Celebrating 25 years!

Calling all friends near Oakesdale, Washington.

Join us in celebrating Old Mill Days today in Oakesdale. This is the 25-year celebration for Old Mill Days and a whopping 125 years that Oakesdale has been on the map.

It’s sure to be a hootin’, hollerin’, all around good time!


Castle house of Oakesdale; Courtesy of Washington State Library; Whitman Country Heritage, 1920s


Bert Belles in the cold storage area of his market, cutting meat for sale. Courtesy of Washington State Library; Whitman Country Heritage; 1937


Fourth of July celebration. Courtesy of Washington State Library; Whitman Country Heritage; 1911


Musicians at Oakesdale fair parade; Courtesy of Washington State Library; Whitman Country Heritage; 1920


We’ll see you there to make our own historic memories. Come on by and participate in the:

Saturday, July 20, 7 a.m. – Midnight Downtown Oakesdale and McCoy Valley Museum

7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at the Oakesdale Fire Station

9 a.m. 5-Mile Fun Run (register at the school)

11 a.m. Kiddie Parade

*Pancake breakfast
*Run (5 miles)
*Castle Tours
*Street Dance
*Beer Garden
*Masonic Hall 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
*Museum Tours
*Craft Vendors

And you can bet we’re … in the parade today! Unfortunately, our mill won’t be open to visitors (we’re knee-deep in renovations), but we have photos of the interior and plenty of history and celebration to make up for it.

Long live Oakesdale and the J.C. Barron Flour Mill!

  1. Laurie Dimino says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Sure wish I lived closer, but I will be there is spirit. Have fun and be sure and share some pictures with us!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Oh, today is going to be fabulous!! And you are in the parade too?? Gosh, I wish I could be there to enjoy the festivities. This sort of thing is right up my alley! Personally, I love that you saved the J.C. Barron Mill. These national treasures are so worthy of preserving and sharing with everyone for generations to come. I hope that when your renovations are complete, you can share the news with all of us too. Maybe there could be a new bumper sticker or bookmark to commemorate the opening and all us Farmgirls could get one like we did the the glamping one? Take lots of photos to share!

  3. Terry Steinmetz says:

    WooHoo! Sounds like great fun! Wave “HI” from all of us “sisters”.

  4. HipHipHooray~HipHipHooray for Oakesdale and the grand parade! I’m with you in spirit! HipHipHooray!

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