“The pine Cones are coming! The pine cones are coming” and while Paul Revere, so many centuries ago, was riding around alerting folks to the “British” who were coming, the Pine Cone Festival in Blue Jay will be much more fun!
This Saturday, October 11 the Alpine Camp and Conference Center is going to be filled with booths featuring many different items including hand carved hiking stick, quilts, fused glass, natural stone jewelry, many items made from bark, stone and wood, beautiful pottery, hand-dyed silk scarves, elegant hand-made soaps and many more exciting craft items. What a great way to purchase things for the holidays and to get your holiday gift list under control.
The festival opens at 9:30 a.m. and an official welcoming ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Representatives from Congressman Paul Cook, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and Supervisor Janice Rutherford will all be on hand for the event.
Everyone’s first stop at the festival should be the raffle booth because more than $4,000 in items have been donated by the organization’s sponsors and vendors.
The Mountain Fifes and Drums and “Quarter to 3” as well as the “Johnson Family” will supply music for this fun event. Also, if you’re up for an adventure try the Alpine Camp’s zip line or ropes course.
There are still a few days left to keep hunting for the “world’s large pine cone.” If you take the pine cone you’ve found you could win up to $1,150. In addition to the pine cones this year’s event will include a new contest…..for the largest pine needle. They’re easy to find so start looking. All pine cone or pine needle entries must be turned in by noon in order to be part of the competition.
Spend some time making pine cone crafts with assistance from Church of the Woods and Mountain Arts Network. You’ll be able to take home your creation.
Children will have a great time participating in games and there will also be a bounce house. There will be so much to do that both children and adults will have a great day at this annual event. They’ll even be gold panning activities for kids as well as fun with rocks and fossils. I hear a rumor that Santa is so excited about this festival that he’s flying down from the North Pole just to attend. His good friend, Smokey, who will also be on hand, must have sent Santa a special request.
The Pine Cone Festival Steering Committee includes representatives from the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council, Church of the Woods, First Mountain Bank and duPlain Designs so come on out and enjoy this free family event.
The Conference Center is located at 415 Club House Drive in Blue Jay.