The Campout is usually scheduled to start on
the second Sunday in August and run until the
third Sunday. However, this year, we're adding
an early bird option for Saturday night,
August 12th and an eclipse option to stay
over another night at the end on Sunday night,
August 20th so you can view the eclipse without
having to brave the crowds that are expected.
The sun will be eclipsed in Centralia at 95.27%.
Both days will cost you an extra $20.
So, go ask your boss for the time off right away!
The dates are:
August 12-21, 2017
The 2010 photos are still available
Also, check out the videos at the bottom of this page!
Welcome to the Centralia Campout homepage! Imagine warm summer days,
a beautiful river front setting while jamming all day
long for more than a whole week! There won't be any
contests, stages, performers, or schedules to keep
track of. This is a relaxed event for musicians who
like lots of jamming and hanging out with friends old and new. Spontaneous, participant organized
activities, such as a cocktail party, a square dance (yes, I built a dance floor!), a
birthday party, a cornfeed or a hamburger and bacon feed, could occur at
any moment. If you enjoy Stickerville at Weiser, you'll
like this event too! We even have showers! Speaking of showers, the Perseid meteor showers will occur during the campout, peaking on the night of the 12th and morning of the 13th. This year, a waning gibbous moon may hinder a good view of the meteor shower...
We're easy to find. We're located half-way between
Portland and Seattle on I-5 in Centralia, Washington
at exit 82. Click here for directions. If you live in
Portland or Seattle or even California and want to
take the train here, I'll shuttle you to and from the
The picture above is of the east meadow - a quieter,
spot favored by those wanting a little peace
from all the hub-bub. The picture to the right is of the
west side meadow.
The weather is usually warm and dry this time of year, but come prepared for anything!
Gather up your friends and family and come on down
for a week of relaxation, fun and music!
An upstream view from the swimming hole.
Here are some happy campers enjoying the
swimming hole. It has a rocky river bed so don't
forget to bring your river shoes!
(2015 Note) We had the best turnout ever and
anticipate an even better 2017! Click
here to see a
few images of the 2011 COTMC.
Camping pass prices:
(same as the past four years!)
$80.00 per person for the week!
$20 per person per day!
Children 11 and under are free!
Day passes are $10 per person. (Does not include camping)
Early bird passes for Saturday, the 12th, are $20 per person
Eclipse passes for Sunday, the 20th, are $20 per person
The above are CASH prices. Payment by check, credit card, and PayPal are 10% more ($88, $22, and $11).
Changes for 2016 that will continue in 2017:
There will be ice for sale.
There will be a taco truck.
The Campout Café will offer coffee and donuts every morning at the gate.
There is a special price for Q-jammers and dance attendees...$5 for the evening.
I gratefully accept your gifts in an attempt to recover my expenses such as pasture rent, insurance, flush toilets!, garbage collection, extension of city water to the site, a shower house, maintainence to the shower house and toilets, tractor fuel, mowing the field, wi-fi!, dance floor, etc. Of course, if you can afford more than $80, that would be welcomed too! Your generous support is greatly appreciated and is what enables us to do this year after year. Drinking water is available in the camping area as are showers that are available 24 hours a day. There is ample room for your tent or RV. There are no RV hookups and GENERATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED. Bring solar panels or a larger battery bank to keep you in the juice. And for you non-camping types, there are a few motels and B&B's in town. For directions to the camp, click here and print them out.
To register, print this registration form, fill it out, attach your check made payable to Ray Leach, and snail-mail it to:
815 W. 6th St.
Centralia, WA 98531
If you want to register electronically, and have scanning capabilities, you may print
out this registration form, fill it out, scan it, email it to me as an attachment, and pay with PayPal below.
Phone: 360-269-8833 for questions or if you need more information.
Help us continue to put on this event by donating as much as you can!
Your online donation to CENTRALIA CAMPOUT will be processed by PayPal,
the most widely used and secure internet payment source available.
It's quick and easy. Simply click on the button below.
(To save 10%, pay cash when you arrive!).
Extra cash for the taco truck, coffee and donuts, beer on tap, and ice!
I've had to lay down some rules to help make everyone's stay a little nicer!
You will be issued a festival wristband when you first arrive.
If you leave the grounds, you must show your wristband
to the gate attendant when you re-enter the campground.
It's the only way to know if you've registered or not.
THERE IS A BURNING BAN IN EFFECT!
Bring a propane firepit if you want a campfire.
Dogs are welcome, but must stay in your camp and be tethered at all times!
The reason for tethering is that some people don't like dogs and some are
extremely fearful of them. They poo when you're not looking and mark camper's gear!
They get into other peoples food and fight with other dogs.
If you don't like this policy, leave your pooch at a boarding facility or at home.
Always pick up after your dog! (Do I really have to mention this!?)
I suggest that, anytime you see a pile of dog doo, you pick it up!
It's just good PR for all the rest of the campers...THANKS! NO GENERATORS ARE ALLOWED!
If you need to charge your batteries,
talk to me and we'll figure something out.
Centralia Campout 2008 Maggie and her band plays 'Sandy Boy's
River jam at the 2008 Centralia Campout
Glimpses of the 2008 cotmc
River jam at the 2008 cotmc playing 'Twin Sisters'
Centralia Campout 2008 "Rochester Schottiche"
Centralia Campout 2008 'Cuckoo'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Pretty Polly'
Centralia Campout 2008 'The Girl Behind the Bar'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Red Prairie Dawn'
Centralia Campout 2008 'New Five Cent Piece'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Rachel'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Texas'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Sally Ann'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Marthy Won't You Drink Some Good Ol' Cider'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Rickett's Hornpipe'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Half Past Four'
Centralia Campout 2008 'Twin Sisters'
Centralia Campout 2008 'The Little Drunken Man'
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