In 1883, The Vidette’s founders J.E. Calder and J.W. Walsh wrote in their very first edition of the newspaper: “We are here. We mean business. And we mean to stay.” The Vidette has not missed an issue since.
Today, the Vidette is based out of Montesano, which is the county seat of Grays Harbor County, and reports on local events and stories in the surrounding area. Montesano is a quaint city with a population of approximately 4,050 and located
halfway between Olympia and the ocean beaches. Montesano also serves as a hub for many outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, boating and bird watching.
Another popular event, documented annually by The Vidette, is the Festival of Lights celebration that has been going strong for over 22 years. Festivities include tours of decorated historic homes, a lighting contest, food vendors, a scavenger hunt, and much more.
The Vidette reaches over 3,000 households every week
Sources: Sound Publishing 2015, U.S. 2010 Census, Greater Grays Harbor, Inc 2014 Economic Vitality Index
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