Try This: Truck on over to fair

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian Features News Coordinator



Fairgoers can catch one last carnival ride, explore Rock U’s musical maze or participate in a FairCon video game tournament to wrap up this year’s Clark County Fair. The Tuff Trucks will show their dirt-flying power at the grandstand arena at 2 and 7 p.m. today, with the Monster Trucks ending Sunday with a roar. Today, you can also see the junior livestock auction and the hot dog- and watermelon-eating contests. On Sunday, the Dock Dog competition finals happen as well as the pie-eating contest and llama demonstrations.

When: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.

Admission: $10, $8 for seniors; $7 for children ages 7-12, free for younger than 7; $6 for parking. Discounts available on advanced tickets and special fair days. $25 to $30 for all-day ride wristbands; $1 for each ride coupon, $23 for 25 coupons, $70 for 80 coupons.


The fair is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.

1. Brews and badminton

More than 30 brewers from Washington and Oregon will offer up the best of craft beer and cider at the Vancouver Brewfest, while a lineup of local bands perform throughout the weekend. There will also be badminton courts and craft and food vendors on hand. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Disabled American Veterans, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, the Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy and the Children’s Center.

When: Noon to 9 p.m. today and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., Vancouver.

Admission: $21 includes tasting mug and eight sample tickets; for those 21 and older.

Telephone: 503-432-9477.


2. Music on the river

Open House Ministries presents Harvest Fest, a music festival of faith-based local bands and singers that benefits the organization’s family shelter. Musicians Anastasia Belonozhko, Tray Michaels, Kate White, rappers San Joe and Joshua Wright, and groups Skate Church and the Alyssa Graham Band will perform.

When: Noon to 8 p.m. today.

Where: Vancouver Landing, 100 Columbia St., Vancouver.

Admission: $5 and two cans of food.

Telephone: 360-980-7328.


3. Hands-on technology

Visitors can learn about techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years at Traditional Technology Day. The event will feature demonstrations of skills from atlatl throwing, basketry, flintknapping and animal tracking, as tribal members from the Chinook Indian Nation and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde showcase Chinookan culture and language. There will also be hikes and children’s activities during the Second Sunday event.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Cathlapotle Plankhouse on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s Carty Unit, on Northwest Main Avenue, north of Pioneer Street, Ridgefield.

Admission: $3 per vehicle.

Telephone: 360-887-4106.

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4. The odyssey of ‘Percy Jackson’

Percy Jackson, son of the god Poseidon, must save the dying camp for half-demigods with the help of his friends and half-brother. They go on a quest to the Sea of Monsters in hopes of retrieving the legendary Golden Fleece while fighting back against an ancient foe. “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is rated PG.Where: Battle Ground Cinema, 1700 S.W. Ninth Ave., Battle Ground; Cinetopia Mill Plain, 11700 S.E. Seventh St.; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive; various Regal Cinema locations.

Cost: Varies by location.

Telephone: Battle Ground Cinema, 360-666-7200;Cinetopia, 360-213-2800; Cinetopia Vancouver Mall 23, 360-448-4100; Regal Cinemas, 800-326-3264.