Apple Harvest Festival
The Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival is the foundational event of Onalaska Alliance. Part of our mission is "building our local community," and your financial contribution supports many community projects, such as:
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6th Annual Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival will be Thursday, Oct. 2nd through Sunday, Oct. 5th 2014
This year's festival we will be celebrating Onalaska's Centennial. The Onalaska area was a great tree-covered wilderness in the latter 1800s, yet it encompassed the homesteads of several farmers long before the town existed. With nearby communities of Lacamas, Webster, Shoestring, Tilton, Brim, Ethel and Alpha, Onalaska was officially a town in 1914 with the coming of the Carlisle-Pennell Lumber Company. The first workers consisted of farmers living close by, and the first building erected was a small store and office building. By 1916 about 100 houses were built and occupied. While the town and mill were being built, a railroad was being constructed to Napavine which shipped the millís products. In 1916 a grade school building was erected to take care of 200 children and in 1922 a Union High School was built with a gymnasium added later on. Both schools were up to date in equipment and teachers and produced fine students and some very fine athletes. In 1915 the company had its own doctor and a drug store was completed in 1917. At the time the big mill in Onalaska was built it was one of the largest sawmills in the Northwest. Originally the sawmill was operated entirely by steam, but in 1919 new turbines were purchased and the entire mill was then operated by electricity.