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Stilly Valley Pioneer Museum plans ‘Pioneer Days’ Sept. 21

From left, Ali Pater helped her son Colt grind flour, as Renee Miller supervised, during last year
From left, Ali Pater helped her son Colt grind flour, as Renee Miller supervised, during last year's 'Pioneer Days.'
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ARLINGTON — The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum welcomes visitors to celebrate “Pioneer Days” on the Red Rooster Route from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The Museum aims to offer a fun day for children of all ages, with hands-on activities including milking a cow, washing clothes, sawing wood, spinning wool, working a 19th-century treadle sewing machine, viewing and playing with old-fashioned toys and games, writing with a pen and inkwell, making shake shingles, churning butter, grinding wheat, pumping water and much more.

The Museum’s regular exhibits will also be open for viewing, and visitors will have the opportunity to chat with interpreters who have their own stories of the past to tell. The Museum admission for this event is $5 per adult and $2 per child under 12 years of age. Parking is free.

“Our Pioneer Days Festival is a terrific opportunity to experience the rich heritage of the Arlington area with superb examples of early homesteaders,” said Myrtle Rausch, president of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association, who added that the Kissing Cousins Alpaca Farm plans to have an alpaca on site. “On display are original tools, artifacts, home goods and farming implements that our ancestors used to start a new life in the Stillaguamish Valley. We encourage families to come out with their children and learn about early pioneer life. It’s a fun time for children to learn about old medical remedies, how to play music the old-fashioned way, and how household chores were done in the past.”

The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum is located at 20722 67th Ave. NE in Arlington and was built by the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association to preserve artifacts of the North and South Forks of the Stillaguamish River Valley, keeping alive the heritage of the original homesteaders of the area. For more information call 360-435-7289, email stillypioneers@frontier.com or log onto www.stillymuseum.org.

The fifth year of the annual Red Rooster Route will also host a variety of upcoming fall and winter festivals, including the Fall Pumpkin and Corn Maze Festival from Oct. 1-31 at Foster’s Produce & Corn Maze, followed by the Arlington Farmers’ Market Handmade Holiday Indoor Gift Market on Saturday, Dec. 7.

To learn more about the farms and festivals on the Red Rooster Route, and to download a tour map, you can visit their website at www.redroosterroute.com.

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