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Colfax, Washington

Surrounded by wheat-covered hills in the Palouse Valley, lies the historic town of Colfax. Founded in the late 1800's, the town was home to the area’s first college – presently known as Washington State University.

Web site: http://www.colfax.com/

Major Events and Festivals


Palouse Plowing Bee
See for yourself traditional plowing and harvesting methods from local farmers! April 16-17, 2011 at 10 a.m. Fairgrounds.

Wine Tasting Event and Auction
Savor the flavors of local and regional wines complete with hours de oeuvres. April 29, 2011. Hill-Ray Plaza. http://visitcolfax.com/events.html

May - September

Open Air Market

Wander downtown Colfax during the Open Air Market Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings in search of that special something. Open May-August.

Perkins House Ice Cream Social
Experience the antique, Victorian beauty of the Perkins cabin while enjoying ice cream, pie, live music and free house tours! Thursday and Sunday, 1-4 pm. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. (509) 288-1420. http://visitcolfax.com/events.html  


Concrete River Days
A summer festival filled with sidewalk sales, a parade and lots of good bargains to find! Second weekend in July. (509) 397-6290. Contact: lewist@cahnrs.wsu.edu


Palouse Empire Threshing Bee
Come and watch the early harvesting methods as horse draw equipment parades through town and takes you back in time to the early 20th century. September 5, 2011. Fairgrounds. http://visitcolfax.com/events.html

Palouse Empire Fair
Enjoy great fair food, wild rodeos, livestock competitions and more! September 8-11, 2011. http://www.palouseempirefair.org/


Autumn Harvest Hullabaloo
Autumn brings a weekend overflowing with antiques, arts and crafts. See the best dealers and artists around while enjoying the live music, food and pumpkin patch! First Friday and Saturday in October. Downtown Colville. (509) 397-3712. http://www.colfaxhulla.com/


Lighted Christmas Parade
Kick off the holiday with a night parade featuring festive floats, free candy and Santa Claus! December 1, 2011. Mill Street at 6:00 p.m. http://visitcolfax.com/events.html

































Codger Pole
The largest sculpture of its type in the world, this chainsaw-carved monument commemorates a grudge rematch between archrival football teams – Colfax High School and St. John. The players are carved into red cedar logs and sit at an impressive 65 feet tall! Located on Main St.

Perkins House
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Perkins House is a beautifully restored 1886 Victorian home. This makes it the longest standing structure in Whitman County! Open Thursday and Sunday afternoons, 1-4 p.m. May through September. (509) 397-3330.

Steptoe Butte State Park
Famous for its dramatic beauty and breathtaking scenery, this 150-acre, 3,612-foot tall natural monument of quartzite butte. The eye can see for 200 miles from atop of the butte! Park is open year round for day use only. Located 12 miles north of Colfax, near the state's eastern border in Whitman County. http://www.stateparks.com/steptoe_butte.html

Colfax Golf Course and Country Club
Enjoy the beautiful greens at this 9-hole public golf course nestled right next to the Palouse River. Open seven days a week. 2402 N. Cedar St. (509) 397-2122.


Boyer Park and Marina on the Snake River
Recreational opportunities galore! Find everything you need from a RV Park, tent sites and motel rooms to satisfy your thirst for adventure. Swimming areas, boating, fishing and bike trails are just the beginning of the many opportunities. Open year round. 1753 Granite Road, Colfax WA. (509) 397-3208. http://www.bpark.biz/

Kamiak Butte County Park
Pack a lunch and spend the day with over five miles of forested hiking trails and 150 bird, mammal and vegetation species! The highest elevation is 3,641 feet offering a panoramic view of the Palouse region. (509) 397-6238.

McDonald Park Sports Complex

Offers multiple baseball/softball/soccer fields for use by residents and visiting teams. A walking/jogging trail surrounds the fields with views of the Palouse River. Contact the City of Colfax for information at 509.397.3861.

The Colfax Trail
Secret ravines, breathtaking waterfalls and a refreshing river make up this unique and popular three mile hike. N. Canyon Way.
(530) 885-3776

Palouse Falls State Park
Full of unique geology and history, this park offers a dramatic view of one of the state’s most beautiful waterfalls. Located 23 miles southeast of Washtucna, WA. http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Palouse%20Falls