When the Eatonville mill closed its doors in the 1950s, people worried that town might not survive. Operation Bootstrap began — a community effort to keep the doors open. One of things that came out of Bootstrap was Robin Hood Days. The idea was to create an event that would bring people to Eatonville.
This is the program of one of the Robin Hood Days celebrations. The event didn’t survive, but not for lack of effort. Included were:
• archery events, like shooting from the saddle
• archery vaudeville
• shooting fish in a barrel (I’m curious if that was done with a bow and arrow)
• bow versus guns — Washington state archers versus the Pierce County Sheriff
• a street dance
• a pageant of “Robin Hood and his Merry Men”
The ads are also fun to look at. Many of the businesses are long since gone or changed, like Barney’s Cafe & Tavern —along with their 5-digit phone numbers.
Images courtesy of the Smith Family.
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