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Best Weekend Road Trips in WA July 27 – 29

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If you’re ready for a getaway, you don’t need to go far from Seattle. From fairs and rodeos to sand sculpting and blueberries, there’s a celebration in WA with your name on it!

Sandsations and City Sandsations
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29
Long Beach, WA 98631
http://www.sandsationslongbeach.com

SandSations has been a favorite event in Long Beach for more than 25 years. There will be free sand sculpting lessons on Friday, July 27, plus a beach bonfire Friday night. Saturday is the big day, with five hours of sculpting on the beach and the Sand Flea Pet Parade at 12:30pm. Prizes and notoriety are guaranteed, so bring your family, your pet and your friends to Long Beach!

Annual NPRA Sanctioned Rodeo
Saturday and Sunday
July 28 and 29
Long Beach, WA 98361
http://www.peninsulasaddleclub.com

The Peninsula Saddle Club presents their 67th annual Long Beach Rodeo. The festivities begin with a rodeo parade thru downtown Long Beach at 6:30pm on Friday night. On Saturday, start your day with our famous cowboy breakfast served from 7:00am to 11:00am. The Northwest Professional Rodeo starts each day at 1:00pm. It will feature top cowboys and cowgirls in the northwest competing in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, and Bull Riding, Breakaway Roping, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, and Barrel Racing.

Sun and Surf Run
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 26, 27, 28 and 29
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
http://www.sunandsurfevent.com

Come to Ocean Shores and join over 4,500 bikers raising funds for charity! Now in its 24th year, 100% of your donation for the wristband, Sun and Surf merchandise, and auctions goes to local NW charities. There will be live music, vendors, stunt teams, a beer garden, great food and more!

Cowlitz County Fair
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 26, 27, 28 and 29
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
http://www.cowlitzcountyfair.com

It’s the 75th Anniversary of the Cowlitz County Fair! Called “A Carrot A’Fair” this year, come for the fair food, rides, Monster Truck Show, Rodeo, BBQ competition and more! Map and details availalble online.

Mason County Fair and NPRA Rodeo
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 27, 28 and 29
751 West Fairgrounds Road
Shelton, WA 98584
http://www.masoncountyfair.org

For over 100 years the Fair has been proud to be an integral part of Mason County and you are invited to be the momentum that continues the tradition! Over 150 vendors,
Lots of Fair Food, animals, workshops, contests, great live music and rodeos! More information online.

Jazz in the Valley
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 27, 28 and 29
Ellensburg, WA 98926
http://www.jazzinthevalley.com

A three day jazz and blues festival in historic downtown Ellensburg! Bask in Central Washington’s sun-drenched days and cool evenings. Stroll through historic downtown Ellensburg and revel in the town’s down-home hospitality. Bring the family – children are welcome at most venues. Sip some of the Northwest’s premier micro brews and wine in the festival beer garden. Savor some specialty food and enjoy the great jazz!

Blueberry Pancake Day
Saturday, July 28
1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Cedar Creek Grist Mill
43907 Northeast Grist Mill Road
Woodland, WA 98674
http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.com

Sample some of the best blueberries of Clark County. The Mill has partnered with local farms to offer you the healthiest whole wheat pancakes filled with fresh blueberries, topped with homemade blueberry syrup, and topped with more fresh blueberries! The mill itself is a national historic landmark! Take a tour and enjoy the grounds.

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