CATHLAMET - "Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce is proud to present its 24th Bald Eagle Fest," said Chamber President Linda Barth. "We have lots of new things this year." First of all, there will be a street dance at the historic town dock on Broadway Street Friday night, July 15, sponsored by Columbia Bank. The new Miller 40's band featuring Sunrise Fletcher will provide the entertainment. Sunrise is a well-known artist who has played music up and down the Washington and Oregon coasts.

Saturday, July 16, the festival will start with the Bald Eagle Run-Walk Challenge. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Main Street Festival will begin at 11 a.m., with the famous parade. This year's theme is "Traditions alive in 2005." The floats and parade participants will be presenting all sorts of traditions. Make sure you are there early to enjoy the Chamber of Commerce's delicious buffalo burgers. There will be activities all day with birds of prey, art show, tours of the historic Julia Butler Hansen house, and a kids' activity area with a climbing wall donated by the U.S. Army. "We will have five bands playing music all day downtown," explained Barth.

After a day in the sun on Main Street, stroll down to the Elochoman Marina for the Second Annual Chamber Beer Garden and Concert sponsored by Erla Crouse of U.S. Funding Group. The beer garden opens at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. "Again this year, come and relax to the cool sounds of the Miller Brothers Blues Band," said event entertainment Chairman Richard Erickson.

"We want to invite everyone to the Wooden Boat Show on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. that will be bigger and better," said Jackie Lea, the new Marina Manager. "This year a restored PT boat will be visiting us from Portland. I know the veterans along with the public will be excited to board the boat and remember how important it was in WWII."

There will be food and street vendors, a Coast Guard rescue demonstration along with kids building small wooden boats. A trout pond for the kids, swap meet and dinghy races will be some of the entertainment.

On Sunday, you can also enjoy watching an antique saw mill demonstration at the Wahkiakum Historical Museum from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The museum will also be open for tours.

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