PALMER— One of Palmer’s longest standing traditions, Colony Days, is set for this weekend, featuring a spectrum of activities and local shopping opportunities. The public is invited to celebrate Palmer’s history and culture while connecting with their friends and neighbors.

The downtown district will bustle and boom this weekend as people come from all over to celebrate the area’s colonial roots and foundation formed by family farms. Colony Days started about 30 years ago. They wanted to celebrate their crops, the success of their agricultural experiment and their New Deal.

Tourists and locals alike can get in touch with Palmer’s fresh history by taking a walking tour with Palmer Museum, each day at 1 p.m. People can be led by a guide or grab a headset and walk themselves on their own audio tour of the town.

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From the iconic parade through downtown Palmer, to the annual Community Bed Race, there’s no short supply of things to do over the three day event. Several businesses and groups around town are offering various games, activities and presentations, including an axe throwing event by the Masters of Iron, Bill Mitchel 5K Fun Run/Walk, and dunk tank by the Palmer High School football team.

There will be several musical performances over the weekend, featuring local artists. Local musician, Emma Hill, will help kick off the Colony Days weekend on Friday at the Friday Fling stage.

“Just across the street from the museum, Emma Hill sings at the Friday Fling! And this is a special fling, leading into Colony Days weekend, so we asked Palmer’s own Emma Hill to be part of the big weekend!” posted on the event description.

Colony Days is also a proving ground for local chefs who annually bring their handmade dishes. The seventh annual Rhubarb Revival cooking contest will be on Sunday.

“Think your rhubarb jam is the best is the Valley? Do family & friends rave about your rhubarb baked goods? Have a quirky rhubarb recipe? If that sounds like you, enter the 7th annual Rhubarb Revival Cooking Contest on Sunday…” stated in the contest entry form.

There will be four different categories to enter: jams/jellies, baked goods, kids (up to age 16), and other.

“Don’t forget to bring your recipe so it can be included in the future recipe book. Have a great recipe but don’t have any rhubarb? Then just come by the Colony Days Information Booth on Friday, June 7th, from 12 to 3 p.m. and pick up rhubarb for free (while supplies last),” stated in the contest entry form.

Those interested in competing can print out their entry form online by visiting:

Follow that same link to find a full event schedule for Colony Days.

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