Brownsville Prepares for Busy Summer of Fun

Lots of fun things happen in the historic town of Brownsville every summer and two of them are sponsored by the Linn County Historical Museum — Stand By Me Day and Hands on History.

The museum is operated and maintained by the Linn County Parks & Recreation Department.

The Pioneer Picnic Association manages the Linn County Pioneer Picnic, and the Volunteer Firefighters host a pancake breakfast and fireworks display on the 4th of July. The Chamber of Commerce organizes a Citywide Garage Sale and the Brownsville Antique Show.

First up is the Linn County Pioneer Picnic founded in 1887 and recognized as the longest continuously running celebration in Oregon. The event kicks off Friday, June 21, with the children’s parade down Main Street followed by the crowning of the court and an evening concert with the band Pendleton Highway.

Saturday starts early with the pancake breakfast in Pioneer Park before the big parade down Main Street and around town. Activities in the park follow through Sunday with music, food, vendors and games. More details can be found at

July 4 opens with the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Brownsville Volunteer Fire Association in Pioneer Park from 8-11 a.m. In the evening, visitors can return to the park for one of the more spectacular fireworks shows at dusk. To help support the fireworks show, donations can be sent to the Association at PO Box 189, Brownsville, OR 97327.

The Citywide Yard Sale always includes more than 50 homes across town on July 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce creates a map that can be picked up anywhere in town. Visit [email protected] for info or to get your own sale on the map.

Next up is Stand By Me Day on Tuesday, July 23. Fans of this very special movie have the chance to walk the streets, hear the stories and rub shoulders with fans from all over the world, as well as eat lots of blueberry pie. Walking tours and the pie eating contest are always a highlight. The whole event takes place next to the museum and along Park Avenue. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check the website for information at or follow the Facebook page “Linn County Historical Museum.”

Then on August 3, head down to Pioneer Park for the annual Brownsville Antique Faire. There will be more than 70 vintage and antique vendors selling everything from furniture to collectibles. Visitors can also enjoy the car show, delicious food trucks and music.

Bringing the summer to a close is the extremely popular Hands on History event put on by Museum Friends. The activities will take place on Aug. 24 in Library Park next to the Linn County Historical Museum and along Park Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event features pioneer-era activities, chores and skills that visitors can try their hand at, as well as music and stories of the pioneers, the black settlers and the Kalapuyan people.

Follow the Linn County Historical  Museum’s Facebook and website ( for more info, or call 541-466-3390.

There is always something happening in Brownsville, the town that time forgot where you will always find a welcome.