Camas Plant & Garden Fair blooms in downtown Saturday

90 vendors will offer an assortment of items

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Plants, flowers, herbs and garden art will be available on Saturday during the 18th annual Camas Plant and Garden Fair in downtown. With weather conditions expected to reach 80 degrees, organizers can expect a busy day.

The 18th annual Camas Plant and Garden Fair will be held Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Camas.

The event will feature 90 vendors offering an assortment of trees, plants, herbs, garden art and furniture, planters, veggie starts, wind chimes, garden tools, birdhouses and feeders, flowering hanging baskets and more.

A Kids Zone coordinated by the Camas Farmer’s Market and Camp Windy Hill, located at Dallas Street between Third and Fourth avenues, will offer opportunities for children to plant seeds, make Mother’s Day cards, paint ladybug rocks and learn about kid-friendly planting ideas. There will also be a petting zoo provided by 4-Seasons 4-H and Camas Camp-n-Ranch, and Rhys Thomas will perform a strolling juggling show.

The Boy Scouts will once again be on hand with wagons to assist shoppers with carrying purchases.

Plant and Garden Fair founder Uta Zuendel will be honored during a ceremony at noon. It will include the unveiling of a plaque, located at Northeast Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street.

Live music will include Fadin’ by 9 bringing bluegrass and Americana sounds from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Fargher Lake Boys playing bluegrass and folk from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Birch Street.

The Downtown Camas Association, which leads the organization of the event, will also be hosting a raffle prize drawing with plants, trees, flowers, Stone NW gift certificates for rock, and more as a fundraiser for the Camas Plant & Garden Fair. The items will be on display and tickets can be purchased for $5 or 3 for $10 at the DCA table on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Cedar Street the day of the fair. The winner will be drawn at 3:30 p.m.

DCA leaders are excited to put on this popular community event, which returned to downtown in 2014 after being held at Camas High School for several years.

“Last year was our first year organizing the event and bringing it back to downtown Camas,” said Carrie Schulstad, DCA executive director. “Vendors, merchants, and the community all have expressed how excited they are to have the event back in downtown. Being able to stroll and buy things for your garden and also be able to shop, stop in for coffee or lunch, and to see your neighbors downtown make for the perfect community gathering. We want to thank all of our exceptional volunteers and the City of Camas for all their efforts.”

This year’s sponsors include Burgerville, iQ Credit Union, Georgia-Pacific, Waste Connections, Stone NW, City of Camas, Columbia Litho Printing and Graphics, The Columbian, Alpine Mortgage, Windermere Crest Realty and Lizzabeth A.

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