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Downtown Washougal hosts several celebrations Saturday

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Volunteers scoop up yummy ice cream sundaes during the 2009 Heritage Day festival, held annually at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal. This year, several events, including Heritage Day, will take place inside and adjacent to the museum. The grand opening of the Washougal Pedestrian Tunnel and a classic car show are also part of the scheduled lineup.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Washougal Lions Cruise-in

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Washougal Farmers’ Market

11 a.m. – Pedestrian Tunnel Grand Opening ceremony

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Heritage Day at museum

For more information about all of the events,

visit www.washougal.biz

The official opening of the Washougal pedestrian tunnel will occur Saturday, along with several other activities and events.

A ribbon cutting is planned for 11 a.m., at the tunnel, located next to the Pendleton Woolen Mills parking lot, at Two Pendleton Way.

Washougal Public Works Director Trevor Evers mentioned during last night’s City Council workshop that more than 100 invited individuals have indicated they plan to attend. They include Third District Congressman Brian Baird. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The tunnel, a $2.58 million federal grant project, links Pendleton Way to Steamboat Landing. It features basalt stones with petroglyphs.

Heritage Day will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, One Durgan St. The event, organized by the Camas-Washougal Historical Society and the museum, will include ice cream sundaes, root beer floats and hot dogs available to purchase. Admission into the museum will be free.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Washougal Lions Cruise-in

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Washougal Farmers' Market

11 a.m. - Pedestrian Tunnel Grand Opening ceremony

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Heritage Day at museum

For more information about all of the events,

visit www.washougal.biz

A blacksmith from Fort Vancouver will demonstrate the forging of metal, while Bill Kapranos and Jim Barratt will grind corn with a basic engine. Square dancers are expected to perform at 2 p.m. There will also be a drawing for a Pendleton blanket.

The Washougal Police and Fire departments will have a pedestrian and bicycle safety booth, with information about the proper way to wear a helmet and trail safety. There will be drawings for free bicycle helmets.

The third annual Washougal Lions Cruise-in will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Pendleton Woolen Mills parking lot. The car show will feature vehicles from the 1940s to current models.

The registration fee will be $10, while admission will be free for spectators. There will also be raffles featuring gift certificates and other prizes contributed by local businesses.

The Washougal Farmers’ Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Reflection Plaza.

The market features fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, artisan breads and snack vendors. A performance by Kirby Swatosh is scheduled to begin at noon.