Between the Weaverville Lions Club and Diamond W Productions, the festivities for this year’s 4th of July at Lowden Park will be fun-filled with family events. The festivities will begin on Wednesday and end on Sunday, July 3-7.  

On Friday, July 5, the Trinity Horses and Longears Qualifier Open Barrel Racing will be held in the arena. When it becomes dark, the sky will light up with the Weaverville Chamber of Commerce’s fireworks. As in year’s past, 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.  

Dust off your cowboy hat and boots, because Diamond Production will host their National Bullriding Championships on Saturday, July 6. 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 getting ready to serve a lip-smacking dinner.

On Sunday, July 7, the weekend will come to an end with sounds of derby cars smashing and crashing. The Destruction Derby rules can be found on the Weaverville Lions Club website and/or Facebook page.

Other events planned during the long Fourth of July weekend are:

Wednesday, July 3:  The park will open with a Lions Corn Hole Tournament, Women’s Softball and, that evening, young and old are encouraged to listen and dance to the music by Highway 3 at the Lions Street Dance.

The weekly Farmers Market will also be in Lowden Park from 4 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 4: You will hear the anvil blasting at 6 in the morning for its 102nd 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 Bells Ringers will proudly ring their bells just before the Rotary Parade begins marching down Main Street. The Weaverville Fire Department will have its Open House and BBQ. In the afternoon back at Lowden Park, families are encouraged to come back to Lowden Park to enjoy the park and play some games (chess, cribbage, cornhole, horseshoes, volleyball, swim, visit).  That evening, in the rodeo arena, Mike McFadin will pack up his mules to demonstrate how these amazing animals are equipped to pack into the back country.  Afterward, Nate Trujillo from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, along with his K-9 (and other dogs) will give K-9 demonstrations. To end the evening, there will be music by the Stonehearts for the Lions Street Dance.

Friday, July 5: The morning will start with a Pickleball Tournament. The park will open in the afternoon and at 3 p.m. the Trinity County Office of Education will present a STEAM demonstration with some hands-on activities for the kids.  The women will play softball and the Trinity Horses and Long Ears Qualified Open Barrel Racing (sponsored by Diamond Productions) will be in the arena. The Trinity Blue Shakers will start their music but will take a break when the fireworks begin.  Afterwards, they will again play more music at the Lions Street Dance to finish the evening. The Western Express Railroad Train will be giving free train rides.

Saturday, July 6:  Will be a full day at Lowden Park — the morning will start with the Lions BMX Race, Lions Cribbage, Lions Horseshoes and Lion Martin Kids Day. In the afternoon, the “Wolf Pack will be back” as THS alumni begin their yearly visit; there will be free Lions swimming at the pool, the Rotary and Lions will have a helicopter drop golf balls. The delicious smells of the Lions BBQ will begin to fill the air and as cowboy and cowgirls start filling the arena for Diamond W Productions National Bull Riding Championship and dance. The Western Express Railroad Train will again be giving free train rides.

Sunday, July 7: As stated above Sunday will be a Noisy Day with the Lions Destruction Derby and that will close the festivities.   

During the weekend the swimming pool, the Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park and Jake Jackson Museum will be open.  

This year’s theme is “60 years of service” by the Weaverville Lions Club. The Lions “official” 4th of July button is now being sold in various locations and as usual, if you buy a 4th of July button, you receive a free pancake breakfast on the 4th.

The Weaverville Lions Club is a nonprofit, volunteer organization and the Lions motto is “We Serve.”

For more information, contact Patty Hymas at 784-7289.

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