The Cowlitz County Fair continues on Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds at 7th and Washington Streets; gates are open from 11 am to 11 pm each day, and admission is free. The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo continues at 7 pm each night, and you will need to buy a ticket to get in there.
Find out who makes the best chili in town at the “Five Alarm Chili Cookoff,” which will run from 1 to 3 pm on Friday at the Delaware Plaza in Longview. Prizes will be awarded in spicy, old-fashioned and healthy categories; local dignitaries will serve as judges. They’ll be serving chili burgers, chili dogs or chili nachos, and all proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk. Call 423-4333 to RSVP and to get more information.
With a theme of “My Finnish Memories,” the Finnish-American Folk Festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday out in Naselle. They’ll have exhibits, lectures, music, dance and Finnish food for sale. There’s also a special worship service and closing ceremonies on Sunday. Find out more on NaselleFinnFest.com.
There’s a Softball Tournament going on this Saturday at Roy Morse Park, an event that’s being held in support of five year-old Addy Jo Cliffton. She’s continuing to battle Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and recently received a bone marrow transplant. Along with the games, they’ll have a 50-50 raffle, a home run derby and other prize drawings. Proceeds from this event will help Addy Jo’s family ease the stress of hospital and living costs. Call 751-0431 if you have questions about the tournament; call 431-9218 if you have donation or raffle items.
The annual Citywide Yard Sale is being held on Saturday in Clatskanie. The Chamber of Commerce is helping to coordinate this event, and will have information by calling 503-728-2502. You can also get information by calling the Clatskanie Chief at 503-728-3350.
You’ll see a lot of bicycles in Columbia County over the next week, as Bicycle Rides Northwest bring the 2016 Oregon Bicycle Ride Tour to the area. As many as 300 riders are expected to take part, starting in Astoria on Saturday and converging on Clatskanie City Park on Sunday. The riders will then cover some 450 miles over the week, riding to Vernonia, Carlton, Tillamook and Jewell, before returning to Astoria on August 6th.
They’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Community Health Partners Free Medical Clinic at a Dessert Party that’s planned for Saturday night. They’re also planning an Open House from 7 to 9:30 pm on Saturday, in the main lobby of the Kaiser Permanente clinic on 7th Avenue in Longview. Call the Community Health Partners at 562-2986, or go to chpwa.org for more information.
Out in Long Beach, the annual Northwest Professional Rodeo Association will be at the Peninsula Saddle Club, with go-rounds scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Find out about tickets by going to funbeach.com.
The Winlock Improvement Network and the Winlock Lions are hosting a Farmers Market that will run each Saturday through September 24th, starting this Saturday at the corner of State Route 505 and Highway 603.
There’s a Farmer’s Market open each Saturday in Clatskanie, going from 10 am until 2 pm at Cope’s Park on the Clatskanie River.
The Kelso Bridge Market is at a new venue this year, at the Three Rivers Mall. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday next to the southwest entry to the Mall.
One of the GOP contenders for Governor will be in Longview on Sunday, continuing a “Whistle Stop Tour” around the state. Bill Bryant’s Big Blue Bus will be at the Cowlitz County Republican Party headquarters from 11 am until 2 pm on Sunday. He’ll present his stump speech, and also plans to take questions from voters. Following that, Bryant plans to team up with volunteers to have lunch and then hit the phone bank, urging people to return their ballots before next Tuesday’s deadline. The Cowlitz County GOP Headquarters are located at 1142 Washington Way.