Strap on your boots and come visit a one-of-a-kind city. 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. Today, many people first arrive in Sedro-Woolley as they head east into the North Cascades National Park. Yet, what is drawing new residents to the town is now the emphasis on science and technology. At the award winning schools, the new SWIFT center at the former Cascade Gateway Center and for the engineering and technological jobs created by local industry.
The city’s downtown district is decorated with historical murals, life-size 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 carver, wood crafters, artisans, high school wood working exhibits, CTE exhibits, a silent auction, and additional activities at Perkins Farms and Willowbrook Manor.
Blast From The Past
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.
July 4th weekend
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 museum open house, a Sunday picnic at Riverfront Park, and car show.