Fort Umpqua Days: Back To The Future

05Sep2020Elkton’s Fort Umpqua Days festival is usually the place to be over Labor Day weekend. Due to COVID19 we’ve had to cancel most in-person activities, but we’re getting creative and using technology to keep the tradition alive.

Read on for things you can enjoy on site and online this Labor Day weekend! Note that ECEC will be open SATURDAY ONLY this year.

Take a Virtual Tour

of Fort Umpqua


Travel BACK TO THE FUTURE with us during the month of September 2020 to enjoy a virtual take on Fort Umpqua Days.

The complete pageant highlights reel will be available for on-demand viewing shortly!

Pageant Highlight Reel Teaser

Performance By: Tory Rose Here 9/5

Moments With Decor'mm at Fort Umpqua Days Past


The Pie Auction is taking a year off, but expert pie maker Margo Johnson is baking up a storm for our “It’s Time for Pi!” campaign. That’s not a typo–we’re asking folks to help us raise $3,141.59 to support ECEC’s programs through the fall and winter.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Make a donation
  • Host a Facebook fundraiser to encourage your friends to give. (It’s easy! Email us for details.)
  • Share ECEC’s Facebook posts to spread the word

Anyone who raises or donates $314 or more by Labor Day will receive an actual pie baked by Margo in a commercial kitchen.

All donations will be recognized on a colorful slice of pie posted in our café window, and make us irrationally happy!


The annual pageant is a Fort Umpqua Days tradition! Enjoy highlights from years past at a special outdoor screening Saturday evening on the grounds of Fort Umpqua. Gate opens at 7:30 for an 8 PM screening.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on the grass in front of our new outdoor movie screen. Spaces will be marked for appropriate social distancing, and there will be a limited number of spaces for folks with higher COVID vulnerability to watch from their car. We’ll also be drawing the winning ticket for a stunning quilt by Barb Maxham–stop by ECEC to get yours before then.

Make a game of it by seeing how many people you can identify on screen–some of us have changed a lot over the years!


Travel back in time on Saturday, September 5th between 10 AM – 4 PM to learn what life was like in the 1800’s in the land we now call Oregon. Four historic reenactors will be onsite to demonstrate how fur trappers and other folks of that era lived.

Kids can make their own hide hoop and an elk’s tooth or arrowhead necklace too! Activity stations will be set up for social distancing and sanitized between each use.


If you visit in person, tour the Butterfly Pavilion (we have Monarchs!) and enjoy our walking trails.

The Outpost Cafe will be serving up a Fort Umpqua Special. Choose between Frank ‘n Beans or Baked Squash with Cornbread and a Baked Apple Dessert for takeout dining; picnic tables are available on site.

Don’t forget to stop in the gift shop for a variety of butterfly, history and garden-themed delights, many of which are locally made.

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