Whether you are “new” to Longview, were born and raised here, or have lived here most of your life like me, there is something really special about living in the greater Longview community.
Lake Sacajawea, one of our greatest gems, is a bit like a scene from Mayberry when the cherry blossoms and old growth oak trees are in full bloom. In a single snapshot, the sun glistens ever so perfectly over the Lake, children giggle and squeal with delight while enjoying a nearby playground, birds are merrily chirping, squirrels are foraging, joggers and walkers are on the path intent on getting in their steps, a soccer or volleyball game is in the works in an open grass area, a magnificent blue heron can be spied near tall reeds, and a bald eagle glides peacefully overhead surveying it all.
Longview is an incredible place to live, play, and reside!
I get a bit giddy at this time of year anticipating the activities and excitement to come throughout the summer months. Many of these activities have been funded in part through Longview Tourism Funds that were allocated by Longview City Council last fall. There is no shortage of activities from which to choose, and now with COVID-19 restrictions nearly in our rear-view mirror, let’s check out some of the summertime fun on the horizon.
Go Fourth Festival: Friday – Sunday, July 2 - 4: Cardboard Boat Regatta, Parade, Music, Vendors, Food, and Fireworks.
Concerts at the Lake: Thursday evenings, July 8 - Third Stage; July 15 - Five Guys Named Moe; July 22 - Rock Bottom Boys; July 29 - Ted Vigil; August 5 - The Coats; and August 12 - Rockit Radio.
Cowlitz County Fair: Wednesday – Saturday, July 21 - 24, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. @ Cowlitz County Events Center. Rides, Music, Food, Fun, Livestock, Rodeo, and more!
SquatchFest: Friday, July 30, 4 – 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. @ the Cowlitz Event Center. Speakers, Vendors, Breweries, and Food!
Movies at the Lake: Friday nights at Dusk, August 13, 20, 27 @ Lake Sacajawea.
Squirrel Fest: Saturday, August 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ RA Long Park @ Civic Circle. Local vendors, Activities for children, Music performances and Delicious food!
Unique Tin Car Show and Cruise: Saturday, August 28, all day @ Cowlitz Event Center.
Whatever your summer plans are, come join us – and be sure to keep a spare lawn chair in your trunk so you can grab a front row seat in a scene somewhere in Longview’s Mayberry.
Hope to see you there!
Have a blessed, safe, and joyful summer.