The city of Umatilla will pay tribute to the town's historical past during its annual Umatilla Landing Days festival on June 22-24.
That history includes a parade, re-enactments of the ferry crossings of yesteryear, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors and tours of Old Town Umatilla.
"Long before the bridge over the Columbia River was built (at Umatilla), people had to be ferried across the river from Oregon to Washington," said Karen Hutchinson-Talaski of the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce.
The ferry re-enactments will feature boats traveling about three-quarters of the way across and back while a storyteller talks about the ferries' history to those watching from shore, she said.
The festival also will feature a fictional stage production based on the book, Operation Clean Sweep, a children's book about the real life Petticoat Rebellion, which occurred in Umatilla on Dec. 5, 1916.
The play is at 7 p.m. June 22 in the commons area at Umatilla High School.
Admission is $3 at the door. Kids age 9 and younger are free.
The June 23 festivities include a parade starting at 10:30 a.m. at Eighth and C streets.
The route heads north on Highway 730, makes a sweep south, then ends at Nugent Park on Eighth Street.
The ferry re-enactments are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, followed by a country music concert by David Parrish, and fireworks at dusk.
Most events happen at Umatilla Maria Park, 1710 Quincy St. Admission is free.
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