2018 Burney Basin Days Bed Race Summary

Four teams plus a “geezer team” competed in the 2018 Burney Basin Days Bed Races.

The Old Washed Up Burney Basin Boys

Peter Hennessey
Paul Hennessey
Stephen Mead

This team took second place with a time of 1 minute 43 seconds earning them a cash prize of $200.00 donated by Burney Reunites.

 

Burney Basin Boys

Stephen Hennessey
William Hennessey
Luke Niemeir

This team was awarded a trophy for Best of Theme and third place with a time of 1 minute 52 seconds.

 

Rising Sun

Dusty Howard
Coby Frazier
Langston Tate

This team took 4th place in the event with a time of 1 minute 55 seconds.

 

Just a Few More Winks

Jeremy Winkelman
Josh Winkelman
Brian Winkelman

This team was awarded 1st place with a time of 1 minute 39 seconds which earned them a $500 cash prize donated by the Pit River Casino and the perpetual First Place Trophy.

This year’s event also included our first Geezer Class Entry, all members of the team must be at least 60 years of age. The Moser & Bowman Team was made up of

Frank Moser
Vern Bowman
Della Bowman

Their final time was 2 minutes and 49 seconds and by finishing the event they earned an oxygen tank trophy and $100 donated by Burney Reunites.

This year’s race was organized by Rising Sun Fit Club, located at 37116 Main Street in Burney. All memberships include access to the gym and a wide variety of classes. Come join the family! The Club offers 24-hour gym access.

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Report on Burney Basin Days Parade

This year’s Burney Basin Days Parade had 43 entries. Burney Basin Days Parade Judged Entry Winners are as follows:

The Mayor’s Choice Award was awarded to Pit River Casino with a cash prize of $100.00

Best of Theme “Burney on Parade” was awarded to Mayer’s Memorial Hospital with a cash prize of $300.00.

The Best of Float was awarded to Burney Mountain Boys with a cash prize of $500.00

Turn out for the Kiddie Parade was fantastic and the registration table ran out of entry forms!

 

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2018 Burney Basin Days Pictures

One picture is worth a thousand words…


Many thanks to the Burney Basin Days Committee and all who helped make the 2018 Burney Basin Days Parade a great success!

God bless Burney, God bless America, God Bless the world!

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Kid Fit Games kick off 2018 Burney Basin Days

2018 Burney Basin Days began with an exciting panorama of Kid Fit Track and Field Games at the Burney High School Football field at 6 p.m. on Thursday July 5.

First to the finish

More than 150 people came to share in the opening event which included Kid Fit sports, an ice cream social, and the announcement of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney.

Forty-nine parents and 63 children signed up to participate in the competitive athletic activities including races, long-jump, water-balloon tossing, tug 0′ war and other fun events.

A tough tug o’ warrior

Precarious water balloon tossing

Take-off!

A champion ball-splasher

Ribbons were awarded to winners, and prizes given to all who participated.

There was even a race for parents.

Parents race

In between events, folks enjoyed ice cream and sprinkles at the social sponsored by the Burney Chamber of Commerce. Ice cream was donated by Jill Barnett.

Lining up for ice cream

All the while, a group of Burney High School Raiders in animal costumes cheered everybody on.

An assortment of Raiders supporters

The Kid Fit Track and Field Night was the fourth of five 2018 Kid Fit events. Kid Fit is organized locally by Shaylene Herndon from Bright Futures, Dana Haugue from Full Fitness Spectrum, and Tri Counties Community Network. Burney High School Senior Hailey Shaver assisted Shaylene Herndon in the program for her Senior Project.

Pit River Casino donated $5000 to fund the 2018 Kid Fit program in Burney. Additional funds were also provided by Mountain Cruisers and PG&E Employees Funds.

The last Kid Fit Event will be the  Mud race and obstacle course on Bailey Avenue and family swim night at the Raymond Berry Community Pool on July 12.

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Ralph Freitas wins 2018 race for Honorary Mayor of Burney

Ralph Freitas is the Honorary Mayor of Burney for 2018. His victory in the Mayor’s Race was announced at the Burney High School Football field at the Kid Fit opening event of Burney Basin Days Thursday evening July 5.

Burney Chamber President Sandy McCullar and Jill Daugherty welcome Ralph Freitas as 2018 Honorary Mayor of Burney

The Mayor’s race is a fun annual event in which public-minded citizens raise funds for favorite charities. The one who raises the most money becomes the new mayor. Four candidates competed in this year’s race.

2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty, 2018 Honorary Mayor Ralph Freitas, and candidates Katie Small, Jen Luck, and VFW Commander J.P. Wheeler (representing Destiny Tavares)

Burney Chamber of Commerce President introduced each candidate who then spoke briefly about their cause. Ralph raised money for the Burney Fire District. The money will be used to buy new pagers for volunteers. Jen Luck raised money for Burney Beautification. Katie Small raised money for Burney sports, and Destiny Tavares raised money for “past, present, and future veterans.” Ms. Tavares was represented at the event by VFW Post 5689 Commander J.P. Wheeler.

Altogether, the four candidates raised $3,082.31. After Ralph was announced as the winner, 2017 Honorary Mayor Jill Daugherty placed a top hat on his head and draped him with his Honorary Mayor’s ribbon. All of the candidates then shared a high five.

High Five

Mayor Freitas said that he hoped to ride in the Burney Fire District fire truck during the Burney Basin Days Parade.

Shortly after the ceremony Freitas performed his first official duty by judging the closing Kid Fit watermelon-eating contest.

Mayor Ralph Freitas judging the watermelon eating contest

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“Too Fast” racks up miles and smiles

Adam “Too Fast” Slobatian

Adam Slobadian from Bozeman Montana is a fast hiker. His trail name is “Too Fast,” but he doesn’t really hike too fast, just faster and longer each day than the average hiker.

Adam averages between 35-40+ miles per day on the Pacific Crest Trail. He left Campo near the Mexican border on May 15th and he expects to reach Canada by mid August. Wow! A 2600 mile hike through rugged terrain in 3 months!

Adam had been wearing his Altra Timp hiking shoes for 720 miles by the time he got to Burney. He wore down soles and the cushions so it was time for a new pair.

Before reaching Burney he checked one of the PCT apps on which people record their experiences and recommendations for PCT friendly stops. He saw that the Word of Life Assembly of God Church welcomes hikers. PCT hikers can sleep overnight in the gym. Kathy Newton is very hospitable and helpful, and church members provide trail magic. He also read that they receive and hold packages for PCT hikers.

So Adam ordered a new pair of Altra shoes online and had them shipped to WOLA. He hiked the stretch along Hat Creek Ridge on July 2. Coming down to Baum Lake, he pulled out his cell phone to check reception when he was suddenly called back to attention by a rattlesnake.

“Hey Buddy! Pay attention to the trail!” the snake rattled.

Adam spent the night at Burney Mountain Guest Ranch, and on the morning of July 3, hiked down to 299 to hitch a ride into Burney. The third car that came pulled over. Inside was Rev. Ken Frazier, pastor of WOLA, who was on his way to the church.

I met Adam in the coffee shop as he was waiting for his shoes. If the shoes arrived early enough he was planning to head back out on the trail. If they didn’t come until late afternoon or early evening he planned to spend the night at the church.

Adam is 32 years old. He grew up in upstate New York in a town near Binghamton. He attended the University of Vermont where he studied philosophy and art. During that time, he spent a lot of time hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

When he received his degree in 2009, the economy was still suffering. Adam read about Bozeman and decided to head West to see what the Rocky Mountains were like. For the first three months, he lived in a tent. His found a job as a dispatcher for a towing company. Then he was hired by a firm that trains professional accountants where he has worked successfully for the past 7 years.

Living in the East, Adam had wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. Living in Bozeman, he decided instead to try the PCT. He applied to his boss for leave explaining ways in which his absence would actually benefit the development of the company.

His boss said, “Sure, take six months off and enjoy yourself. We’ll see you when you get back.”

Because Adam is “Two Fast,” he hikes the trail mostly alone. Most hikers average 20 to 25 miles a day. When he has told some of the hikers the pace he sets, several have asked to join him thinking that it would increase their pace. It did, but after a few hours they would drop behind wanting to rest or linger for a while someplace along the trail.

For many hikers, “It’s the miles not the smiles.” For Adam it’s the miles and the smiles.

“The Pacific Crest Trail has been an amazing experience with incredible scenery and extremely generous and kind people that I will remember for a long time,” Adam said.

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BURNEY BASIN DAYS 2018 – “BURNEY ON PARADE”

THURSDAY, JULY 5TH

BURNEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD    6PM TO 8PM KID FIT FAMILY TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS

BURNEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FREE ICE CREAM SOCIAL

ICE CREAM DONATED BY JILL BARNETT OF HIGH COUNTRY REALTY

BURNEY’S HONORARY MAYOR WILL BE ANNOUNCED CANDIDATES RAISE FUNDS TO DONATE LOCALLY :

DESTINY TAVARES – VFW AND AMERICAN LEGION

JEN LUCK – TOWN BEAUTIFICATION

KATIE SMALL – BURNEY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

RALPH FREITAS – BUNEY FIRE DISTRICT

FRIDAY, JULY 6TH

FRIENDS MAIN STREET BOOKS (F.O.I.L) OPEN FROM 10AM-2PM MAIN & TAMARACK

BURNEY VFW POST 5689 FLAG RETIREMENT AND CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT BURNEY VFW HALL BEGINNING AT 5:00PM

LEARN ABOUT OUR FLAG, HOW TO CARE FOR IT, FOLD IT & RETIRE IT

ENJOY A CIVIL WAS RE-ENACTMENT     free – everyone welcome

FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL AT THE REX CLUB FROM 7PM-11PM

FREE KIDS SWIM AT THE COMMUNITY POOL FROM 7:30PM TO 9:00PM

BHS VOLLEYBALL FUNDRAISER AT THE POOL- KIDS HOTDOG MEAL $5 EACH

SATURDAY, JULY 7TH

BURNEY LIONS CLUB CHUCK WAGON PANCAKE BREAKFAST

CHRISTMAS TREE LANE ON MAIN ST FROM 7AM TO 11AM (TAKE HOME AVAILABLE) PANCAKES, EGGS, BACON/SAUSAGE, COFFEE, JUICE – $8 ADULT – $5 KIDS 12 & UNDER

CRAFT FAIRE (SPONSORED BY BURNEY CHAMBER, BURNEY SOROPTIMIST & BOY SCOUTS) BEHIND US BANK FROM 9AM-4PM OVER 30 VENDORS, INCLUDING KETTLE KORN

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT SPONSORED BY PIT RIVER CASINO WASHBURN-BUE PARK FROM 9AM-7PM

FRIENDS MAIN STREET BOOKS – MAIN & TAMARACK 10AM-2PM

BURNEY CHAMBER – MAIN STEET EVENTS:

BED RACES AT 10:AM

KIDDIE PARADE AT 10:30AM

BURNEY BASIN DAYS PARADE AT 11AM

LIVE MUSIC BY “RAINY NIGHTS” AT ALPINE DRIVE-INN 12NOON – 3:00PM

ROOT BEER FLOAT STAND (NOAH BISHOP SENIOR PROJECT}

KIDS FACE PAINTING BOOTH (BURNEY CHEERLEADER FUNDRAISER) FREE KIDS BOOK GIVEAWAY BY KXIE

BURNEY VFW POST 5689 BARBECUE 12NOON TO 6:00PM AT THE VFW HALL BBQ TRI-TIP, BAKED BEANS, COLESLAW, GARLIC BREAD, COOKIES, ICED TEA, AND LEMONADE FOR $7 PER PERSON ($25 FOR A FAMILY UP TO 5 PEOPLE) TAKEOUT TOO BAGPIPERS PERFOM AT 1:00PM

FIREWORKS BY BURNEY/FALL RIVER ROTARY – BURNEY HIGH FOOTBALL FIELD

FIELD GATES OPEN AT 5:00PM (DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

MUSIC, FOOD VENDORS, AND MORE LEAD UP TO FIREWORKS AT 10PM

BRING YOUR JACKETS AND BLANKETS, THE SUN GOES DOWN AND SO DOES THE TEMP

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT PIT RIVER CASINO FROM 9PM-1AM

SUNDAY, JULY 8TH

BURNEY CHUCK WAGON BREAKFAST AT CHRISTMAS TREE LANE 7AM TO 11AM CRAFT FAIRE BEHIND US BANK 9AM-3PM

SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT WASHBURN-BUE PARK 9AM-2PM HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT AT PIT RIVER CASINO BEGINS AT NOON SWIMMING POOL OPEN 12 NOON TO 4PM

CRIBBAGE TOURNAMENT AT VFW HALL BEGINNING AT 2:00PM

SPONSORED BY VFW AND MOUNTAIN CRUISERS CAR CLUB

$5 PER PERSON – ALL AGES WELCOME

BURNEY BASIN DAYS IS ORGANIZED BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE BURNEY CHAMBER, BURNEY SOROPTIMIST, BURNEY ROTARY, BURNEY LIONS CLUB, BURNEY VFW, MT CRUISERS, BOY SCOUTS, PIT RIVER CASINO, BURNEY FIRE DEPARTMENT, CHP, BURNEY SHERIFF DEPT. , CAL TRANS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES, WITH SPONSORSHIPS FROM MOUNTAIN VALLEYS HEALTH CENTERS, PIT RIVER CASINO, VFW POST 5689 AUXILIARY, TUBIT ENTERPRISES, INC., MAYERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, MOUNTAIN CRUISERS CAR CLUB, RANCHERIA RV PARK, PIT RIVER MINI MART, HAT CREEK HEREFORD RANCH AND RV, SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES, HATCHET RIDGE WIND, LLC, AND PIT RIVER HEALTH SERVICE, INC

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