Saturday 8 September 2018
Bickleton’s ACPC Carousel Museum
Car Show and Flea Market
9:00am to 4:00pm
The Carousel Museum is closed for the winter. Phone 509 896-2007
Call Whoop-n-Holler Museum is closed until spring. Call 509 896-6234
Second week-end in June
Washington’s Oldest Rodeo!
Alder Creek Pioneer Picnic Rodeo
Bickleton, Washington is called the Bluebird Capital of the world because of the thousands of bluebirds that spend most of the year in the area. The majority are Mountain Bluebirds with a few Western Bluebirds in or near the forest.
Although quite small (population 90), there are interesting events and places in or near town. Bickleton is home to the states oldest tavern, The Bluebird, and the states oldest rodeo. The next Pioneer Picnic And Rodeo will be the 108th annual. At the picnic and rodeo grounds is one of the west’s oldest carousels. A 1905 Herschell-Spillman. It is set up and used only on rodeo week-end, which is always the second week-end in June. It was purchased from Oaks Park in Sellwood, Oregon in 1929 and moved to Bickleton. The ponies are stored and displayed at the ACPA Carousel Museum on Market Street in Bickleton. Just 11 miles south of town is the Whoop N Holler Ranch and Museum where there are many interesting local antiques and old vehicles.
About 17 miles south of town is one of the largest landfills in the country. Owned, by Allied Waste Industries, it provides much needed jobs and capitol for Klickitat County. The landfill gas created by the decomposing waste is used to generate over 8 megawatts of electrical power. A few miles south of town are the area’s large wind power electrical generating plants. Good food is available at the Market Street Cafe and the Bluebird Inn.