Cascade Locks presents Sternwheeler Days

CASCADE LOCKS — New events, including Saturday’s Ducky Derby fundraiser, fill the schedule for the June 27-30 Sternwheeler Days, Cascade Locks’ annual community festival.

Also new this year: interpretive speaker Myrna DeBolt, who will present on the region’s early history from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Marine Park.

Parks and Rec holds a fundraiser dance on Friday, for all ages, from 7-9 p.m. in the pavilion.


Things get started June 27 when the annual Mountain Man encampment settles in on Thunder Island beginning at 4 p.m. These authentic re-enactors of pioneer and explorer practices will remain all weekend, demonstrating their skills and discussing 18th century ways in the great West.

Other highlights include Lions Bingo from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and the 11 a.m. parade on Saturday, starting at Bridge of the Gods.

Eyeopener Lions host their annual breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 7-11 a.m.

There will be crafts and vendor booths, along with live music in Marine Park all weekend.

Ducky Derby will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wine tasting hosted by White Buffalo will be in the Marine Park Pavilion from 3-7 p.m.

2013 Sternwheeler Days schedule (all events at Marine Park unless designated):

June 27 — Mountain Men Encampment, 4-6 p.m. at Thunder Island

June 28

n Mountain Men Encampment, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Thunder Island

n Lions Bingo noon to 8 p.m. at Marine Park; Asher & Lost Highwaymen, 5-7 p.m.

n Food and craft booths, plus kids’ games and rides, 10-9 p.m.

n Parks & Rec fundraiser dance for all ages, 7-9 p.m. in the pavilion

June 29 — Lions Club Breakfast, 7 a.m. to noon

Columbia Gorge Walking Club Run/Walk-A-Thon, 7 a.m. to noon

Ducky Derby ticket sales, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mountain Men Encampment, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Thunder Island

Food and craft booths, plus kids’ games and rides, 10-9 p.m.

Parade, 11 a.m. beginning at the Bridge of the Gods

Parks & Rec Cake Walk, noon to 2 p.m. in the pavilion

Lions Bingo, noon to 8 p.m. at Marine Park; Phoenix Rising, noon to 5 p.m. on the main stage

Myrna DeBolt, historical interpreter, 1-2 p.m.

White Buffalo wine tasting, 3-7 p.m. at the pavilion

Ducky Derby, 3 p.m. in the Locks Channel

June 30

Lions Club Breakfast, 7 a.m.-noon

n Church in the Park, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Mountain Men Encampment, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Thunder Island

n Food and craft booths, plus kids’ games and rides, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Marine Park

Lions Bingo, noon-5 p.m. at Marine Park

Asher & Lost Highwaymen, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Marine Park

Festival closes, 5 p.m. at Marine Park.


The Other Cascade Locks

Cascade Locks Park, Ohio, holds its Canal Days on the same weekend, an Internet search reveals.

The park, located around a historic barge passage system on the Ohio-Erie Canal, hosts the annual festival that also features a Ducky Derby.

Another thing in common between Cascade Locks, Ore., and Cascade Locks Park, Ohio?

Both communities have the 374 telephone prefix.

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