The first vehicle to get a wash when Brown Bear Car Wash opened in in June in Poulsbo. (Bill McDonald/Kitsap News Group)

Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates 60th anniversary with free “Beary Clean” car washes

POULSBO — Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates its 60th anniversary on Aug. 24 offering free “Beary Clean” car washes at 23 Puget Sound area locations, including 18764 Highway 305 in Poulsbo, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Last year’s “Free Car Wash Day” set a company record, with 29,673 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area participating, Brown Bear reported.

For the past 10 years, family-owned Brown Bear (www.brownbear.com) has provided more than 280,000 free washes as it celebrated its August “birthday” with customers, military veterans, and current service members on Veterans Day.

Brown Bear founder and CEO Victor Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 15th Ave. West, Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates 52 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community that has supported us for 60 years,” Odermat said in an announcement of the free car washes. “It’s a fun and busy day as we celebrate with our customers while benefitting the environment.”

Brown Bear uses biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.

On Aug. 24, two customers will be selected to win free car washes for a year through Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. Customers can enter to win by taking a photo of their newly-washed vehicle and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

The first vehicle to get a wash when Brown Bear Car Wash opened in in June in Poulsbo. (Bill McDonald/Kitsap News Group)

Center, Brown Bear owner Lance Odermat and Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson join members of the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce in June at the grand opening of the car wash’s Highway 305 location. (Bill McDonald/Kitsap News Group)