Ocean Shores celebrates 50 years as the state's most vibrant coastal city

Ocean Shores, the largest beach town on the Washington coast, has launched a year-long celebration in honor of the diverse peninsula’s 50th year as an incorporated city.

As the first newspaper woman to arrive on the scene, the late Gene Woodwick noted this unique “six-mile point of l and jutting into the Pacific Ocean” has “always been a place of dreams.”

Those dreams will be showcased for a full year of festivities, highlighted by the annual Flag Day Parade June 13, followed that night by the Ocean Shores 50 Gala, turning the Convention Center into a 1970s-themed disco ballroom. Participating events include the annual Razor Clam Festival, March 21-22, a celebrity golf tournament in July to benefit youth athletics, and many connected events to capture and commemorate the traditions that launched Ocean Shores as an official city recognized by the Legislature.

Back then, there were 223 residents, and Ocean Shores since has grown to more than 6,000 people with over 3 million visitors each year.

More information is available on the “Ocean Shores Celebrates Turning 50” Facebook page. Here is the full Oceans Shores 50 Calendar of events:

March 22-22: Razor Clam & Seafood Festival booth to sell hats, bags, and history memorabilia

April 24-25: North Beach Singers Spring Concert—Celebrate the 70s—Ocean Shores

May 2: North Beach Singers Spring Concert—Celebrate the 70s— Moclips

June 6: Wearable Art Show presents, ”Flashback”

June 13: Flag Day Parade — 50th Anniversary Float

June 13: Ocean Shores 50th Anniversary Gala, OS Convention Center

June 26-28: Sand and Sawdust booth to sell hats, bags, and history memorabilia  Summer performances: Stage West Theatre presents, ”Lady on the Beach”

July 11: Grays Harbor Youth Athletics Golf Tournament, 11 a.m., Grays Harbor Youth Athletics and Marketing Co-op Committee

July 24-26: Go Hog Wild booth to sell hats, bags, and history memorabilia

Aug. 28-30: All-Hyak School Reunion — Moclips/North Beach High School

Sept. 26: Heritage Fair — Museum of the North Beach