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By Barbara Clark
For The Sentinel 

Car Show coming to Bickleton


August 15, 2018


CAR BUFF HEAVEN: The Bickleton Car Show is around the corner, and visitors will enjoy a banquet of Bickleton's best offerings.

The Alder Creek Pioneer Carousel Museum in Bickleton and the Studebaker Club are co-sponsoring the 11th annual car show on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All classes of cars, trucks, and this-year motorcycles are welcome to enter. There are door prizes, raffles, and trophies for all classes. This fills the entire main street of Bickleton with the big vendor and flea Market at one end at the Grange Hall. Also available are several different venues to eat lunch and snacks. Last year there were 135 entries, and quite a crowd came up just to take in the show. The Pioneer Carousel Museum is also open that day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Carousel Museum is breaking ground soon for a 4,200 sq. ft. addition to the west. Funding for the addition was achieved as a grant from the State of Washington Capital Budget. The museum is really excited to get that on board, and hopefully it will be enclosed before winter snow hits. This will enable the museum to store and display larger farm items such as wagons, sleighs and grain machines that are nearing the end of their life span in barns, pastures and fields. They are always ready for donations that might fit in that category of items from the pioneer days.

This year the museum has highlighted the anniversary of the end of World War I as well as some additions to the veterans of all wars. There are many uniforms, metals, memorabilia and photographs of the members of eastern Klickitat County service men and women. Some unusual items include a Norden Bombsite-the instrument that was used in World War II to navigate the big bombers above the clouds and successfully hit targets below without being shot down in the process. Another interesting object donated to the museum is a canon shell, one of 21 used at President Kennedy's burial ceremony.

The museum is chock full of items of pioneer days, a 1919 Ford Truck, saddles, cowboy gear, button collection, extensive barbed wire collection, historic school display, a fabulous 52 frame arrow-head collection, and all 24 carousel horses and four carriages of the110-year-old carousel.

There are also quite a number of new Native American baskets, beading, and displays loaned to the museum from some Yakama Tribal members. The museum keeps the Native American people and artifacts close to heart, as the Yakama, Rock Creek, and Pine Creek friends were instrumental in the building of the Pioneer Picnic in early days as far back as 1911. They would come some weeks ahead, putting up a village of tee-pees, and then stay a few weeks after. They would perform in the picnic activities as well as usually being the top winners of the exciting horse races.

So keep Sept. 8 open and head for the hills for a visit to Bickleton-a "step back in time" town.


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