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

Chamber pair work for Bald Eagle Days

 

Diana Zimmerman

Meg Kuhl, left, and Meg Morris of the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce are getting ready for their biggest event of the year, Bald Eagle Days, with an assist from Morris' two month old son, Owen. The festival runs Friday and Saturday of next week.

One Meg is great. Two is even better.

When Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Director Meg Morris took a little time off in April to add to her family, Meg Kuhl stepped into the position.

"She came at the perfect time," Morris said. "She helped out a ton while I was out. She took on a lot and kind of got thrown into it."

"I got a couple weeks of training and poof, she was gone," Kuhl said. "It's a nice way to learn every aspect of the job. You don't have a choice. You've just got to learn."

Kuhl, who graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 2003, has been to Bald Eagle Days, but Morris, who moved here from Dallas, Texas, never has.

And so it follows that this is the first time the two have put on this event. Fortunately, they have each other, a big binder of information from past events, and veterans to answer any questions they might have.

And some of their own ideas.

They've been reaching out to vendors since Morris returned to work, and they've already learned a lot. For instance, it turns out some vendors are booked months in advance.

In a way, the two are planning for this year, and the next by learning as they go. They'll be ready for those vendors next year.

They went to the Fourth of July event in Longview last week and spoke to lots of vendors, including food vendors, something the two would like to see a lot of at Bald Eagle Days.

"Vendors are what people come to see, other than the parade and the fireworks," Kuhl said. "We're thinking about hitting up some other festivals. I think that's the way to make this event grow. We've got a lot of dreams for the future."

 

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