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Best Road Trips in WA September 14 – 16

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Ready for a road trip? Pack the kids in the car and head out for a weekend of fun and adventure! Farm tours, art festivals, quilts, a renaissance faire and more!

Kneading Conference West
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
September 13 – 15
16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
360.848.6123
http://www.kneadingconferencewest.com

Kneading Conference West is a three day event designed to inspire and educate novice and professional bakers, grain growers, millers, wheat breeders, wood-fired oven enthusiasts, food entrepreneurs, food writers, and anyone who loves to eat hand-crafted breads. The purpose is to bring together people who, by exchanging skills, experiences, and ideas, will invigorate the rebuilding of regional grain systems. Workshops, field trips and meals, made from scratch from local harvests. Register online or by phone.

Whidbey Island Farm Tour
Saturday and Sunday
September 15 and 16
10:00am – 4:00pm
Whidbey Island, WA 98236
http://www.whidbeyfarmtour.com

It’s the 7th annual FREE Whidbey Island Farm Tour, a self-guided tour featuring about 20 farms on Whidbey Island, WA. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit people working in the agricultural sector and see how food is grown (vegetables, fruit, animals), and how flowers are grown, along with other agricultural products such as honey and fiber. Kids’ activities, entertainment and more.

Vashon Sheepdog Classic
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 14, 15 and 16
Dawn to Dusk
Misty Isle Farms
12011 Southwest 220th Street
Vashon, WA 98070
http://www.vashonsheepdogclassic.com

On over 30 acres of Vashon Island’s rolling green hills, sheepdogs from across the US will have an opportunity to show their finesse herding lambs, courtesy of The Anderson Ranch of Brownsville, OR. Misty Isle Farms welcomes dog enthusiasts from all over the Puget Sound to picnic and enjoy watching these amazing working dogs. Tickets $5/person, kids 12 and under are FREE.

ARTrails Open Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday
September 15 and 16
Centralia’s Historic Train Depot
210 Railway Avenue
Centralia, WA 98531
http://www.artrailsofsww.org

A free, self-guided tour the region’s historic communities. Enjoy wonderful art, talking to the artists, and watching them at work in their studios. Artwork includes Paintings, Sculpture, Glass, Jewelry, Pottery, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, Carved Wood, Basketry, Enameling, Collage, and much more. Pick up a map at the historic train depot or download online.

Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
September 14, 15 and 16
Walla Walla County Fairgrounds
363 Orchard Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
http://www.wallawallaquiltfestival.org

Quilts galore! Demonstrations, Block Challenge, Silent Auction, Vendors, a Food Court and much more.

Children’s Renaissance Faire
Saturday, September 15
11:00am – 2:00pm
Manito Park
1702 South Grand Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99203
http://www.www.visitspokane.com

This delightful FREE Renaissance Faire is sure to please your young ladies and lords, knights and damsels. It’s fun to dress for the event! You can decorate and design girls’ head pieces, boys’ Robin Hood hats, masks and coats of arms. Games will include Bean Bag Castle Game, Goose Game and lawn bowling, along with face painting and mural painting. Enjoy jugglers, harpists and the tales of a story teller, ably abetted by the Renaissance Players.

Taste of the Harvest
Saturday, September 15
10:00am – 8:00pm
Wenatchee, WA 98801
http://www.wendowntown.org

This annual event is a day of fun, family entertainment that truly celebrates Wenatchee’s incredible harvest season! Kids’ activities, farmer’s market, food and wine tasting, tractor show, live music, fun run and more.

Anacortes Home and Boat Tour
Sunday, September 16
12:30pm – 5:00pm
Anacortes, WA 98221
http://www.drsamuelgbrooksguild.weebly.com

This year’s 30th annual tour features six lovely homes, several in historic Old Town. Plus two interesting boats at Cap Sante Boat Haven, one of which, the Norwester, was originally owned by John Wayne. The Salish Sea Plein-Air Artists will be at each location, creating original artwork. Their paintings will be offered for sale at the tea room in the historic Croatian Cultural Center, where complimentary refreshments will be available. $20 per person benefits the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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