Saturday at 2 pm, the annual “Pug Parade” is planned in downtown Longview. In past years, more than 75 dogs have been involved in the event, taking their time to stroll down Commerce Avenue. They’ll have a “Doggie Cakewalk,” along with prizes for the “Youngest,” “Oldest,” “Best-Dressed,” “Cutest” and “Best Tail Curl.” Find out more about getting signed up by contacting Rebecca at The Pet Works.
The 10th annual Buzzard’s Breath Chili Cookoff is planned for Saturday down at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet. Teams are still needed to compete in the Home-Style chili-making competition, or in the Tolbert-sanctioned “Texas Red Chili” competition. There’s no fee to take part in the Home-Style competition, while it will cost 15 dollars for an entry in the Tolbert competition. They’re also planning a flatbread-throwing competition, a “yellow ducky race,” a beer garden, raffles and other fun. Things get started at 10 am tomorrow. Public tasting starts at 1 pm.
The final “Music on the Mountain” event for this year is set for Saturday evening in the Johnston Ridge Amphitheatre. An 8-piece “high-energy funk, soul and jazz fusion” band called “The Brown Edition” will play tomorrow evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm; admission is free, and the local Lions Club will also be manning the beer and wine tent.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is open on Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fairgrounds. The market runs through October. We’re really starting to get into the Northwest harvest season, so all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies will be available.
Catch the Downtown Farmers Market on Sunday, set up in the parking lot at 15th and Broadway, across from the Longview City Hall. Along with the fresh flowers, hanging baskets, plant starts and handmade crafts, they’re expecting to have beets, onions, carrots, zucchini and other local fresh produce this weekend. Hours are 10 am to 3pm on Sunday.
You’re invited to bring a dish and join in with the annual Labor Day Potluck Picnic, sponsored by the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council. This will run from 10 am to 6 pm at the Toutle River RV Resort, starting at 10 am Monday morning. There’s a “giant croquet” tourney scheduled to start at noon, and the kids games start at 1 pm. Contact the Central Labor Council for additional information.
Out in Clatskanie on Labor Day, the Clatskanie Arts Commission is putting on “Big Band in the Park,” a free concert that will be held in the Clatskanie City Park. The event opens at 1 pm on Monday, with the North Coast Big Band performing fro 2 to 4 pm. They’ll have hamburgers, hot dogs and other goodies available for purchase; the event also kicks off the 25th annual Performing Arts Series for the Arts Commission. A silver anniversary cake will be served at the intermission. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the American Legion hall. Admission is free.