Your Guide to Grays Harbor County Holiday Activities
‘Tis the season for cocoa, caroling and Santa! You do not have to travel far from your home no matter where you live in Grays Harbor County to find a bit of holiday cheer. With events starting at the beginning on November, there is plenty to keep your whole family busy, from holiday bazaars and tree lightings to concerts and plays.
Central Park PTO Holiday Bazaar
601 School Rd, Aberdeen
November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Jump start your holiday shopping at the Central Park PTO Holiday Bazaar. There will be many local vendors with handmade as well as commercial gifts for everyone on your list. Food will be available for purchase and even a Seahawk gift basket raffle! Santa will also make an appearance. Vendor table fees contribute to field trips, assemblies and extra items for the Central Park Elementary. Read more here: http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/10/31/your-guide-to-grays-harbor-county-holiday-activities/
Grays Harbor ORV Park Promoters Endeavor to Create Multi-Use Park
From the coast to the forest, there are many areas that make Grays Harbor a delightful place to settle down or visit. One that entices people from both near and far is the Grays Harbor ORV (GHORV) park on the rim of McCleary. The expansive park has multiple riding tracks and ever-growing services under the newest promoters that took on the lease in 2017.
“They’ve got plans for new events and ways to maximize use and benefit the facility for the community,” explains Grays Harbor Fairgrounds and Tourism manager, Mike Bruner. “It’s the type of facility that most communities don’t have and people come from all over the state, or even the region, to ride there.”
The new lease holders, Brent Davis and prominent motocross rider Ryan Villopoto, have been collaborating to operate the park with many upgrades in mind. They plan to put Grays Harbor and the GHORV on the map for not only UTV and ATV riding events and motocross, but also downhill mountain biking, mud runs, concerts, camp sites and more. Read more here: http://www.lewistalk.com/2018/11/20/grays-harbor-orv-park-promoters-endeavor-to-create-multi-use-park/
Priceless Holiday Memories are Made at Montesano’s Festival of Lights December 7-9
The holidays have officially here and that means everything from yule logs and parties to extravagantly decorated homes and lots of cookies for all to enjoy. Something especially bright is the Festival of Lights weekend hosted by Montesano that brings everyone together for some Christmas time merriment. Don’t miss out on the festivities planned for Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9. There is something new and fun to check out this year with the Jingle Lights light show that used to be done in Central Park, now happening during the Festival of Lights.
“The city of Montesano purchased the equipment and so they’re running that show at Fleet Park,” Leslie Goings, Festival of Lights parade chair says. “Each weekend, there’s a different non-profit. So, they’re asking for donations and then that non-profit for that weekend will get the proceeds.”
Sometimes there is a specific theme for the festival, but this year they are keeping it traditional with a theme of “lights” to welcome aboard the Jingle Lights show and for everyone to twinkle brightly during the parade. “We decided not to do a sub-theme, we’re sticking with the Festival of Lights,” says Goings. “Part of it is it has been so specific over the last couple of years that we wanted to let some of the participants reuse some of their decorations, but also with Jingle Lights coming this year we really wanted to focus on lights.”
The magic of the season comes through in Montesano this time of year as people help each other to bring alive the spirit of the holidays. A committee works tirelessly to put on the festival, but dozens of people also help through doing everything from decorating to hosting events. Further, the event is made possible by a generous grant from the Grays Harbor County Department of Fair, Events and Tourism.
“It’s pretty much a city-wide effort,” shares Goings. “The city and public works department, they put up the garland around town, and each business is responsible for doing their own decorating. And then we have just a lot of support, whether it’s monetary sponsorships or donations. Everyone just kind of works together.”
Rodeo fans will have to hang onto their hats as the Clash of the Cowboys rodeo brings a wild ride to town at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Bud Light, Clash of the Cowboys will have everyone cheering and rooting for riders as bull riding, bronc busting, and barrel racing competitions happen in a fast-moving and exciting night at the rodeo. Read more
It’s nearly time to gear up and hit the road for hundreds of riders participating in the second annual Reach the Beach in Washington. The American Lung Association (ALA) is hosting the perfect opportunity to close out the season with their event on September 29. It promises to be a beautiful ride supporting a worthy cause. Read more
Clash of the Cowboys Rodeo. Rodeo with the Jessie Leigh Band. Saturday October 27th. Show starts at 7 PM .Doors open at 5 PM. At The Grays Harbor County Fair And Events Center. Presale tickets are $12 at the Elma, Centralia and Olympia Les Schwab Tire Stores and Monte Farm and Home. $15.00 at the door. Sponsored by Budlight.
ELMA, WA – Sept. 10, 2018– The Grays Harbor County Department of Tourism is now accepting applications for three tourism-related grant programs.
The grant programs and their deadlines:
Festival and Event Grants (deadline Oct. 19, 2018)
Tourism Services and Projects (deadline Oct. 19, 2018)
Major Tourism Projects (deadline Oct. 19, 2018)
Under State law (RCW 67.28) Grays Harbor County receives funds from room taxes imposed on lodging facilities. These funds can be retained and utilized by the County for tourism promotional operations, or expended for projects and activities established by an eligible entity under State law.
Grays Harbor Tourism Grant Applications will be accepted from qualifying non-profit entities organizing tourism based activities within Grays Harbor County, except those municipalities that are allowed by law to collect and manage 3% lodging tax revenues generated within their corporate limits. Grant funding is provided to increase tourism activity within Grays Harbor County.
Full details regarding what is a qualifying organization, and/or expense, is available on the appropriate grant application. Applicants with additional questions can contact the Grays Harbor Tourism Office, which allocates more than $300,000 in grant funds annually.
“We are very fortunate that our County Commissioners have continued to support the funding of this grant program. They understand that tourism is vital to Grays Harbor’s economic success,” said Kelly Peterson-Lalka, GH Tourism Public Relations/Office Manager. “Tourism results in more than $260 million of revenue and over 5,000 jobs for Grays Harbor County. When we support tourism, our local communities reap the rewards in tax revenue, jobs and community infrastructure. It is a win-win.”
Don’t Miss the Star-Studded Entertainment at the Grays Harbor County Fair
Now that summer is upon us, fair season is officially on the horizon. The Grays Harbor County Fair in Elma has big plans this year with a variety of entertainers scheduled to perform that will surely delight your family. From comedy and magic shows to country music and esteemed tribute bands, this year’s fair entertainment is setting up to be a blast.
Professor Bamboozle is a truly unique performer that will be appearing daily at the fair. His interactive magic and illusion show, complete with balloon animals, comedy, and magic is fun for the whole family. In 2016 he was honored as the service member of the year by the Washington State Fairs Association. The show, sponsored by the Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union, is free with fair admission, and you can find Professor Bamboozle each day of the fair beginning on August 8 and ending on August 12.
Steve the Pretty Good Comedy and Magic Show
Looking for another fun-filled attraction sure to entertain the whole family? Steve the Pretty Good will be performing his comedy and magic show daily at the fair this year. In his action-packed show, performer Steve Hamilton presents some of the classic magic acts with a unique and refreshing twist. Steve’s show, presented by Overstock.com, is highly interactive, and the audience is encouraged to participate in a number of acts. This is a show that will entertain both children and adults alike and is free with fair admission.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Bringing over 50 years of recording history, the critically-acclaimed country and folk group, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, sponsored by House Brothers Construction, will be performing on the Pepsi stage at the fair on Wednesday, August 8 starting at 8:00 p.m. This band has truly been influential to country and American roots music, with multi-platinum and gold records, numerous top ten hits, and multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA awards and nominations. Their 1972 “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album was even inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame. They have created fans of all ages with their legendary hits such as, “Mr. Bojangles” and “Fishin’ in the Dark”, and are sure to put on a show that will be enjoyed by all. Don’t miss your chance to see the original Nitty Gritty Dirt Band this year. Reserved, Golden Circle Tickets are just $25 each, and includes fair admission. Limited, general admission bleacher seating is available, free with paid fair admission.
Dan Whyms Tribute to Johnny Cash
Another fantastic entertainer joining the fair this year is Dan Whyms, who performs a one of a kind tribute to Johnny Cash. A resident of Grays Harbor, Dan’s performance of Johnny Cash’s iconic collection of music is not to be missed. “Johnny Cash inspired my love of music,” says Dan. “He’s been the inspiration for me to learn the guitar, to write, and to perform.” You can enjoy Dan Whyms’s Johnny Cash tribute at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9 and the show is free with your paid fair admission.
William Michael Morgan
Hailing from Mississippi, country entertainer, William Michael Morgan, Sponsored by Big Foot 107.3 FM, will perform on the Pepsi Stage on Thursday, August 9 starting at 8:00 p.m. Since his debut album in 2016, Morgan has been a fresh voice in the country scene and already has multiple top ten songs on the Country Airplay charts, including, “I Met a Girl”. “George Strait, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, and George Jones, are the people that I grew up listening to and was influenced by,” says Morgan. Limited, general admission, bleacher seating is free for this show, with paid fair admission. Reserved, Golden Circle seating is also available at just $25 each, and includes fair admission.
On Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the Pepsi Stage, the legendary Grays Harbor-based country band Humptulips will be performing with special guests Erica Corbin and Tony Wintrip. Winners of the 2014 Battle of the Bands in Portland, Humptulips brings a high energy sound to the stage, and excels at drawing large crowds to their performances. With backgrounds in rock and country music, Humptulips band members create a unique fusion of the styles in captivating shows. Be sure to check out this exceptional performance, presented by Bayview Building Materials of Elma. The show is free with your paid fair admission.
Green River Revival: Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band
Hailed as North America’s most authentic sounding Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Green River Revival is going to be rocking out at the fair on Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. This group has performed throughout America, Canada, and Scandinavia for over two decades, spreading the sweet sounds of John Fogerty and Credence Clearwater Revival. Featuring hit songs such as “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary,” and “Up Around the Bend,” this is sure to be a performance to remember. Don’t miss this special event that is free with your paid fair admission, sponsored by the Vaughan Company.
Going to The Fair
Now that you know about the entertainers performing at this year’s fair, it’s time to start planning your visit. The Grays Harbor County Fair, with all of its carnival rides, games, animal exhibits and delicious fair food, begins on Wednesday, August 8 and ends on Sunday, August 12. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Saturday, August 11 the fair is open 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 12 the hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fair admission is $10 for adults (ages 16-62); $7 for seniors (ages 63+); $7 for youth (ages 6-15); and children five and under are free. Fair admission is $2 off with military ID; $2 off youth admission on Thursday; free admission from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday; and $1 off admission with a Bi-Mart card and photo ID on Sunday. Daily parking is $5. Presale Carnival Ride Wrist Bands are on sale now at the Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen branches of Anchor bank, at the discounted price of just $22.
New this year, Golden Circle reserved seating concert tickets, and discounted Carnival Ride Wristbands can also be purchased on-line at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds ticket box office. Just go to the ghcfairgrounds.com website to connect to the link and purchase these items from the comfort of your own home.
See you at this year’s Grays Harbor County Fair, in Elma!
Qualifying ARTISTS received a FREE booth space (in effect since 2014). In the email describe what you do and attach photos of your work.
Qualifying Artist:a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor,pen/ink, metal, photography, visual, performance (music, dance, entertainment), literature, graphics, and architecture.
On Saturday, July 28th, 2018 in the heart of Downtown Aberdeen on Hwy 101 will be the 20th annual Aberdeen Art Walk from 10 am to 5 pm.
Enjoy the works of artists and vendors from all over Western Washington as is energized event rocks Downtown Aberdeen core with over 100 artists and vendors displaying their talented works including street entertainment, kid’s activities, and live music, yummy food, Beer Garden, Pet Costume Contest, and more.
This event includes talented artists and artisan crafters from western WA set up on two blocks of Broadway (closed) and one block of Wishkah going through the middle of Downtown Core on HWY 101.
Live entertainment on the main stage begins 10 A.M. which will include performances by several local talents. The Pet Costume contest starts at 12 noon.
2018 is Annual Art Walk’s 20th Anniversary and we are excited to add an evening street dance on Broadway between both sides of HWY 101 (between Wishkah and Heron). Have fun on a summer night dancing, listening to music, watching an amazing show, and enjoying the beer gardens.
Don’t forget the Art Attack Fun Run on July 29th at the Bishop Athletic Center. Race fees are $15 per person. Registration starts at 8:30 A.M. and race begins at 9 A.M.
This is a family friendly event, so grab the kids, grandkids, and the neighbors and head to Downtown Aberdeen for a day full of entertaining fun! You can find us on FB at Aberdeen Art Walk 2018 and at aberdeenartwalk.org
The Annual Aberdeen Art Walk is not affiliated with any other events or businesses.
Annual Aberdeen Art Walk: volunteer-based event making great things happen in our community