About Us

Our mission is to build a strong community through viable events in our Historic Downtown Centralia.

Who we are

The Centralia Downtown Festivals Association is a 501c3 nonprofit that aspires to draw visitors in by hosting unique events in our historic town center. Local businesses sponsor and participate in all our festivals, cultivating growth and connection right in the heart of Centralia.

Meet the Team

Holly Ryan

Holly owns The Shady Lady, The Shady Bordello Museum, and The Shady Lady Wedding Chapel. She is married to Jay Ryan and adores six beautiful children. Holly’s businesses have operated in downtown Centralia for 10 years. She is the proud coordinator of Antique Fest, currently in its 26th year. Many hands have developed Antique Fest over the years, and Holly is honored to continue their legacy. She currently serves as president of the CDFA, a board member of Historical Preservation, and a board member of Centralia Downtown Association.

Barbara Salewsky

Barbara works with her husband, Fred, at their jewelry store downtown every day. She has been creating and enjoying events in downtown Centralia for many years. One of her pet projects, Central Park, is a pocket park located in Centralia’s historic town center. She devotes her time into making the park “a little gem” for all who walk through. Barbara loves serving her community and bringing events to downtown.

Sandi Walcyzk

Sandi fell in love with downtown Centralia from the moment her family moved here. They attended numerous events, and Sandi eventually decided to get involved. She opened The Bath Depot, Inc. in October 2006. Two years later, she launched the annual Girls’ Night Out to share the potential she saw in our historic town, while supporting neighboring merchants. Now, Sandi feels privileged to be secretary of the Centralia Downtown Festivals Association. She loves bringing fun events to town. Sandi hopes to help other families make memories the way she has with her own.

Lauri O’Brien

Lauri is a Centralia resident and treasurer of the CDFA. She works for a local accounting firm. When Lauri isn’t working, she loves both planning and participating in events downtown with other board members.

Centralia’s own historic “Central Park” is undergoing restoration so it may continue to refresh its visitors for another forty years. This Pocket Park holds several annual events, countless memories, and a cherished place in our community. The Centralia Downtown Festivals Association hopes you will pass through on your next visit downtown. Come, sit, and watch our special little haven change with the seasons!

How you can get involved

The more, the merrier! The Centralia Downtown Festivals Association is always looking for event sponsors, donors, vendors, and volunteers to support our mission. Click below to donate or volunteer. If you are interested in participating, visit our event pages to find a vendor’s application.

Donate

Donate to the CDFA and watch us pour your support back into growing our community!