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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 8:43 PM

A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A large crowd of attendees wandered through a mix of vendors and featured artists at Ohana Comic Con.
A surprisingly large crowd of costumed cartoon, movie and anime fans (estimated between 800 and 1,000) filled the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel on Saturday for its first ever Ohana Comic Con. Organizers of the event used the Hawaiian word “ohana,” meaning “family,” to attract families. The cheap tickets (in contrast with big comic con events) also helped bring in a crowd.

The two-day event hosted two costume contests, a wide mix of vendor tables, special guest artists and a few local artists. Event organizers were surprised and pleased at the attendance and hinted at a return event next year. Check out the scene in the slideshow below.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Photos from Old Town Trick-or-Treat

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 7:34 PM

This young girl rocked maximum plumage with her beautiful peacock costume. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • This young girl rocked maximum plumage with her beautiful peacock costume.

Eureka's Old Town attracted a large costumed crowd of all ages at Saturday afternoon's annual Halloween event sponsored by Eureka Main Street. Children age 12 or younger accompanied by adults wandered among more than 80 participating stores, collecting bags of sugary goodies — or, in one case, a polished rock that also proved popular. Enjoy highlights from the fun in the slideshow below.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Zombies Shake/Drag a Leg

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25. - PHOTO BY MEGAN MARTIN
  • Photo by Megan Martin
  • Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25.

A gray-faced, dead-eyed army of zombies from Sunny Brae Middle School sprang to after-life for some vintage choreography to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" on Friday, Oct. 26 at Murphy’s Market in Sunny Brae. Then, while Vincent Price's cackle still echoed in the aisles, the undead dancers made their groaning way to the Arcata Plaza for an encore before slinking back to the cursed ground from which they rose. Enjoy Megan Martin's slideshow of their creepy moves below. Happy Halloween, everybody.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hayrides and Apple Harvest at Clendenen's

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 4:07 PM

A tractor-pulled hayride through Clendenen's apple orchard. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • A tractor-pulled hayride through Clendenen's apple orchard.

Bushels of fun were had this past weekend at Fortuna's annual Apple Harvest Festival. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed pies and cider, a street fair, arts and craft vendors and live music throughout the weekend. And down at Clendenen's Cider Works, apple-cheeked kids and adults alike sampled pressed cider and climbed aboard hayrides through the orchard. Photographer Mark McKenna captured some highlights from Sunday's festivities in the slideshow below. Savor the sweetness at your leisure.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Re-Cap of Ladies Hat Day

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Ferndale native son Guy Fieri was on hand Saturday to present the Grand Prize and trophy to team "A Slice of Family, Friendshp and Fun at the Races." - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Ferndale native son Guy Fieri was on hand Saturday to present the Grand Prize and trophy to team "A Slice of Family, Friendshp and Fun at the Races."

The seventh annual Ladies Hat Day at the Races at the Humboldt County Fair on Saturday attracted more than 100 glamorous, outrageous and funny competitors for some big prizes for their hat creations. See some of the feats of fashion in the slideshow below.

Ladies Hat Day "Hatagories" included Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, and Best Couple or Group. A Grand Prize winner and Runner Up were chosen from any of the four "Hatagories."


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cruising Down Memory Lane

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 3:48 PM

Josua DeGraw's 1966 Class 2B blue Mustang glistens in the sun on Main Street on July 28 at the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. - PHOTO BY MEGAN BENDER
  • Photo by Megan Bender
  • Josua DeGraw's 1966 Class 2B blue Mustang glistens in the sun on Main Street on July 28 at the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo.

For three days at to the end of the July, car enthusiasts load up and cruise down to Fortuna, driving classics rich with heritage. Driver’s come from as close as Blue Lake and as far as Santa Rosa, Oregon and beyond to show off their wheels at the 29th Annual Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. Check out the slide show below for a few beauties.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Grainy Photos from the Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Best of Show sand sculpture "Tale of the Plastic Whale," neared completion with the help of Northcoast Environmental Center volunteers Taylor Zenobia (left), Casey Cruikshank (right) and NEC Coastal Program Coordinator Madison Peters.

The 23rd annual Sand Sculpture Festival sponsored by Friends of the Dunes took place on Saturday under cool overcast skies at a new location on the beach at the Samoa Drag Strip (easy access and lots of parking). Fifteen artist teams and a few other freelancers showed up to have fun creating amazing sand sculptures in a very temporary medium — think high tide. They could use only sand, water and items found on the beach. Check out photos of the entries in the slideshow below.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Photos from Northern Nights

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening. - PHOTO BY ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Photo by Alexander Woodard
  • Worthy b2b Option4 perform at the main stage of Northern Nights Music Festival on Friday evening.

With temps in the 90s and stage lights ablaze, the Northern Nights Music Festival was a hot ticket this past weekend. If you couldn't make it up to Cooks Valley Campground — or if you crashed out hard on the Grove Stage beds — here's Alexander Woodard's slideshow of some of the DJ and live band shows, dancing, river frolicking, trippy black-light art, outdoor yoga and impromptu didgeridoo you might have missed Friday and Saturday.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Folksy Affair (Slideshow)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Joe King of Kingfoot was brought to his knees while watching bass player Kevin Johnson perform some acrobatics on his bass.
More than 200 performers participated during eight days of music in the 40th annual Humboldt Folklife Festival across a variety of venues. A week of live music ending in a barn dance on Friday was followed by an all-Saturday free festival in Blue Lake that featured live music on two stages and Folk School workshops, ranging from playing ukulele and other string instrument to singing harmony.

Check out the slideshow below for photographs from Wednesday and Saturday.


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Independence Day, Plaza Style

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 4:38 PM

This Bubbles Parade watcher wore event-themed apparel of all types. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • This Bubbles Parade watcher wore event-themed apparel of all types.
As is the annual tradition, scores of revelers descended on the Arcata Plaza yesterday to celebrate the July Fourth holiday. True to Arcata form, there were aerial dancers, wax hands, face painting and even a bubble parade.

If you missed the fun  — or enjoyed every last bubble and want to reminisce — local photographer Mark Larson has you covered. He spent the day having fun in the sun with his camera and shares the following slideshow.

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