Barn Bash at the Cottonwood Ranch raising money for Copalis Crossing firefighters


The 3rd Annual Barn Bash Saturday night at Cottonwood Ranch near Copalis Crossing features a slew of family and kids activities, dinner, drinks and music from the country cover band Humptulips. The bash raises money for the Copalis Crossing Firefighter Association to pay for equipment and services. The event starts on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m. and goes until midnight.

The 100-year-old barn, located on Ocean Beach Road, has been the home of the Barn Bash since the first one three years ago. It was refurnished by the owners of the Cottonwood Ranch several years ago and they let the Copalis Crossing Firefighter Association use the building for its annual fundraising event. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for children between 6 and 12 and kids under 6 are free.

“Once people start showing up, we’ll start manning the gates,” Larry Burgher, president of the Copalis Crossing Firefighter Association.

Door prizes such as Barn Bash T-shirts and gift certificates are up for grabs.

Kevin Bradshaw, owner of the Welcome Inn, is bringing the Welcome Wagon, equipped with a Bottoms Up Beer dispenser, wine and mixed drinks.

Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. Barbeque favorites such as pulled pork, hot dogs, corn, potato salad and baked beans will be served.

“We’ll try to make sure the plates are big enough to fit all that good food,” Burgher said.

Kids can enjoy hay wagon rides, water balloon toss, a gunny sack race, Wiffle ball and baseball games, bubble blowing and face painting throughout the evening. There will also be horseshoe game areas lighted to allow players to compete after the sun goes down.

A silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses opens at 5 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. a live auction will occur in the barn.

At 8 p.m. the local band Humptulips take the stage and play until midnight.

Attendees are welcome to set up camp on the property wherever space is available.

Last year, the Barn Bash raised $25,000 for Copalis Crossing firefighters.