FERNDALE, Wash. — Officials with the City of Ferndale are promising a relevant diversion of sorts during late July in the absence of this year’s Whatcom County Old Settlers Picnic events.
The city event permits for this year’s Old Settlers Picnic events were recalled last month in response to a recommendation from Whatcom County Health Department Director Erika Lautenbach to minimize the spread of COVID-19 disease. Whatcom County Old Settlers Association President Lynda Lucas said at the time, “We are all heartbroken but it’s the right thing to do. We want everyone to be safe.”
Yesterday, June 22nd, city officials announced staff will be producing a video celebrating Ferndale’s history and culture. The production, according to the announcement, will include:
- a video tour of the historic cedar pioneer cabins located in Pioneer Park
- a performance by the High Mountain String Band
- interviews about past Old Settlers Picnic events
- an inside look at the 2019 Paddle to Lummi event
- an original radio drama set in 1932 Ferndale
Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen said, “This is our opportunity to tell our story about the history of our community and celebrate the things that make Ferndale our special place by the river.”
The video will be available to stream online on the city’s website starting July 22nd.
Lucas said she is continuing to plan for next year’s Old Settlers Picnic in the hope the cancelation will be limited to just this year’s event, which has been held annually since 1895 except for 1942 and this year. While Lucas had big plans for this year, she’s moving those to next year’s event since it will now be the site of the 125th Old Settlers Picnic.