Picnic on the Prairie celebrates the Reserve

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, there will be a “Picnic on the Prairie” event from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at Sherman’s Pioneer Farm in Coupeville.

The free event will feature kites, face-painting, trolley rides, music and picnic games. bayleaf will have a wine and cheese tent and will donate proceeds to Friends of Ebey’s, a fundraising, no-profit organization.

Additionally, Penn Cove Taproom will have beer for purchase, Coupeville Lions will be selling corn on the cob, and there will be a raffle drawing for anyone who has volunteered for the Reserve. Bring your blanket, picnic and family but leave your pets at home.

From 12:30 to 3 p.m., there is a “Golden Ticket Tour,” a small private tour of the Reserve featuring snacks and rarely seen stops. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at https://bit.ly/2OQWshj.

Friends of Ebey’s, the group that is organizing the event, is expecting between 300 and 400 people to show up, Executive Director Alix Roos said.

“Now is the time to just come together and celebrate,” Roos said. “There will be a great group of people there, it’s free and it’ll be a time to celebrate a landscape that has been preserved and is unlike anywhere else.”

She said there are at least 30 volunteers working hard to make the event a success.

“It will be the biggest event we’ve ever had and an exciting time to remember why we’re doing what we’re doing and keep it going for another 40 years and beyond,” she said. “You always need to take time to celebrate.”

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