The cowboy way, pioneer life, floozies, miners, explorers and mountain men collide with a whole lot of food, music and fun over the next 10 days as Fort Dalles Days takes over town July 12 to 21, culminating in three nights of the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo, July 18 to 20.
The celebration gets under way Friday, July 12 as the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts a history dinner, “Lee Moorhouse: Columbia Basin Photographer,” then hits full stride Saturday, July 13, with the Jammin’ July Street Fest from 5 to 10 p.m. This year, The Dalles Main Street program hosts the event, and promises four bands, kids’ games, vendors, food and more.
Fort Dalles Days encompasses events including historic building and museum open houses, a block party, concerts, music, dances, plays, Fort Dalles Days 3/5/10K race and, on the final day, Sunday, July 21, the Pulpit Rock camp revival. The annual Fort Dalles Days parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, and Fort Dalles Museum will host a Family Fun Day the same day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free wagon rides, food and craft vendors, a farm petting zoo, blacksmithing demonstrations and more.
Once a camp site for Lewis and Clark, The Dalles was a gathering place for 10,000 years of Native American trade. The Dalles is the end of the overland Oregon Trail, and the site of the 1850s Fort Dalles. The 1856 surgeon’s quarters at Fort Dalles Museum is Oregon’s oldest history museum.
The Dalles has over 70 buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places, and two historic districts. Pulpit Rock marks the site of the 1838 Wascopam Mission established by Jason and Daniel Lee with Henry Perkins, which marks its 175th anniversary this year.
For more information, go to www.fortdallesdays.com, www.historicthedalles.org, or contact The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce at 404 West Second St., The Dalles, Oregon 97058, 541-296-2231, 1-800-255-3385, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events:
July 12 - 21
July 12 – Columba Gorge Discovery Center hosts a History Dinner, “Lee Moorhouse: Columbia Basin Photographer.” Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with presentation at 6:30. Steven L. Grafe, Art Curator for Maryhill Museum, presents the early 20th century photography of Lee Moorhouse of Columbia Basin ranch and town life, regional railroad activity and marine traffic on the Snake and Columba Rivers.
July 12-21 – Wasco County Pioneers, Display of historic picture boards in downtown windows.
July 12-21 - Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Wasco County Historical Museum offer 2-for-1 admission for rodeo ticket holders (must show ticket or ticket stub). Basalt Rock Café special lunch menu 11 a.m, to 3 p.m. July 14-21.
July 13 – Jammin’ July Street Fair, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Historic Downtown The Dalles, East 2nd Street. Four bands, kids’ games, vendors, food and lots of family fun.
July 13 - Cowboy’s Crawling for the Cause 8 to 11 p.m. All proceeds go to Breast Health for Strong Families. T-Shirts sell for $20. Call 541-965-2210 An over 21 event.
July 13 – Pioneer Games, Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Dalles Wasco County Public Library, 722 Court St. Play and learn about games children played during pioneer times. Bring your camera and take a picture in a western vest and coonskin cap, or bonnet and apron.
July 13-20 – Original 1859 Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. Second Place (behind Chamber of Commerce), Saturday, July 13, Thursday, July 18, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Video programs include “Early Wasco County,” 12 p.m.; “Raising Wheat by Horsepower,” 1 p.m.; “Farewell to Celilo,” 2 p.m.; and “The Craft of Wheelwrighting,” 3 p.m.
July 13 – School District Archive Museum, 3601 W. 10th St., Wahtonka Campus (entrance by athletic fields). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free admission. School memorabilia grades K-12 from Districts 12 and 9, Open Saturdays from May-Sept. Confirmed
July 14 – St. Peter’s Landmark (1898), West 3rd and Lincoln streets (405 Lincoln St.), 7:30 p.m. Barley Draught, will be playing a varied selection of traditional Irish, Scottish, and American folk music with a few contemporary folk songs woven in. Audience sing-along is always part of the Barley Draught experience. Concert is free; donations appreciated. Old St Peter’s Landmark hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays.
July 15 - Fort Dalles Days Family Street Party and Dance, 707 Walnut St., food and music 5 to 10 p.m. Live music starts at 6 p.m. with Brewer’s Grade, dancing, kids activity area, beer garden for adults, and more.
July 15-17 – Wasco County 4-H Youth Development is hosting Pioneer Camp at the Fort Dalles Museum, 9 a.m. to noon, 500 W. 15th St. This day camp is designed for children in grades three to six to experience pioneer life like it was during the 1800’s. Pre-registration required, contact Lynette Black, 541-296-5494, email@example.com, http://extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco.
July 16-20 – Open House, Historic 1926 Citizen’s Bank (1879 French & Co. Bank), 300 E. Second St. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for tours. Tour building and view historic photos.
July 17 – Fort Dalles Rodeo Slack, 6 p.m.
July 18 – Rodeo Association Steak Feed, 5 p.m., with food by Cowboy Catering. Cost is $12.
July 18-19-20 – Fort Dalles “Rough & Wild” NPRA Pro Rodeo, Milt Tumilson Arena, River Rd. 7:30 p.m., gollowing the rodeo, dance to live music Friday by Barbwire Entertainment and Saturday by Carrie Cunningham and The Six Shooters. http://thefortdallesrodeo.com. Tickets are $12 and $15.
July 19 – Fort Dalles Rodeo Golf Tournament, 7:30 a.m., The Dalles Country Club, 4550 Hwy 30 W., The Dalles. Call Kent Smith 541-298-8172 for information
July 20 - Fort Dalles Days 3K, 5K, 10K Run/Walk, and a new one-mile Kids Fun Run will be sponsored by Wonderwork Children’s Museum. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Starting time is 8:30 a.m. off I-84, exit 85. The race begins at the Kiwanis Pocket Park, 3651 Klindt Dr. Riverfront Trailhead, The Dalles. Check out wonderworkschildrensmuseum.org for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 20 - Cowboy Breakfast, 7:30a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St.
July 20 – Fire Department Museum Open House, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., City Hall, 313 Court Street. View vintage 1859 and 1879 fire pumpers and fire-fighting memorabilia.
July 20 – Fort Dalles Days parade, 10 a.m. to noon. Parade begins at West Sixth and Webber streets and goes through historic downtown The Dalles.
July 20 and Aug. 3 – Plays in the Park, Briar Rose, 11 a.m., The Dalles City Park (1899), 6th and Union streets. Bring the kids and blankets to sit on. The Theatre Company of The Dalles and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation.
July 20 – Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead Family Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 500 W. 15th, free wagon rides, horse rides, old-time photo booth, music, blacksmith demonstration, spinning demonstration, Indian fry bread, hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, historic re-enactors, drummers, antique vehicle display, 4-H farm animals, and more. Other local historical groups will be gathering at the fort to sell and trade their wares, children’s games , raffles and more! Charm Trail Bracelets will be on sale. www.fortdallesmuseum.org.
July 20 – Discovery Center will be at Fort Dalles with live raptors.
July 20 – Rorick House Open House, 300 W. 13th St. 10-4 p.m. Public open house, tour of building and grounds, round-trip wagon rides to Fort Dalles.
July 20 - School District Archive Museum, 3601 W. 10th St., Wahtonka Campus (entrance by athletic fields). 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Free admission. School memorabilia grades K-12 from Districts 12 and 9.
July 20 – Open House, Historic 1926 Citizen’s Bank (1879 French & Co. Bank), 300 E. 2nd St. & Washington St. Open 10 am-4 pm, tour building & view historic photos.
July 20– Pioneer Games, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Dalles Wasco County Public Library, 722 Court St. Play and learn about games children played during pioneer times. Bring your camera and take a picture in a western vest and coon skin cap, or bonnet and apron.
July 21 – Pulpit Rock Camp Revival, 12th & Court Streets, 3 p.m. Aaron Auer and R.O.A.R. ministries will do a re-enactment of the first Indian camp meeting, with the testimony of Chief White Swan of the Yakamas and the 1838 Wascopam Mission established by Rev. Daniel Lee, Rev. Henry K.W. Perkins and Rev. Jason Lee. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the mission.
For Information and rodeo tickets contact The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce 541-296-2231, 404 W. 2nd St., The Dalles OR 97058. Online: