2013 Events Guide: Best Bets


May 2013

Vader ‘May Day’ Celebration & Parade — Saturday, May 3-4, 2013

Vader May Day Festival and Parade takes place in Vader, about 20 minutes south of Chehalis. The parade begins in downtown Vader at 10 a.m. For more info: 360-295-3011


Spring Youth Fair, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds — May 3, 4 & 5 2013


Southwest Washington Fairgrounds

The Spring Youth Fair showcases local youth agricultural achievements and provides great family fun, including events, rides, and traditional food fare.

For more info: 360-736-9758 or southwestwashingtonfair.net.


31st Lewis County Historical Bike Ride — Saturday, May 11, 2013

Grab your bike and get ready to tour picturesque Lewis County and see some of our more historical locations. There are several route options to choose from that include rural farmland and historical markers. Routes all start from Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis. For more info: 360-262-9647.


Memorial Day Flea Market, Packwood — May 24-27, 2013

The Packwood Flea Market is one of Lewis County’s biggest and best-attended events.

From antiques and oddities, to power tools and housewares, you’ll find something unique and interesting at this famous gathering of merchants and vendors. Deals extend for miles outside this picturesque town.

For more info: 360-494-2223 or www.destinationpackwood.com.


June 2013

Father’s Day Dinner Steam Train Ride — Sunday, June 16, 2013

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with a train ride on the historic Centralia-Chehalis Steam Train? Hop on the train with dad and travel through rural West Lewis County, starting in Chehalis and going as far as Ruth, a former community in the Boistfort Valley. For more info: 360-748-9593 or www.steamtrainride.com


Winlock Egg Days & Parade — June 21-23, 2013


Winlock — Home of the ‘World’s Largest Egg’

Visit historic Winlock, home of the World’s Largest Egg.

Once home to a handful of booming industries, Egg Days celebrates days gone by with a car show, parade, and many additional events over the weekend.

It’s family fun for all. For more info: 360-785-3606.


Billetproof Car Show — Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Great Day for a Car Show

Taking place at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, this isn’t your average car show with shiny cars and fresh wax jobs. This show features cars primarily known as “Rat Rods.”

You don’t have to have a nice coat of new paint for this show — a coat of grey primer will do just fine. For more info: 360-736-6072.


July 2013

Summerfest, Parade & Demolition Derby — July 4, 2013

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Summerfest in Historic Downtown Centralia

Summerfest is one of Lewis County’s best-attended events. From free events at Fort Borst Park including a fishing derby, games, and performances, to the evening events including a Demolition Derby at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds and a giant fireworks display that can be seen for miles in the Centralia and Chehalis area. For more info: 360-330-7674


Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic — July 13-14, 2013


Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

The Centralia-Chehalis area is the midpoint for this famed bicycle ride through Washington into Oregon. Riders and support crew spend the evening in our area to relax, sleep, and to be entertained. You’ll often find live performances and specialty events that occur in conjunction with this famous bicycle tour. For more info: 360-748-8885.


Toledo Cheese Days — July 13-14, 2013

One of the gateways to Mount St. Helens, Toledo celebrates its historic community heritage every year with various events including a parade and several cheese-themed events. For more info: 360-864-4391.


Antique Festival — July 20-21, 2013

Visit and tour historic downtown Centralia during its Antique Festival. You’ll be impressed by the unexpected items you can find. There are businesses that specialize — of course — in antiques, but there are also businesses that specialize in specific goods such as art, antique fixtures, antique home furnishings and more. For more info: 360-623-1106.


August 2013

Mossyrock Blueberry Festival — August 2-3, 2013

The town of Mossyrock, near Mayfield Lake, is home to the famous DeGoede Bulb Farm and the annual Blueberry Festival. This festival includes a car show, live events, and a parade in downtown Mossyrock. For more info: 360-983-3880.


70th Morton Loggers’ Jubilee — August 8-11, 2013


Loggers’ Games at Morton Loggers Jubilee

The historic timber town of Morton, in the shadow of the mighty Mount Rainier, celebrates its heritage with lawn mower races, logging games, events, demonstrations and a parade through downtown Morton. For more info: 360-496-6362.


Southwest Washington Fair — August 13-18, 2013

For over 100 years, the Southwest Washington Fair has showcased Lewis County’s rich agricultural history. From livestock markets, to live shows and performances, to traditional fair food, activities, and rides, there’s something for everyone. For more info: 360-736-6072.


Chehalis Garlic Festival — August 23-25, 2013

The Chehalis Garlic Festival has become a trademark of the Centralia-Chehalis area and has grown exponentially over the past two decades. The festival features a large craft show, garlic themed food fare, and several live music performances and various activities. For more info: 360-748-6848.


Hub City Car Show — August 24, 2013


Hub City Car Show — Downtown Centralia, WA

Hub City Car Show is one of those car shows that women tend to enjoy just as much — if not more — than the men who have cars in the show. Why, you ask? Shopping of course! Situated in historic downtown Centralia, patrons of the car show can see beautiful classic cars while walking up and down the blocks visiting all of the best best antique and specialty stores Centralia has to offer. 9am to 4pm. For more info: 360-748-8885.


September 2013

ARTrails Studio Tours — September 20-22 & September 28-29, 2013

Meet dozens of local artists and see their workplaces on the annual ARTrails studio tour. From traditional oil and canvas to modern photography and sculpture, you’ll be amazed at what our locals create. For more info: 360-864-2621 or www.artrailsofsww.org.


Chehalis Valley Wine Tour — September 28-29, 2013

The Chehalis Valley Wine Tour features a handful of our local wineries who are very proud of their craft. It’s a great way to see Lewis County and taste what we have to offer — but remember, drive safely. For more info: 360-623-1106 or chehalisvalleywinetour.com.


October 2013

Apple Harvest Festival — Saturday, October 5, 2013


Chicken Races at the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival

One of the newest festivals to our area, the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival celebrates harvest time in Lewis County with harvest themed events and apple cider making. For more info: 360-978-4018.


Pumpkin Steam Train Ride — October 26-27, 2013

A new twist on harvest time, get your pumpkin and ride the Steam Train! For more info: 360-748-9593 or www.steamtrainride.com.



November 2013

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Visit with Santa — Saturday, November 22, 2013

Be a part of the community and join us in celebrating our annual tree lighting in George Washington Park (Centralia). For more info: 360-330-7674.


December 2013

63rd Santa Parade — Saturday, December 7, 2013


Annual Chehalis Santa Parade

For over 60 years, every first Saturday in December, the Santa Parade has delighted hundreds of local residents with family fun and Holiday cheer. And, after being flown in via helicopter, Santa joins the parade! Parade at 11 am. For more info: 360-748-8885.


Santa Steam Train Rides — December 17-8 & December 14-15, 2013

Another twist on an old tradition — ride the train with Santa! For more info: 360-748-9593 or www.steamtrainride.com.


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