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The 2018 Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic in Ferndale (July 28, 2018). Photo: Whatcom News

125th Old Settlers Picnic in Ferndale happens this Friday & Saturday

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Whatcom County Old Settlers’ Association has put together some new additions to the 125th Old Settlers Picnic that is happening tomorrow, Friday, July 23rd, and Saturday, July 24th.

Whatcom Old Settlers Association President Lynda Lucas told Whatcom News the theme of this year’s 2-day event is “Celebrating 125 years of memories.” 

The event is held each year in Pioneer Park, around the historic slab cedar log cabins that have been relocated from various locations around Whatcom County. The cabins will be open to be toured during the Picnic.

Gates open both days at noon.

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In addition to the live entertainment, there will be concession and food vendors along with a beer garden. Wagon rides through downtown Ferndale will leave and return at Pioneer Park on both days and there will also be the Pioneer Corral children’s activities.

The 2018 Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic in Ferndale (July 28, 2018). Photo: Whatcom News
The 2018 Whatcom Old Settlers Picnic in Ferndale (July 28, 2018). Photo: Whatcom News

Friday, July 23rd, will be “Senior Citizen Day” with performances by local entertainers Matt Audette & the Circle of Friends, Al Ulrich and Jim Taylor, pianist Roger Quiggle, songs by Howard and Sandy Andreason with Carol and Joe Younger and Alan & Carol Linde. Friday night’s entertainment will be a “hard country” band, Southbound.

Inside the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, Whatcom Genealogical Society members will be available to explain and answer questions about the processes involved in researching a family tree and will help anyone interested get started.

Saturday will begin with the annual Pioneer Car Show that begins at 8:30am.

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Saturday’s entertainment will include Southbound, pianist Jon Mutchler and an appearance by Free Rain band from Issaquah.

Saturday evening’s event finale will include 2 new additions to the event.

A hot air balloon glow, something not seen in Ferndale for over a decade since the annual Ferndale Hulaballoon event ceased to be, is scheduled for Saturday evening. Balloonists are expected to begin setting up about 8:30pm with the “Glow” beginning about 9pm. “This is something people from outside the park will be able to see,” Lucas said.

A large professional fireworks display that will be visible for miles around will follow the Glow.

The Old Settlers Picnic is a free all-ages event.

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