The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Ready or not, parade, street fair, fireworks are here this weekend


Diana Zimmerman

Bob Garrett, and his wife Diane, were named Grand Marshals for the 2017 Bald Eagle Day parade. The Garretts moved to Cathlamet in 1994, when Bob was selected to serve as Superintendent at Wahkiakum School District. Bob has volunteered at the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Crab and Oyster Feed for 18 years.

Paige Lake, the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Director is still excited about the coming weekend's Bald Eagle Days festivities. Last week she was making chalk for the 10th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, and this Tuesday evening she was making great big colorful balloon stands.

More vendors have signed up for Bald Eagle Day on Saturday, and Lake is still getting requests for applications.

"We'll probably get some more in," Lake said. "Vendors are going to be set up all the way down to Cathlamet Building Materials. I've got 50 signed up so far, and there are no duplications. Everyone is selling something different. It's a

really nice variety."

"The parade is shaping up really good," Lake said. "Liz Gray-Weekley and Marissa Washington at the Bank of the Pacific are the parade coordinators this year. It's a bigger parade than last year. There will be horses and cars, and kids who really wanted to ride their four wheelers through the parade, just to have fun."

According to Gray-Weekley, the Portland Yacht Club plans to have a float in the parade. They will also have 20 of their boats moored in the Elochoman Slough Marina this weekend, while 50 of their members enjoy the festivities.

The Pioneer Community Association is having a Friday night concert called Music, Memories, and Miracles. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Community Center.

"They have bands scheduled and people will talk about local history," Lake said.

On Saturday, the Pioneer Community Center will open its doors for a quilt show.

Registration for the Bald Eagle Run/Walk Challenge begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Cathlamet Pharmacy parking lot. Participants can walk two miles or run in a 5K or 10K. The event begins at 9 a.m. It costs $20 to enter, with all proceeds going to support the Wahkiakum High School cross country and track and field teams. The first 50 people to register get a free t-shirt.

All this activity means that Main Street in Cathlamet will be closed all the way to the highway at 9 a.m. Cars parked along the parade route will need to be moved on Saturday morning until after the parade is over.


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