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Tidewater's Amazing Waterways Joins Harvest Fest

The Discovery Center in partnership with Tidewater Barge Lines will host A-Mazing Waterways on Oct. 20 at the Hood River Marina.

The Discovery Center and Museum in partnership with Tidewater Barge Lines will host "A-Maze-ing Waterways," an event benefiting the center on Oct. 20, at the Hood River marina.

"A-Maze-ing Waterways," taking place during the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, will focus on stewardship and water safety through family fun and interactive learning.

The center will display a 2400 sq. ft. educational maze that will provide a wonderful walk-through adventure for the entire family.

In addition, Tidewater Barge Lines will give tours of "The Chief," a tugboat built in 1968 that continues to travel the Columbia River. Tours will take each visitor through the tugboat, providing a glimpse of the barge crew quarters, explaining the products transported, and the benefits of barge traffic.

Tidewater Barge Lines is the largest inland marine transportation company west of the Mississippi River, providing connections for truck, rail, and waterborne freight through the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Since 1932, Tidewater has hauled the materials and machinery that helped to build the Pacific Northwest -- concrete for dams, asphalt for roads, pipe for irrigation, and fertilizer for agriculture.

Their history reflects modern innovation and their name is a familiar feature of the rugged Northwest landscape and has become nationally known for technological and service advances. Recently they established a partnership with the Discovery Center in hopes of providing educational programs on water safety and stewardship.

"We are delighted be part of the Harvest Fest through our partnership with Tidewater," said Mike Perry, Executive Director at the center. "The educational maze and tugboat tours are a great example of how to mix education with a day of family fun."

Ticket prices are $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum's educational programs and preservation efforts.

For information call (541) 296-8600.

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