The annual event in St. Helens includes a barbecue, music and vendors, as well as a car show.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - Rock & Roll band The Decades perform at the 2021 Citizens Day in the Park. Once again, St. Helens city leaders are encouraging everybody to take a one-day vacation from their high-tech devices and attend Citizen's Day in the Park, which returns Saturday, June 25, at McCormick Park.

The fifth annual Citizen's Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the park, which is located at 475 S. 18th Street.

The annual event, according to city officials, is designed to make and strengthen community connections.

St. Helens Mayor Rick Scholl stated, "With COVID restrictions finally lifted, I think we're all ready to enjoy a summer of face-to-face connections again."

This year's event will include a free barbecue lunch, car show, live music, free recreation games and vendor booths that will feature local non-profits, organizations and businesses.

Lunch is available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. You can enjoy traditional summer favorites, including hamburgers and hot dogs.

As was the case last year, you might even get a chance to see the mayor or a city councilor tending the barbecue.

You are asked to bring your own lawn chairs. Picnic tables will be at the park, but seating is not guaranteed.

Citizen's Day in the Park is made possible by generous donations from local businesses and help from local volunteers.

2022 volunteers include the St. Helens Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Girl Scouts Troop 10486, Hometown Heroes, and Columbia County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Scholl said, "Citizen's Day is a great way for you to enjoy a day outdoors where you can meet community members, participate in free activities and learn about local businesses, nonprofits and other organizations in our vendor area."

For more information on the event, visit the city website at

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