Don’t miss this Labor Day party for a rollicking and rowdy good time! Paul Bunyan Days is THE Fort Bragg celebration of entertainment and fun for the whole family. Events start on Thursday, August 31 and continue through Monday September 4. This year’s theme is Under the Big Top with Paul & Babe, so what better way to start the show than a Thursday evening 7:00 P.M. Flynn Creek Circus show under the big top? Thursday evening’s show is priced at $20 adults and $11 for children for all tickets. Other performances will include Friday 7:00 p.m. (a benefit for the Fort Bragg Library), and an adults only (must be 18) show on Saturday 7:00 p.m. promises to be a scintillating “pushing tradition to the edge” evening. More matinee shows available, too. Step right up to see full schedule and purchase tickets here.
More Flynn Creek Circus antics: Paul Bunyan Days prize-winning loggers Allison Chambers and Madison Thomson will use their running, leaping, and chopping skills to challenge Circus Ninjas in contests of speed, daring, and courage, and the loggers will watch Flynn Creek performers show their stuff at the Sunday Logging Show. These first-time-ever competitions are sure to be daringly entertaining!
Friday Fun Gears Up
Like historic model trains? Head on over to the Skunk Train Depot for a model railroad display and exhibit of our community’s logging history from 10:30-2:30 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. you can stroll along the south Noyo Headlands trail with Paul Bunyan and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Then there’s a log rolling contest at the CV Starr Community Center pool at 4:00, and from 5:00 to 7:00 you can visit stores and galleries in the heart of town. The 3-day Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show starts at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Town Hall.
Fun For Kids and Families
Registration for the 10:00 a.m. Kiddie Tricycle Race begins at 9:30 a.m and the Kiddie Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. Kiddie Games at Bainbridge park will include old-fashioned small town fun for every child who wants to play. Kids and adults alike will have so much fun watching the Ugly Dog Contest with prizes for the smallest, largest, prettiest, best-dressed, smartest, owner look-alike, ugliest and Best in Show at CV Starr Community Center. Register at 2:00 p.m. Contest begins at 3:00.
Saturday Means Something for Everyone
Hope you have lots of energy on Saturday, because there is so much going on. Best get a schedule and plan your day! The annual Horseshoe Tournament starts at 9:00 a.m at Todds Point, and contestants take this contest seriously. Bring your own horseshoes for double and singles games, or sling some provided by the organizers. The Classic Car Show is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at Classic Car Care on Main Street, or if you’re in the mood for something in nature, there’s a guided beginner’s bird walk at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens from 9:00 a.m. to noon and it is free with park admission. From 9:00 a.m. to noon you can also visit the Noyo Center for Marine Science “Crow’s Nest’ on the north end of the South Coast Trail.
So Much to do at 10:00 in the Morning!
Did anybody say pie? The Presbyterian women’s mouthwatering pies of all flavors have been known to cause a stampede. I’m not kidding when I say get there at 10 a.m. if you’re a serious pie lover. The pies literally fly out the door of the church at 367 Sanderson Way. It’s even kind of hard to find parking. You can buy pies by the slice and wolf them down on the spot, too, and I did spot families eating whole pies out in the parking lot last year. The 2-day Arts and Crafts Fair is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at CV Starr Community Center, and book lovers will enjoy Friends of Fort Bragg Library’s huge book sale on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Veterans Hall across from the library. There are thousands of books, but get their early if you’re a bookworm.
Saturday Afternoon and Evening
Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It’s your chance to take a self-guided tour of 15 Fort Bragg artist’s studios. Then, there’s a great event from noon to 4:00 p.m. Beer, Bison & Bluegrass features Bison burgers, Cowlick’s Ice Cream, Thanksgiving Coffee, a beer tasting, wine by the glass, and live music. Get the details here. It’s not over yet department: a Fireman’s Waterfight starts at 1:00 p.m. and a Hot Dog Eating Contest at 3:00 p.m. If you want to enter the hot dog event, be sure to call 707-964-5294 for an entry form. Or, enjoy an Old Fashion Dress Review at St Michael’s on Fir street starting at 2:00 p.m. In the evening, you have a choice of the rollicking Fireman’s Ball from 7:00 p.m til Midnight or Footlighter’s Gaslight Gayeties revue at 8:00. Aren’t you glad you rented a quiet hotel room where you can get a few winks before continuing with the festivities on Sunday and Monday?
Sunday and Monday Action and Adventure
On Sunday morning starting at 8:00 a.m., you just may be in the mood for a hearty logger breakfast of ham, eggs, hash browns, and golden flapjacks at The Fort Bragg Guild north of town. Paul Bunyan usually makes an appearance, which is great for photo ops! Next, it’s time for the main event: The Logging Show & Expo at Todds Point on Ocean View Drive, where local celebs, both men and women (and this year, Flynn Circus high flyers) compete thousands of dollars in prizes. The Belle of the Redwoods is crowned during the logging show on Sunday and rides with her court in Monday’s Labor Day parade. The concurrent Forestland Expo highlights dramatic changes in today’s logging industry and illustrates what timber companies and forest-related organizations are doing to protect, restore and manage forestland.
Everyone Loves a Parade
The Labor Day Parade starts at noon but if you’re up for it, there’s an 11:00 a.m. Steam Donkey Fun Run and Walk to get your blood pumping and enjoy the pretty morning. The Lions Annual BBQ is from noon to 3:00 in Bainbridge Park, too, with locally raised cuts of beef, pork, and lamb served with beans, coleslaw and bread. Veggie burgers are available, too. You’ll drive home after a fun-filled weekend to remember!
Get all the details, map, and full schedule here