Tumwater Falls Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 5, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tumwater Falls Park, Deschutes Way and "C" Street
Free Admission, Free Parking, and Free Shuttle
FESTIVAL CELEBRATES HARVEST, FISH, FARMING, RANCHING, AND SOUTH SOUND HERITAGE
The Tumwater Falls Harvest Festival, a day long celebration of heritage and harvest, is set for Sunday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Tumwater Falls Park. The festival brings together the return of the salmon, ranching, farming, beer brewing, music, dancing, crafts, food, and the pioneer heritage of Tumwater and the South Sound region. Featured entertainment at this year’s festival on two stages are Mexican dancers and musicians, nationally recognized French Canadian fiddler, Lisa Ornstein, cowboy poet and musician DW Groethe from Montana, North-west fiddling, and Western Swing musicians. Two stages run with entertainment from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bring your apples and jugs for cider pressing by the Tumwater Middle School Homesteader students for $2 a jug; eat salmon dinners, ethnic foods and desserts, buy heritage crafts, and visit the Harvest Festival souvenir store. Take a guided walking tour along the river to learn about salmon and the early industrial history of Tumwater. So that we might share the harvest, the Thurston County Food Bank will have bins located in the park to collect donations of fresh produce or non-perishable food.
Admission to the festival is free with free parking, and a free shuttle that runs throughout the day from Custer Way near the Schmidt House. Tumwater Falls Park is located at “C” Street and Deschutes Way in Tumwater.
Demonstrations - Salmon, Heritage Crafts, Hands-on Pioneer Activities, Horse Rides and Farm Animals
Performances on Two Stages
Beer and Beer Brewing History
Heritage Craft Vendors, Festival Souvenir Store
Festival Partners and Sponsors
DEMONSTRATIONS – SALMON, HERITAGE CRAFTS, HANDS ON PIONEER ACTIVITIES, HORSE RIDES, AND FARM ANIMALS
See beautiful Chinook salmon close up, climb in a giant fiberglass salmon named Fin. Watch Native American artists demonstrate how to make a cedar bark basket or carve a Native American mask. Build a kid’s size log cabin, make pioneer-style rope, and learn how to tie a rawhide seat on a pioneer chair. Try Oldtime Home Crafts of spinning wool using a spinning wheel or a drop spindle. Weave wool yarn on a loom and learn how to embroider a design.
In the Farming and Ranching area ride saddle horses or a pony, or climb in a stagecoach pulled by goats. Pet farm animals or hold a baby chick. Watch how to gently bridle and saddle a horse and see how Thurston County Cattle women demonstrate historic cattle branding irons on pieces of cedar.
PERFORMANCES ON TWO STAGES
The Heritage Music and Dance Stage runs from 11- 4 p.m with performances of Mexican dancing and music from Tierra Caliente, Cowboy poetry and songs, Western Swing, French Canadian fiddling and Old Time American fiddling. Hear musicians talk about their traditions and play examples on the Music and Story Stage hosted by local radio producer, musician and storyteller, Joe McHugh from 11 – 4 p.m.
Heritage Music and Dance Stage
Music and Story Stage
BEER AND BEER BREWING HISTORY
Former Olympia Brewing Company Brewmaster, Paul Knight and former brewer, Ken Walton, will talk about how beer was brewed using gravity in the Old Brewhouse. Watch beer brewing demonstrations by home brewers from H.O.P.S., Homebrewers Of Parkland and Spanaway. Visit an exhibit about the history and talk to folks future possibilities for the region’s most endangered landmark, the Old Brewhouse.
Try salmon dinners and steamed shellfish from Xihn’s Oyster and Clam House, Mexican food from the Tierra Caliente region of Southwest Mexico and Mexican baked goods. Fall harvest foods include corn on the cob, soups, sandwiches, salads, smoked jerkies, German roasted nuts, Hungarian crepes and goulash, apple pies and a variety of baked goods.
HERITAGE CRAFT VENDORS, FESTIVAL SOUVENIR STORE
Visit a vendor with original artwork inspired by traditional fiddle tunes, see handmade rag rugs, Native American baskets, herbal wreaths, Native American garden art, quilts, books, and take home jams, jellies, pickled delicacies, and fresh organic apples. The Festival Souvenir Store offers bags, aprons, posters, mugs, books, and more.
FESTIVAL PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
The festival is presented by the City of Tumwater as an outreach heritage program of its Henderson House Museum. Program partners in the event include the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the City of Tumwater’s Stream Team, the Thurston County Cattlewomen, and the Tumwater Historical Association.
Community sponsors include the Tumwater Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, Olympia Federal Savings and Loan, the Washington State Arts Commission, and Twin Star Credit Union. Additional sponsors include O Bee Credit Union, the Squaxin Island Tribe 1% Fund, Fairchild Record Services, Venture Bank, and Katherine Hartman. The City of Tumwater presents the festival as an outreach heritage program of its Henderson House Museum.
For general and vendor information and applications or to volunteer: Call Carla at 360-754-4217. firstname.lastname@example.org
September 18, 2008