Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
Settled by French Canadian farmers in the late 1860’s, the origin of the town name Moxee is not French, but is derived instead from a Native American word meaning “edible root." Street and road names do pay homage to some of the earlier settlers who found the sandy soil and mild climate to be ideal for growing hops and wine grapes thus giving the town its nickname, the “Hop Capital of the World."
To celebrate this proud heritage and raise funds for city parks and recreation programs, Moxee community leaders held their first Moxee Hop Festival in 1948 and today the event draws thousands from around the Pacific Northwest for a two-day, fun-filled festival.
This year’s events kick off on Friday, August 7th at 5pm with Stan Fortier on the Main Stage and X-Band opening the Beer Garden Stage at 6:30pm, followed by The Hipsters at 8:30. A large fireworks show launches at dusk. Lace up your running shoes Saturday morning and hit the road for the annual 5K run, the course weaves its way through some of the surrounding hop fields before finishing on Main Street. Stick around for the parade, cheer squad, musical acts and other family fun before closing down the event with Ten Souljers, a renowned Top-40 cover band hailing from Canada. Have a look at this year's complete schedule of events here.