Annual Pine Cone Festival Was a Huge Success

Part of the fabulous ropes program at the camp. People loved it!
Part of the fabulous ropes program at the camp. People loved it!

The new venue at the Alpine Conference Center in Blue Jay seemed to be the perfect venue for the annual Pine Cone Festival. Shuttle busses, thanks to Mountain Transit, picked up guests and then took them back again which helped keep the traffic and parking issues at the camp at a minimum.

The area was filled with booths from local clubs and organizations as well as a large number of craft and food booths. To say it was a big, big success is an understatement. This year there was a great “ropes” course which was thoroughly enjoyed by the “younger set” and those who were physically up to it. A lot of children  really had fun and it was great to watch them having such a fun, but also challenging time.

The always-thrilled Mountain Fifes and Drums performed and if you aren’t thrilled by them perhaps you should see your doctor immediately to make sure you’re still alive. They are always, and I do mean always, thrilling.

So many creative pine cone decorative items were on display and many were for sale. It was great fun to see how pine cones were used to make decorative items in so many different way. Loved it!
So many creative pine cone decorative items were on display and many were for sale. It was great fun to see how pine cones were used to make decorative items in so many different way. Loved it!
Great entertainment by the always-entertaining local singing group, "Quarter to Three." They're always terrific!
Great entertainment by the always-entertaining local singing group, “Quarter to Three.” They’re always terrific!
The talented members of the Mountain Fifes and Drums are always incredible and thrilling.
The talented members of the Mountain Fifes and Drums are always incredible and thrilling.
One of the very creative displays at the PIne Cone Festival was this great porcupine sprayed gray which was part of the pine cone competition. Very clever!
One of the very creative displays at the PIne Cone Festival was this great porcupine sprayed gray which was part of the pine cone competition. Very clever!

The camp was filled with booths, both for profit booths as well as those manned by many nonprofit organizations such as Hearts and Lives and the Blue Star Moms. This year a new “rope” challenging course was set up and it was fascinating to see all the kids and adults climbing huge trees and logs after being safely attached to climbing gear. All the participants seemed to love the experience and I didn’t hear anyone screaming. (Always a good sign!)

Members of the local mountain chapter of Blue Star Moms deserve an extra salute. Ladies, you're wonderful and so are your loved ones who are serving our country!
Members of the local mountain chapter of Blue Star Moms deserve an extra salute. Ladies, you’re wonderful and so are your loved ones who are serving our country!
Kids and adults really enjoyed the climbing wall after they were safely strapped into the gear. It was fascinating to watch.
Kids and adults really enjoyed the climbing wall after they were safely strapped into the gear. It was fascinating to watch.

Congratulations to all the organizers of this longtime event. Planning a complicated event like this and with a venue change and some new challenges it went off without a problem….at least it certainly appeared that way. It was a marvelous event! I can’t wait for next year.

 

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