Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016

Teen in buckskins and a raccoon hat with three tails

Teen in buckskins and a raccoon hat with three tails

More than 1000 people came to Burney Falls McArthur Park on October 9 for it’s 27th Annual Heritage Day. From noon to 4 p.m. men, women, and children enjoyed listening to old-time music and participating and observing in a variety of pioneer crafts and activities.

Many of the folks were dressed in authentic 19th century attire.

The Burney Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River shared the responsibility of directing traffic and making sure that everyone found a parking space. Parking for the day was free.

The Lions also barbecued lots of tasty burgers. Rotary helped to man the apple press which provided lots of delicious apple cider for everyone who attended.

Folks made lots of delicious cider at the apple press

Folks made lots of delicious cider at the apple press

Many volunteers from the Boy Scouts and the Leos Club were teaching and assisting at the various craft and activity stations.

The local boy scout and cub scout scouts camped the night before in the park.

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coordinate the Leos.

Lots of Leos helped with the activitites

Lots of Leos helped with the activities

Each station gave people an opportunity to learn how our forebears lived.

Children had a great time making candles,

Kids making candles

Kids making candles

sawbucking,

Sawbucking

Sawbucking

and learning how to make rope from twine,

Rope-making

Rope-making

One young lady learned how to give mom a shave with a straight-razor

Giving mom a shave

Giving mom a shave

Learning to throw a tomahawk and a knife was a fun challenge.

Throwing the tomahawk

Throwing the tomahawk

Competing in a tug-o-war  on a box was a thrill.

tug-o-war on a box

Tug-o-war on a box

Ron Shannon was busy teaching people the art of blacksmithing.

Blacksmithing

Spinning wheel

Spinning wheel

Other activities included making pine-needle dolls, spinning, designing brands and branding, quill pen writing, cooking with a Dutch oven, and apple coring,

The main culinary delight of the festival was delicious apple crisp baked in a Dutch oven by  Veronica Skoan. Yummy yummy apples sliced by the kids, together with oats, brown sugar, and other seasonings cooked to blue-ribbon perfection.

Veronica Skoan baked up some delicious apple crisp in her Dutch oven

Veronica Skoan bakeInd up some delicious apple crisp in her Dutch oven

The Pit River Pioneers had a display featuring historical implements and weapons and an old pioneer tent site.

Old time pioneer campsite

Old time pioneer campsite

The tent site was erected by Stan Vigolo. Stan has been helping with Heritage Day since it began. At the first Heritage Day 27 years ago, Stan had his picture taken standing in buckskins by a large conifer. Subsequently, that photo was used by the park on a pamphlet to advertise the event. Here he is standing by the same tree at this year’s event.

Stan Vigolo by the tree he was photographed at 27 years ago

Stan Vigolo by the tree he was photographed at 27 years ago

The entire occasion was enhanced by delightful old-time music. Fiddlers, guitar pickers, bass and mandolin players, banjoists, and singers from the Intermountain area and beyond treated their audience to a broad range of classic and original bluegrass, country, and traditional folk tunes. Amongst the groups performing were the Old Time Fiddlers, Shingletown Bound, and Loosely Strung from Red Bluff.

Shingletown Bound

Shingletown Bound

A highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to four local volunteers who have been long-time supporters of Heritage Day.

Catherine Camp and Ranger Mizeur recognize awardees

Catherine Camp and Ranger Mizeur recognize awardees

Supervising Ranger Brett Mizeur presents Melissa Madden with a certificate of appreciaton

Supervising Ranger Brett Mizeur presents Melissa Madden with a certificate of appreciaton

At 2 p.m. Catherine Camp, chairwoman of the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association and Brett Mizeur,  Supervising Ranger for the park, presented awards to Melissa Madden, Stan Vigolo, and Chuck Evans, and Craig Harrington.

(For more on awards see Four Local Volunteers Honored at Heritage Day.)

Ms Camp said, “We are proud to have such a wonderful community event that includes free admission, We could not do it without the help of dozens of local volunteers.”

 

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