Gold Dust Days Kicks Off In Gold Bar, WA
July 21, 2017
Gold Dust Days schedule. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Civil War canon is fired at period-correct soldier encampment along Highway 2 (put on by Civil War reenactors). CLICK TO ENLARGE
(GOLD BAR, WA.) -- Hard to believe it's been a full year since the always popular and charming Gold Dust Days festival was held, but alas it has been that long.
And that means your 2017 opportunity to get a bit of gold dust on you is this weekend. The festival runs July 21st, today through Sunday July 23rd.
As always at GDD (Gold Dust Days) there's the family friendly and fun Civil War encampment along Highway 2, a parade, car show, gold panning at the grade school where all the hand crafted items are for sale, food, live music on the stage, free events for the kids and more.
See schedule at right. The festival pays tribute to the rich western history of Gold Bar, thus you get extra points if you wear cowboy boots and chew tobacco. And say stuff like, Howdy ma'am. How ya all doin'?
At the fun Civil War encampment along Highway 2 (put on by Civil War reenactors) you'll see some authentic American history; really cool period correct guns (happiness is a warm gun) knives, sabers, canons, those old cap n' ball pistols and black powder rifles from the 1800's, oil lamps, old time kettles simmering beans on a campfire, period accurate clothing and more.
The reenactors will take the time to talk with you about the history of their regiments (yes, they are based on real Civil War regiments) as well as the history of the war. It's fascinating stuff.
There's a whole page of Sky Valley Chronicle pictures and more info about the reenactors here .
WHERE THE NAME COMES FROM
The Gold Dust Days Heritage Festival (the official name) pays tribute to the rich western history of Gold Bar which included (among others) numerous scoundrels, scallywags, horse thieves, killers, highwaymen, carpet baggers, loggers, miners, gold panners, soiled doves (the hot, wild babes of their times) river boat runners, fire & brimstone preachers that sometimes became back-sliders, gun-slingers, hotel and saloon keeps, gamblers, patent medicine salesmen and other assorted no good riff-raff.
And somewhere in there you'd find the odd decent church goin' folks that actually kept the community humming along.
And so there ya go.