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Concert & Entertainment Schedule and Festival News will be updated in the near future for 2013.

The 2008 Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days


Dean & Sky In The Road

29th Annual

Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days

No Admission Fee!ˇ

Free Parking!


August 23rd, 2013 (Friday) --- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.* ~

(plus a special “Huckleberry Friday Evening Concert” --- 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.),

& August 24th, 2013 (Saturday) --- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.* ~

(plus a special “Huckleberry Saturday Evening Concert” --- 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.),

& August 25th, 2013 (Sunday) --- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.* ~

Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26,[near the historic Villages of Welches and Brightwood, Oregon]

1840’s Oregon Trail emigrant Samuel Welch founded the Village of Welches in the western foothills of Mount Hood in 1880.  By 1890 he had modified his two-story farmhouse into a hotel to go along with the campground he had built two years earlier.  To celebrate, he decided to hold an annual festival to celebrate  the birth of tourism on this Mountain that the Native Americans called “Wy’East”.  

This pioneer celebration survived up until the realities of the Great Depression in the 1930’s forced it to come to an abrupt halt.  Then 29 years ago the Cascade Geographic Society revived it and started out with a table in a parking lot trying to get people to remember this Mountain’s great heritage.  Today, we are celebrating our Twenty-Ninth Anniversary. The festivities include free historical tours of the Oregon Trail, original and traditional Folk music, arts and crafts, antiques and collectables, historical and natural resource exhibits, and more.  

One of the highlights is the “World’s Record-Breaking Watermelon Launch” (Saturday afternoon), where catapults and other uniquely-designed contraptions launch watermelons and other produce into outer space.  There are lots of delicious Huckleberry Pies and Tarts, Huckleberry jams and sauces and a selection of other Wild Berry jams,  even fresh Huckleberries.  

There's a Native American Salmon bake, Native American storytelling, flute music and drumming, a “Huckleberry Ceremony”, and much, much more, including “Great Northwest Music” featuring incredible singer-songwriters all day long, with a “Huckleberry Friday Evening Concert” between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., a “Huckleberry Saturday Evening Concert” between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.  There will be something for the whole family!  This three-day event is always held during the month of August, the weekend before Labor Day Weekend.  

Please continue to watch for future updates.

Click here for a pdf version of the Huckelberry Festival Vendor Application

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