The Friends of Hayfork Park will be holding the 2nd annual Hayfork Always Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Hayfork Park.

At last year’s event, plans were unveiled for the future Hayfork Always Garden. This year, FOHP will be dedicating the completed parts of the new garden. Thanks to the many volunteers who have given their time, skills, equipment and love to the project already and to the generous funding by the McConnell Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, a dream of beautifying the park while simultaneously raising funds to maintain the park and pool is becoming reality.

More than 500 personalized/engraved bricks have been purchased by folks over the past year for the commemorative pathway, which will be completed by the day of the event. In addition to the brick pathway, a brand new flagpole area will have been installed by a Hayfork High School shop class crew led by teacher Morgan Rouke. Members of the local VFW and other veterans from our mountain town will be there to dedicate that area of the new garden.

A metal welded sculpture, created by local artist Charokee Hilderbrand, which incorporates a tractor seat from the 19th-century Drinkwater Gulch Homestead and objects representing the logging and mining history of the area, will also be unveiled during the event. There are other features planned for the new garden, which may or may not be ready for the initial dedication.

Other activities happening that afternoon will be live music by the Hayfork SmartPots, vendors galore,  the Hayfork Mini Horse exhibition, a “Just Fur Fun Doggie Show” (a fundraiser for our valley’s year-old nonprofit spay and neuter assistance fund),  corn hole tournament, face painting, dunking booth, youth talent showcase, “Smooch-a-Pooch” photo booth, and yummy food and drink.

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