SOUTH BEND – The 51st Annual Come & Play on Labor Day celebration is the premier event on the harbor for little kids and there’s a lot of activities for teens and adults of all ages. The fun is nonstop for the little tikes with a hay scramble, kiddie races, bouncy toys, and vendors with toys. The four-day festival starts Friday and ends Monday.
There’s more than enough things to get excited about with the Treasure Hunt, a $500 two-day fishing derby, the pole walk, waterball competition, annual duck race, canoe rides, button fun, and oyster opening and oyster eating contests.
The very best parade in Willapa Harbor is Sunday at 1 p.m. with Judge Mike Sullivan announcing the many participants. This year’s grand marshal is the well-respected former SBPD SergeantRich Pearson.
Sports fans can enjoy the co-ed softball tournament and runners may compete in the 5K race.
There will be plenty of good with the Kiwanis Breakfast, the Fruit Crisp Dessert, a bake sale, and plenty of vendors.
Sunday night the South Bend Volunteer Fire Department will fire off its always awesome fireworks
Two-day Salmon Derby
This year's Labor Day Salmon Derby is set for Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1 with a $500 overall cash prize for the biggest salmon. The cost is $10 per person per day at the South Bend City Dock at Robert Bush Memorial Park.
The Eighth Annual Poker Paddle takes place Monday when kayakers and canoers are invited to launch on the Willapa River beginning at Robert Bush Park in downtown South Bend and paddle upriver picking up playing cards at several docks along the way. Escort boats and launch help are provided.
The best hand is declared the winner with prizes for the top four hands. Registration is $10 and all proceeds go to support local youth activities. Registration is at 10 a.m. with a start time of 11 a.m.
The Treasure Hunt is Saturday with first place worth $100, second place gets $50 and third place receives $25.
Show up at Robert Bush Park at 2:30 with your team of five and make sure one person is no more than 10-years-old. And don’t forget to wear your Labor Day Button.
Labor Day Buttons
The Come & Play on Labor Day buttons will be done a little differently this year. You have probably noticed that your Labor Day button is not numbered this year.A new system is in place with several drop-off boxes for two weeks after Labor Day. Locations of these will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Enclose your button in a Ziploc bag with your name and phone number. Drop in one of the boxes and hope you’re lucky winners. All buttons turned in will have a chance to win. This should make it much easier for the committee to give away the prizes. If you are a button collector, you can get your button returned by just asking. There are a limited number of buttons this year, so get yours early. Button sales help fund the fireworks show.
Library’s 100th birthday
South Bend is home to a historic Carnegie Library, a building that’s turning 100 years old this month. To celebrate, the library will host a performance by master storytellers and musicians Joe and Paula McHugh this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Cake and punch will be served.
SBHS Class of ‘63 reunion
The South Bend High School Class of 1963 will be celebrating their 50th reunion during Labor Day weekend. Friends of the class are invited to a "Meet and Greet" at the Pacific County Museum on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
People’s Choice Photo Show
The Willapa Heritage Foundation’s People’s Choice Photo Show runs Saturday and Sunday at 900 Robert Bush Drive. Entries will be accepted at the South Bend Library through Friday. The public will vote and the winners in each classiﬁcation will receive a $20 cash award.