Return of the Rhubarb

Friday, July 15, 2016 12:00 PM by Matt Wakefield

It’s time to pack up the family and head to the city that’s as American as rhubarb pie: Sumner. Just one short drive away from Tacoma, and one Freudian misspelling away from “summer,” the city is primed for Rhubarb Days, taking place this weekend, July 16 – 17. The festivities kick off Saturday at 10 a.m. and will include arts and craft vendors, food booths, live music and even bingo with the Lion’s Club from 1 – 5 p.m. both days.

Encouraging responsible consumerism, the Sumner Downtown Promotion Association is sponsoring this year’s Sumner Vintage Market and Sidewalk Sale, featuring up-cycled antiques, furniture, accessories, clothing and a hodgepodge of things that fall under the “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” theory.

But rhubarb is the VIP (Very Important Pie) for Rhubarb Days, and hearty slices of Sumner’s world-famous pastry will be delicious, affordable and plentiful. Whether your preference is the tart goodness of strawberry-rhubarb, or the sweet smoothness of apple-rhubarb, they’ll have the flavor you’ll savor.

The official fair will run 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday, resuming on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with events at both Heritage Park and along Main Street.

For details, visit

Author: Matt Wakefield

Matt is Travel Tacoma + Pierce County's communications manager. He's a Pacific Northwest native and outdoor enthusiast. He's also a minimalist, so we'll stop here.

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