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

Bald Eagle Days bring weekend fun


Courtesy photo.

Laurie Miller, a Wahkiakum High School alum, will sing the national anthem when the Bald Eagle Parade reaches Main Street on Saturday.

Are you ready for Bald Eagle Days?

The fun begins this Friday with the annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest in front of the Bank of the Pacific from 11-3 p.m. Shoppers can stop by the Elochoman Marina Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. to pick up produce, pretty plants, handmade soap and shampoo, cheese from local cheesemakers, and more. From 5-7 p.m. Tsuga Gallery will celebrate their ninth birthday.

At the Fairgrounds in Skamokawa, there will be a Challenge of Champions Professional Bull Riders event from 5-9 p.m.

The next morning, Saturday, begins with a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Elochoman Slough Marina Pavillion. A fun run begins at 8:40 in the Cathlamet Pharmacy parking lot.

Nearly 90 vendors will be selling their wares and food from 9-4 p.m. on Main Street, and the parade begins at noon.

"We've got Sparkles and Spurs," Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Director Megan Elliott said. There will be a photo booth, and the Class of '74 will have a couple tables.

"We have six food vendors," Assistant Director Stephanie Moonen said.

Donuts, cotton candy, ice cream, cheesecake dipped in chocolate, elephant ears, sno-cones. Hawaiian food, salmon chowder, and more.

Look for maps, which will show where all the vendors will be.

River City Strippers Quilt Club will show off their work at the Pioneer Community Center from 9-3 p.m., and the Cathlamet Fire Department will give tours all day. Nearby, the Wahkiakum Historic Museum will provide train rides for the little ones, and root beer floats.

After the parade, the kid's area will open. There is an obstacle course inflatable, a jousting arena, face painting, an inflatable slide, and more. At 3 p.m., local fire departments will compete in their annual water ball fight in front of the Bank of the Pacific.

There will be music on Main Street after the parade, and you can wander down to River Mile 38 Brewery to enjoy a beer, cider, wine, or root beer while listening to the bands playing there. Maria's Place will have a beer garden, and the Taco Stand will have their usual fare as well as barbecue.

Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

It's quite a show.


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