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  • Lower Columbia mists
  • 4th of July fireworks
  • Wedding on the Columbia River
  • Kids, parade float
  • Fire Engines, July 4th parade
  • Cathlamet Marina, Lower Columbia River
  • Columbia River
  • covered bridge
  • River view of Cathlamet
  • Ferry boat crossing
  • Trolley
  • Peaceful living on the river

Deep River

Deep River



Amazing sunsets over the Columbia River estuary

The Annual Buzzards Breath Chili Cook-off is presented on Saturday, of Labor day weekend.  This fun Chamber event is held at the Cathlamet marina and Chili Cooks from all over the area as well as boaters try their skill at cooking chili. 

2014 Poster for download


Prizes, drawings, games, music and a beer garden make this event a must see.









Wahkiakum County Chamber of Commerce

Buzzard's Breath Chili Cook-off

2012 Chili Cook-off

11th Annual Labor Day

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cooks needed!

Pack up and head to the Pacific Northwest.  Spend a day at the Elochoman Slough Marina, on the river showing off your cooking skills!  The Wahkiakum Chamber is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Labor Day “Buzzards Breath” Chili Cook Off in Cathlamet, Saturday August 30th, 2014.  We are looking for some more Chili Teams to join us for the fun and activities. Grab your favorite recipe, your cooker, a pot, and head to the Elochoman Slough Marina on the mighty Columbia for a day of food, friends and fantastic chili. 
Buzzard's breath chili cookoff Annual Buzzards Breath Chili Cook-Off in CathlametWA

Applications available right here on our website or just call the Chamber office at (360) 795-9996 or stop by 35 Butler Street to get a copy of the rules and your Application.

Make a donation to the chamber!NO Entry Fee
There is no cost to enter and you have the opportunity to win a unique trophy and bragging rights!

Don't cook?
Don't let that stop you, there will be plenty of chili to go around and fun for all.  Flatbread Throwing Contest (kids get prizes), Live music, Beer Garden, Rubber Ducky Race Raffle, Wooden Boat Raffle and more!

Start Time
Cooking starts at 10:00am and the public will start tasting at 1:00 pm with judging at 3:00pm.


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