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Kids can learn about history at Pioneer Days


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Lily Andrich, left, and Madeline Andrich, right, learn about sawing wood from volunteers Marty Rausch, second from left, and Dave Walter during last year's Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Association's Pioneer Days on Sept. 19, 2015.

Arlington kids can learn how to saw logs, churn butter or wash clothes the old-fashioned way at the annual Pioneer Days on Sept. 17.

The Pioneer Days event is put on by the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers at the Pioneer Hall at 20722 67th Ave. NE, Arlington.

This year's event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The free event provides lots of activities that show what life was like during the pioneer days, including how to milk a cow, spin yarn or make a shingle.

"We do it for the kids," said Myrtle Rausch, president of the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers organization.

"We do it for them to see how things used to be done," she said.

Learning the difficulty of doing things by hand is often a shock to the kids who are used to modern technology doing most of the work, said Rausch.

"They like to do it because they don't realize how hard it used to be," she said. "They get to see how much easier it is these days."

Volunteers are at the event to help kids learn how to use the old devices.

"Nowadays, to wash clothes you just have to throw in the washing machine, but back then you would have to do it by hand and then hang them up," said Rausch.

The children enjoy many of the activities which help them feel like are pioneers out on the prairie, said Rausch.

Things like grinding wheat or sawing a little log are often popular, although Rausch said the most popular is usually the milking of the cow.

Older pioneer toys are also available for kids, and families to learn how pioneer kids played.

"Last year we brought out the typewriter, too, so kids could type," said Rausch.

The event is also very educational for kids, she said.

"It's helps just to show the kids how things used to get done in the past without modern technology," said Rausch.

Parents also learn a lot at the event, she said.

"A lot of the parents also like coming out to see it and learn too. We're getting younger parents now who don't know as much about the past," she said.

Rausch said she enjoys watching the kids with the pioneer activities.

"I like to see the kids and how much fun they have at the activities," she said, "like churning the butter and seeing how their butter turns out after they taste it."

Pioneer Days is an annual event from the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers that they started during the city of Arlington's centennial celebration.

The Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum is also open for the regular charge during the event as well.

More information about the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers is available at their website at


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