By Lissy Andros
Executive Director of the Forks Chamber of Commerce
What will the summer of 2013 have in store for Forks residents and visitors? And yes, with the arrival of spring, with flowers blooming, birds and those on spring-break returning, summer has to be right around the corner. Doesn’t it?
There are many annual and first-time events in July, August and September to look forward to! Summer events will kick off with the Forks Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration that will include Moonlight Madness on Friday and West End Thunder Saturday and Sunday. Clallam Bay and Sekiu Fun Days are always fun, with fireworks, a parade and more.
In addition to the famous Quileute Days celebration, the Quileute Tribe is busy planning for their turn to host the stop in La Push on the Paddle to Quinault 2013. This event looks to bring a few thousand people to this area and The Forks Wood Crafters Jamboree is having their first annual gathering the same weekend to take advantage of the crowds.
The Fred Orr Memorial Co-ed Softball Tourney draws 16 teams and many friends, family and fans. There are also multiple class and family reunions that will draw folks to this area to enjoy the mild weather, natural beauty and community spirit.
Relay For Life will kick off August’s events with Surfing and Traditions taking place the following weekend. The Rainforest Run, Clallam County Fair and West End Thunder will welcome residents and visitors to their annual events the third weekend.Makah Days is the finale for August and the last chance to enjoy fireworks.
In September West End Thunder will wrap up the 2013 season and we are glad to welcome them back for many years to come. We also look forward to many annual events, including the West End Invitational Softball tourney, the 12th Annual Bear Creek Chili Cookoff and of course, the 7th Annual Stephenie Meyer Day/Bella’s Birthday Weekend.
September is a great month because the kids go back to school, too!
While many of these events draw visitors to our area, we enjoy them as a community and look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors during that unique time of year when the sun isn’t shy. If you have a community event that you would like to promote, don’t forget to let the Forks Chamber of Commerce know so we can advertise it in the Visitor Information Center and the events page of our website. Call 374-2531.