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Variety of activities planned in county for Independence Day from pancakes to fireworks

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL-PACHECO - Members of the St. Helens Band Patrons group sell fireworks in the parking lot of Walmart as a program fundraiser leading up to Independence Day, and will be selling a variety of items every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pictured here on June 28,  from left to right, Sadie McGuire, Jenna Cook, Caleb Polvogt, and Kitara Church, all members of the St. Helens band, color guard and choir programs, help set up fireworks displays in preparation for the sales.A variety of activities will be planned in Columbia County on Wednesday, July 4, including fundraiser events, family-friendly games, live music and more.


The Scappoose Fire District will host its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday on the morning of the Fourth. Stop by the fire station at 52751 Columbia River Highway for a plate of hotcakes, which will be served on a donation basis. Proceeds from the fundraiser help the Scappoose Volunteer Firefighting Association provide scholarships to graduating high school students.

St. Helens

The city of St. Helens is hosting a variety of activities throughout the day, many in and around Columbia View Park near the waterfront on The Strand.

The St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission will be holding its annual trash can painting competition starting at 9:30 a.m. The ACC revamped the competition this year by accepting applications from artists and community members in advance of the

event. Twelve entries were accepted. The painting will take place July 4 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Winners in five categories will be selected for a $100 cash prize each. Public voting will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

St. Helens, through its newly formed recreation program, is also hosting a variety of family-friendly activities, including a team-based cornhole competition, an "Underachievers 0.4K Fun Run" which promises doughnuts and beverages at the completion of the event, and a costume contest for people and pets alike, which is being hosted by a local brewery. More details about the events can be found on the city's Facebook page and the Discover Columbia County website.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will host a bell-ringing ceremony at 2 p.m. in waterfront park. At 4 p.m. members of the National Guard will perform a flag-raising ceremony.

Looking for some live entertainment? Matt Brown, who works as St. Helens' finance director, will sing and perform acoustic guitar from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by live music from Columbia County's own Hit Machine at 8 p.m.

St. Helens will cap off the night with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Free parking can be found throughout St. Helens Riverfront District, including several public parking lots. Paid parking will also be available on the city's waterfront property. Parking rates are $20 per carload of four people, or $25 per carload of six.

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