Camas Days is a hit

Festival-goers enjoy the many facets of the annual festival

Kloe Leonard, 7, doles out candy to spectators at the Camas Days main parade on Saturday, as other members of the Georgia-Pacific Camas mill float, Anna Fry (white pants) and Sabrina Fraidenburg (pink skirt) hand out rolls of toilet paper. The Camas Days theme was rock ‘n’ roll. Buy this photo


The Camas Days Kids Parade on Friday featured a number of festive participants. Those who completed the Camas Public Library’s Summer Reading Program wore their shirts to march in the parade. Here, they pose with Rojo the Llama and Napoleon the Alpaca before festivities kicked off.

With vendors selling everything from fresh lemonade to original artwork, parades and a street designed for kids, Camas Days offered something for everyone Friday and Saturday.

“I’ve been at Camas Days for 14 years,” said Eimiko Murlin, who marched in the Kids Parade as a part of the Camas Church of the Nazarene. “My favorite things are the booths and just being silly.”

The Kids Parade was led by a firetruck from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department and included youth of various ages, as well as horses from the Cantera Equestrian Center and llama, Rojo and alpaca, Napoleon from Mountain Peaks Therapy.

“It’s a good thing every year. The kids have a good time,” said Megan Lambert. “The fun part is getting it all together.”

Lambert helped her children, nephews and nieces with their “rock ‘n roll” costumes and Kiss themed float.

Prize winners included Camas Rock City for non-motorized floats and JDZ summer camp for group costumes.

Parade-goers and visitors enjoyed the festivities, as did local business owners and vendors.

“I love being out here and introducing people to jewelry making,” said Gene Dietzen, owner of Clear Skies Studio, which offers jewelry making classes and workshops.

“And I know so many people, so seeing everyone is the best part,” Dietzen added, as he waved to Mayor Scott Higgins.

Jodi Vaughan, owner of local coffee shop Caffe Piccolo, also said her favorite thing about Camas Days was seeing people and meeting new visitors.

“It’s fun to see my regular customers in a different atmosphere.”