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COVID-19 knocks out Pioneer Picnic


NO SALMON LUNCH THE FIRST THURSDAY IN AUGUST – The “Good Girls:” Patsy Good (left), Virginia “Ginny” Good-Vlahovich and Kim Good-Rubenstein (right), have BBQed salmon for Pioneer Picnics for decades, here in 2018. Not this year, as the community, the many pioneer descendent families and La Conner and Skagit County organizations stay away, victims of this historic pandemic . – Photo by Ken Stern

A year without the Pioneer Picnic in La Conner is rarer than the return of Halley’s Comet. This is one of those years.

For the first time in more than a century – 116 years, in fact – there will be no Pioneer Picnic here on the first Thursday in August.

COVID-19 is the culprit.

“Our board voted to put the picnic on hiatus until next year,” Skagit County Pioneer Association President John Kamb, Jr., a Mount Vernon attorney, told the Weekly News on Friday.

“Our thought,” Kamb said, “was that with so many of the people who attend being more vulnerable to the coronav...

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