July 15, 2019
115th Annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic and General Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Pioneer Park, in La Conner.
LA CONNER---The 115th Annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic and General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Pioneer Park, near the Rainbow Bridge in La Conner.
There will be live music on the grounds, historic photographs displayed for this year's Honored Families, vintage vehicles, much available historic information, and opportunities to reminisce with old-timers and newcomers alike.
All are welcome to attend, especially those interested in Skagit County history and its heritage.
For a cost of $15, registered "pioneers" will receive a colorful ribbon, program, Historian's memorial pamphlet, and ticket for the complete barbecue salmon dinner prepared by the Good Girls and served by members of the La Conner Civic Garden Club. Lunch begins at 11:15 a.m. Coffee, tea, and other beverages will be made available by the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank, with proceeds going to its various projects.
The Skagit County Historical Society & Museum, always present in support of the annual Picnic, will have tables under a tent with publications related to Skagit County history. The staff can also field questions on Skagit history.
The Territorial Daughters and Skagit Valley Genealogical Society will share those tables with Museum staff to answer any questions attendees might have about their Skagit County ancestors.
The Business Meeting of the Pioneer Association will be called to order by President Dan Royal at 12:45 p.m., and will include an invocation, flag salute, and group singing. Brief reports will be made by officers of the Association, with a memorial tribute offered for departed pioneers. Honored guests will be recognized for their contributions to the Skagit community and its history.
This year the Fisher Family of Burlington, whose many contributions to Skagit County agriculture, commerce, and the timber and construction industries date to the 1890s, will be honored as Pioneer Family of the Year.
The DeGoede Family, recognized internationally as innovators in the bulb industry and for being instrumental in launching the world-famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, will be recognized for having contributed to the Pioneer Spirit of Skagit County. Jeannette DeGoede and her late husband, Tom, who passed in June, co-founded Tulip Town, among the county's most popular attractions.
Elections for the coming year's Pioneer Association officers will also be held.
The public is invited to attend the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner following the picnic. The Pioneer Picnic ribbon allows the public free admission to the Museum Aug. 1-4.
The Skagit County Pioneer Association was founded in 1891, but with requirements so restrictive it soon dissolved. In 1904, a concerned group from Sedro-Woolley revived the Association under less stringent guidelines, and the annual meetings and picnics have been held regularly ever since.