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Ritzville, Washington

A small town with a rich history! It is possible to cruise across the Columbia Plateau in half a day, but the scenery and history deserve more. Beyond the fertile farming valleys, interstate 90 runs through endless wheat fields to bypass the heart of Washington on its way to Ritzville. Settled in the 1880s, Ritzville is a community with a rich pioneer heritage. In the early days, Ritzville bustled with industry, and soon became the largest inland exporter of wheat in the world. It was a time of prosperity when many fine homes and much of the business district were created. With the passing of time, the flavor of the community survived, and much of its original character is still intact. Today, past blends with present to create Ritzville's unique atmosphere. Formerly busy streets are still lined with graceful brick commercial buildings and gracious homes. Music and activities of annual festivals echo off the walls of 19th century brick buildings. So come experience the recreation, history, and farming heritage that is still alive today.

Web site: www.Ritzville.com

Major Events and Festivals

May

Historic Ritzville Days

Held Memorial Day Weekend. Held annually over Memorial Day weekend, Historic Ritzville Days turns back time to celebrate our rich history.  There's activities and displays for the whole family.  Coinciding with Historic Ritzville Days on Memorial weekend are the Ritzville High School Alumni Weekend and the Ritzville Car Club Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. www.Ritzville.com/HRD

July

The Ritzville Blues Festival

Held the second Saturday in July. A one-day event featuring top-caliber regional, national and international blues acts.  Over 25 bands play at multiple venues including our outdoor stage located on the streets of Ritzville. The downtown location makes our festival unique for an outdoor event. Festival goers can roam the streets and choose from many different acts playing in different locations. Featuring the entire range of blues - from traditional southern blues, to boogie woogie, and Cajun zydeco - we offer something for everyone. The music starts at noon on the outdoor stage and doesn't stop till 2 a.m. in the bars around town. The six headline acts play 1½ hour long sets on the main stage. The regional bands perform at five bar/restaurant locations - all located within two blocks of the outdoor stage. Many of these groups will play two sets during the day, giving everyone the chance to see lots of different bands. Besides the bars and local restaurants, numerous food vendors are set up to keep you energized for the long day.  Booths at previous festivals have included BBQ Chicken, Pitchfork steaks, Chinese food, Pasta, and Sno Cones. Beer, wine, and liquor are sold at the five indoor venues as well as numerous outdoor beer gardens. www.ritzvilleblues.com

August

Wheat Land Communities Fair

Held annually over Labor Day weekend. The fair is a Ritzville tradition – an event not to be missed.  The fair has great entertainment, great food, lots of farm animals, and much more. www.Ritzville.com/Fair
Attractions

The Burroughs Home

The former residence of Ritzville's pioneer physician, Dr. Frank R. Burroughs.  His home has been restored to its original condition and its collection highlights clothing and household items from the 1890's to the 1920's. Open to the public Monday through Friday from 1-4pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  During the remainder of the year they may be toured by appointment. www.Ritzville.com/Museums

 

The Depot

Features commercial artifacts relevant to Ritzville around the turn of the century.  These include the town's original horse drawn hearse and a working telegraph machine. Open to the public Monday through Friday from 1-4pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  During the remainder of the year they may be toured by appointment. www.Ritzville.com/Museums

Recreation