Tag: Old Miners’ Days

Old Miners Days has Rich History

Big Bear, CA, June 14, 2014 – In the summer of 1927, Big Bear had a parade celebrating its history that went right down Pine Knot Blvd. Local Big Bear historians think this may have been the true beginning of Old Miners Days. This year marks 65 years of Old Miners Days, Big Bear’s longest running community event. Back in the early days through the late 1980s, Old Miners Days was a two week celebration featuring events like the Loggers Jubilee lumberjack competition, the Whisker-ino contest to find the most impressive facial hair, performances of  ‘The Blossoms of Big Bear’ and ‘Deadwood Dick’, and the Fawnskin Street Dance which celebrated the mid-point of Old Miners Days and the beginning of the last leg for the burro racers.  The Heritage Parade, which marks the beginning of festivities these days, was always the final event capping off the two weeks of Old Miners celebrations. 1953 marks the first year for the burro races which was the main event of Old Miners Days. Man and burro teams would race 40 miles from Apple Valley through Lucerne up to Holcomb Valley and down into Fawnskin, where they would take the time to celebrate at the Fawnskin Street Dance before the final run to the Elk’s Lodge. Due to traffic issues, the beginning of the race was switched to Pioneertown after about 4 years. In...

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All Aboard the Old Miners Association!

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 26, 2014 – For 65 years, Old Miners Days have boosted Big Bear’s community pride and its economy. The Old Miners Association (OMA) is now gearing up for the 2014 calendar of events and is now recruiting new and returning members and sponsors. Membership levels range from $25 to $999 and offer a variety of benefits–from discounts on merchandise and event tickets, invitations to unique activities and the annual party, as well as chances to test out new educational programs before they are launched. Sponsorships are also available, starting at $1,000. This support not only helps produce entertaining events like the Heritage Parade, it financially benefits local businesses and individuals. As an example of how donations to OMA go back into the community, in 2013, the organization awarded two $1,000 college/training scholarships through the Miss Clementine & Lucky Baldwin Scholarship Contest, and produced the 42nd annual Chili Cookoff, an International Chili Society-sanctioned competition that draws thousands of tourists. The President of the Old Miners Association is a mining consultant who will be guiding efforts over the next few years to include multimedia exhibitions, interactive educational programs, and guided regional tours. Their future offerings also include educational programming for all ages to stimulate interest in mountain geology and the history of the Gold Rush in Holcomb...

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Old Miner’s Association Announces Grand Marshal

Big Bear, CA, May 13, 2013 – The Old Miners Association, in partnership with the City of Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County, will host the Big Bear Heritage Parade on June 15th, the Saturday of Fathers Day weekend.  They are pleased to announce that San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Alex Collins will be this year’s grand marshal in a special event themed “Big Bear Thanks You” in gratitude for the support of law enforcement, first responders and military who protected our mountain community during the incident of February 2013 involving Christopher Dorner.  Deputy Collins, a member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since 2007 and a deputy with the Big Bear Station since 2008, sustained multiple gunshot wounds during the February 12 shootout with Dorner.   After multiple surgeries at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Captain Tom Bradford states, “Alex is on the road to recovery and we are looking forward to having him back at the Big Bear Station when he is ready.  The Sheriff’s Department thanks the Old Miners Days Association for their recognition of law enforcement efforts.”  The parade will begin at 4pm and will run along Big Bear Boulevard, from Summit Boulevard west to Georgia Street.  In addition to cheering Deputy Collins and all of our first responders along the parade route, the public is invited to salute them in a pre-parade reception, being held at the...

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Old Miners Chili Cook-Off In July

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 10, 2013 – This summer, Big Bear Lake will celebrate the 65th year of Old Miners Days events. The Old Miners Days Chili Cook-Off, sanctioned by the International Chili Society is coming up on Saturday, July 13. The fun includes more than 30 chili cooks, over 40 vendors, outhouse races, children’s area and live music, followed by bluegrass concert. The Chili event will take place from 10am to 6pm on July 13 at the Bartlett Lot in the Village of Big Bear Lake. Admission is free, and tasting kits are $5. For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, applications, and tickets to bluegrass event, visit the Old Miners Association...

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Big Bear Calcutta Dinner & Chili Booth Auction

Enjoy great food, drinks, and camaradeie as you bid in a live auction on the winning chili team that will compete the following day at the Big Bear Chili Cook-off in the Village Bartlett Parking lot.  The dinner will take place at Murray’s Saloon and Eatery from 7 to 9pm on July 15th.  Contact Mark Gaines for more information 363-6592.  Dinner is...

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