Camas Days delivers

Thousands flock to Camas to ‘celebrate Papermaker history’ during annual event

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Children climb a giant rock wall off Northeast Fourth Avenue in historic downtown Camas on Friday, July 27, during the first day of the Camas Days festival.

Harper Copsey, 1, and Jameson Douglas, 4, won first place in the non-motorized floats, bikes and wagons contest for their Papermakers Mean Machine float. (Contributed photo courtesy of Krista Bashaw)

Thousands gathered in downtown Camas for last weekend’s 2018 Camas Days festival. Some even donned paper outfits for the event, helping to celebrate Camas’ longtime traditions and mill town pride and honor this year’s Camas Days’ theme of “Celebrating Papermaker History.”

Throughout the festival, which officially lasts only two days but has come to include Sunday festivities like the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club’s annual Ducky Derby fundraiser, mill workers and their families, including several grandchildren and great-grandchildren of paper mill employees, honored the town’s traditions and made some more Camas-focused memories.

On the festival’s opening day, Friday, July 26, Camas Days Kids Parade participants strutted their stuff in individual costumes, group costumes and on non-motorized floats, bikes and wagons.

Following are the winners from each of those contest categories:

Individual Costumes

  • James Russel, 10, as a news boy.
  • Abbey Lowe, 4, as a fire dalmatian.
  • Ajay Patel, 6, as a SWAT officer.

Non-motorized floats, bikes and wagons

  • Harper Copsey, 1, and Jameson Douglas, 4, for their Papermakers Mean Machine float.
  • Carson Whitman, 5, Harmony Whitman, 2, Gabriel Yott, 4, MacKenzie Yott, 3, and Taylor Yott, 11, for their Mystery Machine float.

Group Costumes

  • Papa’s Papermakers, ages 2-9, for their mill worker costumes that included original metal hard hats and overalls.
  • Jack, Will and Rob Summer Camp, ages 4-12, for their “Joe Papermaker” black and red shirts.
  • Camas Farmer’s Market, ages 10-adults, for a variety of fruit made from paper.