Celebrating 10 years of fun

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A young Camtown attendee takes aim at the basket in the hopes of winning a prize. This year's festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Crown Park.

Camtown, the city of Camas’s annual youth festival, will mark 10 years this June.

“We are looking forward to a fun event, rain or shine,” said Krista Bashaw, special events coordinator for the city’s parks and recreation department.

“We always get great crowds no matter what the weather.”

Camtown will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Crown Park, Northeast Everett Street and 17th Avenue.

There is no admission fee. However, canned goods or non-perishable items or new toys will be accepted to benefit the Inter-faith Treasure House.

All displays and activities are kid-oriented. Camtown is sponsored by Camas Parks and Recreation and the Camas School District.

No dogs or alcohol are allowed at the park.

“We have a variety of inflatable games, a dunk tank, petting zoo, mechanical bull, tractor hay rides and a special section for kids 6 and under,” Bashaw said. “We also have a youth-themed flea and craft market, a variety of carnival games and Pockets the Clown will be doing balloon tying.”

Other activities include an art show, youth information tables, an obstacle course, food and entertainment.

“We are also looking for youth bands,” Bashaw said. “We offer them a free venue to perform at.”

There are 20-minute performance slots open until they are filled.

Performers must be younger than 18, and a decibel limit is enforced. Performance is by reservation only and spaces are limited.

Lyrics and clothing must be family-appropriate.

“We’d like to ask the community to do the sun dance for us,” Bashaw joked. “The past few years, the weather hasn’t been that great.”

For more information about the event, call Bashaw at 834-5307.