The brow-beading (from sweat) temperatures are on their way back. Want a cooler weekend? Here are three ideas for fun away from the hottest sun.

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Remember the 90s? I’m not talking about the Clinton presidency, but the brow-beading (from sweat) temperatures we had a few weeks ago. Well, according to the weather forecast: They’re baaaaack!

Want a cooler weekend? Head for the seaside, weather gurus say.

Here are three ideas for fun away from the hottest sun:

1. The friendly little town of Raymond, in Pacific County, is at the mouth of beautiful Willapa Bay, not far from ocean beaches and that cooling marine air. This weekend it hosts the Willapa Harbor Festival, with a car show, parade, softball tournament, food and craft vendors, and a battle of the bands (hey, Nirvana played their first gig here, Wikipedia says). There’s also great kayaking on the bay and rivers. Friday-Sunday, July 31-Aug. 2, most events free.

See Victorian homes on the hillsides as you visit Astoria, Ore., for its county fair this weekend. (Tim Schnupp/Los Angeles Times)
See Victorian homes on the hillsides as you visit Astoria, Ore., for its county fair this weekend. (Tim Schnupp/Los Angeles Times)

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2. Ready for county-fair season? Get your Tilt-A-Whirl thrills without getting hot under the collar, this weekend at the Clatsop County Fair in Astoria, Ore. (And when you’ve had your fill of Elephant Ears, you can be tickling your toes in the surf faster than you can say “Lewis and Clark Slept Here.”)  Musical acts include the Western Flyers, who bill themselves as “Texas’s finest Western swing, classic country, American, vintage cowboy tunes, hot jazz, Texas fiddle band,” with the promise, “They’ll blow your ears back.” That sounds like a good way to cool off. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 1; admission $3-$6, free parking.

Squamish, B.C., hosts loggers from around the world in competition this weekend. (Tourism B.C.)
Squamish, B.C., hosts loggers from around the world in competition this weekend. (Tourism B.C.)

3. Everyone knows it gets colder as you go north. So head for Squamish, B.C., edging the cool marine waters of Howe Sound and surrounded by mountains, for Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival. What could be cooler than watching an Axe Throw? Or feeling the breeze as you’re just missed by a Douglas fir during the World Championship Tree Falling? There’s also a pancake breakfast, a parade, a Logger’s Stomp dance and more. Admission varies, many events free. Thursday, July 30, through Monday, Aug. 3.