The PEMCO brand ambassadors were all first-time visitors to the land of Walla Walla this past Labor Day weekend as we took part in the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.
This annual event draws thousands to the small town in southeastern Washington to celebrate tradition, local history and community fun. The Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days features a parade, local food favorites and a world-class rodeo. It also happens to be the oldest fair in Washington State — this weekend was its 145th birthday!
The roller coaster and giant Ferris wheel gave fair-goers
a great view of Walla Walla from above
The PEMCO brand ambassadors took part in the Saturday morning parade and gave away some PEMCO swag. But we wanted to learn more about this quaint little town, so we chatted up Walla Walla locals.
An eager young fair-goer gives the PEMCO prize wheel a spin
When asked what they love most about their hometown, responses ranged from the top-notch vineyards to the town's unique name. But maybe the most interesting response came from resident Lauren Smith.
"My favorite part of living in Walla Walla is the downtown area," she told us. "Main Street in Walla Walla reminds me so much of Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland."
As the WALLY van rolled through downtown during the parade, we could see exactly what Lauren had been talking about. We noticed an array of local coffee shops, quaint storefronts, restaurants and a farmers market.
WALLY rolls through Walla Walla's historic Main Street during a parade
And we weren't the only ones to notice. Sunset Magazine ranked Walla Walla's Main Street as one of the nation's best.
As brand ambassadors, we've seen lots of different places across Washington and Oregon during our summer tour, but there was definitely something very special about Walla Walla.
Theodore Roosevelt once described Walla Walla as making "the pleasantest impression upon my mind of any city I visited while in the Northwest." We couldn't agree more. Our trip to Walla Walla allowed us to escape the hustle and bustle of Seattle and unwind.
Although it was my first visit there, I think it's safe to say that it certainly won't be my last.
After reflecting on the people I met and the sites I took in, I think I can honestly say that Walla Walla just may be the happiest place in Washington — or dare I say the happiest place on Earth?