Cartoon Fun for the Bigfoot Parade! Sept 3rd, 2017

by Judy Bushy as printed in Siskiyou Daily News
Sunday the Neighborhood Watch put on the Pancake Breakfast before the parade. The Theme for this year’s Bigfoot Sunday Parade was TV Cartoons of Today and Yesterday. You should have seen the ’41 Ford Coupe that Mattson from Seiad drove! The non float entries were first place Emma Mattson (2017 Junior Princess) second place winner was Jessica Lantow (2017 Junior Queen) and the third place winner was Happy Camp Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Crew. The Coordinating Council gave Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! These awards would not be possible without the generosity and support of the sponsors for which they are very grateful

Dancing Toes Won First Place Float

The afternoon from 2 on was live music by Jimmy Limmo. At 2 pm the Ducky Derby was held and Jerry McGowan was the winner of the $100 prize which he generously donated back to the Bigfoot Jamboree for next year.

George and Casey Chambers were the 2017 Grand Marshals of the Bigfoot Jamboree Parade. George moved to happy Camp with his family when he was in third grade. The family left city life to move to Diamond D Ranch in Happy Camp where his father became the town doctor until 1970, with his wife Alice and six children. George graduated valedictorian of the Happy Camp High School class of 1970 and went to UC Santa Barbara where he met Casey. They moved to Happy Camp as newlyweds in August of 1976 after meeting at college.

In the pamphlet the Happy Camp Coordinating Council wrote up about the Chambers, they said that “Each year various members of their extended family and friends come to Happy Camp to see the Parade and attend the Jamboree. It is a Town Treasure. Not only does it allow everyone to visit and enjoy the company of family and friends, but it gives them a chance to support our community. Happy Camp Clubs, businesses and organizations support our youth and those in need all year long. The Jamboree gives them the opportunity to increase their funds, allowing them to continue giving. Each of us needs to get out there and support all the booths and events. Not only is it fun, the money is put to an important use. George and Casey both support Bigfoot Jamboree and want to see it continue for future generations because it is about connections. Locals gather to not only connect with each other, but with those who return to the area after moving away. Those who lived here and moved away come back to visit their past and remember the unique life they had once lived and maintain the friendships they made.

Smoke deterred many from attending this years Bigfoot Jamboree, but we greatly appreciated the friends and family that we were able to see and visit with! We appreciated the graciousness of the Firefighters, who not only labor intensively in catastrophic conditions, but gave the community a bit of joy in the midst of a difficult time. We are grateful for the Firefighters and their support! We are grateful for Jerry McGowan and his team, the third one here to fight the Eclipse Complex. All three teams have been a blessing! We appreciate the communication and concern primarily for firefighter and community safety and welfare and management of Patty Grantham and Jeff Marszan, who is our Ranger but also our friend and neighbor! You have no idea of the scope of the efforts to save the forest and community until you see the little tent town with all necessary services to enable them to work long hours, many times in hot, gruelling conditions! Our thoughts and prayers go to them for their selfless sacrifice and our best wishes for their health and safety!!

George & Casey Chambers Grand Marshals

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51st Annual Bigfoot Jamboree

Queen Kara Brink at her Coronation with Queen Dance with Kenneth Brink


by Judy Bushy as printed in Siskiyou Daily News
The question on everyone’s mind recent weeks was whether we’d have the 51st Annual Bigfoot Jamboree!! Graciously, the Eclipse Incident Command has said that they would share the park with us. It is like a tent city. Actually with Happy Camp having a population of about 1200 and the Fire Camp housing most of the Fire Fighters is just about the same number. Bringing numbers in that equal the residents is interesting.


Fun began at the River Park at 6 PM when the Park opened for Beet booth, Concessions and vendor booths as well as Dan Effman at the grill cooking a steak dinner for those who came to the Kick off Dinner. (It was delicious) At the same time the Co-Ed Softball Tournament was to begin in Gail Zink Memorial Baseball Field. After a good steak dinner, the Junior Princesses Jessica Lantow, Emily Mattson and Abigail Rhodes as well as the Bigfoot Princesses Kara Brink and Nikki Harrison were escorted to the stage for the crowning of each 2017 queen. Kara Brink was crowned Bigfoot Queen while Jessica Lantow was crowned the 2017 Junior Queen. Alan Dyar was the announcer and after the first dance, the queens took raffle tickets to him to announce the winners of the Grand prizes, $200, $100 and a chainsaw, and then a big variety of gift certificates and gifts donated by businesses and others in support of the Bigfoot Queen Contest. A & M Premier Entertainment provided dance with karaoke at the pavilion until the park closed at 11 pm.

Saturday the park opened with beer booth and other concessions. At noon and it was Kids “Day at the Park with inflatable’s, a water slide obstacle course and bounce house. This fun for the kids was sponsored by Clinic Pharmacy, Karuk TANF, Sheriff Lopey Foundations, Double J & Pizza House and the KTHA, and Siskiyou Telephone. The First 5 had an event for the little ones too, Tots Fun Day for kids 5 and under.

If you were hungry with the festivities, there was Soushee and Fried Rice or India Mack’s Indian Tacos to satisfy your hunger. There were crocheted, leather, jewelry, wood crafts to appreciate. Throwing a baseball seemed to attract a line of contestants. The Ambulance Crew ran the Dime Toss Game. Fire T-Shirts in various sizes and colors were also available. The Happy Camp Chamber had books of local interest available and Dan Sheets shared his carving, not only on wood and elk horn, and glass. A rattlesnake walking stick that had been transformed from a Madrone curly stick found in the forest was amazing. Face painting, toys and fun for the kids demonstrated their amazing energy!!

Dancing Toes

The part of the day I most enjoyed was the Dancing Toes Youth Recital. After that, music was the theme of the rest of the evening with open Karaoke and then the Saturday Night Dance with The Roadsters.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 49TH ANNUAL BIGFOOT JAMBOREE

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(Bigfoot Queen Royal Pinassi escorted by her Dad at the Coronation Friday 9/5/2015)

By Judy Bushy September 7, 2015

Bigfoot Jamboree was a lot of fun in Happy Camp!! The busy weekend began Friday afternoon with a Softball Tournament that continued to Sunday. Traditional Salmon Dinner was great Friday at the River Park. Happy Campers gathered for the Bigfoot Queen Coronation of Royale Pinassi by Bailei Allec, last year’s queen! The Princesses were Meranda Rasmussen, Maddy Offield and Matilda Peters. After Queen Royale and her escort began the Queen’s Dance, raffle tickets were drawn. The first prize was $200 cash, for which the winner offered a round of ice cream to everyone! Next prize was $100 to Becky Evans. A chainsaw was won by Frank Snyder. Then dozens of other prizes and gift certificates were won and the winners of those didn’t have to be present, like the first three. Music for the evening was “Music by Chalis”

The grassy park lawns were occupied by jewelry and handcraft vendors, Forest Service Information booths, and food booths. Tim Pinkos a leather artist helped out my husband with a couple holes in his belt and had such beautiful work. Happy Camp Ambulance had a Dime Toss Game for Gold, and there was the Poker Booth by State of Jefferson Brotherhood as well. Food booths offered varieties of Indian Fry bread, pizza, pretzels, corn-dogs, nachos, Indian Tacos, cinnamon rolls, turnovers and blackberry pies, Yummy!! Wish we had Dolly Elston’s fried zucchini recipe as everyone loved it!!

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(Ballerina classes gave a recital at Happy Camp’s Bigfoot jamboree Saturday 9/6/2015)
Besides the vendors who continued Saturday and Sunday, there were many other activities going on: the Ballet Recital by the darling little ballerinas, The Cupcake War, Horseshoe Tournament and “The Roadsters’ live band on Saturday. From 11 to 5 it was Kids Day at the Park with Water Slide, Obstacle Course and lots of cool stuff for the youngsters! The Karaoke Contest began Saturday and continued with finals for the $200 prize Sunday.

Early Sunday morning there was a Pancake Breakfast at the Happy Camp Elementary School by the High School Class and assisted by Dan Effman. It was a delicious breakfast with eggs done just the way you request, orange juice, sausage and pancakes. It ended in time for everyone to get ready for the Parade, but first we went to see the 5K Bigfoot Run Completion.
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5k BIGFOOT RUN FOR BABY CAL

First-2nd & 3rd Place for the 5K Bigfoot Run

First-2nd & 3rd Place for the 5K Bigfoot Run


BY Judy Bushy September 7, 2015

Early Sunday morning there was a Pancake Breakfast at the Happy Camp Elementary School by the High School Class and assisted by Dan Effman. It was a delicious breakfast with eggs done just the way you request, orange juice, sausage and pancakes.

It ended in time for everyone to get ready for the Parade, but first we went to see the 5K Bigfoot Run Completion. Thanks to Jaime Smith and the volunteers that she organized for the 5K Bigfoot Run!!

First Across the Finish Line was Gabe Cheek with 20:51:78 time. Second place was Antonio Ruiz 21:52:72. The third place was Kevin Tkoch with 22:18:52 and then came more, younger, more mature, and all had run or walked from the pavilion over the Nature Trail to the bridge to Elk Creek Road to the Curly Jack Campground and back to Highway 96 to Reece where the finish line was adorned with orange balloons for the hero and benefit of the occasion, Baby Cal who has been undergoing treatment for Leukemia.

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