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Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, Walla Walla WA, June 18th and 19th 2016

It was the late 1800s when a French soldier named Peter Pieri fell in love with a sweet onion on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. He brought seeds of the onion to Walla Walla, WA where local farmers developed it into the sweet and juicy crop the region is now famous for. Late spring each year, Walla Walla celebrates the unusually mild Allium with the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, the 32nd edition of which will take place next weekend, June 18th and 19th, 2016. Continue reading

Apple Pie Jamboree, Pateros WA, July 17th through 19th 2015

The Apple Pie Jamboree began in 1947 as way to raise money for the local hospital. The festival continued in fits and starts over the years – the next Jamboree was held in 1950 but stopped after the ’57 party. It wasn’t until 1969 that the festivities took hold for good in Pateros. Those early years featured raffles of refrigerators and an 800-pound steer. In a scene foreshadowing a classic episode of a ’70s sitcom, one year live chickens were tossed off the roofs of local buildings! Yes, much has changed over the years but the apple pie remains. Continue reading

Ballard SeafoodFest, Seattle WA, July 11th and 12th 2015

The fishing community of Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood that sits alongside Puget Sound, got together with the local Elks to hold a salmon barbeque dinner in 1971 to raise money for the Chamber of Commerce. That dinner has since grown into the two-day Ballard SeafoodFest, drawing over 60,000 people to what was once a center of Scandinavian-American salmon fishermen. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 11th and 12th. Continue reading

Marysville Strawberry Festival, Marysville WA, June 11th through 19th 2016

The town of Marysville in Washington state is situated between the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound, in a region where rainfall, sunshine, and soil conditions are ideal for the growing of strawberries, a major local crop. In 1932 town leaders gathered with the thought of coming up with some way to publicize the local berry, and the Marysville Strawberry Festival was born. Today it’s one of the oldest festivals in the state. The 2016 fest will run from Saturday, June 11th through Sunday the 19th. Continue reading

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