Old Miners’ Days Parade Is Still Kickin’; Historical Society and Cowboy Gathering Take Top Honors for Floats

The Cowboy Gathering took top honors for their kickin' float.

The Cowboy Gathering took top honors for their kickin' float.

This year’s Old Miners’ Days Parade, in celebration of 60 years of Old Miners’ festivities, included 140 or so entries that marched, rolled and trotted down Big Bear Boulevard and, for the first time in five years, the Village L as well. Given the theme “60 Years ’n’ Still Kickin’,” the 14 local floats played with the kickin’ theme, though the Big Bear Cowboy Gathering took top honors in this respect, earning the Old Miners’ Award; the Big Bear Valley Historical Society won the Float Sweepstakes Award for best overall float for their entry, which also included burros and a wolf. The top civic float went to Dancers Anonymous, which represented the 65 dance students in the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District dance program. Best service club float was awarded to the flappers of the Chambermaids with their theme “over 60 and still kickin’”; a similar idea by the Kiwanis Club earned them a second place trophy. The Boy Scouts of America Troop #49 of the Big Bear Valley took top honors in the youth float category; their elaborate float, which was designed by the scouts, included canoes, boxcar racers, fishermen and a giant stuffed bear. This year’s parade (on August 2) also included the Lions Club with their water-shooting firetruck, the just-restored 1936 REO firetruck of the Big Bear City Fire Department (manned by Fire Chief Jeff Willis and County Supervisor Neil Derry), the return of Miss Clementine Keli Homan, Grand Marshall Chief Master Sergeant Noel Furniss, and the flyover of two F18 Hornets from the U.S. Navy. For a complete list of float winners, see our August 2 posting.

The Big Bear Valley Historical Society won this year's Float Sweepstakes with their elaborate float, which was accompanied by "old miners" with burros and a wolf.

The Big Bear Valley Historical Society won this year's Float Sweepstakes with their elaborate float, which was accompanied by "old miners" with burros and a wolf.

County Supervisor Neil Derry (and family) joined Fire Chief Jeff Willis (and family) on the 1936 BBC firetruck.

County Supervisor Neil Derry (and family) joined Fire Chief Jeff Willis (and family) on the 1936 BBC firetruck.

Big Bear Boulevard was lined with old miners and young folk alike, enjoying the parade in the summer sun.

Big Bear Boulevard was lined with old miners and young folk alike, enjoying the parade in the summer sun.

The Chambermaids of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce took first place in the service float category.

The Chambermaids of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce took first place in the service float category.

Miss Big Bear Hayley Bracken wore her prom dress to ride in dad's Corvette.

Miss Big Bear Hayley Bracken wore her prom dress to ride in dad's Corvette.

The Kiwanis Club float earned high marks in the humor category, given appearances by Neal Hertzman and Curt Bryant in skirts.

The Kiwanis Club float earned high marks in the humor category, given appearances by Neal Hertzman and Curt Bryant in skirts.

Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts designed their float, which earned them the top prize in the youth division.

Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts designed their float, which earned them the top prize in the youth division.

Local racing teams, Scribbler and El Gato, took to the asphalt, on a break from competing in the Mojave Off-Road Enthusiasts series; more on these teams can be heard on KBHR's Motor Sports Report with Jay Tunnell.

Local racing teams, Scribbler and El Gato, took to the asphalt, on a break from competing in the Mojave Off-Road Enthusiasts series; more on these teams can be heard on KBHR's Motor Sports Report with Jay Tunnell.

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This year’s Old Miners’ Days Parade, in celebration of 60 years of Old Miners’ festivities, included 140 or so entries that marched, rolled and trotted down Big Bear Boulevard and, for the first time in five years, the Village L as well. Given the theme “60 Years ’n’ Still Kickin’,” the 14 local floats played with the kickin’ theme, though the Big Bear Cowboy Gathering took top honors in this respect, earning the Old Miners’ Award; the Big Bear Valley Historical Society won the Float Sweepstakes Award for best overall float for their entry, which also included burros and a wolf. The top civic float went to Dancers Anonymous, which represented the 65 dance students in the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District dance program. Best service club float was awarded to the flappers of the Chambermaids with their theme “over 60 and still kickin’”; a similar idea by the Kiwanis Club earned them a second place trophy. The Boy Scouts of America Troop #49 of the Big Bear Valley took top honors in the youth float category; their elaborate float, which was designed by the scouts, included canoes, boxcar racers, fishermen and a giant stuffed bear. This year’s parade (on August 2) also included the Lions Club with their water-shooting firetruck, the just-restored 1936 REO firetruck of the Big Bear City Fire Department (manned by Fire Chief Jeff Willis and County Supervisor Neil Derry), the return of Miss Clementine Keli Homan, Grand Marshall Chief Master Sergeant Noel Furniss, and the flyover of two F18 Hornets from the U.S. Navy. For a complete list of float winners, see our August 2 posting.

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