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Join in this years May Day celebrations in Vader! The theme this year is Starwars - May the Fourth Be With You. Parade-activities-entertainment and more are on the schedule. This has been a tradition in Vader for over 60 years, the May Day Parade kicks off the festival season in the area. Begin the festivities with a masonic breakfast at 7:00 a.m. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Mark the date - May 4th, in Vader! We can't wait to see you all for this family fun event!

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:00am-8:00pm
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The Lewis County Historical Ride is one of Lewis County's longest-running organized bicycle rides! Get your road bikes ready for May 11, 2019 and make your way to Bethel Church-Assembly of God in Chehalis, which offers four route options. Easy 20 and 40 mile routes are offered, along with moderate 68 and 100-mile routes. All routes take you through some of Lewis County's prime back roads and offer views of some natural wonders, wildlife, farm life and more. Choose the 68 or 100-mile ride to get the best experience and glide through scenic prairies and rolling hills in the northern, central and southern portions of Lewis County. The longer routes take participants by three of Lewis County's most important cultural heritage sites. The shorter routes offer a fantastic opportunity for families to enjoy a ride on country roads with very little traffic to worry about. The 20 and 40-mile rides go through Napavine on some very scenic roads that offer views of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens on a clear day. Food stops are included in the ride, and the course is marked. SAG wagons will also sweep the course, and members of the local amateur radio group assist in taking accountability at each checkpoint. Rest stops are available at three of our most beloved historical areas: the Evaline School, a two-room schoolhouse north of Winlock; Cowlitz Mission (more formally known as St. Francis Xavier Mission), the oldest Catholic congregation in Washington state; and the Claquato Church, one of the longest-standing churches in the western United States. Don't want to drive down the morning of the event? Arrive the night before and grab a hotel! Check out our Lodging page for ideas. More information forthcoming as the event approaches.

For more information visit the Chehalis Centralia Optimist Club website. 

 

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 7:00am
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Lewis County's communities are well-known regionally for their festivals. Morton has the annual Loggers' Jubilee, Centralia celebrates Summerfest and Napavine comes together for its annual Napavine Funtime Festival.

(And that's not even half of the celebrations in Lewis County!)

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Learn about some of the very first pioneers who settled along the Cowlitz Prairie. Walk on the same ground and see the same scenery that led people to Washington Territory. And get a glimpse of what life was like in the early years of Lewis County as part of our Historic South County Road Trip.

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