'Flying Eagle' perched on city waterfront
The St. Helens Flying Eagle, a 24-foot hand-carved wooden canoe, will be on display on the St. Helens waterfront near Columbia View Park from June 6 to June 13 during a weeklong event dubbed "Eagle Fest."
Willow Bill Goulardt, a Nevada resident who travels with the canoe every summer, and other volunteers will host festivities between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. as a way to educate visitors about the canoe, which was created in St. Helens, and recruit volunteers to help with maintenance projects.
On June 7 and 8, volunteers are needed to sand the canoe by hand. On June 9-13, volunteers are sought to help with painting and varnish sealing.
Visitors can also learn more about paddling with the canoe and taking rides on the Flying Eagle.
During Eagle Fest, organizers plan to recognize and honor longtime supporters who have helped with the canoe. Students who contributed to the canoe's carving in 2006 and are still in the community are encouraged to visit Saturday, June 8, to be recognized.