Fort Umpqua Days
31Aug2019Fort Umpqua Days is a two-day celebration of local history held on Labor Day weekend each year. Visit the exhibits at Fort Umpqua, join a parade through town, visit the Butterfly Pavilion, stroll through the gardens, shop at craft vendor booths, and enjoy a wide variety of history-themed activities for visitors. Coming from out of town? Make a weekend of it and enjoy all that Elkton has to offer!
This year is extra special, ECEC will be celebrating it’s 20th Birthday Party!!
Download Parade Registration HERE
Vendors download your application for Fort Umpqua Days HERE
Join the fun and celebrate historic Fort Umpqua August 31 – September 1, 2019!
FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT THE FORT!
Visit ECEC’s replica of historic Fort Umpqua 10 AM-4 PM Saturday and Sunday. See historical re-enactors portraying life in the time of Fort Umpqua set up camp by the river for the weekend. Visit with the Elkton Fiber Arts Guild in the Fort barracks building and enjoy outdoor blacksmith and wood carving demonstrations.
CALLING ALL KIDS! Make your own corn husk doll, learn Native American sign language and check out toys that were popular in the 1800’s.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT!
Start your weekend off right with the Fort Umpqua Days parade. The route starts in downtown Elkton at 10 AM Saturday and follows River Road to ECEC.
Eat your way through the rest of the weekend! Start with morning pancakes served by the local Lion’s Club from 7-11 AM and follow it up with lunch on the patio by the Elkton Baptist Church both days from 11-1 PM. On Saturday, enjoy live music from Contra Swings while you eat, followed by the much anticipated pie auction (with an ice cream booth located conveniently near by!) Sunday’s lunch is accompanied by music from Joe Ross.
Local wineries will host wine tasting booths near the patio on Saturday. The Outpost Cafe is open from 9 AM-5 PM both days–the perfect place for butterfly cookies, coffee drinks or an affordable family meal.
The Slow Ponies are performing Saturday night in the amphitheater as part of ECEC’s 20th birthday party. Festivities kick off at 5pm. The party is free, with a fabulous chuck wagon dinner with BBQ pulled pork from Brandborg Winery available for purchase ($15 / kids under 10 eat for free).
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & MORE!
Enjoy local craft booths throughout the weekend and enjoy our extensive gardens as you stroll along the paths to Fort Umpqua. Step into the Library to admire the annual Elkton Quilters Show and be sure to grab a raffle ticket for this year’s quilt. Be sure to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies at the Produce Stand, and check out the display of vintage bikes. NEW this year – make your own jump ropes!!
Last but not least–don’t miss a chance to learn about Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies from local high school students in our Flight Room and ADOPT A BUTTERFLY before they head south!
2019 Schedule of Events