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Friday, September 23, 2022

A Fine Time for Wine

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 5:00 PM

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In the northern part of the county, the Art and Wine Festival is happening Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. at Fieldbrook Winery (free entry). It, too, is a fundraiser — this time for the Fieldbrook Educational Foundation, and you can almost smell what the ’Brook is cooking from here. Park across the street at Miller Field and head into the winery grounds for mouthwatering barbecued oysters, albacore, chicken on the grill, Greek salad, garlic bread, nachos and hot dogs for the kids. Oh yeah, and there’s live music, lovely scenery and plenty of art and craft booths.
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How 'Bout Them Apples?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2022 at 10:23 AM

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A Sip of Summer: Hard Cider Festival actually takes place a few days into fall, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, it’s a festive afternoon sipping sweet and tart adult beverages in the park while listening to live music, eating great grub, playing games and browsing the wares of local artists and crafters. And it’s a fundraiser to boot — benefiting Wild Souls Ranch! So grab your designated driver and head to Rohner Park on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. for all the fun: Live music by Jacki & the Jollies, Wild Abandon and The Critics, art and craft vendors, food trucks, lawn games, kids zone, unlimited cider tasting and a commemorative glass. Get tickets at northcoasttickets.com.
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Thursday, September 15, 2022

North Country Fair Returns this Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2022 at 4:00 AM

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Every third weekend in September (except for the last two years), the Arcata Plaza swells with families, revelers, artists, dancers, musicians, crafters, makers and producers for the annual North Country Fair, a two-day celebration of the Fall Equinox, diversity and community. This year, the fair falls on Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and promises all the good stuff we know and love — with 170 art and craft vendors, entertainment stages, local food booths, activities for kids and a daily parade at 1 p.m. (Saturday is the All-Species Parade and the Samba Parade is Sunday). Come out and celebrate being “Together Again,” this year’s theme.
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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Garden Party - HBG's Annual Fundraiser on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2022 at 4:00 AM

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Spend an afternoon taking in the beauty of the Humboldt Botanical Garden, now in its lush, late summer bloom, as well as enjoying local food, wine, art and music at the garden’s main fundraiser, the Garden Gala, happening Saturday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. ($100). There among the deep greens and bright colors of the landscape, you’ll find plein air artists painting in their element while the scent of Sammy’s barbecued tri-tip wafts through the air. There’ll be nibbles by Ramone’s Catering, wine and beer from Lost Coast Brewery, and raw and barbequed oysters served with champagne. Sa-wank! Enjoy all of this while getting a gander at the items from the garden's annual online auction. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Get yours at the garden or online at hbgf.org. For ages 21 and up.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Cruz'n Eureka Events Kick off This Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2022 at 5:00 PM

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Cruisin’ for a cause. It’s time for the annual September thrill, Cruz'n Eureka, three days of car-themed activities raising money for the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods. This year’s event takes place Sept. 8-10 and includes a poker run, cruise, several show & shines, a movie, music and more. Things kick off Thursday, Sept. 8 with a Poker Run at 6 p.m. starting at the Wharfinger Building and finishing at Bear River Casino Resort with a Show & Shine in the parking lot at 7:30 p.m. (free). On Friday, Sept. 9, check out more polished chrome and buffed fenders at the Show & Shine event in Henderson Center on Grotto Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (free), grab some burgers with all the fixings at the Meet & Greet BBQ at the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ($10/meal) before Lithia’s Cruz’ thru Old Town from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting under Samoa Bridge. Then take a trip down memory lane with American Graffiti, showing at 7:30 p.m. at the Eureka Theater ($10). Come back Saturday, Sept. 10 for the Car & Bike Show, Street Fair, Raffle, Swap Meet and more fun in Old Town from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Photos: A Brimming Hat Day at the Races

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2022 at 4:32 PM

The wild array of inventive and beautiful hats came in useful on a warm, sunny day at the 10th annual Ladies Hat Day  at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale on Saturday. The organizers offered free admission to the fair and an array of attractive prizes to lure the hat wearers to the horserace grandstands. (See the slideshow below for highlights.)
The Ladies Hat Day contenders catch themselves on the screen at the racetrack. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The Ladies Hat Day contenders catch themselves on the screen at the racetrack.
The "Hatagories" for those persons seeking the prizes included: Best Couple or Group; Best Racing Theme; Most Glamorous; Best Youth (12 & under); and, Funniest or Most Outrageous. This year's Grand Prize winner was Carolyn Polasek, of Ferndale, for her inventive, handmade, massive display of fair food items on her broad-brimmed hat. Other prize recipients included Joanna Nagan for Grand Prize Runner Up; Amber Reiners for Most Glamorous; Willow Seely for Funniest or Most Outrageous; Karen Aldrich for Best Racing Theme; Fun girls with Fungi for Best Couple or Group; Best Youth – Margot and Teddy Nims for Best Youth; and Betty Mack, Juliann Stell, Ceva McWhorter Memorial and Heather Ulrey with Honorable Mentions.

After more than 70 women registered at the entrance, they wandered the grandstand area and posed for free photos at the Forget Me Not Photo Booth. Next the contest participants lined up on the dirt racetrack for the Parade of Hats after the fifth race for review by the judges and horse-race attendees. Then the winners were announced after the sixth race and invited into the winner's circle for photos prior to the last race of the day.
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Monday, August 22, 2022

Photos: Rising Up at the Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2022 at 3:26 PM

The 58th annual Klamath Salmon Festival got underway on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, after a two-year pandemic break. The usual Fogust low clouds soon cleared and, thankfully, the only smoke in the air was coming from the salmon barbecue pit — no wildfire smoke blew in from the nearby inland fires.

The Yurok Tribe’s theme for this year was "Rising Up," in recognition of the recent reintroduction of the Prey-go-neesh, or California condor, in Yurok Country and the pending removal of the Klamath River dams. It was magical to see a large California condor replica perched on the parade entry vehicle of the Klamath Boys and Girls Club. I hope someday to see a real condor soaring over Klamath at this event, given the recent release of four of the endangered birds and more releases planned in the future. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.
Children playing the stick game at the Salmon Festival. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Children playing the stick game at the Salmon Festival.

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Astronomical Fun in Bridgeville

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2022 at 5:00 AM

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Oh yes, it’s back! From outer space. The universe-renowned BridgeFest and Flying Saucer Contest returns this Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day of fun in the hot August sun (free). Where else can humans compete against aliens in a flying saucer throwing contest all in the name of outrageous fun? The contest is in a slightly different spot this year and we are told the landing coordinates are the school yard at Bridgeville School on Kneeland Road (just past the old bridge). Plus, all the usual, out-of-this-world festivities you know and love: live music, tasty food and drink, an alien parade, raffle, Wild Kidz zone, contests and a craft fair. Far out, man!
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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Step Right Up! HumCo Fair Kicks Off Today

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2022 at 9:49 AM

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Hot jumbo corn dog! The 126th annual Humboldt County Fair’s 10-day run of old-fashioned community fun starts today. From Thursday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 28 (closed Monday, Aug. 22) the Humboldt County Fairgrounds will be open noon to 10 p.m. for the beloved end-of-summer ritual that has all your favorites: carnival, horse racing, exhibits, stunts, shows, food, music and more ($15, $10 seniors, $5 kids, Free for kids under 6, $40 carnival bracelet, $5 parking per vehicle). And don’t miss the Guy Fieri Homestyle Chili Cook-Off, Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the grandstands. There’ll be live music, games, prizes, food and vendors. Purchase a People's Choice Mug & Spoon Set for $10 (includes 10 voting tickets) and vote for your favorite chili. See you at the fair!
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Friday, August 12, 2022

On the Waggin' at Woofstock

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 5:00 AM

It’s the biggest dog day of summer! Sequoia Humane Society’s annual Woofstock Festival takes over Halverson Park , Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon to 6 p.m. ($5, $10 family of four). Humboldt’s largest dog party is an all-day play date with a mutt strut, dog-centric booths, crafts, water games, microchipping, a grooming station, food, beer garden, doggy playground and more. Plus, this year sees the return of the battle of the bands from 4 to 6 p.m. So wiggle into your harness and drag your owners to Woofstock. The homeless pets at the Sequoia Humane Society thank you.
"Midge" Cozyris is ready for fun at Woofstock! - KALI COZYRIS
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