Railroad and Reunion Days is Saturday, October 4th, 2014 and features a Grand Parade as well as a Children’s Parade. Come be in the parade that goes through town on the main street or be a spectator cheering them on! The traditional Main Street Parade starts Saturday at 12 ‘noon, featuring local groups, politicians and bands, plus the colorful Seafair Pirates. Grand Marshal for the parade will be announced in September.
There are always fun things to do and lots of good things to eat, so bring the whole family and have a great day together. Local businesses and street vendors will be ready for the crowds, a carnival will be in town the whole weekend (between Alfy’s and IGA) and the Granite Falls Historical Museum is a must see for visitors and locals alike.
Railroad Day’s Bio:
Railroad Days celebrates the era of steam trains that puffed through town beginning in 1892 when the Everett and Monte Cristo Railroad reached the town. By the next year the tracks reached to the mountain gold mining town of Monte Cristo. Gold mining lasted only a decade but logging trains were a familiar sight for many more years, along with passenger trains that brought tourists from Seattle and Everett to the famous Big Four Inn resort in the shadow of Big Four Mountain. Today, only the resort’s stone fireplace remains, standing like a sentinel at the entrance to the trails to the Big Four ice caves.
Railroad Days, a 49-year-old event held the first Saturday in October, includes parades and many other activities and live entertainment. Railroad Days was started to commemorate Granite Falls’ history and the great railroads which once brought ore, precious metals and timber through our mining and lumber town. The event combines with reunions at Granite Falls High School, bringing back past alumni to meet old friends and renew past acquaintances. It was started 40+ years ago by one of the high school’s English teachers and has been a community highlight ever since. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 360-691-7733.
Vendor Setup is from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ONLY. The street must be cleared of setup vehicles by 8:45am. The parade will pass all booths from 12:00am to 1:30pm (approximately).
- All vendors will be prohibited from selling stink bombs and silly string. If you sell either of these item you will be asked to leave the area immediately with no refund.
- There will be NO electricity available. Each unit must have its own power source (if needed).
- Vendors who donate raffle items will receive special mention when their raffle item is announced.
- All food sales concessionaires must have proper permits with the Snohomish County Health Department to participate.
- The parade will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 12:00 noon. All entries must be checked in and lined up no later than 11:30 a.m. Entry check-in will be on the corner of East Stanley and Indiana Ave.
- DEADLINE: Parade entries must be received by Monday, September 29, 2014. Lineup position and other instructions will be sent to the e-mail address entered above during the week prior to the parade.
- There is no cost to apply for parade entry.