Paul Bunyan Days will be stampeding into Fort Bragg on Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 1. This year’s theme is “Regards to Broadway from Paul and Babe.” Be sure to catch a preview of the action during the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail Celebration on Saturday, August 5. Visit the Paul Bunyan Days booth, get your picture taken as Paul and Babe, and test your strength and sawing skill with antique saws. Members of The Kangaroo Kort will be on hand to judge both ladies and gents categories.
Paul Bunyan Days: Grand Marshall Joseph Sverko
Grand Marshall this year is Joseph Sverko, who has served the Footlighters Theater group for 35 years, with 20 years as director of the hilariously lighthearted “GasLight Gayeties Revue” under his belt. Joseph is a creative force of nature, motivating and costuming the performers, helping to design Footlighters award-winning Paul Bunyan Days Parade floats, and producing the Old Fashioned Dress Review, which takes place Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Micheal’s Episcopal Church. He also works at The Ark near the roundabout, a thrift store that benefits our local Humane Society.
Practice your log rolling skills with Log Rolling Contests in the CV Starr Center pool, now through August 31. Sign up at the CV Starr Center and while you’re there pick up the practice schedule. The competition will take place on Friday August 31 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. There will be age categories for men and women, and boys and girls from age six on up can enter, too. The cost is only $10 for all the practice times and the main event! Winners will take home special medals, and family and friends are encouraged to watch from the bleachers. The REAL Paul Bunyan Logging Show and Expo happens Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at Todds Point. Gates open at 10, so be sure to arrive early to get a birds-eye view of the action.
Those daring darlings of the flying trapeze, the Flynn Creek Circus troupe will kick off the weekend’s entertainment with their 2018 show, Adrift. Thursday and Friday Shows at 7:00 p.m., Saturday 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.(evening shows are 18+ only). Find their tent on Ocean View Drive and enjoy musicians, actors, jugglers, and other talented circus performers. Even their apprentices are startlingly innovative. Jenavieve and Maya (pictured) worked hard on the contortion hoop act you’ll be dazzled by this year. The program includes a special appearance by the Paul Bunyan loggers during the Sunday show. Grab your tickets here. This wonderful entertainment will make you catch your breath!
Paul Bunyan Days: Gem and Mineral Show and Historic Model Train Display
The Gem and Mineral Show runs from Friday through Monday at Town Hall. Stroll the aisles and gaze in wonder at an array of lapidary treasures in lighted cases. Some of the unique items are for sale at reasonable prices, too. One of Fort Bragg’s best kept secrets, and an absolute must-see for people who love trains, is the massive model train station at the depot, open from 10:30-2:30 p.m. all weekend. Get lost in the ever-changing kaleidoscope of details that are fascinating for both young and old. Admission is free with a Skunk Train ticket or $3.00 kids and $5.00 adults. Saturday Afternoon and Evening enjoy a self-guided tour of local artists at Open Studios from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Paul Bunyan Days: Saturday is Jam-Packed!!!
Get up early if you want to catch all the action on Saturday. Starting at 9:00 a.m. you can choose between a bird walk at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, a Horseshoe Contest at Todd’s Point (singles or doubles), or a classic car show at Main and Pine. Parents will proudly beam as their kids take part in the Kiddie Tricycle Race and Kiddie Parade from 10:00 to noon (pre-register at 9:30). Kiddie Games are at CV Starr this year, beginning at 12:30. Also from 9:00 a.m. to noon you can visit Noyo Center for Marine Science “Crow’s Nest’ on the north end of the South Coast Trail. Register for the ever-popular Ugly Dog Contest at 2:00 p.m. Contest Starts at 3:00 at CV Starr Center. Multiple categories and a prize for every pooch!
Paul Bunyan Days: Attention Foodies!
If you dream of the perfect pie, be sure to arrive early for the Presbyterian Church Pie Sale. Hundreds of pies disappear in the bat of an eye—everything from classic apple, cherry, peach, blackberry, pumpkin, lemon meringue, chocolate and butterscotch cream pies, and more! So delicious. You can buy whole pies, or pies by the slice à la mode. The Presbyterian ladies are adorable—their aprons and other hand crafted items are sold in the foyer. Most people wait to check those out on the way out the door, since everyone rushing in makes a beeline for their favorite pies before they disappear. The 2-day Arts and Crafts Fair at CV Starr Community Center starts at 10:00 a.m. with some yummy treats on hand as you investigate all of the interesting booths full of jewelry, hand-carved bowls, needlework, pottery, soaps and lotions, wines, hand crafted olive oil, and more. Fort Bragg Library’s huge book sale on both Saturday and Sunday starts at 10:00 a.m. at Veterans Hall across from the library. Prices are reasonable, and on Sunday you can fill up a big bag for $5.00. The 6th Annual Beer, Bison and Bluegrass event from noon to 4:00 p.m. features the Mendocino Quartet, Green Fields, and other special guests at Our Lady of Good Counsel Hall on Maple Street. Quaff local brews and ciders along with Bison Burgers, Hot Dog Plates, desserts, snacks, and wine. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets, Harvest Market and Out of this World in Mendocino. If you like spectator sports, you can watch people stuff their faces at he Hot Dog Eating Contest in front of Reynold’s Menswear on Franklin Street at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. If you want to recover from all the food, you can dance the night away at The Fireman’s Ball starting at 7:00 p.m.
Paul Bunyan Days: Sunday and Monday Logging Show, Parade and BBQ
More Food! How about a big logger breakfast at The Fort Bragg Guild north of town, where you’re likely to see Paul Bunyan hunker down on ham, eggs, hash browns, and golden flapjacks. Take a selfie with the big guy! The big Logging Show and Expo at Todds Point starts at noon. Men and women from three counties compete to win big prize money in events like the Axe Throw, Chainsaw Bucking, and Pole Climb. The Belle of the Redwoods gets her crown, and the Forestland Expo has terrific exhibits. On Monday, the Paul Bunyan Labor Day Parade rolls at noon but you can sign up for the Steam Donkey Fun Run and Walk in at 9:00 a.m.. Race starts at 10:30. Last event of the weekend is the Lions Club Annual BBQ from noon to 3:00 in Bainbridge Park. Yummy BBQ beef, pork, and lamb are served alongside beans, coleslaw and bread. Veggie burgers are available, too. Don’t miss this annual Fort Bragg tradition—Paul Bunyan Days means fun for everyone in the family!
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