Fort Umpqua Days

01Sep2018Fort 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!

Fort Umpqua Days parade entries, vendor information and applications are available below:

PARADE Registration

2018 Vendor Information

2018 Vendor Application

See below for a full list of activities and events for 2018!

Join the fun and celebrate historic Fort Umpqua September 1-2, 2018!


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 cooking demonstrations.

CALLING ALL KIDS! Make your own corn husk doll, play popular children’s games of the 1800’s and try your hand at pumping water and grinding corn.


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. Lunch opens both days at 11 AM and features an outdoor BBQ.  Enjoy live music at the Greenhouse Patio from 11 AM-1 PM followed by the much anticipated pie auction (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.  There will also be a special ice cream social on the patio both days.

Wrap up your day with a rousing musical pageant in the Amphitheater celebrating the area’s history.  The show starts at 5 PM Saturday and Sunday, followed by a Chuck Wagon dinner by Brandborg Winery on Saturday evening starting at 6 PM.


The two-day bass tournament awards prizes for the biggest fish caught by a three-person team. Enter to enjoy a day fishing on the fabulous Umpqua and see if you can beat last year’s winners (it won’t be easy!)  Launch-off is at 6 AM each morning with weigh-ins at 4 PM.  Prizes and awards start after Sunday’s weigh-in.

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.

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!

2017 Schedule of Events


6 AM-  Bass Tournament Launch Off

7 AM-  Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast

10 AM-  Parade “Echoes of the Umpqua: The Original”

Fort Umpqua Demonstrations & Activities Begin

11 AM-  Tomaselli’s Fire Baked Pizza feat. Live Music by Contra Swings

1 PM-  Pie Auction

4 PM-  Bass Tournament Weigh-In

5 PM-  Pageant “Echoes of the Umpqua: The Original”

6 PM-  Chuck Wagon Dinner by Brandborg Winery feat. Live Music by Goshwood



6 AM-  Bass Tournament Launch Off

7 AM-  Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast

10 AM- Fort Umpqua Demonstrations & Activities Begin

11 AM-  BBQ Lunch Fundraiser cooked by the Elkton Baptist Church feat. Live Music by Cowboy Bill

4 PM-  Bass Tournament Weigh-In

Bass Tournament Awards & Prizes

5 PM-  Pageant “Echoes of the Umpqua: The Original”

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