Fort Dalles Days kicks off July 12 to 21 in The Dalles for 10 days of family fun activities, including the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo July 18-20.
The celebration opens 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, the Pulpit Rock camp revival and the three-day rodeo, July 18, 19 and 20.
The annual Fort Dalles Days parade will begin 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 animal petting zoo, blacksmithing demonstrations and more.
The Dalles, on the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge scenic area, has a colorful past of explorers, mountain men, soldiers, gold miners, floozies and Oregon Trail pioneers.
Once a camp site for Lewis and Clark, it 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, with two historic districts. Pulpit Rock marks the site of the 1838 Wascopam Mission established by Jason and Daniel Lee with Henry Perkins.
For more information, go to www.fort
dallesdays.com, www.historicthedalles.org, or contact The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce at 404 West Second St., The Dalles,
541-296-2231, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for the complete Fort Dalles Days schedule of events in The Chronicle’s special July 11 Fort Dalles Days edition.