Washington state is filled with small towns that were once booming logging, coal mining and railroad towns. One of our favorites, Wilkeson, is just 5 minutes down the road from us in the foothills of Mount Rainier. Along the route to the Northwest entrance of Mount Rainier, Wilkeson has a population of 486 full time residents and relies heavily on the support of tourists who travel through the town on their way to hike along the Carbon River or Mowich Lake.
One of the best weekends to visit Wilkeson is during the annual Handcar Races. On the third Saturday in July of every year local teams race railroad handcars on an old railroad track in front of a crowd at the historic coke oven park. In addition to the races, the town hosts a parade, street dance and food and vendor fair.
This year the Simple Goodness Sisters and the Happy Camper will be there serving up the fanciest root beer floats you have ever seen to raise money for a family that is near and dear to our hearts and can use all the emotional and financial support we can give them as they help their little man, Hunter fight brain cancer (follow the Hunter Strong Facebook group for more details). The Simple Goodness Goats will also be on location greeting visitors and checking out the action.
If you are in the area this weekend make sure you add this event to your list of things to do! And if you are ever planning a trip to Mount Rainier make sure you leave time to support the small businesses in Wilkeson and drive up to the equally as beautiful, yet way less busy and touristy northwest side of the mountain!
For a special glimpse into the Handcar Races, check out the below promo view the local water hole put together and the recipe for our famous floats is below.
Floats for the Fight:
2-4 Tablespoons of Simple Goodness Simple Syrup (your favorite flavor)
2 Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
Add ice cream to large glass
Pour seltzer water over the ice cream to the top of the glass
Pour simple syrup (to taste) over the top of the ice cream and mix