The Coastal Trail Celebration on June 4, 2016 Deemed a Complete Success by Local Community and Visitors!

If you were lucky enough to be in Fort Bragg on June 4, 2016, you might have participated in the Coastal Trail Celebration, which was the only event on the North Coast of California to commemorate National Trails Day. According to The Fort Bragg Advocate-News, the Celebration was a hit with the local community, and visitors. City of Fort Bragg staff said that the recent Coastal Trail Celebration was a success, with an estimated 3,000 people in attendance.
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If you were lucky enough to be in Fort Bragg on June 4, 2016, you might have participated in the Coastal Trail Celebration, which was the only event on the North Coast of California to commemorate National Trails Day.

According to The Fort Bragg Advocate-News, the Celebration was a hit with the local community, and visitors:

    City staff say the recent Coastal Trail Celebration was a success, with an estimated 3,000 people in attendance.

    “We did a survey of about 500 people and found out that 20 percent of attendees were visitors from out of town,” said [City of Fort Bragg] Administrative Service Director Scott Schneider. “Out of the 20 percent, 37 percent were first-time visitors.”

    The event, which was meant to commemorate National Trails Day and the recent opening of Fort Bragg’s Coastal Trail, took place last Saturday on the South end of the Trail.

    The traditional coastal mixture of thick fog and scarf-warranting temperatures didn’t keep people away. Crowds enjoyed circus performers, live music and local food vendors.

The parking area was full of cars along the drive leading up to the Coastal Trail from the Cypress Street entrance to Noyo Headlands Park. A Mendocino Transit Authority driver, who drove a special street car for the occasion, said that she had transported over 400 passengers from one end of the southern part of the trail to the other, over the course of four hours. The street car ride was free, available to seniors, the disabled, families with children, and any other participants who had difficulty walking the entire length of the trail.

There were two performance stages, one at each end of the southern trail, and a circus performance area, where members of Circus Mecca and some young, impressive guest stars tantalized the audience with acrobatics choreographed to music, performed on a tall pole apparatus with a climbing rope. (Click on the video clip below to watch it on Instagram.)

The hot Steven Bates Band rocked the crowd on the Main Stage, alternating sets with guest speakers and a welcome from the Mayor of Fort Bragg, Dave Turner. The speakers included State Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblyman Jim Wood, Coastal Conservancy Chair Doug Bosco, and EPS Senior Principal Walter Kieser. (Click on the video clip below to watch it on Instagram.)

At the other end of the trail, on a stage in front of the Crow’s Nest — the preliminary exhibit space of the Noyo Center for Marine Science — the group of performers included musicians David Onstad and Renee Burnett, the Caspar Creek Loafers, and the Mixed Nuts. There was also a Corn Hole Tournament and other family activities.

In addition to being able to enter the Crow’s Nest and view an informative exhibit about marine science, visitors were able to learn about plans for the future Noyo Center for Marine Science, and upcoming summer programs. Outside of the Crow’s Nest, the Center’s Blue Whale skeleton was on display, an amazing attraction for visitors of all ages.

Other organizations with tables or booths in the area near the Crow’s Nest included the Mendocino Land Trust, Reef Check, Interactive Underwater Program, Salmon Restoration Association, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Mendocino County Marine Protected Areas Collaborative, Mendocino Area Parks Association, and the Audubon Society. There was also a refreshment and beer garden nearby, hosted by North Coast Brewing Company. Noyo/Three Rivers Charter School held a fundraising BBQ.

Vendors and event sponsors near the Cypress Street entrance and the Main Stage included the City of Fort Bragg, Visit Fort Bragg, the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Beachcomber Motel, PG&E, New Trend Wireless, Dogtrekker.com, the Mendocino Coast Humane Society (with their mobile pet adoption truck), Mendocino County Library, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, Mendo Lake Credit Union, Otsuchi Cultural Exchange: “Haikus for the People of Otsuchi,” and KOZT-FM, The Coast (broadcasting live). There were additional food and drink vendors throughout the area, activities for kids, and a bounce house.

We appreciate all of the Coastal Trail Celebration sponsors:

You can view more photos and video clips of the Coastal Trail Celebration on Instagram, by Cathryn Hrudicka, Marketing Communications, Public Relations and Social Media Consultant for the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee, which is now being renamed Visit Fort Bragg. On Instagram, search under #CoastalTrailCelebration and #NoyoHeadlandsPark and #FortBraggCA.

The Coastal Trail Celebration was deemed a success, and now the City of Fort Bragg is considering holding similar events in Noyo Headlands Park in the future. Let us know if you want to see that happen by commenting below, or contact us.

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