June 20, 21 and
Linn County's Pioneer Picnic is Oregon's oldest continuing
celebration. The first Picnic consisted of a reunion of
Oregon Trail pioneers in 1887.
At early picnics, families from all over Linn County came
by buggy, horse and wagon, and pitched their tents in the park
in for three days of fun, worship and fellowship.
They entertained each other with recitations, plays and
musical numbers. Picnic cloths were spread beneath the trees.
Spirited Sunday sermons were also an important part of the
With the passing of time and the pioneers, the Picnic changed
to include other entertainment and activities.
Today’s picnic focuses on family fun with games, food
booths, a logger jamboree, equestrian events, talent shows and
entertainment. The event is kicked off on Friday with the Kiddie
Parade at 1 p.m. The Opening Ceremonies are
held at the amphitheater later Friday evening at 7 p.m.
A Wagon Train Breakfast in the Pavilion, from 7 to
9 a.m. Saturday morning, helps visitors prepare for The
Grand Parade through downtown at 10 a.m. Sunday the festivities continue with the Pioneer Dam 5K/10K run at 8 a.m. and the 55th annual Linn County Logger's Jamboree at 1 p.m.
Mark your calendars and join us for a traditional family festival!
Click here for a printable 2014 Schedule of Events: Pioneer Picnic 2014