The 150th anniversary of the Walla Walla Frontier Days will be celebrated during Labor Day weekend this year. At the state Capitol in Olympia, it was celebrated and honored Monday as lawmakers complete their final days of the 2016 regular session.
Sixteenth District State Reps. Terry Nealey and Maureen Walsh brought attention to the upcoming event by offering House Resolution 4679. The measure “recognizes and honors the Walla Walla Frontier Days sesquicentennial, and a storied past of being a place ‘where memories are made to last a lifetime,'” reads the resolution.
“The Walla Walla Frontier Days is the oldest fair in the state, having been first staged in 1866 by the Walla Walla Agricultural Society. We are proud of this rich history and the ability for families to enjoy the fair today,” said Nealey, R-Dayton. “We wanted to bring that story to the state Capitol and give the fair the honor and recognition it deserves.”
“It’s a great place to bring your family, have fun, and enjoy all the best our community has to offer,” added Walsh, R-Walla Walla. “I’m very pleased we could highlight and honor this historic event in the Washington House of Representatives.”
Walla Walla Frontier Days Royalty Queen Josilyn Fullerton, Princess Natalia Maiuri and Princess Katie Woodhall watched from the House gallery as lawmakers unanimously approved the resolution.
The 150th anniversary celebration will be held Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.
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Photo: Walla Walla Frontier Days royalty wave from the House gallery while being honored Monday by lawmakers. Reps. Terry Nealey and Maureen Walsh sponsored a resolution in the Washington House of Representatives paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Walla Walla Frontier Days. From left, Frontier Days Director Charlie Barron, Queen Josilyn Fullerton, Princess Natalia Maiuri, and Princess Katie Woodhall. Credit – Courtesy of the Washington House of Representatives.
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