Garrett B. Anderson, Grandson of Dick and Sharyn Epler, owners of the Elkhorn Saloon, is home from a recent tour in Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps.
Join us, as Sumpter gives Garrett an old-fashioned “welcome home” parade on Monday, Feb 20th, at 3:00 pm. The parade will be from Austin St. to N. Mill St. at the Stage Stop Gas Station. “Hollywood,” as he is sometimes known in his Marine Corps Unit, served on two different tours in Afghanistan………….
December 2009 to July 2010, and from July 2011 to November 2011.
Garrett was awarded a purple heart medal for wounds he received in combat action with the Marines in Afghanistan.
For more information, call Sharyn at the Elkhorn Saloon and Restaurant
Let’s all turn out for the parade and let this Marine know that we are proud of his service to our country!
Semper Fi Marine!
Time for one of the biggest events in Sumpter – the Poker Run, Saturday, February 18th. The Annual Poker Run is sponsored by the Sumpter Valley Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club. The fun begins at 7 a.m. and poker sheets must be turned in no later than 3:30 p.m. so they may counted. Advance tickets will be sold from 6 pm – 7 pm on Fri, Feb 17th, at the Schoolhouse. If you’ve never been to the Poker Run before, this is how it all works…….go to the Sumpter Schoolhouse (475 N. Mill St. – above the Stage Stop Gas Station) and buy a ticket. Tickets are $10.00 each and you may buy as many as you like. Next, go to each Poker Station at local businesses in Sumpter, all within walking distance, to draw your card. You can only draw one card at each business. The businesses participating this year will be: Stage Stop Gas Station, The Gold Post, The Elkhorn Saloon, The Depot Inn, Sumpter Municipal Museum, and the Scoop-N-Steamer Restaurant. You are allowed to draw 7 cards total, to make the best “poker” hand possible. The best poker hand wins. There will also be a Poker Station out on the trail as well. The trail will be a 70 mile run. You can draw your first card right there at the schoolhouse. Once you turn your poker hand in, then you can hit the trail, or browse the Winter Bazaar down at the Sumpter Municipal Museum. The awards will be given out down at the Groomer Shed, next to the Cracker Creek Museum of Mining at the South end of town. In addition to cash prizes being awarded - $3,000 worth – there will also be lots of great door prizes donated by local businesses in Sumpter and throughout Baker County. There will also be a special raffle drawing, for which you may purchase tickets at the time you buy your poker sheet. Don’t worry about the snow……the Poker Run is guaranteed “snow or no snow.”
Call 541-894-2217 or 541-894-2498 for more information. Snowmobiles are not required!
If you missed the popular Christmas Bazaar back in December….no reason to worry! There will be another Winter Bazaar on Feb 18th, 2012, from 9 am – 5 pm. Tables are for rent by donation only. This second Bazaar of the winter, is sponsored by the Sumpter Municipal Museum and money raised will go to fund ongoing work on the Museum building. For more information, or to reserve space as a vendor, call 541-894-2359.
There are two time honored traditions in Sumpter…..Hunting Season and the Annual SVFD Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Feed! The Ladies Auxiliary will be preparing the spaghetti and all the fixin’s, while volunteer Firemen of the SVFD will be serving. Sumpter, this is your chance to enjoy some great pasta with neighbors and friends, and support the local Sumpter Volunteer Fire Department at the same time! Hunters, this is your chance to enjoy a great meal before you head out into the woods! All proceeds from the Spagetti Feed will go to the Fire Department! To see last year’s Spaghetti Feed, click here.
Even the Deer come for the Spaghetti!
Cheers To Oktoberfest!
Join friends and neighbors as we celebrate Oktoberfest and help us usher in the new fall season-Sumpter style! There will be free Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, German dance lessons, and German Music. There will also be beer for sale in the Beergarden, operated by the Elkhorn Saloon. There will be no fee to attend and everyone is invited to bring a German Side Dish to share! Food will be served on a first come first serve basis! For info, send an email to: email@example.com or call 541-519-7928
Saturday, October 15th, 2011 11 am – 4 pm
The last Flea Market is over and nights are already getting cooler. Yes, it’s that time of year again….(go ahead, check your calendar if you don’t believe us!) That means it’s time once again, for the Annual Last Of The Season (LOTS) Party at the Sumpter Dredge. Join friends and neighbors as they sit down to an old-fashioned potluck and celebrate a busy season down at the Dredge. Taco Soup and Chili will be provided and everyone is invited and encouraged to bring their favorite potluck dish! Anyone who has ever been to a Sumpter Potluck knows there will be more food than you can shake a fork at! Friends Of The Dredge board members will be on hand to make a report of the season and will be available to answer questions about another busy year of grants and construction work. State Parks will also be presenting information about how hard they have been working throughout the park this summer. The Sumpter Valley Railroad will be running Fall Foliage/Photographers train (this is the last run of the year) and passengers are always welcome to stop by for lunch and a tour of the Dredge! For more info, call 541-894-2472 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org See photos from 2010 LOTS Party
Is that piece of furniture Aunt Betsie left you really an antique…..or is it just old? Bring your item down to the Appraisal Fair, at the Sumpter Municipal Museum on Saturday, Sept. 17th, from 9 am – 4 pm and let one of the Antique Experts appraise your item for only $5.00 per item. Allow at least 2 hours for the appraisal, and take a Sumpter Walking Tour, using a specially prepared tour map, while you wait! You can also have lunch at the Scoop-N-Steamer or the Elhhorn Saloon while you’re in town! Funds raised will help the museum pay for much needed bulding insulation. Ladies, bring your jewelry to the museum and let Amy Giandomenico, of Prairie City Fine Jewelry, clean your jewelry too! Members of the Sumpter Valley Museum Association will also be on hand to give you a free, guided tour of the museum and answer any questions you might have. For more information, call Michelle at 541-894-2476 or send an email to: email@example.com
Food and Flea Markets sort of go together….it’s an unspoken rule. At the Sumpter Flea Markets, we enjoy some of the best food vendors in the Northwest and if you’re coming to the Labor Day Flea Market…we invite you to try them out. However, if you’re just looking for a quick hot dog so you can get back to shopping and you would like to help surrport our local fire department…..don’t miss the Sumpter Volunteer Fire Dept. Hot Dog Sale at the Fairgrounds. The SVFD Volunteers are used to training and working to be prepared for emergencies….but during the Flea Market, you will find them selling hot dogs to raise money for the department.
The ladies Auxiliary will also be raising money for the Fire Dept by selling home baked items such as cakes, cookies, and pies baked and donated by local volunteers. Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win a home-made huckleberry pie! Take a look at the action from the July 4th Flea Market…… Sumpter Volunteer Fire Dept. Photos Ladies Auxiliary Photos
Just look for the Fire Truck at the Sumpter Fairgrounds during the Flea Market!
As Summer begins to wind down (just a little), our minds are turned, once again, to the sights and sounds of Flea Market in Sumpter! Just in case you were still busy enjoying your summer…..we just wanted to remind you that the last Flea Market of the year is scheduled to begin on Friday, Sept 2nd, and run through Monday, Sept 5th. If you joined us for our first Flea Market of the season, the memory of cold and rain might still be sloshing around in your mind…but the weather forecast for this week is calling for sunny skies. Stock up on some important tips and see photos of the last Flea Market at: www.sumpter.org Of course, keeping an umbrella stashed under the seat is never a bad idea……
Do you like roasted marshmallows and ghost stories told around a campfire? Do you know who Joe Bush is? Did you miss the last Campfire Program? If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you’re in luck…..since the last campfire in July was such a success, the Sumpter Dredge State Park will be hosting another campfire program this Saturday, Aug 20th at 7 pm. Not only will you learn more about Skeleton Creek and Joe Bush and the Sumpter Dredge, but this is your chance to enjoy something that always goes well with a campfire and friends…..S’MORES. All the supplies for making these tasty campfire treats, and ghost stories, will be provided by the State Park Rangers. For more information, call the State Park at 541-894-2486. To see photos from the last campfire, click here.