Something for everyone at Bald Eagle Days this weekend


Diana Zimmerman

Skyline Golf Course owners Kim Rodahl Herren, right, and Robin Herren are this year's Bald Eagle Days parade Grand Marshals. The pair now own the golf course built by Kim's father, Ralph Rodahl, and operate it with the same kindness and generous spirit that he and Kim's mother, Juanita, were famous for. The pair were selected by the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce for those qualities, and for providing a place for local kids to practice and compete for free. While the Wahkiakum High School girls golf team's hard work and talent led to a championship win in the State 1B/2B competition this year, the altruism displayed by the Rodahl-Herren's is no doubt one of the many contributing factors. The Rodahl Memorial Scramble takes place every Sunday following Bald Eagle Days, including this coming Sunday. Eleven teams of four are signed up this year for the event that honors Ralph and Juanita Rodahl, and Kim's brother Randy. A disc golf tournament, Fly the Skyline, is scheduled for August 19.

Are you ready for a parade, some festive fireworks, and a lot of fun? There is so much to do and see this weekend!

Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce Director Alysse Weiler and Assistant Director Dan Lorenzen, along with a host of volunteers-which could include you, if you are still willing-are getting ready for this year's Bald Eagle Days, which begin on Friday with the annual Armstrong Chalk Art Contest and end with a burst of fireworks in the sky on Saturday night at the Elochoman Slough Marina.

"I've checked the weather. We're looking at 82 degrees and mostly sunny," Lorenzen said.

We're counting on you, Dan.

The parade begins at noon on Saturday, starting at Wahkiakum High School and ending at the marina.

"We've got quite a few entries," Weiler said. "I think it's going to be a great parade."

Look for the sheriff's department, fire departments, and even the PUD this year. Cathlamet Mayor David Olson will ride in an old fire truck. Wahkiakum High School cheerleaders will be joined by the Wahkiakum Mini Mule cheerleaders. The Cathlamet Yacht Club will make an appearance as well.

This year's parade emcees are Steve and Lorraine Carson. The Grand Marshals are Skyline Golf Course owners Kim Rodahl Herren and her husband, Robin Herren, while the Woman's Club Citizen of the Year, Diane Hollenbeck, will also be honored. Recent Wahkiakum graduate Gabe Gumucio will perform the national anthem.

There will be plenty of vendors following the parade on Saturday offering information, wares, and food.

"There are 78 vendors coming," Weiler said. "We are completely booked up."

Skamokawa's Duck Inn will come to Cathlamet this Saturday to provide live music, karaoke, beer, booze, and food, and River Mile 38 Brewery will offer live music and food trucks on Friday and Saturday.

There will be live music all day at The Spar, and Maria's will open a beer garden outside their doors.

Hot dogs and elephant ears will be offered in the Kid Zone. There will be kettle corn, popcorn, and snacks at different locations, and plenty of food at local restaurants and food carts.

At the Kid's Zone there will be three inflatables, which include an obstacle course, slide, and a climb.

A duck race will take place at the marina at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It costs $10 to participate, and the winner will get half the proceeds, while the other half will help fund next year's fireworks.

Local musicians will be at the Pioneer Community Center, providing music from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Diana Zimmerman

The Bald Eagle was well represented in last year's parade.

Look for yellow volunteer badges if you have any questions, and don't forget to use the QR code on Bald Eagle Days posters to get updates on events throughout the day.

While most of the activity takes place on Saturday, there is plenty to do on Friday, too. Along with the food trucks and live music at River Mile 38, there's the annual Armstrong Chalk Art Contest from 11-3 p.m. or the Farmers Market from 3-6 p.m. at the marina. In Skamokawa, there will be mud wrestling at 3:30 p.m. and a Shania Twain cover band will perform at 7 p.m.

Check posters and Facebook for more information.

"I think we are feeling good," Weiler said.

"It's almost going to a numb space," Lorenzen said.

They laughed.


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