Tag: Western Washington Fair

Town band around 1910
Town band around 1910 – Photo courtesy Pat Van Eaton

The Eatonville band has  come a long way.

These two shots are of the band in about 1910. Going to the Western Washington Fair (which would have only been 10 years old at the time) was a big event.  It was a six days and parking was 25 cents. The biggest attraction back then was horse racing and the fair was built around a horse track.

Back in 1910, fair  was known as The Valley Fair, and it was renamed in 1913.

Eatonville School band at valley fair
Eatonville School band at Valley Fair ca. 1910 – photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton

In the second picture, two of the smaller band members got to ride the bull — definitely something a school would frown on today.

The last picture is of the Eatonville high school band playing in the town’s July 4th parade in 2008 — 98 years later. The clothes are a little different, but the instruments look the same!

Eatonville high school band, July 4, 2008
Eatonville high school band, July 4, 2008

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