From Packwood to Pe Ell, Numerous Opportunities to Celebrate Rural Life Abound
Festivities, Food & Fun: Enjoy These Community Celebrations in 2017

Celebrating what makes our communities special is what we do best in Lewis County. For years, just about each of the cities and towns — and even some unincorporated areas — have put on annual festivals that bring local residents and visitors together to have a bit of fun and just enjoy rural life.

Take Morton's Loggers Jubilee, for example. It turns 75 this year, and has paid homage to the timber and logger culture that sustained the economy in East Lewis County for years. Now, the weekend-long celebration in August brings some seriously talented folks together in competition as part of its logging show. Toledo's Cheese Days is another example, celebrating the cozy town of just over 700 people for what will be its 96th year. Cheese Days will honor 125 years of their area's history this year as part of "125 Years of Connections."

Aside from the rich tradition of each town, you have to see some of the fun and quirky events. Bring the kids out to Toledo and pay $1 for them to take part in the frog jumping contest. In Mossyrock, the blueberry pie-eating contest draws the crowds. And in Centralia, you'll get a chance to literally run from the police as part of the annual 5K fun run.

We encourage you to attend more than just one of these festivals. We think you'll find something awesome about each town and each community represented here. Take some time to read up on the festivals, check your calendars, and we'll see you here in Lewis County as festival season is underway!

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The largest Independence Day celebration in Lewis County is chock full of fun from morning to nighttime. Run from the cops — quite literally — in a 5K run/walk, enjoy free pancakes at Fort Borst Park, visit downtown Centralia for shopping and food before and after the big parade, and top it all off with a demolition derby and a massive fireworks display at the fairgrounds.

More things to do nearby: Hike the Seminary Hill Natural AreaExplore the numerous historic sites around townShop at the Centralia Outlets

The cozy town of Toledo throws a party that begins on Thursday and runs all the way through Sunday, and the big parade on Saturday only scratches the surface of all that’s offered. Friday’s frog jumping contest is a hit with the kids, the weekend bazaar caters to the creative types, and a garage sale and car show round out the fun.

More things to do nearby: Check out the month’s display at Art Gallery 505Fish the Cowlitz River at Blue Creek or Barrier DamHead out to Mount St. Helens via State Route 505

The growing community of Napavine celebrates its namesake and the grand summertime with the annual Napavine Funtime Festival, held in the middle of July each year. Napavine’s main street becomes parade central on Saturday, and the annual car show held on Sunday draws quite the crowd!

More things to do nearby: Explore Mayme Shaddock Park or enjoy Napavine Community Park / Hike the trails at Lewis and Clark State Park

Some of the most delicious blueberries grown in Washington can be found in Mossyrock, and trust us — they’re definitely worth celebrating. Mossyrock rolls out the blue carpet for everyone at the Klickitat Prairie Park with vendors, games, music and more. The annual blueberry pie eating contest is the highlight of this celebration and one you don’t want to miss (and might even want to get in on!).

More things to do nearby: Explore Ike Kinswa State Park and Mayfield LakeVenture along the White Pass Scenic Byway for a drive

The cultural center of east Lewis County comes alive for the Loggers Jubilee, celebrating three-quarters of a century this summer! Friday’s action kicks off with lawnmower races that bring entrants from across the state; Saturday brings the Children’s Parade and Grand Parade through the heart of town; and logging shows all weekend bring the nostalgia of the timber industry’s heyday front and center.

More things to do nearby: Venture to one of the area’s waterfalls, such as Cathedral FallsDrive to Mount Rainier National Park

A celebration of all things Lewis County, the annual Southwest Washington Fair brings people together from all over for one last summer hurrah before the season changes. Music, fair food, 4-H shows, rides, the ever-popular rodeo and much more highlight the offerings for everyone. The Southwest Washington Fair is fun for the entire family!

More things to do nearby: Take the Chehalis Historic Walking TourWalk or bike the Willapa Hills TrailGo for a swim at the Gail & Carolyn Shaw Aquatic Center

Harvest season is celebrated in Onalaska at the Apple Harvest Festival, Lewis County’s newest community celebration that has grown to encompass an entire weekend at the beginning of autumn. Bring the family out for a parade, pancake breakfast, canoe and kayak races at Carlisle Lake, pie-eating contest and much more!

More things to do nearby: Go on a nature walk on the new trails at Carlisle LakeTake a drive on scenic State Route 508 and link up with the White Pass Scenic Byway