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Tenino Oregon Trail Days Festival

Organizers
Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce
Email   360-878-3835
Website: Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce
Next Schedule (Daily)
Venue
Tenino City Park, 300 Park Ave W, Tenino, 98589
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About This Event

Tenino Oregon Trail Days Festival is coordinated by the Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 56th Annual Oregon Trails Days at Tenino City Park July 21-23, 2023. The festival is free to attend and will feature: The Pioneer Village at the Depot Museum with 35 hands-on activities for families, a Parade, live entertainment, the 28th Annual Rock, Gem and Mineral Show, Food Booths, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Tenino Young-At-Heart Theatre production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quilt Show, Creekside Conservancy Salmon Bake, Tenino Timberland Library Author Event and Book Sale, VFW, and American Legion Opening and Closing Flag Ceremony and presentation of Arms, South Thurston Fire and EMS Demonstrations and Dunk Tank, Yelm Amateur Radio Network Demonstration and a Community Worship Service in the Park. The Chamber encourages visitors to also check out the new playground equipment and 3 pump tracks in the park. The Tenino Quarry Pool may also be open during Oregon Trail Days. “Oregon Trail Days is a long-time beloved event in our Community that I remember fondly while growing up here and have participated in it several times,” said Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier.  “The Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce coordinates Oregon Trail Days in partnership with the City of Tenino, Tenino Community Service Center Food Bank Plus, South Thurston County Historical Society, Tenino Lions Club, Washington Agate and Mineral Society, South Thurston Fire and EMS, Tenino Young-At-Heart Theatre, Tenino Farmers Market and Tenino Timberland Library and we hold monthly meetings starting in February each year to plan the Festival,” said Cheryl Pearce, President of the Chamber. “We have a great committee that works well together to put on a wonderful family-friendly event.” Pearce continued. Oregon Trail Days is funded by: Chris Hallett-Tyler Whitworth Edward Jones, Lucky Eagle Casino, Puget Sound Energy, LeMay Inc. of Centralia/Lewis County, Colleen Casey Farmers Insurance, Tenino Title and Tabs, Briar Cottage Quilting Fabrics and Notions, Tenino Market Fresh/Ace, Linda Gotovac for Tenino Mayor, Thurston County Lodging Tax and proceeds from the Chamber’s annual Christmas Auction.

 

Schedule of Events (Tentative - Subject to Change)

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Tenino Young-At Heart Theatre presents Hunchback of Notre Dame at 7 pm at Tenino High School. Weekdays 7 pm, Weekends 2 pm, Pay-What-You-Can July 26th. Adults $15, Students & Seniors $13 for tickets and more information visit https://teninoyoungathearttheatre.org/events/

Tenino Timberland Library Book Sale and Special Presentation 5 pm-6 pm at the Tenino Library

Co-authors Brian Mittge and Kerry Serl, co-authors of George Washington of Centralia: How the Pioneering Son of a Slave Crossed the Continent, Founded a Town, and Saved it During its Darkest Hour, will share from the book, speak on their research practices and answer questions. Books will be available to purchase after the program.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Tenino VFW Post 5878 Opening Flag Ceremony 10 am at the War Memorial

Join the Tenino VFW and American Legion at the Memorial Wall for an opening Flag Ceremony

Pioneer Village 10 am-4 pm at the Depot Museum -More than 35 Hands-on Activities for children and adults to enjoy. Antler jewelry, apple cider making, blacksmithing, candle making, cedar post & rail making, cedar shake making, coal mining, corn meal making, corn planting, draw aw, Northwest Dutch Oven Society cooking demonstration, garlic weaving, gold panning, log cabin notching, log Cutting, making an axe handle, old fashioned toys, make paper covered wagon, pitch-wood fire making, pounding railroad spikes, printing wooden money, stone craving, washing clothes with washboard, wood carving/whittling and the Cascadian group portraying life in the 1800s. Friday, July 22, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday, July 24 11:00 am-3:00 pm

WAMS Rock, Gem, and Mineral Show 9 am-6 pm at the Quarry House area- Washington Agate and Mineral Society, the state’s oldest organized rock club, is hosting its 29th annual Rock, Gem, Fossil, and Mineral Show in conjunction with Tenino's Oregon Trail Days celebration.   The show is educational and fun for all ages.  After all, who doesn't like rocks? The show is a great way to introduce your kids to science through geology. Admission to the show is free and is located in the park near the pool and quarry house.  Hours of the show are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday, July 21st, and Saturday, July 22nd; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, July 23rd. Nearly 20 vendors will be selling a wide variety of rocks and minerals, jewelry, beads, gems, crystals, fossils, and lapidary equipment for rock cutting, polishing, etc.  The club will have its beloved spinning wheel and door prize tickets for sale.  Several demonstrators will be on-site showing how to make stone arrowheads, knives, beads, and cabochons.  There will also be demonstrations of rock polishing and sterling silver wire-wrapping. 

Food, Arts & Craft Vendors 10 am-5 pm coordinated by the Tenino Community Service Center Food Bank Plus Food vendors include Lone Tree Coffee, Pineapple Dole Whip, Thurston County Democrats Demo Burgers, J&L Ears and Rootbeers Elephant Ears, Funnel Cake Fries, Rootbeer Floats, Mr & Mrs Wonderful Kettle Corn, Cotton Candy, Riley Novelty Sales Ice Cream, Shy’z Lunch box Hamburgers, Cheese Steak, Tony’s Ynot Italian Ice. Big Foot BBQ (noon-5 pm Friday & Saturday). More than 40 Arts, Crafts, and Commercial Vendors will participate as well. Friday, July 21st, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday, July 22nd, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday, July 23th 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Oregon Trail Days 1st Annual Rendezvous near the ball fields 10 am-5 pm- People are invited to participate in an encampment to include demonstrations, camping, and Traders Row portraying the primitive and Mountain Man life of the 1800s. 

Face painting 10 am-5 pm near the main entrance to the park- Free Face Painting by Veronica Brauer and Castle Realty

Live Entertainment Puget Sound Energy Quarry House Stage Noon-5 pm- Open Mic, if you would like to sign up to perform this day contact George Sharp, Oregon Trail Days coordinator at 360-878-3835. First performer with be Bill Lenker playing solo acoustic guitar, with some banjo and resonator mixed in.

South Thurston Fire and EMS Information Booth Noon-4 pm-Learn information about South Thurston Fire and EMS operations.

Muzzleloader Demonstration 1:00pm near the Red Caboose in front of the Depot Museum- Learn about Muzzleloaders and other firearms from local resident Art Sporseen dressed in authentic clothing from the Mountain Man and Fur Trader period.

Tenino Young-At Heart Theatre presents Hunchback of Notre Dame 7 pm at Tenino High School on Weekdays at 7 pm, Weekends at 2 pm, and Pay-What-You-Can July 26th. Adults $15, Students & Seniors $13 for tickets and more information visit https://teninoyoungathearttheatre.org/events/

Tenino Eagles Oregon Trail Days - Dinner & Bands - Open to the Public- Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22. Steel Horses Band playing on both nights. Friday night is Burger Night and Saturday is Brisket dinner.

Tenino Music Festival 5 pm-11:30 pm at Tenino City Park- Headliner – Danny Vernon The Illusion of Elvis Opening acts include The Six, and Dogger 90s-themed After Party hosted by DJ Wes

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Pioneer Village 10 am-5 pm at the Depot Museum- Experience more than 35 Hands-On Activities for children and adults.

Food, Arts & Craft Vendors 10 am-6 pm coordinated by the Tenino Community Service Center Food Bank Plus

WAMS Rock, Gem, and Mineral Show 9 am-6 pm at the Quarry House- Nearly 20 vendors will be selling a wide variety of rocks and minerals, jewelry, beads, gems, crystals, fossils, and lapidary equipment for rock cutting, polishing, etc.  The club will have its beloved spinning wheel and door prize tickets for sale.  Several demonstrators will be on-site showing how to make stone arrowheads, knives, beads, and cabochons.  There will also be demonstrations of rock polishing and sterling silver wire-wrapping. 

Oregon Trail Days 1st Annual Rendezvous near the ball fields 10 am-5 pm- People are invited to participate in an encampment to include demonstrations, camping, and Traders Row portraying the primitive and Mountain Man life of the 1800s. 

Oregon Trail Days Quilt Show coordinated by Briar Cottage Quilt Fabrics and Notions 10 am-4 pm in Lions Pavilion near the Quarry House- Wanted Quilts for Display. You can take your Quilt to Briar Quilt Fabrics in advance or bring it on Saturday morning. Prize drawings for participants. People Choice Awards. For more information call 360-264-5759

Parade- 10:45 am on Sussex Avenue- Coordinated by the Tenino Lions Club and led by the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team. The Parade is one of the many highlights of Tenino's Oregon Trail Days and includes the Grand Marshal, Citizen of the Year, Honorary Citizens of the Year, 56th Army Band from JBLM, Dignitaries, Royalty from other Festivals, High School Bands, Floats, Horses and cool cars. The parade announcers are Eric Schwartz Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle and Nisqually Valley News, and Aaron VanTuyl Associate Editor. They are the host of the News Dump Podcast.

Creekside Conservancy Traditional Salmon Bake, Saturday, July 22, 2022, 11 am-4 pm, in front of the Quarry House. Enjoy delicious Salmon and sides prepared by the Chehalis Tribe and Lucky Eagle Casino. $15 per person/ Flavored Sparkling water available for purchase. Proceeds go to support the Creekside Conservancy's efforts to provide safe and healthy habitat for flora and fauna.

Live Entertainment Puget Sound Energy Quarry House Stage Noon-5 pm

Noon-2:30 pm Guava Jam, An acoustic music group specializing in Hawaiian and 70’s music.

3:00-5:00 pm Off Boulevard, Close harmony is the trademark of Off Boulevard's vocal style. Swing and jazz standards from the '30s, '40s, and '50s.

South Thurston Fire and EMS Wildland Hands-on Demonstration and Dunk Tank 1 pm-6 pm

Display of tools used to fight Wildland Brush Fires, Wildland hoses, and Wooden Fire Targets set up for children to experience.

Muzzleloader Demonstration 1:00pm near the Red Caboose in front of the Depot Museum

Learn about Muzzleloaders and other firearms from local resident Art Sporseen dressed in authentic clothing from the Mountain Man and Fur Trader period.

Tenino Young-At Heart Theatre presents Hunchback of Notre Dame at 2 pm at Tenino High School on Weekdays at 7 pm, Weekends at 2 pm, and Pay-What-You-Can on July 26th. Adults $15, Students & Seniors $13 for tickets and more information visit https://teninoyoungathearttheatre.org/events/

Tenino Farmer’s Market (Olympia Street) Saturday, July 23 10:00 am-4:00 pm *Blue Ribbon Pie Contest Day 1 pm

Yelm Amateur Radio Network of South East Thurston County Demonstration and Display 10 am-5 pm

Learn information about the emergency communication network serving our area.

Tenino Eagles Oregon Trail Days - Dinner & Bands

Open to the Public, Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22. Steel Horses Band playing on both nights. Friday night is Burger Night and Saturday is Brisket dinner.

Tenino Music Festival 5 pm-11:30 pm at Tenino City Park

Headliners by Olson Bros Band.

Opening acts include: Luke and Kaylee, Kyle Murdock and Nikko

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Community Worship Service in the Park at the Quarry House Stage 10 am- Led by the First Presbyterian Church of Tenino

Pioneer Village 11 am-3 pm at the Depot Museum- More than 35 Hands-on Activities for children and adults to enjoy.

Food, Arts & Craft Vendors 10 am-4 pm coordinated by the Tenino Community Service Center Food Bank Plus

WAMS Rock, Gem, and Mineral Show 9 am-6 pm at the Quarry House

Oregon Trail Days 1st Annual Rendezvous near the ball fields 10 am-4 pm

People are invited to participate in an encampment to include demonstrations, camping, and Traders Row portraying the primitive and Mountain Man life of the 1800s. 

Live Entertainment Puget Sound Energy Quarry House Stage Noon-3:30 pm

The Lady Drinks Whiskey is Pam Wiley, Scott Taylor and Mike “Burdman” Burdorff. They have 3 part harmonies and classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. They have performed at Oysterfest, Capital Lakefair, Hoodstock, Music in the Park at Shelton’s Kneeland Park and the Olympia Farmers Market.

South Thurston Fire and EMS Demonstration Noon-4 pm

Demonstration of the proper use of Fire Extinguishers to put out Stove fires. Display of tools used to fight Wildland Brush Fires, Wildland hoses, and Wooden Fire Targets set up for children to experience.

Tenino Young-At Heart Theatre presents Hunchback of Notre Dame at 2 pm at Tenino High School.

Tenino VFW Post 5878 Closing Flag Ceremony 10 am at the War Memorial

July 26-29, 2023

Tenino Young-At Heart Theatre presents Hunchback of Notre Dame at 7 pm at Tenino High School. Weekdays 7 pm, Weekends 2 pm, Pay-What-You-Can July 26th. Adults $15, Students & Seniors $13 for tickets and more information visit https://teninoyoungathearttheatre.org/events/

Pioneer Village Hands-on Activities at the Depot Museum- The best edutainment festival for families to share the experiences of what life was like for pioneers more than 100+ years ago.

  1. Antler Jewelry- Visitors will cut antlers into pieces. Drill holes in it put string through the hole, and wear it around the neck as a neckless.
  2. Apple Cider Making- Visitors will wash apples, grind apples with a 100-year-old machine and then press out the liquid.
  3. Art project- Visitors will use different art forms. Includes cutting, pasting, and painting.
  4. Blacksmithing- The exhibit will include heating iron in a forge and shaping it by pounding it. Educational experience learning about Blacksmithing.
  5. Candle Making- Visitors will dip strings into the melted wax and make a candle. Supplies are provided by Swan Candles.
  6. Cascadian Group- They are in costume and set up a primitive camp and bring a number of different activities to share with visitors.
  7. Cedar Post and rail making- Visitors will be invited to drive wedges into a log and then continue to drive other wedges down the log, eventually the log splits and rails and posts are created.
  8. Cedar Shake Making- Visitors will drive a Froe (or Frow) shake axe into a cedar block. Then pull back on the handle and a shake breaks off from the block.
  9. Coal Mining- Visitors will select a piece of coal and then chip off pieces with a hammer and chisel.
  10. Corn Husk Dolls- Visitors will take the husk of corn and build small dolls with it.
  11. Corn Meal Making- Visitors will place corn kernels into a hollow piece of wood. With a wooden pestle, they will pound on the kernels to create cornmeal flour.
  12. Corn Planting- Visitors will plant seeds in soil with an old-fashioned corn planter.
  13. Drag Saw- Visitors will watch a piece of a log being cut by an antique motor using a drag saw blade.
  14. Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration- Visitors will sample a variety of treats that have been cooked in a Dutch Oven and learn about the process of cooking with it.
  15. Fresno Scraper Pull- Visitors will witness the scraper pulled by an older tractor and used to level farmland.
  16. Garlic Weaving- Visitors will take 3 garlic plants and weave it to make a braid of it.
  17. Gold Panning- Visitors will be taught how to pan for gold with rocks and sand provided. On Sunday afternoon there will be a drawing to give away seven buckets of rocks.
  18. Historic Tenino Hay Wagon Tour (Saturday only) - Visitors will get into a hay wagon being pulled by a tractor and take a history tour of Tenino.
  19. Lashing Sticks- Visitors will learn how to use twine to lash together sticks or poles to create features.
  20. Log Cabin Notching- Visitors will learn how to place a log on a saw horse, saw two cuts, and then take a mallet and a wood chisel and carve out a notch.
  21. Log cutting with a Crosscut Saw- Visitors will place a log onto saw horses, then two people will take the crosscut saw and pull back and forth to cut the log.
  22. Lumber Making with Carpenters Adze- Visitors will learn to lay a log on the ground, straddle the log, and use an Adze moving backwards to chip the log to make one side flat, continue on all sides and the piece becomes lumber.
  23. Make an Axe Handle with a draw knife- Visitors will use a draw knife to shave a limb until you make it into an axe handle.
  24. Old Fashioned Toys- Visitors are invited to play with several different old toys used in the 1800s.
  25. OHOP Pioneer Farm Activities- Visitors are invited to try out many different farm activities from the OHOP Valley near Eatonville.
  26. Pitchwood Fire Starter- Visitors will learn the history of Pitchwood and how it comes from an old stump in the middle of the woods. They will shave off several pieces and shown how it can start a fire.
  27. Pounding Spikes into Railroad Ties- Visitors will use a maul and pound the spike down into the tie to hold a rail.
  28. Printing of Wooden Money- Visitors will learn about the history of the 120-year-old printing press and watch it in action making souvenir wooden money for Oregon Trail Days available for purchase.
  29. Rope Making- Visitors will use a 100-year-old device to twist 3 strings of twine to make it into rope.
  30. Stone Carving- The Tenino Stone Carver Guild will show visitors how to use different types of chisels to carve into stone.
  31. Ticknor school activities- Visitors will hear stories about what it was like in a one-room school house and learn about the equipment and furniture in it.
  32. Tool Sharpener- Visitors will sit and push pedals to turn the large round stone and witness axes and knives being sharpened.
  33. Washing Clothes with a Scrub Board and Wringer- Visitors will put clothes in a tub of soap and water, use the scrub board to clean them and then rinse the clothes in clean water, use the wringer to get rid of the water and then hang the clothes to dry.
  34. Wood Carving/Whittling- Visitors will use a pocket knife to carve and whittle on a stick to create a walking stick.
  35. Woodworking Station- Visitors with try out a number of old carpentry tools including hand drills, hammers, nail pullers, and planer.

 

Recurring Schedule

Start: 21st Jul, 2023
End: 21st Jul, 2023
Time: 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Start: 22nd Jul, 2023
End: 22nd Jul, 2023
Time: 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Start: 23rd Jul, 2023
End: 23rd Jul, 2023
Time: 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM