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Elkton to hold annual Fort Umpqua Days Sept. 1 and 2

August 27, 2018

Michael Crader of Kellogg, left, checks out a .50 caliber black powder rifle that belongs to Ken Putman of Drain during Fort Umpqua Days in Elkton in 2016.

ELKTON — A two-day celebration of Elkton’s history, complete with historic demonstrations, a musical pageant, live music and pancake breakfasts begins Sept. 1 at Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38.

The festivities will begin with a parade through town on River Road at 10 a.m. Sept. 1. A two-day bass fishing tournament will be held both days, with weigh-in and awards at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Elkton Lion’s Club will offer a pancake breakfast starting at 7 a.m. each day on the ECEC Greenhouse Patio. Lunches will be offered both days by the Elkton Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, live music from the six-woman cowgirl band The Slow Ponies will begin, and an auction of 50 homemade pies will start at 1 p.m. During Sunday’s lunch, the Old Time Fiddlers will play.

Throughout the weekend, demonstrations and activities at the reconstructed historic Fort Umpqua will depict life at a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post. The festivities include re-enactors playing mid-1800s characters.

Both afternoons wrap up with the 14th season of the “Echoes of the Umpqua” musical pageant written and performed by local residents. This year’s pageant tells the story of the historic journey of the stern wheeler SWAN as it navigated the Umpqua River in 1869. Performances begin at 5 p.m. at the ECEC amphitheater.

Saturday’s pageant will be followed by a chuck wagon dinner at 6 p.m., offered by Brandborg winery. Diners and festival attendees can stay and enjoy live music by the Coos Bay fiddle and guitar duo Contra Swing.

All weekend the event will feature craft and food booths, a native plant nursery, locally grown produce, art quilt display, ice cream and an antique bicycle display. Guests can also visit the Butterfly Pavilion onsite to adopt a Monarch butterfly before releasing it to begin its fall migration.

Information: 541-584-2692 or elktonbutterflies.com.

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