September shindigs: Hot rods, geocaching & slow drags

From hotrods to geocaches, September fun on the Long Beach Peninsula covers all the bases.

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Come Play on Labor Day is Sept. 1-4 in South Bend.

Let’s start at the beginning. Come Play on Labor Day in South Bend is a four-day community gathering Sept. 1-4 that features a little bit of everything. Events include oyster eating and shucking contests, a parade, poker paddle, salmon derby, fireworks and more. Whoa! This is a big event in a small town, so do as the locals do and make friends in South Bend this Labor Day weekend.

That same weekend is the Chinook Arts Festival on Sept. 2-4 in Chinook at Highway 101 and West Olympia Street. This collection of local artists and artisans features blown glass, stained glass, photography, jewels, oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, wood sculpture and more.

The following weekend will really get your engine revving. On Sept. 8 is the annual Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco and on Sept. 9-10 in Ocean Park is the Rod Run to the End of the World. Hot-rodders and classic car lovers don’t want to miss these early-autumn events.

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The Rod Run to the End of the World in Ocean Park is Sept. 9-10.

The Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco is a whimsical, fun-filled event where slow and steady wins the race, while the Rod Run is a massive collection of classic cars that features acres of eye candy, tasty eats, vendors and music.

Wrapping up the month is Cache-Dash-Splash III on Sept. 15-17, a geocaching extravaganza that gets bigger and better every year. Take our word for it: You’ll need all three days to find the many, many geocaches hidden up and down the Long Beach Peninsula. Here’s a rundown of this year’s highlights.

Upcoming events:

Come Play on Labor Day, Sept. 1-4, South Bend

Chinook Arts Festival, Sept. 2-4, Chinook

Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco, Sept. 8, Port of Ilwaco

Rod Run to the End of the World, Sept. 9-10, Ocean Park

Cache-Dash-Splash III, Sept. 15-17, Ocean Park

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