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A day in the country

  • Written by Lisa Allen
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This young visitor from Tacoma stopped by Oxbow Farm near Duvall with her mother and younger sister during the Sept. 24 Fall Harvest Farm Tours.
The weather couldn’t have been better for this year’s annual fall triple play in the Snoqualmie Valley – the Sept. 24th Fall Harvest Farm Tours and Duvall’s outdoor quilt show and Heritage Festival.

Duvall Historical Society member Tove Burhen reported outstanding attendance all day long at the Heritage Festival, held at the historic Dougherty Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road.

Those who visited the Festival were able to tour the restored Dougherty home and farmstead, watch a blacksmith at work, shell corn, churn butter, watch yarn spinning and listen to live music.

The 10th annual “A Festival of Colors” outdoor quilt show attracted its usual abundance of visitors and quilt-lovers who voted for their favorites. The People’s Choice award was a tie between entrants Susan Giacomi and Ruth Ann Hoar. The first runner-up was Susan Hill; 2nd went to Danielle and Tamella Davies; 3rd was Lin Thoennes. The winners of the children’s division were Sarah Hegewald and Chloe Grennon.

Numerous Valley farms participated in the Farm Tours. They offered visitors a chance to see where their food comes from and learn about the practices of sustainable farming and environmental stewardship.

Photos by Lisa Allen

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“Birds and Animals of Australia,” on display at the quilt show, was made by Elizabeth Ligeh for her grandson Von when he was 5 years old. The quilt was shown by Helen Bell.

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At the Heritage Festival, Duvall resident and master recycler Wendy Shimada shows some young visitors what exciting things they can create with old stuff just lying around the house. Here, she holds a decorative flower pot made from an old vinyl record.
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Bert Eggstrom (r) and his brother Ron built this scale model of Duvall’s swing bridge that they display every year at the Heritage Festival held at the historic Dougherty Farmstead on Cherry Valley Road.

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The Duvall Historical Society had their 2011 Christmas ornament (the Duvall Train Depot) available for sale at the Heritage Festival.

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