Plumas County Picnic takes place Saturday June 4; Fair update

Mona Hill
Staff Writer

In his report to the Plumas Sierra County Fair board May 25, manager John Steffanic laid out plans for the 2011 county fair.

The fair, Aug. 10 – 14, will focus heavily on children’s entertainment. In addition to the recently approved puppet show entitled “Puff the Magic Dragon,” there will be a small circus, jugglers and the hay maze will return.

Steffanic has contacted several service clubs, including the Loyalton High S Club, a Soroptimist affiliate, to provide activities for children and generally supervise the children’s area, earning $2,500 in the process. He said that in prior years it had cost $5,000 for some toys in the hay maze.

He wants three-legged and potato sack races and similar activities for children’s entertainment.

While there are no “name” programs scheduled for the grandstands, there will be nightly events including The U.S. Army Band, Thursday; Sourdough Slim, Friday; Red Neck Games, Saturday and of course the races Sunday.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights there will be music in Old Town: The Back 40, Mudbone and Antique Rockers will play from 7 p.m. to closing on the Plumas Bank Stage.

Scarecrow Alley will go up near Peppard Cabin and the horticulture building, capitalizing on the interest built during Fair U earlier this year.

This year the exhibit guide will be available online only. Steffanic said that is a result of an effort to save on printing costs. Upon request to fair staff, the relevant portion of the guide could be printed out for pickup at the fair office.

In addition, exhibitors will have no need to drive to Quincy to drop off their entries. Pick-up locations are set up in Greenville, Portola and Chester to transfer entries to the fairgrounds.


County Picnic, Saturday, June 4, 2011

Steffanic also said the County Picnic is shaping up.

The Business Expo makes its debut appearance at the event this year. Thirty county businesses will be on hand, with handouts and give-aways, to tout their services and wares to residents.

Feather Publishing’s Mike Taborski said Steffanic approached him with the expo idea as a stand-alone, business-networking event.

As discussions continued, it became clear it would be more beneficial to tie the expo to the picnic.

Taborski described it as an opportunity “to bring Main Street to the consumer.” Potential customers can find out what’s available to them locally, and business owners can develop their knowledge of goods and services available in Plumas County.

Other activities at the picnic include the Lions’ pancake breakfast, a chili cook-off, 4-H Showmanship and Awareness Day, Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show & Shine and the Cub Scout Bike Safety Rodeo.

At 7 p.m. racing gets underway at the American Valley Speedway with IMCA Modified, DART Dwarfs and modified mini stock racing action.

Admission to the fairgrounds for the picnic is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4. For more information, contact the fair office at 283-6272 or visit

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