The tradition stayed strong for many years. Attendance dropped by half the year they tried to charge a $1 for lunch, so they went back to free the following year. It was 1962 when the very popular Sweetheart of the Mountains Beauty Pageant was moved to the County Picnic. In the mid 70’s, they did away with the free lunch, and as you might expect, attendance languished. The event sputtered along until around 1990, when the Sierra Cascade Street Rodders began their annual Show n’ Shine on the day of the County Picnic. Over time, it has become one of the best car shows in the region. At the same time, the picnic became a picnic in name only.
Along comes the PSCF Foundation. This non-profit organization exists to benefit and promote the Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds in any way it can. Bringing back a true county picnic seemed a logical thing to do. The picnic has always been a good time for families and school alumni to gather, and since many people come back home during graduation weekend, Saturday, June 10 was chosen as the day to have the picnic. A free lunch will be offered to the first 500 people. Much more modest than the thousands that used to attend, but we will see how this year goes. Classic picnic fare of hot dogs and hamburgers, macaroni salad, chips, lemonade and a cup of ice cream will make up the menu. While you eat, you can enjoy live music from Rummy. This classic rock and roll band will get you out of your chair to work off some calories. The Plumas County Health Department will bring in their popular bicycle course for the youngsters. This was a hit at the Children’s Fair this month. If you are more serious about burning calories, the Central Plumas Recreation District will set up a mini-Mountaineer Challenge Course. The main event was held at Plumas Pines Golf Course last year and included challenges like carrying sand bags, crawling through obstacles and that event even had a few slip and slides. This will probably be a dry offering, but still, a good chance to try it out and maybe be inspired to enter the main event this Fall.
Activities begin at 11:30am and go until 2pm. Everything will happen on the promenades just inside the front gates of the fairgrounds. If anyone wants to reserve a space for a reunion, they are encouraged to contact the fair office.
The PSCF Foundation is footing the bill for the event, but donations are welcome.