Weaving in Washougal: Celebrating 100 Years of Pendleton Woolen Mills

July 28, 2012

Event is August 3 & 4 in Downtown Washougal

Carrie Cunningham & The Six Shooters will be Friday and Saturday evening’s entertainment in Reflection Plaza (contributed photo)

This year, Pendleton Woolen Mills celebrates 100 years of business in Washougal.

In honor of this historic occasion Pendleton, the Two River’s Heritage Museum and the City of Washougal are planning a celebration.

The festivities kick-off on Friday August 3 at 10 AM at the Pendleton Mill.  Presentations and remarks honoring Pendleton’s 100th Anniversary will be made by Charlie Bishop, Vice President of Pendleton and Manager of the Washougal mill, as well as Washougal Mayor Sean Guard. The historic Pendleton bell (dating to 1863 at the mill in Brownsville, Oregon) will be rung, and cake will be served immediately after the ceremony.

There will be free tours of Pendleton Woolen Mills at 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM and 1:30 PM.

The celebration continues Friday evening in Reflection Plaza downtown with a community family dance.  The main Plaza will be open for families to enjoy the music of Carrie Cunningham & the Six Shooters (country western) and the King Brothers (& Larry!)(rock & roll).

A beverage garden will be offered for those 21 & older ($3 admission) and an area will be marked off for dancing for all ages.  Coolers will not be allowed in the Plaza, but there are restaurants in the local area and beverages for all ages will be available. The beer garden opens at 5 PM with music playing non-stop from 6 PM – 11 PM.

The very first beers of Amnesia Brewing and Rail Side Brewing, both of Washougal, will be available Friday & Saturday in the beer garden.  Quantities of both are limited for each evening, so arrive early to insure getting a taste of our own local beers.

On Saturday the fun begins at 9 AM with a Lions Club 5K Run / Walk from the pedestrian tunnel in the Pendleton Parking lot out the Port Dike and back.  Registration is on-site on Saturday morning starting at 8 AM.

There is a Kids & Kritter’s Parade on Saturday at 10 AM from the Pendleton Softball Fields (21st & A Streets) up to Main Street and down to Pendleton Way, disbanding in the Pendleton Store Parking lot.  The parade is for all children whether walking, on a bike or trike, in a wagon, and for Kritters of any kind, leases or restraints required.  There are gift bags for the first 100 kids who show up for the start of the parade.  Registration starts at 9:30 in the parking lot on the East side of Pendleton.

Vendor booths will open in the main Pendleton parking lot 10 AM – 5 PM with arts & crafts.

Two Rivers Heritage Museum Ice Cream Social and Heritage Days will be on Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM.  Free tours of the Museum and demonstrations by blacksmiths, steam engines and black powder groups will be throughout the day.  A BBQ and ice cream social will be offered as a fundraiser for the Museum.

Lunch and musical entertainment will be offered on the Patio at the HEARTH Restaurant, 1700 Main Street.  Music by John Baker will play from 11 AM – 2 PM, courtesy of Lone Wolf Development, owner of Washougal Townsquare.

There will be an Equestrian demonstration offered in the field behind the Pendleton Store from 1 – 2 PM.  Seating and an announcer will be provided and the demonstrations will include a Parade of Flags and the singing of the National Anthem.  The equestrian events are free.

Music returns to Reflection Plaza on Saturday evening to close out the festival.  The beer garden opens at 5 PM and music will run from 6 PM – 11 PM featuring Carrie Cunningham & the Six Shooters and the King Brothers (& Larry!).  Seating in the Plaza is for families and the beer garden is open to those 21 & older ($3 admission).

The events are sponsored by Pendleton Woolen Mills, Waste Connections & Columbia Resource Company, Riverview Savings Bank, Comcast, LaCamas Community Credit Union, Lone Wolf Development, Camas Lions Club and the City of Washougal.