Soaking up fun at Camas Days

first_imgFirst Place: Bath Tub BanditsSecond Place: Dairy QueenThird Place: IQ Credit UnionCAMAS — Contestants cringed at the touch of frigid water Saturday as the crowd cheered their racing bathtubs down a slippery path toward victory.Camas Days kicked off Friday and lasted through Saturday. The two-day celebration featured vendors, a grand parade and the ever-popular bathtub races.“The competition is fierce and the trophies are large,” said Doug Quinn with a smile. He has volunteered at Camas Days for 15 years and was announcing the races this year.For competitors, more than just a trophy was at stake, he said. In Camas, winners get bragging rights for the year.Finishing with the first place trophy, the Bathtub Bandits glided in to their fourth consecutive victory.“We had a run for our money,” said Tanya Groth, one of the three victorious competitors.Eight teams of three, ages 16 and older, competed to get the bathtub from start to finish as fast as possible.Water sloshed as tubs swerved along a series of cones. Two competitors steered the wheeled tubs, while one contestant sat inside in 47-degree water. Two teams competed side-by-side, and whoever made it through the fastest won.For the crowd, the races were a slippery surprise as observers sat on the edge of their seats. Between races, kids basked in the rainfall as the Camas-Washougal Fire Department sprayed on a fresh layer of water for the next set of competitors.“It’s a wonderful community,” Patric Ray said. “I am still trying to figure out why I left.”After moving away from Camas 17 years ago, Ray continues to volunteer at Camas Days, he said. He schedules his vacation around the celebration and comes in from Sacramento, Calif., each year, he said.“I’m a crazy volunteer,” he said. “Absolutely looney toons.”From the food court to the wine garden, grand parade to bathtub races, Ray has done it all. On Saturday, he called and started the bathtub races.last_img

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