The traditional Plumas County Picnic will make its 30th appearance on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Or will it? There will be a picnic;2017 Picnic Poster with the famous Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show and Shine, the Lions Club Breakfast, and loads of other activities, but have we really only done this 30 times? No. Due to recent exhaustive research, as well as a scratch on the head, it was discovered the first recorded county picnic held at the fairgrounds was in 1952. When you do the ciphering, that works out to this being the 65th Annual Plumas County Picnic. When did this oversite begin? Why did it happen? Don’t know, don’t care. 64 is the new 30!
Back in the 50’s and 60’, literally thousands of people would show up for a free beef lunch, motorcycle racing, baseball games and kids games. There’s no more free lunch, but the County Picnic hosts the largest American Valley Speedway race of the year, which starts at 7pm in the grandstand. Be sure to try out the Little League Tri Tip BBQ during the day.
It all starts at 7am with the Lions Club Breakfast served on the patio of the Mineral Building. Vendors begin opening around 10am with food, products and public information around 10am. Of course, the big attraction is the Sierra Cascade Streetrodders Show and Shine. Take a walk along hundreds of beautiful cars, with a chance to vote for your favorite. It’s the biggest classic car show in the county.
A good time horseshoe tournament will begin at high noon. Bring a partner, or, find someone standing around and make them your new partner. There are no forms to fill out, no entry fee and you don’t have to bring your own horseshoes.The first and second place teams will walk away with valuable cheap trophies. The tournament begins at noon, unless we have to wait for someone to get off work, in which case we may wait for them. Pretty sure it will start at noon though. Come have some fun!
If you want to kick off things early, come to the fairgrounds the evening before. On June 2, at dusk, the PSCF Foundation will be offering a free drive in movie. Atom Age Vampire, Atom Age Vampire poster along with cartoons and shorts will be shown on the big screen. Bring your car, or your blanket. A concession stand will be offering snacks and drinks. Several of the classic cars that will be displayed on Saturday are planning on coming to the drive-in, so it should be a truly nostalgic event.
“The County Picnic is one of those opportunities we have in a rural area to get back to what we all say we want.” Says Fair Manager John Steffanic. “All it really takes is for people to show up and be part of the fun. The more people, the more fun. It’s that simple.”