Columbia City Celebrates!
On Saturday, September 16th, Columbia City – “Lower Columbia River’s Ideal Small Town” – is hosting its annual community party to support our all-volunteer community library. This family-friendly event kicks off with a very popular strawberry pancake breakfast served in the historic Community Center on the corner of 2nd and “I” Street beginning at 7am. After breakfast, wander a block down the street to the Columbia City School for a full day of fun.
Outside on the school grounds, the annual “Show and Shine” Car will fill the playground area with over 200 antique and collectible cars and trucks. With 15 judged classes of vehicles and live music from the fabulous “Decades”, there will be something for everyone’s nostalgia fix.
New this year, The Society for Creative Anachronism will be here in Renaissance costumes and full armor recreating the many different aspects of Middle Age arts and crafts including demonstrations throughout the day of their sword fighting skills.
Inside the school gymnasium, twenty local craftsmen and artists from all over Columbia County will have booths selling their hand-made art and craft items. Additionally, our Columbia County Art Guild will be exhibiting some of their latest works and the Novel Quilters Reading Group will have a display of quilts inspired by several of the books read this year.
Wander around the silent auction area. This year, there are more silent auction items than ever before including an airplane ride over the city, gift certificates for some fabulous restaurants and local services. Buy some raffle tickets and maybe you’ll win a handmade quilt for a queen-size bed or a weekend retreat at a lovely beach house.
As always, everyone should browse through the Community Library’s semi-annual book sale with 7,000 gently used books. Bring your kid because every child will get to choose a free book to take home. The kids will also certainly enjoy the dedicated Kid’s Zone with lots of free fun activities and crafts scaled to inspire kids of all ages.
And on the subject of kids, the Casey Eye Institute and The Elks are sponsoring a free vision screening for children ages 3-7 inside the library from 10am to 1pm.
In support of our community, The City Hazard Mitigation Team is sponsoring the annual “Emergency Preparedness Fair.” This is a great opportunity to learn how to survive everything from a local “shelter-in-place” event to the “Big One” earthquake we are all expecting. There will be informational hand-outs, raffle prizes, and activities.
And finally, if all of this activity has worked up an appetite, follow your noses to the barbeque area for a plate of pulled pork or hamburgers and hotdogs topped it all off with some our locally home baked cakes and cookies.
There is definitely something for everybody at this year’s Columbia City Celebration! Most importantly, all of the net proceeds go to fund our all-volunteer community library, Columbia County’s only library that is free to all users. Thank you for your support!
List of Contacts for more information
General Information Chip Gardes 503-438-5258
City Admin./Pancake Breakfast Leahnette Rivers 503-397-4010
Librarian/Book Sale Cathy Lundberg 503-556-1958
Car Show Gordon Thistle 503-396-5658
Art Guild Dana Belisle 503-307-4610
Eye Clinic Lee Phillips 503-366-6468
Anachronistic Society Marnita Bahmer 503-396-0954