Hockinson Fun Days returns with jam packed schedule


Hockinson Fun Days will kick off this year with a family-friendly bingo event on Friday, June 2, followed by a day full of festivities and a parade the next day.

Doors for bingo will open at 5:30 p.m. on June 2 at the Hockinson High School Commons, and the games will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Bingo cards and daubers will be available for purchase and there will be a loaded baked potato bar, loaded nachos, other concessions and strawberry shortcake, Julie Atchley, the president of the Hockinson Boosters, said.

On Saturday, June 3, the festivities will start with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at Clark County Fire District 3’s station off of Northeast 159th Street. The breakfast will run to 11:30 a.m. It will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, eggs, coffee and juice. It costs $25 per family or $7 per person. All of the proceeds will be donated to a local family in need.

From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., a marketplace bazaar and food vendors will be located at the Hockinson School District turnabout next door to the fire station. The bazaar will feature special guest Curly the Camel, who will be available for petting. The camel will also participate in the parade at noon.

There will be a special interest car cruise-in from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elim Lutheran Church. The church will make its famous pulled pork sandwiches and live music will be provided by the Katie Jane Band.

A county fair-style carnival will start at 10 a.m., but will temporarily close at noon for the parade. It will then start back up for the rest of Hockinson Fun Days from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The carnival at the Hockinson Community Center’s upper parking lot off of Northeast 182nd Avenue will include classic games and a chance to dunk some teachers from the Hockinson School District.

The grand event, the Hockinson Fun Days Parade, has a stacked roster and will kick off at noon. It will travel from Northeast 159th Street, make a left at Northeast 182nd Avenue and end at Northeast 164th Street. Roads for the parade will close at 11:15 a.m.

“We are very grateful for the county for approving us being able to bring the Hockinson Fun Days Parade back because we do feel like this event ends up being the largest community event in Hockinson, but it also really expands beyond Hockinson,” Atchley said.

Atchley mentioned around 1,000 people attended the parade in past years, so those who want to join in on the fun should plan to arrive early. To help the traffic and parking situation, a free shuttle service between the high school and middle school will be available throughout the day for those who park at Hockinson High School.

Some parade entries include the Washington Department of Natural Resources Wildland Fire Program, the Clark County Fair Mounted Patrol, and the marching bands from Hockinson middle and high schools.

For more information about Hockinson Fun Days or to register for the parade or vendor spaces, email hockinsonboost ers@gmail.com or go online to hockinsonboosters.com.

Volunteers are still needed and can sign up on the website.