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Fort Umpqua Days Starts Tomorrow

The British Hudson’s Bay Company fort on the Umpqua River takes center stage every year when the people of Elkton, Oregon, commemorate the historic outpost in the annual Labor Day celebration, Fort Umpqua Days. This year’s event starts tomorrow, Saturday, September 1.

Cannon at Fort Umpqua. Photo by Robin Loznak.

The cannon went off at last year’s event, and the sound reverberated across the valley.

A bass tournament starts off the activities tomorrow at 6 am, then a Lion’s Club pancake breakfast at the Elkton Community Education Center at 7. Pioneers and others will parade through town starting at 10, when most of the other activities begin. It’s a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday.

Folks can find all kinds of fun there. Mountain men with their black powder rifles. Pioneer activities for the kids. Vendors selling everything from candles to jewelry to–oh, yes!–books. And more. Of course there will be food and music and the evening pageant under the direction of Cathy Byle–with a historic flare of course.

Following are a few more scenes from previous Fort Umpqua Days events.

Suffragette Terry Chiodo

Hudson’s Bay Company Man

Pageant Drama

Store in the Fort

Local Mountain Man and Me With Books

It’s all in the spirit of fun–and maybe learning a little about our local history. The weather should be perfect.

COMMENTS

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2 Comments

  1. Wilma Mican

    Love your pictures. We have such a wonderful history in the Northwest!

    • Thanks, Wilma. We do have interesting history here, and Fort Umpqua Days is a fun way to remember some of it.

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