PIONEER PICNIC DAYS
For fifty years folks from far and wide gathered each June for a week long celebration of horse racing, baseball games, socializing, dancing and camping along the banks of Crab Creek in Lincoln County, Washington. The event was wildly successful and attracted crowds in excess of 10,000 people by 1910. The next decade saw unprecedented growth. Eye witnesses stated that there were in excess of 1,100 people on the dance floor of the Dance Pavilion, 500 tents and estimates of nearly 2,000 cars parked around the grounds. Many of the fastest horses in the region competed for cash prizes and the coveted annual Derby Day trophy while rivaling towns assembled there best baseball teams in hopes of winning bragging rights for the following year of having the best team. Kids enjoyed the big steam-powered merry-go-round and competed in running races. There was also good fishing along the banks of Crab Creek that meandered through the picnic grounds.
There was something for the entire family at the pioneer picnics on Crab Creek. Families could listen to rousing brass bands from the grandstand during morning hours and later visiting dignitaries, including Washington State Governors, and local mayors from surrounding towns, would ad- dress the large crowds. The book is a must for anyone interested in the local and regional history of that area. The picnic drew crowds from far and wide.
This work includes information about:
- Ritzville, Washington history
- Lind, Washington history
- Sprague, Washington history
- Harrington, Washington history
- Davenport, Washington history
- Odessa, Washington history
- Cheney, Washington history
- Lamona, Washington history
- Marcellus, Washington history
- Creston, Washington history
- Spokane, Washington history
- Adams County history
- Lincoln County history
The book has 193 pages, 192 historic photographs and other advertisements with a bibliography and index.