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After being shut down in 2020 and 2021, residents once again flocked to the elementary school to take in family fun.

PMG PHOTO: SCOTT KEITH - Cathy Lundberg, director of the Columbia City Community Library, attends the book sale. Streets were packed and the elementary school was humming with activity Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Columbia City Celebration, an annual bash where proceeds help the Columbia City Community Library.

The celebration featured a "show and shine" classic car show, rock and roll music from The Decades, and a scheduled performance from the St. Helens ukulele band.

A big feature at the event is the used book sale.

"It's doing great," said library director Cathy Lundberg. "We've sold so many books. The book sale has been busy the whole time. There are people everywhere."

Lundberg said funding for the library comes from the celebration, donations and a Friends of the Library group, with $25 dues.

"A few years ago, we started doing the car show, and that's a huge amount of our income from the city celebration because of all the cars that come to it," Lundberg said. "Usually, we have a number of car-related businesses that sponsor the car show."

Lundberg added, "We haven't done that this year because we feel like the businesses in the county are still recovering from COVID, and we don't want to put added strain on them. So, we're doing without sponsorships this year."

The gymnasium hosted art and crafts, with the emphasis on locally produced products.

"We require them to make their products in Columbia County, so it's a venue for local people to sell their stuff and local people can buy their stuff," Lundberg said of the artists and vendors showing off their creations.

The Columbia City Celebration provides fun for the whole family — important to keep in mind in a community that is nearly entirely residential and has an elementary school at its heart.

"We have sections for the kids to do projects," Lundberg said. "Anyone can go look at the cars. We have vendors. We have a quilt raffle, we have a beach cabin raffle."

This was the first Columbia City Celebration since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 and 2021 celebrations were canceled due to COVID restrictions.

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