Crowds lined Main Street for Auburn Days.

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The Auburn Days festival began in 1895 and lasted for 60 straight years before sputtering in the 1950s. The festival eventually started up again and continues to this day.

According to a 1946 Seattle Daily Times article, the day celebrated the city’s name change from Slaughter.

The festival featured a 20-minute air show by Navy planes from Sand Point Naval Air Station. Other events included children’s parade, and baseball games between junior teams in the area.

A booklet put together by Robert S. Johnson and Roberta Morley in 1968 described the festival:

“When weather was fair people would come from all over the region to compete in the athletic events, the pie eating contests, three-legged races and the parade.”

Postcards from the Past is an occasional feature, highlighting the history of the Pacific Northwest. The images are from The Seattle Times archive.

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