Matlock Timber festival celebrates with salmon bakes, steam engines & fresh pies

Each year the tiny Mason County town of Matlock welcomes the world to the Old Timer’s Historical Fair. Admission is free for this event held the first weekend in May each year. 

The Fair provides fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, delicious food – especially the homemade pies (try a piece and take home the whole pie), historical displays, a variety of crafts and historical exhibits with working machinery that worked the forests and fields over a century ago.

The fair celebrates Matlock’s heritage in the timber industry, with draft horses, early day machines and motors as well as  blacksmithing and an entire gym filled with antique booths. In addition enjoy kids’ activities, hand-crafted items, historical events, agricultural events, food, a firewood raffle, prizes and live music. 

While most of the displays are inside and outside the school buildings, the adjacent museum is packed with historical displays, including a room dedicated to John Tornow and the unsolved mystery of 106 years ago.

The authors of two popular books on the Northwest legend: John Tornow: Villain or Victim? and Beast Man will be selling and signing their books. Also, inside the museum are displays from early Matlock life, artifacts and family history materials. Outside the museum check out the interactive display of memorabilia dedicated to the Tornow story.

Other attractions include kids’ train rides, tractor pulls, plant and starter vegetable sales, classic cars, tractors, steam engines and the popular Dolbeer steam donkey, used in the timber industry 100 years ago.

This year the event is hosted May 4-5 with the fair open 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sunday. 

The event is located at 2987 Matlock-Brady Rd., about five miles south of the Matlock store and 15 miles north on Highway 8. For additional details visit the event details.