Matlock Old Timers Historical Fair 2013 May 4 & 5
FREE ! Admission, Rides & Entertainment
SATURDAY 9:00 ~ 5:00
SUNDAY 10:00 ~ 4:00
Old Timers Fair – Matlock, WA/Emily rides the train. Image by Jeff Slakey/2012
The Miracle Of Matlock
Every year on the first full weekend in May, history and old fashioned family entertainment come alive on the campus of Mary M. Knight School, in rural Matlock, Washington.
In the mid 1980’s, starting with a group of local residents concerned with the loss of knowledge about the lives and technology of their pioneering forbearers, a cadre of citizens began to assemble artifacts, and oral and written records of those bygone years. From those fledgling efforts, have sprung the Mary M. Knight Historical Society, and the annual Old Timers Historical Fair.
Residing in a pre-depression era building which originally housed the entire school and later, the home of the school superintendent, hundreds of historical artifacts and records that have been donated or loaned by descendants of the original pioneering families are on display. Topics run the gamut from early era logging and farming equipment, through memorabilia of bygone living implements, extensive pictorial records, accounts, personal belongings relating to the legendary outlaw John Tornow, and numerous items found only on display in museum settings.
The museum is open to the public each year during the fair and yearlong on the fourth Sunday of each month. The museum is also open to groups throughout the year on an appointment basis.
The Fair itself first began as a small gathering of antique tractor and old time engine aficionados in the late 1980’s. That initial gathering was so successful that in succeeding years more and more attractions were added so that this annual event now attracts more than five thousand visitors from Washington and many surrounding states.
Since its inception the guiding principles of the Fair have been oriented towards the whole family and that admission, parking and attendance at all attractions, entertainment, displays, and events be free. This effort is only possible through the thousands of hours of volunteer effort and unsolicited donations by the greater Matlock community. Since there are few communities where an extremely successful event of this magnitude could happen utilizing only volunteer efforts of a community of 120 families, this annual event has been dubbed “the miracle of Matlock.”
From the Matlock Historical Society