ILWACO — Herbal notes of lavender hung in the summer air as a woman wearing a diamond tiara and a belly dance costume rhythmically shook and shimmied her hips under the afternoon sun.

More than 30 dancers performed during the 8th annual Belly Dance Festival held Aug. 17 and 18 at the Painted Lady Lavender Farm in Ilwaco. It featured improvisational, tribal, individual and group belly dancers.

The weekend event included belly dancing workshops and classes with prominent performers from around the Pacific Northwest.

Luke Whittaker is a staff writer for Coast River Business Journal and the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or

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Great shot! Thank you from the girl in the tiara. We had so much fun. Growing up, we had property at Ocean Park. I spent many weekends at the beach. It was nice to come back after so many years, and the people are just as wonderful as ever. I look forward to more trips to the beach in 2020.

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