Matlock Old Timer's Fair

Step Back in Time in Matlock

By Rachel Hansen

After a two-year hiatus, Mason County is excited to announce the return of the Old Timers Historical Fair! This Rockwellesque celebration is the perfect way to gently pull your family back into the swing of events.

This weekend, May 7-8, an army of dedicated volunteers from the tiny Mason County town of Matlock transform their local school grounds and invite attendees to step back to simpler time of homemade pies, tractor rides and country dances.

The Fair provides fun for the whole family and admission is FREE. Delicious country fair food – especially the homemade pies (try a piece and take home the whole pie) and a community welcome are the hallmarks of this decade’s old tradition. Enjoy living forestry and farming historical displays, craft and historical exhibits and find your feet tapping to the live music on two stages. One stage is indoor, with comfortable seating warm and out of the rain should a May shower visit the event, the other outdoor with hay bales, bleachers, and a makeshift dance floor to shake off the COVID cobwebs.

Matlock Old Timer's Fair

The fair celebrates Matlock’s heritage in the timber industry, with draft horses, early day machines and motors as well as blacksmithing and an entire gym filled with antique booths. In addition, enjoy kids’ activities, hand-crafted items, historical events, agricultural events, food, a firewood raffle, prizes and live music.

While most of the displays are inside and surrounding the school buildings, be sure to stop by the John Tornow Exhibit located at the event in Matlock Community Museum. This is the story of an "Unsolved mystery," a century later. “Victim or Villain?” is the true story of events from a century ago. John Tornow lived in the Matlock area and his memory lives on in the museum which is open during the Fair. 

Matlock Old Timer's Fair

Learn the history of Washington's rural timber and farm communities at the Matlock Museum, located on site and open during the event.

Delicious homemade pie

A favorite tradition at the Old Timers Fair is to pick up a delicious homemade pie.

Other attractions include kids train rides, tractor pulls, plant and starter vegetable sale, crafts and antique booths, and live demonstrations of the Dolbeer steam donkey. Sunday features antique and classic cars, tractors and steam engines.

This year the event is hosted May 7-8 with the fair open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sunday. The event is located at 2987 Matlock-Brady Rd., about five miles south of the Matlock store and 15 miles north on Highway 8. For additional details visit the event details. 

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