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Wahkiakum County
  • 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


Amazing sunsets over the Columbia River estuary

2015 Application for download

registration form

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










Wahkiakum County Chamber of Commerce

Battle of the Bowls:
Chili vs Chowder

2012 Chili Cook-off

Annual Labor Day

Sat., Sept. 5th, 2015 (EVENT CANCELED)

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  Annual Labor Day “Battle of the Bowls” Chili v. Chowder Showdown in Cathlamet, Saturday September 5th, 2015.  We are looking for some more Chili/Chowder 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/chowder! 

Buzzard's breath chili cookoff Annual Labor Day “Battle of the Bowls” Chili v. Chowder Showdown in Cathlamet, WA

Applications available right here on our website or you can call the Chamber office at 360-795-9996, email us at wchamber@cni.net, or stop by at 102 Main Street to pick up a copy.

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! There is a $7 participant tasting fee which includes the right to vote in the competition.

Don't cook?
Don't let that stop you, there will be plenty of chili/chowder to go around and fun for all.  Come Enjoy live music, beer/rootbeer from River Mile 38 Brewery, and chili/chowder! We are sharing this day with the Wooden Boat Show at the Elochoman Marina, so come down and check out the festivities!

Start Time
Cooking begins at 10:00am and public tasting begins at 1pm.  The competition this year will be held to a tournament-style bracket with all tasting participants receiving the right to vote.


Crab Fee