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Explore the amazing history of Camas while celebrating Spring! April 5th, 5-8pm. Take part in a historic walking tour, art shows, a photo contest, history info activities, after-hours shopping, dining, games, prizes, and more! Oh the fun!

 

Introducing the Downtown Camas Asian Culture Fair! 

Celebrate Asian dance, art, music, food & more at the student run Downtown Camas Asian Culture Fair at April First Friday! This event within an event will be the culmination of the hard work and dedication from Camas High School Senior Fiona Zou, who has chosen to work with the DCA for her Senior Project to make this event a reality for the community!

Participating Organizations (Check back for updates!):

AAPI Youth Rising

API Forward Foundation

Asian American Youth Leadership Conference (C.A.C.A)

Jiaqi Chen, Guzheng Musician

Make Us Visible

Norris Arts Studio & Gallery

Portland State University Cambodian Student Association

Yuki Origami /Portland Oregon Paper Shapers

 

About our student organizer:
My name is Fiona Zou, and I am a senior at Camas High School. After graduating, I plan to study Public Health at a four-year university. I am partnering with the Downtown Camas Association to organize the Downtown Camas Asian Culture Fair on April First Friday. My upbringing and personal experiences have deeply influenced my journey into this role. I have a profound appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity, thanks to growing up in a family where culture, language, and tradition were highly valued. Additionally, my family’s immigrant background has significantly shaped my passion for promoting cultural understanding and inclusivity. Through this event, I aim to create a space where people from all backgrounds can come together to learn, appreciate, and celebrate the rich mosaic of Asian cultures. I hope to foster a sense of unity and understanding within my local community by showcasing traditional arts, cuisine, and performances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Capture Camas history with this special 10 year photography project! Share your modern photos and help others see your town in a whole new light! We are excited to share the 1st Annual black and white photography contest for April’s “Spring into History” First Friday! The “Capture Camas History Contest” is seeking black and white photography submissions of all things Downtown Camas! Think architecture, art, friends, family, food, fun, and more! History happens now, and we want to see your moments of history in the making!

Submit your pictures by emailing high resolution JPEG images along with your name, age, and connection to Camas to promotions@downtowncamas.com. All submissions will be subject to future promotional use by the Downtown Camas Association. Feel free to email with any questions. Submissions will be accepted through March 25th, 2024. We encourage you to share your images on social media with the hashtag #capturecamashistory!  Submissions will be displayed on April First Friday. Attendees will vote for a People’s Choice winner, who will receive a Downtown Camas Gift Card, sponsored by the DCA. Images collected throughout the next 10 years of contests will be compiled into a fine art album, planned for 2033!

The Winning Image from Capture Camas History 2023
Photographed by Brady Paterson


Other Fun First Friday Activities!

  • Take part in the  “Guess About Camas” passport history game around town, this time with a Camas Library focus as it’s their centennial year! Be entered to win great prizes!
  • See the Downtown Camas Walking Map display! There will be more than 10 years on display. Do you remember all of the stores that used to be in downtown? There will be many more history displays in Fuel.
  • Do the History “Game Course” and earn tickets to win! GP Toilet Paper Toss, Camas Cornhole, Camas History Plinko and the Camas Prune Drop. Play the “game course” and be entered to win a GP paper prize package! Woohoo!!!
  • Take a Historic Walking Tour at 6pm with the Clark County Historical Museum Director, Brad Richardson! Learn all about downtown–Brad makes it especially interesting and fun! Meet in Fuel Medical lobby to start.
  • Peruse the Camas history displays in the Fuel Lobby and learn why Camas is such an exceptional town.
  • Make paper at the GP Mill Interpretive Lobby! 401 NE Adams. Come down and try it out.
  • As an additional nod to our paper history, local artists will be creating beautiful Paper Dresses & Outfits!
  • Art Receptions with wine, live music and meeting the artists at
  • Kids Crafts and TP Pong at LiveWell Camas with the Girl Scouts
  • Plus all the after-hours shopping and dining all through town! Come see what’s new for Spring!

Start your evening by picking up the First Friday Passport at the DCA Table at Fuel Medical (314 NE Birch). Come celebrate our amazing Camas history and spring in Downtown Camas!

 

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