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Fort Umpqua Days returns in early September

July 31, 2018 GMT

ELKTON — September signals the start of Elkton’s long-running Fort Umpqua Days celebration, which honors the region’s historic past.

This year’s event will take place on the first weekend of September, Sept. 1-2.

Visitors will have a chance to visit and tour the historic fort and take a step back in time to the mid-1800s. The original Fort Umpqua was a trading fort, the southernmost outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and is credited with introducing cultivated agriculture to the Umpqua River Valley.

Which is a perfect reason to eat your way through the weekend. Pancakes will be served by the local Lion’s Club in the morning, an outdoor barbeque will be available for lunch, and the Outpost Cafe will be serving butterfly cookies, coffee, and other treats both days.

Local craft booths will be set up to entertain festival-goers throughout the weekend along with the center’s extensive garden system. At the library, a quilt will be auctioned off during the annual Elkton Quilters Show.

Kids can make their own corn husk dolls, play popular children’s games from the 1800s and try their hand at pumping water and grinding corn.

Local high school students will also be at the celebration teaching people about the life cycle and habitat needs of native Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies.

The two-day bass fishing tournament will award prizes for the biggest fish caught by a three-person team. Teams launch at 6 a.m. each morning with weigh-ins taking place at 4 p.m. each day. Prizes and awards will be handed out after Sunday’s weigh-in.

The hub of Fort Umpqua Days is located at the Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 State Highway 38 W, in Elkton. Visit http://elktonbutterflies.com for more information.