Camas Days

The annual Camas Days is fast approaching with festivities beginning Thursday night.

The annual event, which is organized by the Camas Washougal Chamber of Commerce, has some changes this year.

“We are placing 114 assorted vendors, 12 food vendors this year, of which two are brand-new: Coast to Coast Seafood, and Bao Quach Sides (Vietnamese cuisine),” said Brent Erickson, CW Chamber Executive Director. “We’re bringing in Beth Willis Band, they are opening. Hot Shots, which was previously called Wise Guys will be perforating, as well. The Kid’s Street climbing wall, fast pitch, and caterpillar crawl are all coming back.”

This year’s Camas Days has 56 parade entries, with the main parade starting at 11 usually ending by 12:30 pm on Saturday.

“Having organized the event for 19 years it brings back memories for me about what a community festival was like in my time in the 1960s,” said Erickson. “So, Camas Days today is a huge community festival to bring everyone into the downtown core, young and old, for people to meet up for class reunions, and to see friends again. It brings in 12,000 people into the downtown corridor. Camas Days would not be as successful as it is without the 100+ volunteers it takes to run the show, be it the wine garden and the microbrew, and the people who help Tim Hazen on the parade.”

We’ve included a full schedule of events.

THURSDAY

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm CONCERT IN THE PARK @ Crown Park featuring Brian Odell Band (Funk, Fusion & Folk Rock)
  • 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm ENCHANTED EVENING SENIORS PROM @ Columbia Ridge Senior Living: 4:30 – 5:30 Formal Dinner; 5:30 – 8 pm Dancing. RSVP to Columbia Ridge (360) 335-1238. Dinner cost for guests $15.

FRIDAY

  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm VENDOR BOOTHS OPEN Six City blocks, downtown Camas. Handmade crafts, gifts food and more!
  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm FOOD BOOTHS Birch between 3rd and 4th Avenue. Food from all over the world, and your classic festival favorites!
  • 11:00 am – 8:00 pm KIDS STREET: Climb For Fun! Rockwall, fast-pitch, jump house, slide and more on Dallas & 4th.
  • 11:30 am KIDS PARADE LINE UP & JUDGING: In front of City Hall, 4th & Franklin. 12:15pm KIDS PARADE BEGINS
  • 5:00 pm – 11 p.m. (Gates close at 10:30) A TOAST OF CAMAS: Wine & Microbrew Street. On Birch Street, between 4th & 5th. Live Music! Blues rock & classic rock all evening long! $5 entry at the door, 21 and over only. Entertainment: 5:00 – 7:00 The Beth Willis Band & 7:00- 11:00: The Hot Shots

SATURDAY

  • 7:30 am – 11:00 am BLUEBERRY PANCAKE BREAKFAST Camas United Methodist Church at 14th & Garfield.
  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm VENDOR BOOTHS OPEN Six City blocks, downtown Camas. Handmade crafts, gifts food and more!
  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm FOOD BOOTHS Birch between 3rd and 4th Avenue. Food from all over the world, and your classic festival favorites!
  • USED BOOK SALE at the Camas Library Thursday 10 am-6 pm, Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm and Monday 10 am to 3 pm (bag sale, bring a bag and fill it for $5!).
  • 11:00 am – 8:00pm KIDS STREET: Climb For Fun! Rockwall, fast-pitch, jump house, slide and more on Dallas & 4th.
  • 11:00 am CAMAS DAYS GRAND PARADE – “Candyland” themed parade! 4th Avenue, Oak to Adams.
  • 1:00 pm BATHTUB RACES 4th & Franklin. Organized by Lutz Hardware.
  • 5:00 pm – 11 pm (Gates close at 10:30) A TOAST OF CAMAS: Wine & Microbrew Street. On Birch Street, between 4th & 5th. Live Music! Blues rock & classic rock all evening long! $5 entry at the door, 21 and over only. Entertainment: 5:00 – 7:00: The Beth Willis Band & 7:00- 11:00: The Hot Shots.
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Steak Feed at Grove Field: Field BBQ your own steak! (chicken available). Dinner includes 6 oz Steak, Salad, Baked Potato, Lemonade, Pork & Beans, & Cake $15 per person (PRICE INCLUDES INTRODUCTORY MEMBERSHIP IN CWAA). Proceeds benefit CWAA scholarship fund. Bring your own steak knife!

SUNDAY

  • 8:00 am – 7:00 pm ANNUAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT ASA sanctioned “D” tournament at Ione & 19th.
  • 10:00 am-4 pm GROVE FIELD OPEN HOUSE: Raffle, plane rides @ $25, Airplane displays, soft drinks.
  • 12:00 pm DUCKY DERBY Watch from the 3rd Ave Bridge on the Washougal River as the C/W Rotary Club launches all its ducks and a grand prize winner is chosen!
  • 11:00am – 4pm PICNIC IN COLOR: Held in downtown Camas on Cedar between 4th and 5th Avenue.

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