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St. Helens steadies for second year of Henry Knighton Days

The second annual Henry Knighton Days festival will be held Friday through Sunday and feature vendors, musicians, reenactments, demonstrations and a circus.

The free event, which is designed to give visitors insight into St. Helens in 1850, will be held in Olde Towne St. Helens.

On Saturday, the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will transform the Sixth Street Fields into a circus by 'raising the big top' between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Visitors are welcome to take a free tour, where they will learn about the circus performers and animals, after the circus setup is completed. In addition, the circus will hold performances at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday that will feature Skeeter the Clown.

Circus admission costs $6 to $12.

Trolleys will tour around Columbia View Park and tours will feature a visit to the blacksmith foundry and a demonstration of Dutch oven cooking. Guided walking tours of the historic district will also occur throughout the festival.

In addition, musical groups from the St. Helens High School and other musicians will perform daily.

The Columbia River Peacemakers Quilt Guild will host a quilt show, where participants can watch the guild demonstrate hand quilting.

Throughout the festival, costumed re-enactors of 1850s St. Helens - including founder Henry Knighton- will compete for a 'best of' award by storytelling and acting.

Last year 1,600 people attended the event, according to Olde Towne merchants.