Monday, July 19th, 2010
Annual Old Settlers Picnic in Ferndale

How did grandma do it?

The first couple years I saw advertisements for the “Old Settlers Picnic” in Ferndale, WA, I wondered “How old do you have to be to attend?” THEN I realized, OHHHH this isn’t for the old, it’s a celebration of the “good old days” for all ages. Locals often refer to it as Pioneer Days.

Ferndale’s Pioneer Park holds 14 authentic cedar-slab cabins dating from the late 1800s, which is the largest known collection of this early architecture. During the annual Old Settler’s Picnic (to be held July 22-25, 2010), volunteer interpreters wear pioneer costumes and give free tours of each cabin, while food and craft vendors abound on the park lawn. A talent show and music take place on the stage from noon to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, a grand parade marches down Ferndale’s Main Street at 11 a.m., showing off floats, fire trucks and vintage cars.  A classic car show also takes place beginning at noon that day. And a beer garden is a highlight in the evening.

This is great family entertainment - and educational too! Spread the word and visit Ferndale in late July. For directions to Pioneer Park visit

Celebrating Pioneer Women

About the Author:

Annette Bagley is the Director of Marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. As a writer and media relations consultant, her work has appeared in local and national media. She has been enjoying life in the Bellingham and Whatcom County region for more than a decade. Her ideal escapes include water, mountains, a farm visit, or a history lesson, accompanied by good food and a glass of wine.

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