Zucchini Races

First Saturday in Ridgefield: The Wild, Wild West

Slap on your spurs and saddle up your pony, then trot over to downtown Ridgefield and revel in western-themed fun, local lore and more, including zucchini races, country music and dancing. What’s all the hootin’ and hollerin’ fer? It’s fer Heritage Day and Wild, Wild West, September’s theme for First Saturday in Ridgefield—a series of family-friendly events in downtown Ridgefield, happening on the first Saturday of every month year-round.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. at Overlook Park with a Farmer’s Market, a place to make your own horse from a pool noodle, apple printing with the Ridgefield Art Association, and the much-anticipated Zucchini 500: a veggie-tastic race where participants create speedy wheeled vehicles out of zucchinis. Ridgefield will provide you with a zucchini and a Lego chassis, or bring your own speedy zuke.

At 10 a.m., look deeper into local history at the Ridgefield Community Center with a Clark County Historical Museum workshop: Researching Historical Buildings, Homes, and Property. Use the research tips from this class to learn who used to live and work in your home or on your property. You can also join the CCHM’s Historical Walking Tour of downtown Ridgefield from noon to 1 p.m., starting at Overlook Park. Reserve your space for the workshop or the walk by calling the museum at 360-993-5679. At 2 p.m., you can round out your day of historical enrichment by watching free Ridgefield history stories on the Old Liberty Theater‘s big screen.

At 11 a.m., Overlook Park will become a music jamboree with live country music on stage, a beer garden, and BBQ. Then, starting at 1 p.m., you and your young’uns can join in country line dancing with CJ’s Country Dance Instruction. Stick around for evening entertainment, because the award-winning Koi Pond Cellars will be on-site at 7 p.m. with chalk mural art and wine tasting. End the day at 7:30 p.m. with a rootin’, tootin’ Western Swing concert with Brian Oberlin at the Old Liberty Theater; tickets are $15 for all ages.