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Summer in Southwest Washington

Travel Tips for Southern Washington Visitors | Summer 2015

Positioning itself perpendicular to Portland's playfully particular personality, Vancouver is thriving with activity this summer, and southwest Washington visitors are invited to join in the fun. Arts, culture, entertainment – this season, it's easy to get a sense of what set's the Evergreen State apart.

Before enjoying its more modern eccentricities, dig into Vancouver's history and heritage. The Clark County Historical Museum is a great place to start, as is the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The latter's history began in 1824, when it was operated as a fur trading post – later becoming a United States Army post. Today, visitors gather at Fort Vancouver to see cultural demonstrations and archaeological digs, as well as listen in on ranger-led discussions.

On June 27th and 28th, the Recycled Arts Festival returns to Vancouver for its 10th annual year. Touted as the hippest, most eco-conscious festival of the year, the event showcases unique sculptures countless made of found, recycled, and re-purposed items at Esther Short Park. An equally eclectic lineup of live bands sets the celebratory tone both days.

Southwest Washington's beautiful summer weather means fair season comes early. the 2015 Clark County Fair is August 7th through 16th at Clark County Events Center. Besides fair staples like midway rides and games, arts and crafts, fried food, and rows of vendors, the 10-day event boasts first-rate musical performances by the likes of Kansas, John Kay & Steppenwolf, and the Guess Who.

Longview, north along the Columbia River near Kelso, is preparing to host its premier annual festival. Held August 15th, Squirrel Fest 2015 is fun for the whole family. Kids can play games, get their faces painted, and get airborne on the Flying Squirrel Zip Line and Jumping Squirrel Disc Swings, while music fans enjoy the music of headliners WAR, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, and Unchained – a Van Halen tribute band.

Further northwest along the Pacific coast, the people of Ocean Shores know how to have a relaxing good time. Master woodcarvers and sand sculptors from all over the world come to compete in the annual Sand & Sawdust Fest, June 28th through 28th. And each Saturday in the summer, the Ocean Shores Farmers Market invites visitors to browse freshly baked goods, just-picked vegetables, regional cheeses, handcrafted soaps and toiletries, and much more. The weekly market goes through the end of the summer.

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