Railroad and Reunion Days is Saturday, October 5th, 2013 and features a Grand Parade as well as a Children's Parade. Come be in the parade that goes through town on the main street or be a spectator cheering them on. The day will start off with a 5K Race at 9:00 am. You can get a registraion form RIGHT HERE and mail it in. You can also just signup up between 7:45 and 8:45 on Saturday behind the Fire Station. There are always fun things to do and lots of good things to eat, so bring the whole family and have a great day together.
The traditional Main Street Parade starts Saturday at 12 noon, featuring local groups, politicians and bands, plus the colorful Seafair Pirates. Grand Marshal for the parade will be announced in September. Local businesses and street vendors will be ready for the crowds, a carnival will be in town the whole weekend (between Alfy's and IGA) and the Granite Falls Historical Museum is a must see for visitors and locals alike.
Railroad Days celebrates the era of steam trains that puffed through town beginning in 1892 when the Everett and Monte Cristo Railroad reached the town. By the next year the tracks reached to the mountain gold mining town of Monte Cristo. Gold mining lasted only a decade but logging trains were a familiar sight for many more years, along with passenger trains that brought tourists from Seattle and Everett to the famous Big Four Inn resort in the shadow of Big Four Mountain. Today, only the resorts stone fireplace remains, standing like a sentinel at the entrance to the trails to the Big Four ice caves.
Railroad Days, a 44-year-old event held the first Saturday in October, includes parades and many other activities and live entertainment. Railroad Days was started to commemorate Granite Falls history and the great railroads which once brought ore, precious metals and timber through our mining and lumber town. The event combines with reunions at Granite Falls High School, bringing back past alumni to meet old friends and renew past acquaintances. It was started 40+ years ago by one of the high schools English teachers and has been a community highlight ever since. For more information, call City Hall at 360-691-6441 or the Chamber of Commerce at 360-691-7733.