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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fair Competition

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Justin Noga, of Arcata and the Arcata Bottoms 4-H Club, led his Boer goat, Thrasher, in the entry-level age group in the showmanship competition. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Justin Noga, of Arcata and the Arcata Bottoms 4-H Club, led his Boer goat, Thrasher, in the entry-level age group in the showmanship competition.

Entering the west gate at the 120th annual Humboldt County Fair on Wednesday afternoon, I was drawn to the tantalizing smell from the third annual Surf & Turf Barbecue Contest. A large crowd was at the racetrack grandstands sampling the free seafood, pork, beef and poultry. The offerings were quite a contrast in taste and quality from the usual "fried anything" fare.

The barbecue specialties were also submitted to a judging contest overseen for the second year by guest expert chef Guy Fieri, who grew up in Ferndale. The volunteer judges got some helpful advice on what to look for and how to evaluate the taste of the contest entries from Fieri.

"The quality of the food, especially the seafood, was outrageous," said Fieri at the awards ceremony. "None of the judges sent any of it to the dog bowl."

Mike Barrer Barbecue of Ferndale won the Grand Championship Award trophy for its entry.

A visit to the fair is never complete for me without a tour of the livestock barns and a look at the midway rides. The highlight this year was watching a group of youngsters participating in the entry-level showmanship competitions with their Boer goats.

The fair continues on Friday through Sunday. The dairy cow, goat and vegetable auction and 4-H large animal round-robin competition will be on Saturday, followed by the Junior Livestock Auction on Sunday.
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Humboldt County Fair 2016
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By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and Mark Larson

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Folklife Does 'Send me Back Home' for Merle

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Rick Levin and Steve Irwin helped close the Merle Haggard tribute with "Okie from Muskogee."  "Everything I love about playing music was all there yesterday, and I will long remember it," said Levin. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Rick Levin and Steve Irwin helped close the Merle Haggard tribute with "Okie from Muskogee." "Everything I love about playing music was all there yesterday, and I will long remember it," said Levin.

A full house experienced a magical “Sing Me Back Home” tribute to Merle Haggard at Saturday’s closing performance of the Humboldt Folklife Festival in the Dell’Arte Amphitheatre in Blue Lake. The “Merle choir,” which performed the tribute, was put together with members of different local bands who shared a common bond in that they all knew and loved to sing Merle Haggard songs.

“The day Merle died, Ken Jorgenson (of The Mighty Rovers) called me up, knowing I was a big Merle fan, and suggested the idea of doing a tribute show at the Folklife Festival,” said Steve Irwin of the Delta Nationals and The Yokels. “I was thrilled with the idea and got to thinking that I knew lots of local musicians who were fans of Merle. Then it snowballed into kind of a ‘Merle choir.’”

The musicians on Saturday included, among others, Steve Irwin, Ken and Maria Jorgenson, Paul DeMark, Dave Ryan, Hal Krohn, Jake Wiegandt, Doug and Libbey Eastteam, Rick Levin, Bruce Johnson, Fred Neighbor, Joyce Hough, Gary Davidson and Marc Jeffares.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Two Parties on the Fourth

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:52 AM

The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Yoyo was in full swing down by the water in Eureka on the Fourth of July.

A large crowd of all ages enjoyed the warm afternoon sunshine and the family fun at the Fourth of July Festival in Eureka along five city blocks in Old Town. Informational and food booths lined Second Street, along with classic cars and electric vehicles. A children's petting zoo, face painting and a bevy of rides offered fun for children, along with the carnival at the foot of D Street. Live music from two sound stages played all day and a fireworks show sparked over Humboldt Bay after sunset.

Meanwhile in Arcata, "Bubbles Promenade" led off the festivities, as children and adults circled the plaza two times blowing soapy spheres. The parade started — where else? — in front of Bubbles, which donated bubble-making supplies to the first 100 families. Vendors and info booths lined the streets and live music, aerial dancers and other performances entertained the large crowd.

Check out the slideshow below for sun-filled highlights from both parties.

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Fourth of July 2016
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Fourth of July 2016


By Mark Larson

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Last Legs

Posted By and on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Team 420 Shark!!! lights up the night sky.

In the end, Team Tempus Fugitorium crossed the Ferndale finish line first for a thrilling third consecutive win. Time flies and so do they. We tip our oversize steampunk hats to all who made it through the sand, sea, rough road and hellish hills. Today the sore and the sunburned rest — their battered contraptions stowed away until the wheels and axles can be cannibalized into new human-powered amphibious machines next year. Relive Sunday and Monday's adventures on water and land in Mark McKenna's photos of the action below. And may it inspire your greed for glory.
 
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016 Days 2 and 3
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016 Days 2 and 3

By Mark McKenna

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Keepin' it Kinetic: Day 1

Posted By and on Sat, May 28, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.
  • Ken Beidleman's Shark awaits its crew just prior to the noon kick off of the 2016 Kinetic Grand Championship.

The great rolling circus that is the Kinetic Grand Championship took off from the Arcata Plaza today for the first leg of a three-day marathon of creativity, humor, stamina and daredevilry on wheels. Now in its 47th year, the Hobartian hullabaloo shows no signs of slowing down (maybe we need another brake check) or running out of wild ideas. Photographer Mark McKenna caught the action on the plaza and the infamous Dead Man's Drop in Manila. Check out this slideshow below and bask in the glory.
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016
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Kinetic Grand Championship 2016


By Mark McKenna

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Her Rutabaga Highness

Posted By and on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 12:36 PM

PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • PoiSin Candie, left, celebrates being crowned the 2016 Rutabaga Queen with 2015 Queen Glorya Kiddnetica.
On Saturday, May 21, the Kinetic cognoscenti gathered for the annual Rutabaga Ball at the Arcata Community Center. There, royal hopefuls competed in lavish costumes, singing, dancing, skating and bribing judges for a chance to join the ranks of the Rutabaga Queens and preside over the impending Kinetic Grand Championship this weekend. The queens — fulfilling their lifetime appointments, because this isn't the easy retirement papacy, people — sat in judgement, swimming in swag, finally bestowing the crown upon Princess PoiSin Candie, she of the roller skates and pink hair. Kneel before your new queen, Humboldt, and tremble at her glory. 
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Rutabaga Ball 2016
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Rutabaga Ball 2016

By Mark McKenna

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tight Club

Posted By and on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Brett Walters (aka Rocket Boy Brett) paused during his tag-team match to soak in support from his fellow HSU students and friends and The Marching Lumberjacks band. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Brett Walters (aka Rocket Boy Brett) paused during his tag-team match to soak in support from his fellow HSU students and friends and The Marching Lumberjacks band.
Brett Walters is a wrestler, not a fighter. Watching the bespectacled 6-foot-3-inch, 169.5-pound Humboldt State University student and professed pacifist carefully peel a tangerine with his long fingers, it's a stretch to imagine him calling himself Rocket Boy Brett and launching himself at some snarling tough guy in in the ring.

"I get that a lot," he says. "And I try to make that an advantage." On Saturday night, Walters pulled on a pair of sparkly white and gold tights adorned with an alien, a peace sign and a Bigfoot, climbed over the ropes at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds and threw down as the only Humboldt County local against touring IHWE wrestlers. (See the slideshow at bottom for Mark Larson's blow-by-blow footage of the event.)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Humboldt Style: Gala Glam

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Peter, Hazel and Shirley Santino bring vintage glamour to the vintage lobby of the Eureka Theater.

While Leonardo DiCaprio was selling his soul to that goat from The Witch for his Oscar, the Eureka Theater was flush with its own parade of gowns and tuxes at the Red Carpet Gala co-hosted by the Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission and the theater, celebrating 100 years of filming on the North Coast. The 88th Academy Awards and clips from movies with familiar locales played on the big screen, local awards were bestowed and a lobby full of locals in their finest clinked glasses and chased after the woman carrying the plate of bacon-wrapped shrimp. And they looked good, too. The people. (And the shrimp, actually.) True to Humboldt's nature, there was a lot of vintage, especially in the way of tuxedos, hats and fur stoles, both real and faux. Plenty of women took a shine to sequins, and it appears trains are back, so watch your step. Check out the slideshow for some style highlights just off the red carpet. 
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Red Carpet Gala 2016
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By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Humboldt Style: Boots and Brands

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Brandy Mincks and Sorrel Divis button up and buckle up.

Next year, when you're standing in front of your open closet wondering what to wear to the Humboldt Del Norte Cattlemen's Association's annual spring dinner and dance, you'll want to scroll through this slideshow. The guys and gals who kicked up their heels in the Humboldt County Fairgrounds' Belotti Hall came correct. (Incidentally, turquoise is having a serious moment.) While volunteers dished out barbecued tri-tip, attendees cruised the auction items — everything from a Guy Fieri-themed basket to a log cabin dollhouse to a throne of horseshoes and antlers — and brought the ranch-style swag. 
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Cattlemen's Dinner and Dance 2016
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Cattlemen's Dinner and Dance 2016

By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mark Larson's Medieval Slideshow of Courage

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Julie Vinum, of Blue Lake, waited with her "unicorn," Gracie, to begin the Blue Lake Saddle Club's rides for children. It was the first year for the club's petting zoo and horseback ride fundraiser at the Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake on Saturday, Oct. 3. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Julie Vinum, of Blue Lake, waited with her "unicorn," Gracie, to begin the Blue Lake Saddle Club's rides for children. It was the first year for the club's petting zoo and horseback ride fundraiser at the Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake on Saturday, Oct. 3.

It took courage to hang out at the Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake — at least until the water truck showed up to settle the dust — on a windy Saturday, Oct. 3. The fundraiser for the Coastal Grove Charter School Parent Organization Foundation attracted a large crowd to Christie’s Pumpkin Patch farm, only to find the horses of the Rogue Mounted Archers stirring up heavy dust in the arena, due to the drought.

Thankfully, a large water truck arrived to spray down the arena and a large crowd gathered in comfort to watch the Knights of Mayhem perform their full-contact jousting.

Gusty winds rattled some of the vendor booths and appeared to challenge the Humboldt Aerial Collective aerial silk performers, but they went on with their show despite the wind. Other shows were provided throughout the day and vendors provided shopping opportunities for food, drink and clothing.

The temporary living-history village was populated by large numbers of performers and attendees of all ages dressed in period costumes. A children’s medieval costume contest was scheduled for Sunday.

It was a fun time-travel experience to join the crowds wandering through the medieval village — but everyone appreciated the water truck’s arrival to end the dust bowl.

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Medieval Festival of Courage 2015
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Medieval Festival of Courage 2015

By Thadeus Greenson

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