WHEELER - The Wheeler Business Association's first-ever Wheeler Summerfest is coming together to be a great start to an annual tradition.

"We're all very pleased with the way the event is taking shape," said Jane Dunkin, Wheeler Business Association chair. "All we need is for the sun to come out."

Folks of all ages will enjoy the WBA-sponsored hay rides and steam boat rides. The Double S Clydesdales, hitch team competitors owned by Bryce and Sean Smith of Tillamook, will be pulling a vintage 1901 freight wagon around the estuary in Wheeler (from Waterfront Park north toward Botts Marsh and back along the water's edge).

The Captain Bell steam boat, owned and skippered by Dave Bell of Wheeler, and another 30-foot sternwheeler, the Cheng Tse, owned by Al & Sue Dunlap of Spokane, WA, will be taking passengers from the public dock in the Wheeler Waterfront Park around the Nehalem Bay.

All five local Wheeler restaurants will be serving special entrees and treats, and the Wheeler Business Association will offer snow cones and cotton candy. The Nehalem Bay Chamber will be making root beer floats, and the Nehalem Valley Care Center, fundraising for a new bus to transport residents, will sell popcorn.

Live music by local bands will round out a great weekend.

Guests will have three chances to win great prizes in the WBA raffle. Each prize package starts with a dinner for two at one of the three restaurants and includes gift certificates and items from local shops.

The fun begins on Saturday, July 16th, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and continues on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fliers are available at local businesses.

The Wheeler Business Association is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting business in and continuing the beautification of the city of Wheeler. For more information please email the Wheeler Business Association at wba@wheeleroregon.com.

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