FROM ONE TO ANOTHER...
From one busy weekend of Mountain Jubilee to another busy weekend of
Burney Basin Days - there’s no rest for the wicked... or those just
looking for a fun time. While the Mountain Jubilee at the
Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds is a relatively new event, Burney Basin
Days has been around for several generations - celebrating 60 years
of providing family fun and memories.
The ‘Big’ parade is one of the most popular events, with people
staking out their favorite viewing spots early.
Part of that popularity is due to the parade entries - especially
Burney’s own Donna Witherspoon is one of the people behind some of
the most spectacular and ingenious floats over these some sixty
In one of the earlier years of float building, Donna and her late
husband Russ designed and built a float for the cub scouts. It was a
gigantic castle that completely enclosed a vehicle and was extremely
tall. When they group began moving this float extraordinaire to the
parade staging area, they discovered that many of the overhead wires
crossing streets were lower than the float.
In order to move down the parade route, men walked alongside the
float with long 2x4’s with cross bars attached to the top to lift
the wires so the float could ‘float’ under them and complete the
Nothing stops a woman with a mission.
For the past several decades, Donna has been instrumental in
preparing the Burney Lion’s Auxiliary floats - annual winners of
most of the top parade prizes.
It’s people like Donna Witherspoon and others who’s creativity makes
Burney Basin Days the success and fun-filled event that it’s been
over all these years.
Another volunteer who has spent countless hours making the
celebration better is Steven Luck and his family.
Steve grew up around Burney Basin Days, and enjoyed making memories
as a youngster, and has chosen to give back to the community through
his efforts to make the event better each year.
He is the driving force behind Burney Reunites, bringing back former
residents to celebrate Burney Basin Days and their memories of
living in the area. He and fellow volunteers will once again have a
Burney Reunites Welcome Center that is well worth visiting. This
year it will be located in the Lyon’s Pharmacy building on main
street, and will include a walk down memory lane with artifacts from
Burney’s past - yep, our own town museum. He’s also bringing back
the logging show on Saturday - an event he took part in during his
younger days when the celebration celebrated our logging heritage.
Another group of volunteers has been flipping flapjacks and cracking
eggs for all 60 years of the celebration - the Burney Lions Club.
This venerable organization has served up Chuckwagon breakfasts two
mornings each year, and you can’t find a better breakfast anywhere.
If you think it’s easy to whip up breakfast for 600-plus people
outdoors... think again.
Another family that has given back to the community is that of the
late Rex Vaughn. Rex and his wife Ruby (and now son, Rex, Jr) have
loaned the Lions Club their front yard on what we affectionately
call Christmas Tree Lane as the site of the Chuckwagon breakfasts.
They’ve seen their lawn trampled by hundreds of hungry people over
these many decades, and welcomed us all to their front yard.
Our local vet’s through the VFW is another group that’s given
tirelessly to the celebration with their annual deep pit BBQ -
something no one wants to miss.
The Burney/Fall River Rotary club is a relative newcomer to the
celebration, but their tireless effort thrills us all with the
Yes, it takes a village... and in this case an entire town to put on
a celebration that we’ve come to enjoy for a lifetime.
So enjoy your weekend, and thanks guys!
FR Co-Ed Softball
Starts This Week
FALL RIVER MILLS - The Intermountain Co-Ed softball
league began play yesterday (Monday) and eight teams
will play at 6:30 and 7:45 every Monday and Wednesday at
the Lion’s Park here.
Proceeds from the league will go to Intermountain Youth
Sports & the Fall River Lions Club.
Egg On the Face at the Mountain Jubilee
Tawnee Nelson (left) and Amanda Groendal battle it out
in Egg Roulette Saturday. Nelson finished as the
Ol’ Merc Wins Mountain Jubilee Big
Ball Softball Tournament|
Mountain Jubilee Mud Run was a Sloppy Good
McARTHUR - The Ol’ Merc picked up the championship of the 1st
annual Mountain Jubilee Big Ball Tournament here over the
weekend, with Teo’s Trucking finishing second.
MVP nod’s went to Jolene Platko and JP Cochran.All-Tourney was
awarded to Jeff Pevehouse, Stacy Gallion, Ben Torres, Waylon
Nelson, Adrianne Bretao, Jeremy Decker, Amber Decker, Cody
Smith, Steve McCloud and Nona McCloud.
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Channel Cats Rally for Trio of Victories at Eureka
EUREKA - The Channel Cats American Legion baseball squad
travelled to the coast for the Eureka Tournament this
past week, winning three while losing two.
“All in all we played very well on the weekend as a
team,” summarized coach Jeremy Vanover, “we hit the ball
well and played great defense.”
On Thursday, the C-Cats thumped Enterprise, 9-2, with
Nick Rhodes slamming a double and triple to drive in
five runs. Kellen Gerig went the distance on the mound,
“and threw great,” said Vanover.
In game two, Nick Rhodes hurled all seven innings and
was 2-for-3 at the plate, but it wasn’t enough, as the
Humboldt 76ers eked out a 4-3 win.
“We were a little out of position on defense,” related
the coach, “but the boys played well again, turning
three double plays with Rhett Rhodes doing a great job
at first base.”
In their third battle, the C-Cats faced Corning in the
morning after a day off, “and we didn’t lay that well,
losing,” stated Vanover. Thomas Markham was tagged for
the loss, with Konnor Gerig wrapping it up.
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‘Night of the Raider’ Dinner Set for August 22
BURNEY - The Burney Booster club is proud to announce
the 2015 Night of the Raiders football fundraising
dinner, Saturday, August 22nd at the Gene Pisenti Field
on the Burney high school campus.
The dinner will raise funds for the Burney Raider
football program at the school.
The menu will include BBQ chicken, ribs and tri-tip
along with beans, salad and dessert. Gates open at 6pm,
with dinner served at 7 o’clock.
Tickets are $25 and available from any Burney Raider
football player or at the school office.
The event is the idea of BHS senior Ray Guerrero as his
Besides dinner, a raffle will be held throughout the
evening with prizes that include 49er tickets, Raiders
Jersey, sports memorabilia, tool set cord of wood and
This is a chance to meet and greet the 2015 Raider
football team and coaches.
If you’d like to make a donation, make it payable to
Burney Boosters. For more information call 335- 4576 or
Some Ideas to
Beat the Heat
Summer has definitely arrived in the Intermountain Area, with
triple digit temperatures forecast for most of this week. The
most important thing to remember is to drink plenty of water
during this period.
Despite the torrid temperatures, there are plenty of ways to
find a little relief between attending events of the 60th annual
Burney Basin Days Celebration set to start Thursday and continue
Here are some ideas for you...
water! There are a variety of places to cool off by submerging
yourself in good old H20. Yes, we’re in the middle of a draught,
but Lake Britton is beautifully full of the cool stuff, and
whether you decide to plunge in for a swim, launch the family
yacht or just paddle a kayak - it’s all available.
Both Burney and Bieber have community pools, and taking a dip in
the pool is a great way to cool off... then again, so is running
through you sprinkler on the front lawn (cooling off and
watering the lawn at the same time - who says you can’t
in the great outdoors is another way to get out of oven-like
house. Setting up a tent under majestic pine trees or sleeping
under the stars is another great summer idea.
Visiting our own spectacular McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial
State Park, where a hike to the bottom of the falls will see the
temperature drop significantly. Of course the hike back up to
the top isn’t always a cool trip.
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Looking Back at
60 Years of Celebrating
all began as the Golden Spike Celebration back in 1955, to
commemorate the arrival of the railroad to the bustling town of
Burney. The McCloud River Railroad steam locomotive arrived by
ripping through a 2-story paper banner and the age of the
railroad had come to the Intermountain Area. Later the
celebration was re-named to Burney Basin Days and has continued
off and on for some 60 years.
Not only has the celebration changed over these many years, but
so has the town of Burney (as seen through these photo’s from
1959-60). Gone are many popular businesses... as well as the
railroad. But through all of this the Burney Basin Days
Celebration on the Fourth of July has prevailed.
The early celebrations included plenty of the activities still
enjoyed today - kiddie parade, big parade, chuckwagon
breakfasts, queen contest, fireworks, VFW Bar-B-Que and more.
However, over the decades, other events that were popular ‘back
in the day’ have vanished and new ones have arrived.
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