From live music to farmers markets, the summer season is in full swing. Check out events coming to North Clark County here.
Victory Garden Contest
Ridgefield residents can enter to compete in the Victory Garden Contest until Aug. 23, with winners announced Sept. 1.
To enter, gardens must be at a home, community garden or business and must have been grown this year. If businesses have more than one garden, separate entries may be submitted for each.
People of all ages can participate.
Contestants have a chance to win an award in different categories. The winners will take home a $20 MainStreet Bucks gift card to use at Ridgefield businesses and a $20 voucher for Lava Java.
The Greenest Garden Award winner will be chosen based on the best solar power, drought resistant and upcycled configuration. Entries that create a community atmosphere will be considered for the Best Garden That Gives Back Award.
Those 18 and under have a shot to win the best youth garden.
Other awards include the most improved for new gardeners and people’s choice.
To participate, you must submit a contest photo by posting it on the Ridgefield Forward Facebook page at facebook.com/RidgefieldForward/. In the post, you must state what category you’d like to be considered for, along with an explanation on why you should win.
Those without Facebook accounts can still enter by emailing their submissions to email@example.com.
Contest judges include Lava Java owner Phuong Tran, Ridgefield Forward co-founder and Landscape Architect Tracy Ceravolo and Ridgefield Main Street Executive Director Marykay Lamoureaux. The judges will tour the contestants’ gardens then choose the winners.
Participants have an option to opt-out of an in-person garden tour and submit photos instead.
“The Governors” live concert
Concertgoers can rock out to “The Governors,” an Idaho-based electric rock band, during a performance at 7 p.m. July 24 in Ridgefield.
Four of the six members grew up in the Clark County area, including guitarist AJ Trantham, from Camas; pianist Patrick McCuistion, from Battle Ground; and lead vocalist Michael McCormic, also from Battle Ground.
In 2002 and 2013, McCormic won the Harvest Days Talent Competition.
The band released a full-length studio album this year.
Tickets can be purchased online for $15. The concert will be held at Shaffer Farm, 19216 NW 46th Ave., with outdoor seating.
For more information about “The Governors,” visit thegover
La Center Market
La Center Church wanted to “bring back” a farmers market in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted their plans. In June, the church started a new weekly market.
The market offers a variety of goods provided by vendors and local nonprofits. You can pick up fresh raspberries or cherries from Annie’s Berry Farm or some homemade goat milk soap from Hoop & Petals. If you’re in the mood for some barbecue, Smokin’ Franks BBQ serves brisket, ribs, pulled pork, street tacos and more.
The market will run from 4 to 7 p.m every Thursday until Aug. 26 in the north parking lot of La Center Church, 111 E. 5th St.
“After a year of everyone being so isolated and so many events being canceled, we feel this is what our community needs right now,” stated the La Center Church website.
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Musicians in the Park
The Ridgefield Art Association will host a new event called Musicians in the Park.
During the summer on every Wednesday, community members will have the chance to hear local artists around noon at Overlook Park, on the corner of Pioneer Street and Main Avenue.
Attendees can bring their own lunch or pick up take-out from a downtown restaurant. Park benches and picnic tables will be provided, however, folding chairs are encouraged.
Kit Garoutte and Ann Fleming kicked off the series on July 7 and Deni Herrmann followed on July 14 with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
A weekly schedule will be available on the Ridgefield city website soon. Musicians can apply to perform online at lf.ridgefieldwa.us/Forms/7SKMs.
Submit community events to Madysen McLain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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