Though the fate of this year’s 46th annual Camas Days celebration — an event that regularly attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Camas during the last weekend in July — has yet to be decided, organizers behind the Camas Days Royal Court say they’re moving forward and taking nominations for the 2020 Camas Days king and queen.
“The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Camas-Washougal believe that our world will return to normalcy (in) July, so that we all can participate in Camas Days,” said Susan Bennett, of the local GFWC.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has not yet extended his “stay at home” order meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus past May 4, but many local and regional events scheduled for the summer months — including the June 6 Camtown Youth Festival at Camas’ Crown Park; the 57th annual Vancouver fireworks show at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site; Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival the first week of July; and the city of Portland’s summertime movies and concerts in the parks series — have already been canceled to prevent large gatherings that could spread COVID-19.
If Camas Days does go on, the “Celebrating America” themed event will take place Friday and Saturday, July 24-25, throughout downtown Camas.
As of now, the senior royalty coronation and dessert reception is scheduled to take place in mid-July at Columbia Ridge Senior Living in Washougal; the Royal Court will ride in the Camas Days Grand Parade on Saturday, July 25; and Zion Lutheran Church in Camas will celebrate the court with a luncheon for past and present royalty following the grand parade.