River Festival, parade kick off summer fun in St. Helens
Crowds turned out in St. Helens from Thursday, June 16, through Saturday, June 18, for a lineup that included 13 Nights on the River, the St. Helens Kiwanis Day Parade and the return of the St. Helens River Festival.
The River Festival was the first of its kind on the banks of the Columbia River in St. Helens for several years, harkening back to the time of the citys St. Helions Days and Port-O-Fun festivals that largely drew to a halt in the late 1980s.
Vernae Attrash, president of the St. Helens Kiwanis Club, said she thought the riverfront festivals return was successful.
You know, I think it went pretty good for being back for the first year, she said. We did run into a few hiccups that were working on for next year.
Friday nights attendance at the carnival was less than expected, she added, but said The Wieners, a legendary south Columbia County classic rock band, had a strong Saturday draw.
Saturday night, the Wieners brought out a fantastic crowd, and were just excited for everybody who came out and enjoyed, Attrash said.
The festival and beer garden were fundraising events for the St. Helens Kiwanis. Official fundraising figures were not available as of press time Thursday.