Between the Weaverville Lions Club and Diamond Productions, the festivities for this year’s 4th of July will be fun-filled and action packed. A favorite of the weekend is the Lions Destruction Derby (6 p.m. Tuesday, July 3). It will be a loud evening with the sounds of derby cars smashing and crashing. Then when it becomes dark, the sky will light up with the Weaverville Chamber of Commerce’s fireworks. As the fireworks make the dark sky colorful, you will hear the bangs of the fireworks and the “oohs and aahs” of the people enjoying them. The band Moonshine will complete the evening with the sounds of music filling Lowden Park, where people will be dancing and visiting.

Dust off your cowboy hat and boots, because Diamond Production will host their National Bullriding Championships (Saturday, June 30). The doors (arena) will open at 6 p.m.; pre-rodeo at 7 p.m.; the main show at 8 p.m.; a dance at 10:30 p.m.  Featured will be Metal Mulisha, crowning of the queen/princesses and a live band).  The Lions will be barbecuing at the Cook Shack.

Other events planned during the long Fourth of July weekend:

Friday, June 29th: Trinity Horse and Long Ears Barrel Racing sponsored by Diamond Productions, the men’s softball league will have softball games and the evening will end with a Lions Street Dance with music by Trespass. During the weekend, vendors will be open and Trinity Players will be presenting the play “Mary Poppins” (be sure to check on the dates and times).

Saturday, June 30: The morning will start with the Lions Pickle Ball Tournament, the Lions BMX Race will be held and Lions Cribbage will be played. This year, there will also be chess in the park. In the afternoon, the “Wolf Pack will be back” as THS Alumni begin their yearly visit; a men’s softball tournament will begin and between games a helicopter will drop golf balls (there will be no arm wrestling this year).   Diamond Productions will sponsor Valve Cover Races; the delicious smells of the Lions BBQ will begin to fill the air and as cowboy and cowgirls start filling the arena for Diamond Productions National Bull Riding Championship and dance. The Western Express Railroad Train will be giving free train rides and on Saturday there will be two productions of the play “Mary Poppins.”

Sunday, July 1: Family Day in Lowden Park – Come young and old, bring a chair and enjoy Lowden Park. Kids will compete in Lions Kid’s Day; there will be Lions horseshoes and a Firemen’s “Mini Muster.” The women’s softball tournament will begin. The featured event will be a STEAM Challenge, hosted by the Trinity County Office of Education, where various events will be held; in the Rodeo Arena, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office will have a K-9 Demonstration. The Lions will have free swimming at the pool for everyone to cool off. Music featuring the Trinity Blues Shakers will end the evening with music and dancing.  The vendors will be open, train rides available and the play “Mary Poppins” will be at the TAPAC.

Monday, July 2:  A quiet day in the park. The men’s and women’s softball championship games will be held and the Lions are working on a possible Corn Hole competition in the evening also.

Tuesday, July 3: as stated above will be a Noisy Day with the Lions Destruction Derby, Fireworks and music by Moonshine will close the evening.   

Wednesday, July 4: Anvil blasting begins the day early for its 101st year and a hearty Lions pancake breakfast will be served. Offsite, there will be the 4th of July Run before everyone heads to Main Street for the Ice Cream Social and Arts and Craft Fair. The Bell Ringers will proudly ring their bells just before the Rotary Parade begins marching down Main Street.  The day will end with an open house and barbecue at the Fire Department.  

As stated above, throughout the weekend, The Trinity Players will present “Mary Poppins” at TAPAC featuring many, many local actors and actresses — both young and old.  Also open will be the swimming pool, the Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park and Jake Jackson Museum.  

This year’s theme is “50 years of the Highland Art Museum and the Jake Jackson Museum.” The Lions official 4th of July T-shirts, coffee cups and buttons are now being sold various locations (Chamber of Commerce, Tango Blue Saloon, Highland Art Center, Jake Jackson Museum, The Nugget). As usual, if you buy a 4th of July Button, you receive a free pancake breakfast on the Fourth.

The Weaverville Lions Club is a nonprofit, volunteer organization and the Lions motto is “We Serve.” All money made by the club from the Fourth of July event is used for projects in our community in the form of scholarships, sponsorships and/or service projects. Without the community’s support this would not be possible. For more information, contact Patty Hymas at 784-7289.

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