Strap on your boots and come visit the one-of-a-kind city known as Sedro-Woolley. At the height of its day in the late 1800’s, eleven trains arrived in Sedro-Woolley daily, the timber industry was prospering, and settlers eagerly established homesteads near the rail lines. However, after a disastrous fire in 1911 that leveled most of the downtown businesses, Sedro-Woolley was forced to rebuild. During its reconstruction, the downtown buildings were assembled out of brick and have therefore retained much of their original architecture. Today, many people first arrive in Sedro-Woolley in passing due to its location as a gateway city to the North Cascades. After just a single glance, the historical flavor becomes evident and the western charm of the city lures them in for more.
The city’s downtown district is decorated with historical murals, lifesize cedar statues that have been carved by chainsaw and hand finished, and attractive gas lamp replicas. Sedro-Woolley has done a remarkable job maintaining its old town charm while still incorporating most modern conveniences. It is a full-service town where customers can expect friendly smiles and reasonable prices within clothing shops, antique dealers, espresso stands, quaint cafes, locally loved diners, hardware stores, pharmacies, and gift shops.
Some of the most beloved attractions in Sedro-Woolley revolve around its unique history. The Sedro-Woolley Museum tells the story of early logging, mining, and agriculture. It features miniature exhibits of the town along with restored automotives and logging trucks. Woodfest and the Loggerodeo also take spectators back in time. Each of these events spotlight phenomenal wood carvings, workmanship, educational exhibits, and guaranteed fun for the whole family.
When in Sedro-Woolley, it is hard to resist the temptation to visit the fast-paced Skagit River or even get down and dirty in some of the local parks. Riverfront Park, which is situated on 60-acres lining the banks of the Skagit River, has a boat launch and river access. It also provides picnic shelters and tables, BBQ pits, baseball fields, an RV park, amphitheatre, and an off-leash dog park. Bingham Park, which is located at the intersection of Highway 20 and Cook Road, has ball fields, a playground, picnic shelters, and BBQ pits that are heavily used by athletes and spectators alike
This event features a variety of vendors and display booths including chainsaw carvers, wood turners, traditional carvers, wood crafters, artisans, high school wood working exhibits, educational exhibits, a silent auction, and a tour of many carvings and murals located throughout downtown Sedro-Woolley.
Blast From The Past
June 4-6, 2010
During the first weekend in June, local businesses offer sidewalk sales, craft and food vendors fill the streets, and classy cars and car lovers travel great distances to enjoy the antique car show on Saturday.
Week of July 4th
The Loggerodeo is Washington’s oldest 4th of July celebration. It features logging contests, parades, carnival attractions, a fun run, and a must see rodeo.
An annual celebration of the city’s history during the second weekend of September features a pancake breakfast, a museum open house, a Sunday picnic at Riverfront Park, a car show and children’s activities in the park.