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 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 ¬†www.ferndaleheritagesociety.com.
An updated schedule of events is at www.whatcomoldsettlers.com.