“The Hoarders” Coming To Downieville?
Downieville Town Treasure Hunt!
Tired of closet clutter? Are you feeling like you’re one pile of junk away from being on an episode of “The Hoarders”? Then consider this—join in and be part of the Downieville Town Treasure Hunt, scheduled for the Fishing Derby weekend; June 14 & 15. It’s a treasure hunt of community yard sales, all through Downieville. Start spring cleaning and be part of the fun! A” treasure map” will be available to mark the locations of all the sales, and plenty of signage will be posted. The deadline to get on the map is June 1, so make sure you let Kathy Whitlow or Cherry Simi know if you’re going to be selling on one or both days. The more sales, the more inviting it will be for buyers! The hunt is on!
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Local Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Friday, April 4, 2014 firefighters seen on Downieville streets may not be responding to a fire or other emergency. Off-duty firefighters from Downieville Volunteer Fire Department will be shaking their turnout boots and collecting donations to help “Fill the Boot for Burns”. This event helps raise money to support burn prevention and recovery programs in Northern and Central California.
Firefighters will be asking the community to help support burn recovery programs including Firefighters
Kids Camp for Young Burn Survivors, Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp, and other burn programs funded
by the Firefighters Burn Institute. Similar “Boot Drives” are being held simultaneously throughout the nation.
WHO: Firefighters from Downieville Volunteer Fire Department
WHAT: “Fill the Boot For Burns” Boot Drive Fundraiser
WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2014
WHERE: Main Street & Nevada Street, Downieville, CA
Main Street & Commercial Street, Downieville, CA
Downieville – Firefighters are suited up and ready for this year’s Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive to be held in Downieville on April 4th, 2014. Firefighters from Downieville Volunteer Fire Department will spend their day shaking their boots and volunteering their time to collect donations at the intersections of Main Street/Nevada Street and Main Street/Commercial Street to “Fill the Boot for Burns”. Firefighters will be collecting donations to support the Firefighters Burn Institute and assure the best possible burn treatment and recovery programs are available in Northern and Central California.
The Firefighters Burn Institute (FFBI), founded in 1973 by Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, Local 522, has grown into the area’s largest firefighter-run charity. The Firefighters Burn Institute helped establish the first burn unit in Sacramento in 1974 and continues to donate medical equipment, fund burn research and provide free burn recovery programs, including two annual summer camps for young burn survivors. The Firefighters Kids Camp, held each summer for kids ages 7 to 17 years old and the Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp for children ages 3 to 6. These camps provide burn survivor children a safe place to be just like everyone else and a positive environment to overcome challenges and achieve goals. Camp provides an opportunity for kids who have experienced terrible circumstances to see a future filled with endless possibilities.
Donations collected during annual Boot Drives have also made it possible for the Firefighters Burn Institute to pledge two million dollars toward the construction of the new Regional Burn Center at U.C. Davis Medical Center. The new 7,900 square foot, 12-bed burn unit now provides comprehensive care with the most technologically advanced treatment options available to burn patients throughout inland northern California, northwest Nevada and southern Oregon.
Please come out and show your support and drop your donation into the boot of a firefighter on April 4th…we hope to see you there!
To see more information go to http://www.sierracounty.ca.gov/AgendaCenter/Board-of-Supervisors-Standing-Committee-Agendas-6/ click on the agenda to see pro and con letters.
Sometimes, epic events can not be replicated. There was no sequel to the movie Ben Hur. There’s really no good reason to bring back the mullet. There is, however, one event that should, and will be brought back; The Mother Of All Workdays II at the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds. The original event held last Spring, brought together hundreds of volunteers investing hundreds of hours of work. They painted, raked, swept, repaired and then ate lunch. Why not do it again?
Saturday. April 26 will see the return of those who value the fairgrounds in Quincy, and are willing to show their feelings by helping to make the grounds look great. The list of tasks is long, so the more the merrier. Horse stalls need painting, livestock barns need cleaning and repairing, and gopher mounds need to be knocked down. Of course, there is always areas to be swept, windows to be cleaned and rocks to be picked up. Flower beds need to be weeded and walls scrubbed. Plus, if anyone in the community has a particular skill they think the fairgrounds could use, please call the office at 283-6272. There is always a need for electricians, landscapers or locksmiths.
If you, your family, or your organization wants to come spend a morning helping out the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds, call the office and let Fair Manager John Steffanic tell you what kind of tasks need to be assigned. If you want to receive a coveted Mother of All Workdays II commemorative t-shirt, you must call ahead and let the Fair know you are coming. Be sure to tell them what size shirt you need. Volunteers are asked to check-in between 8am and 9am. Work proceeds until noon or 12:30pm, when everyone sits down and enjoys a delicious BBQ lunch.
Originally conceived of as a way to promote the Plumas Sierra County Fair, the Sweetheart of the Mountains Pageant became a popular symbol of the annual fair, as well as a coveted title for young ladies from Plumas or Sierra Counties. Back when it was a pageant, judging included such important issues of the era like body weight and measurements. The newer version of the Sweetheart of the Mountains eliminates the title pageant, as well as body considerations. We are more interested in how a young lady presents herself, how she communicates and how committed she is to her community. Many long time residents, who know former Sweethearts, would tell you all those attributes have existed in all the girls from the beginning. How a teenage girl looks in a swimsuit has nothing to do with how good a representative of our area she is. Times have changed.
The 2014 edition of the Sweetheart of the Mountains Scholarship Competition will reach it’s conclusion on the opening night of the Fair. One young girl will be crowned the title on Wednesday, August 13 in the Grandstands of the Fairgrounds. The competition will begin on May 1, 2014 when candidates can begin their efforts with community appearances, fund raising events, and endless rehearsals. A girl who is a resident of Plumas or Sierra Counties, who will be entering their Junior or Senior year in the semester following the August Fair, or who have just graduated in the spring of the year the Fair is held, is eligible to compete. Candidates must complete an application available at each high school, charter school or private school. Applications are also available on-line at www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net. Complete rules are available for download. The deadline for applying is Friday, April 25. Completed applications are to be mailed to the address listed on the form.
Ultimately, candidates will be judged in three areas; poise, talent, and community service/fund raising.
The night of the competition, entrants will have an opportunity to perform any sort talent that “entertains an audience”. The evening will also have the contestants answer random questions to gauge how quickly they can think and how clearly they can communicate. Both of those segments will be judged by a panel of judges representing all areas of both counties.
The final phase of competition is community service/fund raising. This process will begin the minute a girl announces her candidacy. Contestants are required to attend at least two events in their community, and attend the Plumas County Picnic on June 7 in Quincy at the Fairgrounds. The purpose of these appearances is to represent and promote the Plumas Sierra County Fair. They will also be judged on the amount of money they raise for the Fair and it’s new non-profit; the PSCF Foundation. Girls can have raffles, car washes, performances or seek donors. An interesting aspect of the fund raising, is that each girl will be able to use 50% of what she raises for her future education. The PSCF Foundation will hold those funds for two years, or longer in some cases, to help Sweetheart contestants pay tuition, buy books, pay for room or board, or anything that can help them move forward with an education or career. The other 50% will be used to fund improvements at the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds.
The show will be held the opening night of the Fair and will feature song and dance by local performers. Past Sweethearts will be on hand to lend elegance to the evening, which will be hosted by former local radio personalities, Steve Rusk and John Steffanic. Admission to the event will cost $5, but special discount packages will be available that include Fair admission and all grandstand events.
For further information, or if you would like to be a sponsor of the Sweetheart of the Mountains Scholarship Competition, call the Fair Office at 530-283-6272.
A county fair is not about corn dogs, a carnival or jugglers. It exists because people want to show what they have made, raised or grown. That is what brought people together from miles around, once a year, all around the world. Plumas and Sierra Counties are no different. Do they raise better sheep in Indian Valley, or Sierra Valley? Are the quilts prettier from Lake Almanor or American Valley? Who makes the best apple jelly? All that is settled at the Plumas Sierra County Fair every year beginning the second Wednesday in August. This year’s Fair runs from August 13-17.
The first step in declaring bragging rights is getting the annual Exhibit Guide. Some people still call it the Premium Book. This is where all the categories of competition are listed. The book has sections for the Art Barn, Floriculture/Horticulture, Home Arts, Livestock and Horse Show. In each section is a list of Divisions. For instance, in the Art Barn, you will find Divisions for amateur black & white photography and senior high school paintings. Beneath each Division are Classes, which break down the Division further. You will find Classes like Landscape, Selfies and Human Interest under the Amateur Black and White Division. There are guidelines and rules for each section that include deadlines, number of entries allowed in each class, and how much it costs to enter. Each Class awards ribbons and usually a cash premium for the top three winners. At the back of the guide are entry forms for each section. It includes your contact information and has a place for you to write down the Division and Class for each of your entries. Mail or bring those entry forms to the Fair Office by July 18 with your entry fees and you are entered into the Fair!
Remember, you don’t have to bring your actual entry by July 18, just the entry form. You would bring your jams, quilts, or photos in the days before the fair. In the case of vegetables or flowers, you sometimes bring those in during the Fair. It’s all in the exhibit guide.
We sometimes spend our lives regretting not doing one thing or another. Entering something in the Fair is just too fun and easy to not do it. It is guaranteed; you will remember winning a ribbon at the county fair for the rest of your life. Take a few minutes and look through the exhibit guide to see if there is anything that peaks your interest. Can you gift wrap a box? Enter that. Do you have a recipe for bread that your Grandma gave you? Bring it on down. How about that collection of unusual rocks you have accumulated? Everyone who visits the Fair would love to see it. The more entries the Fair has, the healthier the Fair is. Be a part of that.
The exhibit guide is available on the Fair website; www.plumas-sierracountyfair.net and is broken down by section for those of you who still have a dial-up connection. You can pick up hard copies at local libraries, Plumas Bank branches, and where ever good people gather. You can also stop by the Fair Office and get one there.