Toledo Cheese Days

How do we inherit traditions like Toledo Cheese Days?  Even the smallest of towns endeavor to maintain a unique identity and foster a sense of community pride and spirit.

Toledo, WA is no different in that it too has an annual festival celebrating all the best of small town life.

In early 1900, Toledo was flourishing as an agrarian community highly focused on Hop production for the European brewing industry.  Hop fields and drying sheds were found throughout the nearby Cowlitz river valley.  By 1919, economic changes and fighting crop pests had made Hops an ill fated investment.  Redirecting their efforts to dairy production, local farmers supplied milk and shippers received their first checks from the newly formed Cowlitz Valley Cheese Association.  One year later to commemorate the milestone, 1920 is noted as the first public Toledo Cheese Days.

Fast forward 95 years, no longer producing cheese Toledo still continues to improve and celebrate those founding fathers vision that change is necessary.

July 11, 2015 the town will be filled with participants and spectators participating in a variety of activities.

A perfect time to come and visit Toledo, Saturday’s parade is the focal point of a day full of excitement.  Do you like classic cars?  The Lion’s Club Car show is not to be missed.  Like BBQ?  The Toledo Market Fresh Grocery hosts a great one noon till 5:00.

Once introduced to Toledo, return trips are just as fun filled.  The Cowlitz River runs adjacent to town and a new boat launch provides direct access to one of the west’s most renowned salmon and steelhead fisheries.

Across the river bridge from town is the South Lewis County Park providing public fishing and swimming.

State Route 505 leads you through vast prairie environments on your way to Mt. St. Helens.

Rather see it from the air, Sky Dive Toledo is located at the nearby Ed Carlson Memorial Field just north of town on Jackson Hwy.

Also on Jackson Hwy, the historic Jackson Court House is a little further north, just past Lewis and Clark State Park.  Lewis and Clark Park can be a great base camp for touring all of Lewis County.

So come see what traditions continue on amongst the residents of Toledo, WA a great example of small town Americana.

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