Rhubarb Days Festival returns to Sumner in July 2022

Sumner calls all rhubarb lovers by name Rhubarb Days Festival He returned after a two-year hiatus due to the epidemic.

Whether your thing is rhubarb pie or rhubarb drinks, there is something for everyone who enjoys rhubarb.

The Rhubarb Days Festival takes place July 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Sumner on Main Street.

Other attractions await, too, whether you want a chance at a pancake-eating contest, salsa dancing, or shop at antique vendors and eat a variety of foods. There will also be a beer garden, where one of the brews is a rhubarb IPA from Sumner’s Top Down Brewing Company.

Sumner Main Street Executive Director Matt Loeb described the event as a fun and community event for South Sound.

“It would be great fun, for lack of a better term,” Loeb told the News Tribune. It’s really a community festival for downtown Sumner and really South Sound… We have events that cater to anything from kids to anyone and everyone.

There will be more than twenty food trucks serving everything from Jamaica to Thailand, and from Bubba to barbecues.

On Saturday, July 9, check out vegetarian Crunchwraps from VeGo Eatz, soul food from HamHock Jones, several hot dogs from Dawg Eat Dogs, Pad Thai and Spring Rolls from Thai’m to Roll and po’boys from the folks at Big Easy by Velvet.

Sunday offers a fresh mix of trucks, including Bliss Ice Cream, BBQ Junkies, and Stacks 571 Burgers.

On both days, dig into Sabrina’s Street Melts cheeseburgers, Born and Braised roast, shaved ice, espresso, and mini donuts.

There will also be more than 80 vendors selling a variety of merchandise.

The festival is a two-day event that is open to the public and free of charge. The Rhubarb Days festival is promoted to anyone who wants to attend, and as Loeb explained, the big goal is to make the event accessible to everyone.

“It is a very comprehensive event. It is an event that caters to all population groups, all social and economic classes and this event is also free to the public. “While we have live music and pay for bands, we want to make this event as accessible to everyone as possible,” Loeb told the News Tribune.

Rhubarb Days Festival sponsored by Knutson Farms Inc. , Family owned farm since the 1930s. The farm grows a variety of crops, including rhubarb.

Susan Kipfer is the founder of the Downtown Association and past president of Rubarb Days.

Kipfer said Sumner has been one of the largest rhubarb producers in the country for many years, which is what inspired the festival.

“The intent of the merchants involved was to set up an old-fashioned, family-friendly event, complete with an old-fashioned pie-eating contest and baking with old-school pinwheel ribbons,” Kipfer said. “We had square dancers, live music, family friendly music, muffin cart, shaved ice, burgers and more. We also sold fresh, locally grown rhubarb and made sure we had plenty of resources for the rhubarb pie.”

Loeb said the event is a source of pride for the Sumner community.

“I think it’s part of our identity in that Sumner is the capital of rhubarb,” Loeb said. “I think this festival is really indicative of local pride.”

Kristen Sherid of the News Tribune contributed to this report.

This story was originally published July 4, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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