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George Washington Bicentennial Celebration

Join the Centralia community in honoring the life and legacy of the town's founder, George Washington, in a celebration honoring 200 years since his birthday!

Washington was a true pioneer in every sense of the word, as an African-American man in a racially divided America who platted the town of Centerville and later became its benefactor during a crippling economic depression. Well-loved by the community, George Washington's legacy is being remembered in this series of celebrations that kick off a year of honoring Washington throughout Centralia.

The events of August 12-13 are as follows:

August 12
Fun Run/Walk 5K — Come join this fun run/walk which begins at 8 a.m. and will take everyone around the boundaries of the 640-acre homestead platted by Washington. Cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt and wristband. All proceeds from the event go toward the crafting of a statue that will be dedicated in 2018. To register, sign up here.

Bicentennial Celebration — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a packed schedule of events including live music, kids' games, a coloring contest, wheelbarrow race, money scramble and more. This is free and open to the public; it will be held at George Washington Park. For more information, check out the Facebook event.

August 13
Pioneer-Style Church Service — From 2-3 p.m., join a gathering of many churches from throughout Centralia in George Washington Park as they honor the birthday of the man who founded the city and his faith. This is also open to all for free; for more information visit the event's Facebook page.

August 12-13, 2017 from 8:00am-4:00pm
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Places to stay nearby

Best Western Plus Park Place Inn

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $118.00

Candalite Mansion

Centralia, North

Centralia Motel 6

Centralia, North
Starting at: $46.00

Centralia Square Grand Ballroom & Hotel

Centralia, North
Starting at: $54.00

Places to eat nearby

El Cocinero

1226 S. Gold St.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-2162
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King's Restaurant

1780 N. National Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-9702
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Infantino's Espresso & Deli

812 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA
(360) 736-0115
Website
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South Pacific Bistro

432 SW 13th St.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-0763
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Peking House Chinese Restaurant

513 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-8988
Website
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Boccata Deli & Market

405 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(306) 736-2404
Website
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Dairy Dan

1582 S. Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-8381
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Wendy's (Chehalis)

1509 NW Louisiana Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-8320
Website