In this Courier-Herald file photo, two Buckley Log Show contestants team up to see which couple can hand-saw through a log the fastest. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

At a glance | September 2021 events

Log show, rallycross racing, the return to school and more.

The dog days of summer are behind us, and it’s almost time for orange-and-brown leaves, sweaters and pumpkins. These are the last true events of the summer we could find.

As of Aug. 23, Washington had reinstated its face covering requirement for indoor spaces, with a few exceptions. But rules around the virus change fast, so prior to attending an event, consider scanning the latest guidance from health officials on COVID-19 safety, as well as checking in with event organizers.

Single weekend events


The city of Black Diamond rounds out the summer season with its annual Labor Days event, which is taking place Sept. 4, 5, and 6 this year.

Saturday evening, head down to Civic Park at Ten Trails, 23089 SE Fir St, for a dusk showing of Toy Story 4. The movie will start around 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Doggie Day kicks off Sunday morning at 10 a.m., followed by the pie baking contest. Pastries must be turned it between 11 and 11:30 a.m., and winners are announced at 2 p.m., the same time that the Women’s and Children’s Games begin.

Monday kicks off at 7 a.m. with a breakfast at the Masonic Hall, then it’s the Labor Day Parade at 10 a.m. down SR 169. The theme this year is “Welcome Back,” and traffic will be detoured around the city in the morning. Parade winners are announced at 12:30 p.m, and the field games begin at 2 p.m., lasting until 4 p.m.

For more information, visit


Anything you want to discuss concerning Enumclaw? Take your comments, questions, concerns and criticisms to Mayor Jan Molinaro between 9 and 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. The sessions are hosted the first Monday or each month at Enumclaw City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave.


This free, family-friendly event advertised by the city of Enumclaw will include live music, food vendors and activities for kids, including arts and crafts, bouncy houses and a dunk tank. It all goes down at the Enumclaw Expo Center on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m., a ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and the event is over at 4 p.m.


For women ages 40 to 74, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw will be hosting a mammogram screening event from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 13 and 14. The hospital encourages those who are low-income eligible, underinsured or uninsured to attend. Assistance with transportation and an interpreter for Spanish speakers will both be available, and no doctor referral is necessary.

To register, call 360-802-8585.


Bust out the fabric. The Crystal Quilters quilt guild of Enumclaw hosts their 25th quilt show this year at the Enumclaw Expo Center on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For updates and more information, visit


It’s a rallycross rumble at the Enumclaw Expo Center on Sept. 25 and 26, as the Northwest Rally Association comes to town for a weekend of motorsports racing.

Each day is limited to 75 competitors and cars must pass safety and technical requirements. Registration opened Aug. 2 and closes Sept. 17.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the gates open at 7 a.m. Inspection lasts from 7:30 to 9 a.m., concluding with a driver meeting. The morning group races from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by an hour for lunch, then afternoon racing from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30. Awards are handed out around 5 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit the event page at

Multi-weekend events


It’s back-to-school time for families throughout the Plateau.

• In the Enumclaw School District, students head to class Wednesday, Sept. 1; they will ease into the school year with a three-day week, followed by a three-day holiday weekend.

• In White River, opening day is Thursday, Sept. 2, so it’s a two-day week and then the Labor Day holiday weekend.

• Up the hill in Carbonado, the historic district’s K-8 students return to class Sept. 1; also on the September calendar for district kids and families the Labor Day holiday, a Sept. 9 open house and Puyallup Fair Day on Sept. 17.


Normally held around July, Buckley this year will host the Junior Log Show on Sept. 11, and the main event Sept. 18 and 19.

The day starts off with a 10 a.m. Main Street parade, which usually consists of large logging trucks and other oversized vehicles.

Then the logging events begin at noon over at the Log Show grounds, located to the north of the city before the White River Bridge. Competitions include speed climbing, where contestants race up a 75-foot spar tree; obstacle bucking, where loggers race across a log suspended over a pool of water to saw through a 14-foot alder; ax throwing; log rolling; and myriad other events that include chainsaws, axes, and flying wood.

Besides watching powerful men and women vying to be awarded All-Around Logger, Log Show attendees also typically enjoy various food vendors, a beer garden, and a live auction to help support the event.

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The Enumclaw Plateau Farmers’ Market is in the homestretch, slated to run weekly through the end of September. Vendors line up each Thursday to greet shoppers between 3 and 7 p.m. The market is found on First Street, stretching north from Griffin Avenue.


Following a year that saw delays and shuffled sports season, everything has returned somewhat to normal – at least from a scheduling standpoint. That means traditional fall sports will be played, well, in the fall.

To keep track of the local Enumclaw High and White River teams, visit their athletic websites ( and Athletes and coaches have been turning out since Aug. 18 (football) and Aug. 23 (all others). The football teams get rolling Sept. 3 when Enumclaw travels to Tumwater and White River visits Capital High.

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