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Four-day St. Helens River Festival planned mid-June

In conjunction with their annual community parade, the St. Helens Kiwanis will host The St. Helens River Festival, Thursday to Saturday, June 16-18, near the waterfront on Strand Street.

The River Festival will include a variety of events over four days, including a parade, carnival amusement rides, a beer garden, street dances on Friday and Saturday, and live music by Stevi Marie and Jackson Road, a country band, and The Wieners, a classic rock group, on Friday and Saturday.

Both bands have strong local ties. The carnival will run from noon to midnight Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The beer garden will open at 4 p.m. each day and concert performances will start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, June 18, Columbia River Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Jay Tappan will lead the annual Kiwanis parade at noon. The parade will begin at Emmert Motors, 2175 Columbia Blvd., and will end on 1st Street in downtown St. Helens. The theme of the parade will be “Celebrate Healthy Living” and entrants to the parade can pre-register or register the day of the event to participate.