Reedsport and Winchester Bay have enjoyed a splendid summer. Visitors poured in, temperatures have been mild, and several successful events were hosted — but we aren’t done yet.
Registration for the 26th annual Kool Coastal Nights car show happens Aug. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. and continues Aug. 25 from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $25 per vehicle. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beach Boulevard will be lined with beautiful classic cars for the Show N’ Shine. DJ Carlson Sound will be playing tunes throughout the day. You can catch a live performance of Back in Time playing the “oldies but goodies” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partake in the Poker Walk for just $5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Head over to F Dock in the east boat basin around noon for the Gardiner-Reedsport Lions Club’s 10th annual Duck Race. Proceeds will go toward eye care for local citizens and school children. There will be food, vendors, event T-shirts and sweatshirts for sale, and raffle tickets for some great prizes. Winning cars will be announced beginning at 4 p.m. and the Harbor Cruise kicks off at 5 p.m. For more information visit www.koolcoastalnights.com.
Labor Day Weekend is bustling with activity. On Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you must see all that Art By The Bay has to offer. There will be more than 60 artists and vendors from the Pacific Northwest displaying and selling a wide variety of hand-crafted items on Beach Boulevard in Winchester Bay. You can enjoy the music of Worn Out Frets while you peruse the multiple booths, try the different food types and perhaps enjoy an adult beverage from Defeat River Brewery, 4 Spirits Distillery or one of the esteemed wineries that will be in attendance. There are fun activities for the kids too. This year will feature a strolling balloon artist and Jump For Fun Inflatables. As an added bonus, there will be a free concert Saturday evening at the Marina Activity Center. Local Honey starts at 4:30 p.m. and In Session will keep the party going at 6:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and there will be a no-host bar. To find out more, please visit www.winchesterbay.org.
Hopefully, with all that fun you will still have time for fishing. Labor Day Weekend is STEP’s Annual Salmon Derby plus fundraising raffle. Derby hours are Saturday and Sunday from daylight to 6 p.m., and Monday is from daylight to noon. The awards ceremony and raffle drawing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Winchester Bay. Cash prizes will be awarded for largest salmon (by weight) caught overall, largest salmon (by weight) caught daily, and the smallest legal salmon caught overall. There will be weigh-in locations by the Coast Guard station at the East Harbor in Winchester Bay and by the Boat Launch in Reedsport. Blue boat tickets may be purchased at Stockade Market or Umpqua Bait and Tackle in Winchester Bay or at Kel-Cee Ace Hardware in Reedsport. Bring some friends, have fun fishing, show off your catch and maybe even win some money. If you would like to know more about the Salmon Derby please call 541-613-0589.
Once Labor Day is over you might think the fun is ending, but it’s not, because on Sept. 8 it’s the Battle of the Bones BBQ. If you want some delicious barbecue, live music and an auction with proceeds going back into the community, then you are going to want to be at the Moose Lodge in Reedsport at noon. With any questions you have, please call the Loyal Order of the Moose in Reedsport at 541-271-3216.
The following day, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Lower Umpqua Hospital District’s fourth annual Health Fair. It will be held at the Reedsport Community Building. There will be over 30 health and safety vendors providing great information, free lunch, free balloon animals and prize drawings every half hour. A helmet giveaway will be available while supplies last for children and youth in partnership with Jordan Cove and the Reedsport Police Department. Bring the family for a fun and educational afternoon.
During the month of August and September are also some great opportunities at the Forest Hills Golf Course. Sept. 2 is Bill Humphrey’s Memorial Scramble and Sept. 22 is the REEF/Tom Huebner Memorial Scramble. The proceeds from these scrambles go back into the community with a focus on the Reedsport Charter School. This is a beautiful course that is open to the public, so even if you don’t make it to one of the events you can always swing by for a round of golf. The staff in the pro shop is friendly and eager to be of assistance. You can learn more by visiting www.golfreedsport.com or calling 541-271-2626.
Anytime is a great time to visit Reedsport and Winchester Bay. For more information on visiting the area, please download the Reedsport/Winchester Bay app for your Android or Apple device. With any questions, you can call the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce at 541-271-3495 or visit our website at www.reedsportcc.org.