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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4k 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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“GAMES” Parade theme for Sunday Morning

From Over the Hill, Obrien, OR came musical minstrels to serenade at the Bigfoot Jamboree!

From Over the Hill, Obrien, OR came musical minstrels to serenade at the Bigfoot Jamboree!


by Judy Bushy September 7, 2015

The Parade theme was “Games.”The Parade began with the Happy Camp Fire Truck driven my Chief Eric Haskell, followed by a couple more local fire trucks. Then came Seiad Valley Fire truck with Tom Mopas at the wheel. The Grand Marshalls were Rick and Leslie Huston. Rick has been active in so many community activities and always a big help to the Chamber and president of the Coordinating Council the year the River Park was first used. He is also a help to all those needing an auto part in our community. Leslie is more usually at home in Seiad Valley busy with the activities of the community and formerly their children through the years Kyle, Marshall and Lindsey.

Grand Marshalls: Rick & Leslie Huston who have contributed so much to our Klamath River communities!

Grand Marshalls: Rick & Leslie Huston who have contributed so much to our Klamath River communities!

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In the Individual Category, the Nascar Old’ Folks of Grants Pass won third place with seven or eight vehicles all in a line. Second place went to Betsy who was Cribbage Dealer., and the first place Super Mario was the cousins, Riley Gail-Derry, Madison Whitehouse and Kyndal -Whitehouse.

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!15BigfootJam_9298VeraFloatBusiness category ribbons were given to the Karuk Dancers Float in Loving memory of Vera, and Pac Man Float from Spence Fishing Guide Service. The ribbon went to the Parry’s and Marble Mountain Gift Float which got a trophy and $250 donation to the nonprofit charity of their choice as well.

Alan Dyar anmnouncing, Laura Mayton, Rita Manley-King, Patt Celeyata who judged the Parade.

Alan Dyar anmnouncing, Laura Mayton, Rita Manley-King, Patt Celeyata who judged the Parade.

Forest Service Fire Fighters took time for the Bigfoot Parade!

Forest Service Fire Fighters took time for the Bigfoot Parade!

In the Nonprofit category Angelina Ballerina “Dance with Me” Dancing Toes won the red ribbon. Angry Bird Float by the Happy Camp Family Resource Center received the second place white ribbon and the River Valley 4-H Club horses were costumed as Polo Players and the kingly game of Jousters. River Valley 4H will also received a $250 check.

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First Place Raffle Winner, "Ice Cream for all!!"

First Place Raffle Winner, “Ice Cream for all!!”

Nearly forgot to mention, the Lawn Mower Races that began 6 Pm on Saturday and also 12:30 PM on Sunday. Thanks to the State of Jefferson Mower Racing Club. Ducky Races were held as well.

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48th Annual Bigfoot Jamboree will be Classic “camp!”

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How exciting!! The Happy Camp Coordinating Council has announced the theme for this years Bigfoot Jamboree Parade!! Now don’t go thinking that you have all the time in the world to make a float. Put your thinking caps on and come up with a stupendous idea!!

The theme is (da da…drum roll!!) Classic “Camp.”

Create a float that captures a piece of Happy Camp History. Maybe you’ll want to talk about the logging history and the mill or mills of your choice. Maybe you will want to talk about the Karuk Tribal Culture and the rich traditions of the Native American members of the community. Perhaps you want to talk about Mining, the Classic Hill, Siskon, Independence, Chamed or GreyEAgle mine. The original name, Murderer’s Bar, might be your float, the ’64 flood or fire fighting to keep Happy Camp safe. Perhaps you’ll recreate the historical “Camp” places, woodsman bar, the movie theater,, Evans Mercantile, Clear Creek or “the Eddie” swimming holes.

The Parade begins at 11 o’clock on Sumnday August 31st, 2014. We are looking forward to seeing you there, and seeing your entry into the Parade!!

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