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The Cascade Geographic Society’s very special  Annual Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will
 take place on August 26 (Friday), August 27 (Saturday), 
and August 29 (Sunday). The festivities will be held at Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26 in the Village of Brightwood, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a family-oriented Festival with no admission charge and free parking. 

This year’s Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will help celebrate the first attempted [but failed] crossing
of Mount Hood’s southern flank 156 years ago, and the 155th Anniversary of the opening of the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain Range. With a toll of $5 per wagon, this overland route was fashioned out of an ancient Indian trail and served as an overland route for emigrants not having the $50 per wagon fee to 
raft their wagon down the Columbia River. 

The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days celebrates the history and natural resources associated with Mount Hood and the Oregon Trail. It’s a time for young and old, people from all walks of life, to come together for the festivities. 

"Festivals such as this one are ideal because people can enjoy themselves 
while appreciating those very special things that Nature provides us, along
with the history that goes with the natural landscapes
," explains Michael P. Jones 
of the Cascade Geographic Society. "You can’t help but to take a good look at what all we have here in Oregon and the Northwest and know that we’re very lucky. Holding this celebration [the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days] on Mount Hood
 is ideal since this Mountain is the symbol of Oregon and the Cascadian representative
of the Northwest. Where else could you really celebrate our natural, historical, and 
cultural resources with so many people from different walks of life and age groups?

The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days is actually a reincarnation of an earlier celebration that began back in 1890 with the opening of the Welches Hotel in the quaint little Village of Welches. The hotel, known as the "Big House", was operated by 1840’s Oregon Trail emigrant, trading post operator, and founder of this frontier settlement along the Salmon River, Samuel Welch, who resembled the character of Uncle Sam. Samuel, along with his son Billy, opened a campground along the Salmon River two years prior to the hotel, which sowed the seeds for the tourist industry on Mount Hood. This year’s Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days, as in the very early beginnings of this event, pays tribute to Mount Hood’s unique bounty of Huckleberries and its other special natural resources, in addition to its history.

This Festival has become part of a tradition that brings people back to the slopes of Mount Hood year after year. On hand at this year’s Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will be more tasty products made from Oregon’s "blue gold" -- Wild Huckleberries -- than we’ve ever had and they will be on sale. And, as in previous years, there will be a big demand for them, but we doubt that we’ll sell out. They will be on sale each day of the Festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday until 5 p.m. only). 

For additional information on the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days or other festivals and events, please contact Michael P. Jones at (503) 622-4798, or Nita Kreuzer at (503) 658-6233. 

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