At the mouth of the Snake River where it empties into the Columbia River, there's an annual celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition.
It's called Sacajawea Heritage Days, and this year, it's Sept. 26-27 at Sacajawea State Park east of Pasco.
There will be music and re-enactments of when the famous American explorers and their team, called the Corps of Discovery, made the first trek over the rugged Rocky Mountains in an effort to blaze a trail from coast to coast.dori
That expedition also introduced the white man to the Yakama, Wanapum and Umatilla tribes for the first time more than 200 years ago.
Representatives from those tribes will be at the event performing traditional music and dances, along with mountain men demonstrations where visitors will see how food was prepared, and watch re-enactments of the life and skills of early American settlers and explorers.
The event is sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts & Music Association.
The Sept. 26 festivities are dedicated to schoolchildren. In the past, about 1,500 students, plus their teachers and a few parents, have visited the event each year.
On Sept. 27, there also will be demonstrations of quilting, weaving and spinning and how to pack a canoe.
The evening events Sept. 27 include a campfire program where visitors can sing along with the musicians and listen to storytellers.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27, with a break until 7:30 p.m., when the campfire program begins.
There is no fee to visit the festival, and Washington State Parks has deemed Sept. 27 a free park day, so no Discover Pass is required. The passes are required to enter all state parks except on special free days throughout the year.
For more information, go to www.mctama.org/sacajawea-heritage-days.