Buckaroo Days Festival Coming to Elma

Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Buckaroo Days Festival on Saturday, September 20, in Elma. It’s now bigger and better than ever. The Grand Parade, sponsored by Grays Harbor Mounted Posse and City of Elma, starts at 11 a.m. from the high school and proceeds down Main Street to 2nd & Martin Street. Cash and ribbons will be presented to the best equestrian and kids entries. Participants will also include bands, marching units, parade floats, local royals, vintage vehicles and more.

The competition is fierce for the Buckaroo Days Chili & Salsa Cook-Off. Top cooks can earn cash and bragging rights for the honor of placing in the competition. A top-cash award of $250 will be awarded to the first-place chili entry and $100 to the first-place winner in the salsa category. The Elma Chamber of Commerce will sell five-dollar wristbands for tasting the chili and salsa entries on the day of the event.

Elma will be bursting with entertainment during Buckaroo Days. Elma Feed & Farm Supply and Les Schwab Tire Center are partnering to sponsor several free family and kids activities from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. They include a bouncy house for kids, games, an animal petting farm, Mutton Bustin’ sheep-riding contests, craft activities and prizes. For festival-goers who are young and young-at-heart, take a ride on the inflatable super slide. In a special event, kids can decorate a potato and enter it to win the Mr. Potato Head Contest, sponsored by Elma Variety Store. Washington State Fiddlers will entertain on the grounds of the Elma Feed & Farm Supply. The Buckaroo Stage will also be full of entertainment throughout the day.

Throw a favorite outlaw in the Buckaroo Jail and then watch for the GH Mounted Posse robbery and jailbreak at high noon. New this year is the Bingo Tent for adults 21 and over, from 2-4 p.m. Purchase each bingo card for one dollar and gain four chances to win a 50/50 pot.

Is it talent, looks or costumes that make your dog shine? Enter your pooch in the Paws-itiviely Fun Dog Show. Registration begins at 1 p.m. for the 1:45 p.m. show. All entries will receive ribbons and prizes. Elma Feed & Farm Store sponsors the event.

Pick up your free Discovery Pass to Elma at the Dennis Company or at Elma Variety Store. Then, visit Elma businesses for a stamp. Turn-in the completed passes at Timberland Library beginning at 11 a.m. to receive a prize and to be entered in the grand-prize drawing.

Thanks to our sponsors: City of Elma, Les Schwab Tire Center of Elma, Elma Feed & Farm Supply Store, Grays Harbor Posse, House Brothers Construction and Grays Harbor Tourism.

For more information, contact the Elma Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 798, Elma, WA, view on Facebook or telephone 360-482-3055, email: Debbie Adolphsen or Paula Jones – elmachamber@gmail.com.

Nirvana-Themed Street Mural to Debut in Aberdeen

Newest in a series of Downtown historic art installations

The dedication of a new Nirvana-themed outdoor mural and celebration of the internationally famous rock group’s place in Aberdeen’s history, as well as their stature as icons of the music industry, is set for Saturday, September 20 at 4 p.m. Bassist and co-founder of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic plus others, are scheduled to speak at the event.

In 2013, Our Aberdeen, a nonprofit arts organization, approached noted Northwest artist Erik Sandgren about creating a pictorial mural for downtown Aberdeen commemorating Nirvana’s genesis in Aberdeen.  Sandgren, with the assistance of four allied artists – Anthony James Cotham, Dominic Senibali, Jason Sobottka and David Wall –  designed and painted the 68-foot-wide mural this year incorporating the grunge band connection.

Vividly painted on board, the mural was installed in downtown Aberdeen on the Moore’s Flooring building at 201 S Broadway St.

Our Aberdeen, with financial support from the Grays Harbor County Department of Tourism, City of Aberdeen, Greater Grays Harbor, Inc., Grays Harbor Community Foundation, Coastline Signs, and individual donations, commissioned this project as part of its Art Group Promotion to create civic pride, memorialize Aberdeen’s history, assist in the revitalization of the city, promote the vibrant and talented art community, and offer another reason for visiting Aberdeen.

For more information, contact Sylvia Dickerson at sendar@msn.com about the mural and Our Aberdeen’s other projects. Visit the website, OurAberdeen.com, to learn about the organization.



Find the Catch of the Day at Grays Harbor Seafood Markets

Are you looking for some fresh salmon to buy? Maybe a pound of fresh cracked crab leg meat to savor dipped in hot garlic butter? Do you ever search websites like the Foodnetwork, Allrecipes, or Pinterest and want to try a new way to cook fresh seafood? You are in luck because in Grays Harbor we have a variety of local seafood markets stocked up and ready to share. Bring fish home to the table from these six local seafood markets.

Brady’s Oysters

Bradys (photo by Mara ODonnell)

The iconic Brady’s Oysters’ welcomes all to the “South Beach.” Photo courtesy of Mara O’Donnell.

If oysters are on the menu then Brady’s Oysters is the place to be. Nestled along the pristine shores of Grays Harbor’s South Bay, Brady Engvall developed the suspended culture method of growing oysters. Brady started the business in 1970. Today, his children Korry Engvall and Kristi Engvall Ballo continue the tradition. The retail seafood market sells oysters, clams, crab, fish and more. The business is also home to the world famous Brady’s Oyster Feed: The annual fundraiser dedicated to clean water and jobs. The Brady’s Oyster sign proudly stands tall to advertise the location of the market. It’s also a monument that welcomes all to the “South Beach.”

3714 Oyster Place E. Aberdeen, WA 98520 800-572-3252

Store Hours Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Seafood Connection

Fishing buddies and friends since childhood, Larry Cowles and Kevin Marks  team together to bring you the Seafood Connection

READ MORE HERE AT http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2014/08/28/grays-harbor-seafood-market/

A Yarn about Alpacas and Local Artistry at Olympic Yarn and Fiber

Lynn Lipski is a wife, mom, alpaca-raiser, and knitting enthusiast. Her passion for natural fibers and yarns have led her into designing and selling knitting patterns and keeps her busy making gifts for friends and family.

alpaca yarn

Each Alpaca has a unique personality and character to their wool.

A craft-savvy gal, the most surprising part about her hobby is not so much that she can create her own patterns, it’s that her projects don’t start with a pattern. They start with the alpaca itself.

Connecting her home and the alpaca barn is a brightly lit workroom full of bizarre looking machinery, freshly sheared, washed and fluffed alpaca wool, and newly bound skeins of the softest alpaca yarn you’ve ever felt. It’s not uncommon for people to own sheep or alpacas, but Lipski gave me genuine surprise when I heard that she spins her own yarn. And not only her own wool either, Lipski spins yarn for a variety of small-scale businesses that sell specialty yarns and fibers on a local level…read more at http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2014/09/09/olympic-yarn-alpaca/

“30 Miles of Junque”

Westport’s 17th Annual Weekend Treasure Hunt September 20 & 21

Westport, WA – Bargain hunters, treasure seekers, flea market fans and “American Pickers”  be on alert for Westport’s 17th annual “30 Miles of Junque”.  All along SR 105 from Tokeland to South Aberdeen, and Westport and Grayland in between. Over 70 yard and garage sales are expected to participate.

 A map showing the Junque route and all participating sales will be posted on the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce website beginning Sept. 17 at www.westportcam.com.  Maps are also available at each sale, the Westport VIC and many businesses. Also on the map you can find ads for various eating establishments to help you keep up your strength to get to that next sale!

 The event is also a great opportunity to check out other South Beach area treasures that you may not have visited before – the historic lighthouse, Maritime Museum and charter fishing marina in Westport, and miles of beaches and breathtaking coastal views all along SR 105.

For event and accommodation information, call the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce and VisitorInformationCenter toll free at 1-800-345-6223, or visit their website.