The summer parade season is soon upon us, and it’s not too early to start thinking about participating in these community events, should you have a club or company that wants to get into the spirit of the 60th annual Old Miners’ Days celebration. First up is the July 18th Doo Dah Parade, which is always a fun affair in Fawnskin. Parade Director Lori Gardiner tells KBHR that anything goes in the three-block parade which, this year, enjoys its 33rd run through the North Shore community. In terms of what is being sought for Doo Dah entrants, Gardiner says, “Just amuse us—wild wigs, men in women’s bathing suits and anything that will get a chuckle.” The entry fee for the Doo Dah Parade is just $10 and free for non-profit groups. For more information, contact Lori Gardiner at 878-4220. Come August 2nd, the grand Old Miners’ Days Parade rolls down Big Bear Boulevard, from Summit to the Village, and will include a NAVY flyover from Fallon, Nevada, visiting bands (including the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps band) and local floats with this year’s theme, “60 Years ‘n Still Kickin’!” The Old Miners’ Days Association awards trophies in many categories, including best float design and best representation of theme. To participate in the Old Miners’ Days Parade, entry fee is $100 for business and commercial floats, and free to non-profit groups. Parade entry forms are available at OldMiners.org. And, this just in from Parade Co-chair Joe Haeckel, this year’s Grand Marshall of the Old Miners’ Days Parade will be Chief Master Sergeant Noel Furniss, who, in February, retired from military service, which included 34 years in three branches of the military.
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