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Monday, November 4, 2019

Trick or Treat: Photos from Arcata's Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Parking was a premium for Trick or Treat on the Plaza in Arcata in late afternoon as easily more than a thousand children and adults showed up for the Halloween fun. The event, sponsored by Arcata Main Street, started off with the HSU Marching Lumberjacks, giant puppets and a bubble machine circling the plaza, followed by attendees lining ulp at storefronts and businesses around the plaza to collect the goodies.
The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza.
Additional entertainment included a zombie flash mob performance of "Thriller," a flaming performance by the Bella Vita Fire Dance Company, hay bale rides around the plaza and photo ops with a Halloween Fairy. See the slideshow below for highlights of the costumed fun.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Geeking Out: Photos from Ohana Comic Con

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 5:02 PM

The second annual Ohana Comic Con in the Sapphire Palace at the Blue Lake Casino Hotel welcomed hundreds of attendees on Saturday, despite the power outages elsewhere. Lights were on thanks to the micro-grid electricity generating system in place. The family-friendly, two-day event surged with the superpowers of costumed adults and children as they shopped at vendors, played board and video games, and participated in a costume contest. The event also featured make-up demonstrations (think scary clowns and evil nuns) and panel conversations with two celebrities from the movie world. Check out the highlights in the slideshow below.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Photos from Saturday's Zombie Apocalypse

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33 PM

On Saturday ahead of Arts Alive, the annual Zombie Walk from Eureka's courthouse through the streets of Old Town brought out the undead. The loose  scrum of leg-dragging cannibals stopped to terrorize people in cars, wait for street lights to change and take selfies with the living. A few brave machete-wielding souls waded into the gory scrum but seem to have been overwhelmed.
The dead rose and walked the streets of Old Town on Saturday. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • The dead rose and walked the streets of Old Town on Saturday.
Photographer Mark McKenna was on the scene documenting the brain-eating horde for the slideshow below. If you see any friends in there, remember: They're not your friend anymore. 
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Photos from Sunday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

Sunday at the 46th annual North Country Fair featured another splash of the popular rhythms and dances of Samba da Alegria's Samba Parade, along with the usual mix of live music on multiple stages, vendors of all types and — atypically for the season — occasional rain. See highlights of the parade in the slideshow below.
The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers.
Fortunately for the paint-daubed musicians and samba dancers in a mix of costumes symbolizing Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival, the weather cleared in time for their 1 p.m. performance in front of a packed house around the Arcata Plaza. After the Samba Parade left the plaza, fair attendees took shelter for a half hour or so of heavy rain and then returned once warm sunshine appeared for the rest of the afternoon's fair activities.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Photos from Ladies Hat Day at the Races

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 5:26 PM

A large crowd of fans of horse-racing and ladies in hats showed up for Saturday's free admission to the eighth annual Ladies Hat Day at the Races at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale.
Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Laura Ayllon, of Loleta, put her sun hat to good use on the sunny afternoon. She placed second in the Most Glamorous category.
The hat wearers moved onto the racetrack for the Parade of Hats competition in "Hatagories" that included Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, Most Original, Youth and Best Couple or Group. Generous prizes were offered after the sixth race for the Grand Prize winner, the Runner-Up winner and the best hats in the four categories. See the slideshow below for shots of the top toppers.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Piping Up: Photos from the Highland Games

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 11:33 AM

Blue Lake's Perigot Park was awash in tartan and the music of bagpipes on Sunday during the Highland Games. Competitors brought the hammer down — or rather up — throwing 12-pound hammers and cabers (basically logs, folks) for distance. Attendees got down to Celtic rock from Tempest and got sentimental to pipes and drums from the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band and the Jefferson Pipe Band.

Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday.
A good time was had by all at the annual celebration of Scottish culture, as evident in the slideshow below by photographer Mark McKenna. And no surprise, the haggis sold out.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hot Wheels: Photos from Fortuna's AutoXpo

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 6:58 PM

A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27.
Vintage gear heads descended once again on the Friendly City this past weekend for the annual AutoXpo. The chrome gleamed, the engines roared and a parade of classic beauties cruised down the main drag to give everyone lined up on the sidewalks an eyeful. The Journal's Zach Lathouris was there shooting the highlights as the fishtails and muscle cars rolled past. See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Bubbling Over: Photos from the Fourth in Arcata

Posted By on Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza.

The only things exploding on the Arcata plaza for the 4th of July Jubilee were thousands of soap bubbles, as the Bubbles Promenade kicked off the event with a crowd of children and adults blowing bubbles. The soapy parade that also included a few rhutabaga Queens for Life and a mix of Kinetic Race vehicles, looped around the plaza a couple of times,followed a pause for the national anthem.

The family-friendly event then offered a long afternoon of live music, fun activities for the children, lunch options from food and drink vendors and an autograph session with Humboldt Crabs players. See the slideshow below for highlights of the bubbly festivities.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Photos of the Fairy Frolic

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2019 at 3:15 PM

A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo.

It was another "Frolick of Fairies" at the magical second annual Fairy Festival on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday. The large turnout of mystical fairies and other life forms for the costume contests, live music, belly dancing, a parade with a dragon, and other activities probably exceeded even the most optimistic expectations of everyone except Shoshanna Rose. She helped organize the fundraiser event, along with help from the Bureau of Fantastical Spectacles, the city of Arcata and Arcata Main Street, as a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Attendees at the long afternoon and evening of entertainment had their choice of food and drink vendors, as well as face painting, airbrush or henna tattoos, book sellers and various clothing and jewelry vendor tables. See the slideshow below for fae highlights.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Photos from Oyster Fest 2019

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:23 PM

Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass.

The 29th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival managed to pack the Arcata Plaza with thousands of attendees on Saturday, despite some unusual drama in the days before the event. First there was the local beer controversy and then the last-minute health crisis — oops, a math error, no crisis — regarding the safety of the 130,000+plus local oysters from Humboldt Bay to be eaten at the event, which is organized by Arcata Main Street as its primary fundraiser.

The early morning foggy overcast burned off in early afternoon for the usual event line up of live music, an oyster-calling contest for children and adults, and the Shuck & Swallow oyster-eating contest, as well as the food and beer venues. See more about winners of the Best Oyster contest here, and a slideshow of the day's highlights below.

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