auction and dance music from 8 to 10 pm. Get more information by going to the Christmas in July Dinner Facebook page.
There’s a fundraising show planned for Saturday evening in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts, called “Laughter is the Best Medicine, Part 2.” This is the 3rd year for this event, working to raise awareness about cancer and survivorship. Musician John Henry will perform, along with comedy, dance, improv and a one-act play; local medical care professionals will also be making presentations. The show starts at 7:30 pm Saturday night; donations will be accepted at the door.
The second of this year’s “Music on the Mountain” concerts is planned for Saturday night at the Johnston Ridge Observatory Amphitheatre, featuring a “folk-punk group” out of Portland, called Casey Neill and the Norway Rats. This show runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Saturday night, and admission is free. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the venue.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market will be open on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, set up in the 7th Avenue parking lot across from the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. They’ll have plants and plant starts for sale, along with fresh produce, hand-crafted gifts and garden items, honey, baked goods and more. Admission is free.
The Clatskanie Farmer’s Market is open from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturdays on the lawn at Cope’s Park. Vendors of fresh fruits and veggies, plant starts, hand-crafted gifts and other merchandise will be joined by special events, cooking and tasting demonstrations, carnival games and chances to win prizes. Find out more on their web page, or on their Facebook page.
The Puget Island Farmer’s Market is open each weekend through October 16th at Stockhouse’s Farm on Birnie Slough Road near Cathlamet. Along with the fresh produce, local beef, fruits, baked goods and other items, Lulu LaFever will be performing, and they’ll also have an open mic. Hours are 3 to 6 pm on Saturday.
The Kelso Bridge Market is open on Sunday in its new venue at the Three Rivers Mall. This year, the Bridge Market is operating in the space across from the new Three Rivers Cinema, open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday near the Southwest door of the mall. They’ll have fresh Rainier Cherries, blueberries and Marionberries for sale this weekend, along with fresh produce and plant starts, hand-made craft items and other special trinkets.