County Picnic adds events

Feather Publishing

  For many years now, the Plumas County Picnic has been associated with the Sierra Cascade Street Rodders’ show and shine. The 2013 version of the picnic is no different. However, this year will feature a new, and hopefully annual, attraction: the Plumas County Picnic Swap Meet.

  County residents are invited to welcome spring by cleaning out their garages and closets, and bringing everything they find to the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds on June 1. Spaces will be rented for $10 for the day and sellers can take advantage of the hundreds of visitors who visit the fairgrounds that day.

  Sellers can come to the fairgrounds as early as 7 a.m. to set up on a grassy patch of ground near the front gate. The picnic officially starts at 9 a.m., but the Quincy Lions start cooking up a hearty breakfast at 7 a.m. on the porch of the Mineral Building. Participants can’t sell guns or explosives, but most everything else goes. Spaces will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Sellers can come to the front gate between 7 and 8:30 a.m. to set up. The picnic ends at 3 p.m.

  Besides the car show and swap meet, there is lots to do at the County Picnic. There will be several food vendors, including the Little League offering tri-tip barbecue sandwiches. A book signing will also be hosted, featuring local author Sheila Sharp, who has written a story about her survival of the Keddie Murders: “How to Survive Your Visit to Earth.”

  County Picnic is also traditionally 4-H Showmanship Day. 4-H members from around the county converge on the fairgrounds with their animals to practice showing their animal projects. The public is invited to come and watch as 4-H celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

  The County Picnic has also evolved into the unofficial class reunion for many Plumas County alumni. Former classmates usually gather in the Mineral Building throughout the day.

  The Sierra Cascade Street Rodders have a great show planned, with monster truck rides, an exciting NASCAR exhibit and, of course, the prettiest cars in northeastern California.

  The whole day is topped off with one of American Valley Speedway’s biggest races of the year, beginning at 7 p.m.

  It’s not too late to be a vendor at the picnic. Businesses interested in showing their products can contact the fair office at 283-6272.

  For more information on the book signing, contact Epilog Books at 283-2665. For more information on the car show, contact Curt McBride at 832-1258.

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