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This year, the event will feature a vaccination station where you can enjoy music and get a COVID-19 shot.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: CITY OF ST. HELENS - Hit Machine (not to be confused with Patrick Lamb's band, Hit Factory) performs at a 13 Nights on the River event in St. Helens.Just in time for the start of warm summer evenings, 13 Nights on the River begins Thursday, June 3, with a performance by Patrick Lamb and Hit Factory.

The free summer concert series in St. Helens is held Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., except the week of Aug. 13.

In upcoming weeks, JT Trawick will perform June 10, Funktown PDX gets on the stage June 17, and performing June 24 will be Catherine Loyer and Strawberry. The concert series wraps up August 26 with Curtis Salgado entertaining the audience. A complete list of performances can be found at DiscoverColumbiaCounty.com.

Tina Curry, St. Helens' event coordinator, notes the picturesque setting for the long-running summer concert series, which she likened to similar events elsewhere in the United States.

"This one is particularly awesome because of the great view and the water being right there with the stage in front," Curry said.

Unlike the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo and many other cherished annual events, 13 Nights on the River went forward in 2020, albeit with restrictions due to the pandemic.

"We had to completely limit the audience and make sure everybody was in compliance with mask wearing and distancing," Curry said.

This year, however, with more people vaccinated against COVID-19, the event will look more like it usually does.

"Since they're outside, it should not be an issue," Curry said. "We do encourage people, if they have not been vaccinated, to wear a mask and social distance. But it will be a lot less stressful than last year, with many more people being vaccinated and having the choice to be vaccinated."

As an added incentive this year, you can watch your favorite performer on stage and get vaccinated at 13 Nights on the River, if you haven't received your COVID-19 vaccine yet.

"We're going to be a vaccination station," Curry said. "During 13 Nights, there will be an area where you can go get vaccinated. They will keep an eye on you and you can play games while you're waiting."

No appointment is necessary to get the Pfizer vaccination, which does require a follow-up shot.

13 Nights on the River, with a suggested $2 donation, is a showcase event in St. Helens, featuring great music.

"We have world-class musicians," Curry said. "Grammy Award-winning musicians come to play. It's just such a tradition to come with your family, hang out, listen to some great music — enjoy the view, food and some live music."


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