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Memorial Day Weekend Fine Arts & Craft Show

Rotary Club of Burney/Fall River will be sponsoring a Fine Arts and Craft Show on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Downtown Burney next to the Rex Club Days Car Show behind U.S. Bank.

Proceeds go to support local scholarships and Rotary International’s Polio Plus.

This craft show will feature local artists. All items are handmade fine arts and crafts sold by the artist who created them!

Vendors please contact Andrew Urlie, Email: mailto:burneyfallsart@gmail.com; Phone: (530) 335-4030

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A Taste of the 97th Annual Inter-Mountain Fair

From September 3-7, the 97th Annual Inter-Mountain fair featured five

Sculpture in the school art exhibit

Sculpture in the school art exhibit

days of events, competitions, exhibits, and fun. This is a major family-friendly event involving sponsors, businesses, volunteers, and participants from throughout the Intermountain area. It is a showcase of the life, work, and creativity of the people and towns of the Pit River Basin in Northern California and draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.

The five day fair offered such a large array of events, I knew I could not take it all in. Just as when one goes to a smorgasbord, one can’t eat all of the dishes, so in attending the fair each person has a unique experience. Here I share my taste of the fair.

Saturday afternoon on the fairway.

Saturday afternoon on the fairway.

My wife Linda and I went on Thursday morning because I wanted to get pictures of the horse show. I watched the English and Western classes and was particularly thrilled to see the performance of Bendito, one of the finest horses in the United States.

Johan-Nass riding Bendido in competition

Johan-Nass riding Bendito in competition

“Bendito” in Spanish means “Blessed One.” This beautiful Andalusian horse is owned and trained by Kim Johan-Nass who moved to Fall River Valley 20 years ago and loves it here.

Johan-Nass riding Bendido in competition

Johan-Nass and Bendito taking a break

When I told Johan-Nass that I had never seen a horse with such a steady temperament, she just laughed and said, “He’s so fun!”

The other horses and riders also gave excellent performances. The competition was spirited and friendly. Bendito and Johan-Nass won multiple blue ribbons, which were handed out by the delightful Intermountain Queen and her First and Second Princess.

2015 Inter-Mountain Royalty Alesha Johnson, Taryn Gagnon, and Baylee Berlt at the horse show

2015 Inter-Mountain Royalty Alesha Johnson, Taryn Gagnon, and Baylee Berlt at the horse show

Around 12:30 p,m, there was a lunch break in the horse show and we took the opportunity to visit some of the exhibits and grab a bite to eat.

First Prize Squash

First Prize Squash

As we were enjoying a corn dog and polish sausage during our break, Linda Corr came by to invite us to Albaugh Hall for a sampling of baked goods.

Blue Ribbon awardee Linda Corr

Blue Ribbon awardee Linda Corr

Kevin and Linda Corr were chosen as Inter-Mountain Fair Blue Ribbon winners for 30 years of service to the fair. The fair has been integral to their lives. Over the years,  Kevin has been the fairground’s maintenance supervisor, announced the Inter-Mountain Fair parade, and helped with security. Linda has been an active participant and volunteer in a myriad of affairs and events.

Cattlewomen display

Intermountain Cattlewoman are big supporters of the fair

On Saturday, we returned to the fair. We had volunteered to man the art show from 7-10 p.m. My wife had entered some photography in the professional division and I had entered some paintings and poetry. We came early to see the animals and get more pictures.

Boys on bungies

Boys on bungies

One of the things that really impressed me about the fair is how much fun the children were having. There were numerous activities for kids, young and old.

Having a ball in a ball

Having a ball in a ball

For the first time, the fair had a children’s circus with clowns.

Swan Brothers presenting a swan

Swan Brothers presenting a swan

For the amusement of young and old there was also a comedy show on the fairway.

Hollywood on Wheels

Hollywood on Wheels

Adults were also joining in the fun.

Woman climbing rock wall

Woman climbing rock wall

When I got to the stock pens, I was able to see and meet some of the prize winners. Young Austin Prichett from Aden had won the award for 4H Grand Champion Steer for his steer Outlaw that he had raised from a calf.

Austin Priichett with Outlaw his 4H Grand Champion Steer

Austin Prichett with Outlaw his 4H Grand Champion Steer

Nathan Dougherty from Burney 4H got a blue ribbon for Dixie, his Southdown market class lamb, as well as a ribbon for Polly for wool-bearing sheep and a blue ribbon for his Olde English Game/Serama cross chickens.

 Dixie the prize-winning market lamb

Dixie the prize-winning market lamb

There were many fine animals. Here’s the Grand Prize Market Hog raised by Triston Welander.

 Welander's Grand Champion Market Hog

Welander’s Grand Champion Market Hog

The quilt show in Ingram Hall amazed me. Kaye Burns from McArthur won best of show for a machine quilted illustration of Pegasus. The artwork and design was original.

Best of Show Large Quilt By Kaye Burns

Best of Show Large Quilt By Kaye Burns

The annual Boster Award for best hand-made quilt went to Jeanne Danielson from Montgomery Creek.

Best hand-made quilt

Best hand-made quilt

Making my way to the art show, I picked up a delicious barbequed shrimp kebab and sat for awhile to listen to one of the bands. The music was excellent. The singer was soulful and expressive and the lead guitar player was fantastic.

Band at the Fair

Band at the Fair

This was one of several bands that played throughout the evening. As the band finished, I went into the art show where Linda and I worked with Rose Peer from Intermountain Artists for the next three hours to greet people as they came to view the display of paintings, photography, drawings, art crafts, and poetry.

 Best of Show at the Inter-Mountain Fair Art Show by James Pell

Best of Show at the Inter-Mountain Fair Art Show by James Pell

There was a steady flow of viewers throughout the evening. Linda cheerfully encouraged people to vote for the “Give it your best shot” category in which the public decided the winners. Patty Williams, the 2015 Honorary Mayor of Burney stopped for a while to chat. I was fascinated to learn that she had grown up in Arizona. She said that as a child she loved it when the tarantulas came out.

“If you touched them with a stick, they would jump way up in the air.” she said, holding her hand up to show how high they would leap.”

Photography and Art

Photography and Art

We also had a delightful conversation with rancher Tim DeAtley and his daughter Haylee about the history of the Intermountain area. Tim was able to tell us about several of the people in the photographs which made the pictures come alive.

Watercolors

Watercolors

One of the things that I love about the fair is the friendly atmosphere and the people one meets. As Shakespeare said, “Make new friends but keep the old, the one is silver the other gold.”

We met people from Redding and Sacramento. Kay Nichols and other friends from Round Mountain came through and commented on the artwork and photography.

Before the days events ended, I had a chance to get out and shoot a few pictures of the carnival.

Everyone loves a carnival

Everyone loves a carnival

On Monday, Linda and I headed back to the fair to pick up our entries. Between the two of us we collected 11 first and second place ribbons. We also had a chance to visit the flower show and the exhibition of school art.

Garden Shop in the Flower exhibit

Garden Shop in the Flower exhibit

So much work from so many people went into making this year’s Inter-Mountain Fair a success carrying on a great tradition going back to 1918 when Roderick McArthur, W.J. Albaugh and James R. Day organized the first fair with a rodeo in the McArthur corrals and exhibits in George Rose’s barn. The spirit of cooperation and commitment continues. The Grand Marshall of this year’s fair was Shirley McArthur who has participated in the fair for 71 years. In the Fall River Valley and surrounding areas, so many people have grown up with and contributed to maintaining the tradition.

Volunteers at the school art exhibit

Volunteers at the school art exhibit

It was an honor and a pleasure to attend and participate in the 97th annual fair. This article shares my taste of a great tradition. Yet it is just a small taste. What did I miss? What did I leave out?

The Parade, the Monster Truck Show, the Demolition Derby, the Junior Rodeo, the Lady’s Lead, the stock auctions, small animal shows, many of the displays, the Friday evening concerts, and so much more. As I said in the beginning, the Inter-Mountain Fair offers so much that no one person can take it all in. It is the contributions and experiences of everyone combined that makes it so great.

Next year, you will have to come and experience it for yourself.

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Inter-Mountain Fair Coming September 3-7

­­­ The 97th annual Inter-Mountain Fair will be held at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds on State Highway 299E in the town of McArthur from September 3-7.

Strolling the fairgrounds

Strolling the fairgrounds

The fair will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Events will feature a horse show, Ladies Lead and a sheep show. On

Charlie the pygmy goat

Charlie the pygmy goat

Friday, there will be a swine show and a junior beef show. Saturday the fair will host The Inter-Mountain Junior Rodeo, a small animal show, sheep and swine pee wee showmanship, and master showmanship. Sunday will feature team branding. On Monday there will be a buyer’s breakfast and a junior livestock sale.

Prize livestock

Prize livestock

Exhibit buildings featuring baked goods, fruits and vegetables, hand-made crafts, flowers, art and photography will be open on Thursday through Sunday at 12 noon. On Monday exhibit buildings will open at 10 a.m. There will also be vendors selling crafts and other items.

Lots of exhibits and vendors

Lots of exhibits and vendors

There will be entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday the Burney Lions Club will hold a benefit concert from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The concert will feature performances by Matthew Songmaker from 2:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m., Turn A Blind Eye from 3:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m., End Of Time Lions from 5:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m., Will Drewry from 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m., Delaney from 8:00p.m. till 9:00p.m., and Ashes to Empire from 9:30 p.m. till 10:30p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20.

On Saturday at 7:00 p.m., there will be Truck Pulls and Monster Trucks for $20 a ticket and on Sunday, at 7:00 p.m., a Destruction Derby. Tickets for the derby are $18 for Grandstand seats and $16 for Bleacher seats.

Fun for all ages

Fun for all ages

The fair also has a carnival. As a new feature this year, the fair is offering a “Golden Ticket” for $75.00. Ticket purchasers get five days unlimited rides and 1 drink and 1 sandwich each day from the Carnival Concession.

Since its beginning in 1918, The Inter-Mountain Fair has become a major tradition in the Intermountain Area. It prides itself as a country fair with a hometown atmosphere that people of all ages can enjoy. The fairgrounds provide a setting of green lawns and beautifully landscaped flowers. About 30,000 people from near and far come to enjoy the fair each year.

For more information or event tickets, call the Inter-Mountain Fair office at 530-336-5695.

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2015 Burney Basin Days Art Show displays work by Intermountain Artists

Article and photos by Alex Colvin

Royalty at the art show with Nancy Bobo

Royalty at the art show with Nancy Bobo

From July 3nd  to July 5th, Intermountain Artists, Inc (IAI) hosted the 2015 Burney Basin Days Art Show at the Burney Reunites Welcome Center. The show was organized by Nancy Bobo, head of the art show committee, assisted by Pat Carlson and Rose Peer.

The show included artwork from 125 Northern California artists. Most were from the Intermountain area, but others came from the Redding area, and some came from as far away as the San Francisco Bay area. An estimated 600 to 800 people came to attend the show.

Patricia Carlson won Best of Show. She also tied for the People’s Choice Award with Belinda Strickland.

Best of show

Best of show

The work was judged by Craig Harrington, Jill Binger, and Stan Soars. Categories were: Oil (including opaque acrylic); Watercolor; Drawing (including pastel; Digital Art (including photography); Mixed Media (including collage); and Sculpture (including textiles and jewelry). Award winners were Linda Isbell, Susan Hanson, Fred Jones, Phyllis Arno, John Thompson, Rena Hawkins, Mary Atchison, Celeste White, Cris Taylor, Thad McKetchnie and Jim Reams.

Oil and opaque acrylic

Oil and opaque acrylic

There was also a junior division that was won by Diana Sophia Green.

Burney Reunites and the Intermountain Art Show shared the use of the old Lyons Pharmacy Building, now owned by the Shasta Community College Foundation. The foundation generously permitted the use of the building for Burney Basin Days.

Oil and opaque acrylic 1

More Oil and opaque acrylic

Pit River Casino, High Country Real Estate, the Burney Chamber of Commerce, Big Pines Real Estate, Burney Falls Lodging, and Dave Winningham Insurance all contributed as sponsors for the event. Rose Peer donated the ribbons and Annie’s Place provided chairs.

Watercolor

Watercolor

Watercolor1

More Watercolor

After the event, Bobo said, “It was so rewarding to see so many people enjoying themselves reminiscing through memorabilia and the old Lyons Pharmacy Building. It was also a pleasure to be able to share so much local talent with everyone.”

Drawing

Drawing

Digital art and photography

Digital art and photography

Alex Colvin is co-owner of The Lace Gallery in Burney, California. He previously wrote for non-profit corporations in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Since returning to Burney, where he has deep family roots, Alex and his wife Linda have dedicated themselves to exploring and photographing the natural beauty of Northern California.

 

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Burney Basin Days Diamond Jubilee Sparkles

Article by Alex Colvin and photos by Lace Photography

07/07/15 – Burney was buzzing with activity over the 4th of July weekend as it celebrated its 60th Diamond Jubilee.

The queen and her court and the mayor

The queen and her court and the mayor

Events kicked off on Thursday evening at the VFW Hall with the Burney Basin Days Queen Pageant. The hall was packed as seven charming young ladies competed. Each contestant gave a speech, answered questions presented by the judges, and modeled in causal, summer, and formal dress.

Every contestant won a title. Monica Blanco won Miss Personality; Autumn Boyle, Miss Congeniality; and Beverly Vaughn, Miss Photogenic. Gabriella Chacon was crowned 3rd Princess; Caiya McCloud, 2nd Princess; and Faith Scalf, 1st Princess. The 2015 Queen of Burney Basin Days is Crystal Flores, a student at Burney High School,

2015 Honorary Mayor Patty Williams

2015 Honorary Mayor Patty Williams

The winner of the race for Honorary Mayor of Burney, Patty Williams, was also introduced at the pageant. Williams raised money for the Hospice program. Kim Stier came in second raising funds for the Senior Nutrition Center. Also running were Linda Colvin, who collected donations for SNIPPP, and Tom Moore, raising funds for Senior Nutrition Center.

On Friday, the Burney Reunites Welcome Center opened featuring a display of Burney history and an Art Show by the Intermountain Artists. In the evening, there was Tough Man Boxing at the Pit River Casino followed by live music. The Rex Club also sponsored a community social with live music.

Saturday morning began with a Chuck Wagon Breakfast cooked by the Burney Lions Club and an Arts and Craft Show sponsored by the local Soroptomist Club.

Bed Racers Crossing the Finish Line

Bed Racers Crossing the Finish Line

At 10 a.m. Hwy 299 through Burney was closed for the bed races and parades. The bed races began about 10:20. Teams of racers pushed, pedaled and pulled iron beds on wheels that they had constructed. Halfway down the course, they had to stop, get out of bed and jump rope. The competition was spirited and intense, but when the results came in the same bed that had won for the last 6 years won again. The bed race was organized by Steve and Jennifer Luck of Burney Reunites.

Next came the Kiddie Parade, with youngsters on bikes and toddlers on trikes and wagons racing down the highway to the Alpine Drive-In to be rewarded with an ice cream reward.

Kiddie Racer Waving to Fans

Kiddie Racer Waving to Fans

2015 Grand Marshall Tommy George

2015 Grand Marshall Tommy George

As the toddlers receded, the 60th Annual Burney Basin Days Parade began. Tommy George, an elder of the Pit River Tribe, was the Grand Marshall. This year’s parade was excellent, with a number of floats celebrating the theme of Diamond Jubilee. The prize for best float went to Burney Reunites for a panoramic display of 60 years of Basin Days history made out of 12,000 stuffed napkins. It took a lot of work to make that float.

The Winning Float

The Winning Float

Jefferson State Bagpipers marching in the Parade

Jefferson State Bagpipers marching in the Parade

The parade was a celebration of community. The Jefferson State Bagpipers marched in the parade beating their drums and blowing their pipes. The Queen and her court rode through waving to the crowd from the back of a pick-up. Honorary Mayor Williams walked the parade handing out candy to children. Fire trucks, the Sherriff’s Department, Mayers Memorial Hospital, Citizens Patrol, the Burney 4H, Civil War reenactors, the NorCal Road Gypsies Car Club, several local businesses, and many more took part. The parade ended with a wagonload of Asphalt Cowboys shooting holes through straw hats.

After the parade, festivities continued at the VFW Hall where the bagpipers played a concert while people ate a generous serving of delicious barbecued beef.

Marty and Vicky McAbee entertain

Marty and Vicky McAbee entertain

At five o’clock, the gates opened at Burney High School football field for the pre-fireworks show sponsored by The Rotary Club of Burney and Fall River Mills. As the crowd grew, local singers and songwriters entertained the audience with blues, folk, country, and cowboy tunes. One couple, Marty and Vicky McAbee, wrote a song named “Ring the Bells of Freedom” especially for the event.

Crystal Flores 2015 Queen of Burney Basin Days

Crystal Flores 2015 Queen of Burney Basin Days

A highlight of the evening was a demonstration of Native American Music by the Pit River Nation Drum Group. They explained about the large drum they used and the music and then drummed and sang several songs of blessing and honor. Suddenly Ira Wynn, one of the leaders of the group got an inspiration and called to Crystal Flores, the new Burney Basin Days Queen to organize a circle for a Round Dance. Everyone was invited to join. Led by the Queen and her court, dozens of children and adults, including Mayor Williams and Jill Barnett, the Chairperson of the Burney Basin Days Committee, danced a traditional friendship dance.

The New Mayor, Queen, and royalty were introduced, and parade trophies were awarded. Bill Campbell, the MC for the event, roamed the audience interviewing people who had come to attend the 4th of July celebration.

Hugo Castro and the Burney and Fall River band students

Hugo Castro and the Burney and Fall River band students

As night began to fall, band students from both Burney and Fall River Mills High School presented a concert of upbeat renditions of popular music under the direction of Hugo Castro, their music teacher. Following the band concert, Campbell introduced Janice Hamlin, a talented local soprano, who led the audience in a sing-along of patriotic songs culminating in her stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. As soon as the music ceased, everyone was treated to a dazzling 25 minute fireworks display.

4th of July Fireworks at Burney High School

4th of July Fireworks at Burney High School

Rick from Burney Warming up before the Horseshoe Contest

Rick Brisco warming up before the Horseshoe Contest

Sunday morning began with another Lions Chuck Wagon breakfast. Then activities continued with a lap-a-thon at the Raymond Berry Community Pool, and a car show and horseshoe tournament at the Pit River Casino. The craft show continued and there was a steady flow of people visiting Burney Reunites Center and viewing the art show. People’s Choice Awards for the art show were announced at 4 p.m. bringing the four day festive celebration to a conclusion.

Royalty at the art show with Nancy Bobo

Royalty at the art show with Nancy Bobo

Yet for some Burney residents another unexpected treat was still in store – in the local Safeway store to be more exact. Clint Eastwood was in town buying groceries. Eastwood owns a ranch nearby. He is much loved and respected by the people in Burney. When he comes to town, people generally respect his privacy and don’t want to bother him. But it’s always a thrill. On this occasion it was especially thrilling as he exited the store wishing everyone he passed a “Happy 4th of July!”

Indeed, it was a happy 4th of July in Burney.

Alex Colvin is co-owner of The Lace Gallery in Burney, California. He previously wrote for non-profit corporations in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Since returning to Burney, where he has deep family roots, Alex and his wife Linda have dedicated themselves to exploring and photographing the natural beauty of Northern California.

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