Stilly Valley celebrates 100th pioneer picnic

ARLINGTON — The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association plans its 100th annual picnic Sunday.

That’s a lot of potato salad over the years.

The descendants of those who settled in the Stillaguamish River valley invite everyone to attend the celebration, which begins at about 10 a.m., with a potluck lunch set for about 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the association’s Pioneer Hall, 20722 67th Ave. NE, next to the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum.

In the early years, dignitaries from around the state joined the local families, and the number of attendees at the pioneer picnics was in the hundreds. They met to greet old friends and review the year’s activities, which centered around farming and logging, association members said.

In honor of the 100th picnic, the association has published a book that reviews the history of the valley from 1912 to 2012.

The book, to be unveiled at the picnic, includes the pioneers whose names now appear on street signs and elsewhere around town. The book has historical photos of pioneer picnics through the years, along with photos of the old communities of the valley.

Also included in the publication is the story of the pioneer museum, which is open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, including during the picnic. Museum admission is $5 or $2 for children.

The pioneer association plans to provide coffee and punch. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share and their own dinnerware.

The program includes the singing of the association’s official song, “Washington, My Washington,” elections of officers for the association and a report by Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert.

More information is at www.stillymuseum.org or call 360-435-7289.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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