By Adam Madison
Triplicate staff writer
The annual Beachfront Fair will have plenty of fun-filled and entertaining activities and demonstrations for the 20,000 visitors planned to arrive for this year's Fourth of July celebration.
From martial arts to helicopter tours, the fair has something for everyone to see "Through a Child's Eyes."
"More than 50 marketplace vendors will be there with games and informational booths for the event." said Pilar Stancliff, events coordinator for the Crescent City/Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event.
Visitors are advised to come hungry, Stancliff said, as "there are 21 food vendors signed up for the event."
Bandon's Best Kettle Corn will have sweet morsels of popcorn delight for sale.
Perlita's Mexican Food will also be on the grounds for the visitors who prefer some spice in their food.
If the food from Perlita's is too spicy, cool down with Silly Susie's Ice Cream, also at the fair.
Wine connoisseurs can attend the wine-bistro hosted by North Coast Marine Mammal Center. Proceeds from the wine sales go back to the center.
The Crescent City Jaycees are the hosts for this year's beer gardens, located on the right-side along Howe Drive as it leads towards the beach.
A helicopter tour sponsored by CalOre LifeFlight also is planned.
"The tour will go out past St. George, down toward Crescent City Harbor and then back past the town," said Dan Brittain, pilot of the helicopter, a Robinson R-44 helicopter from Air Shasta out of Redding.
The helicopter has four seats including the pilot's, so there will only be three passengers allowed on at a time. The tour does not include St. George Reef Lighthouse. Rides are $40 for each rider.
"Last year we had about 130 riders," Brittain said.
Another big fair event is a redwood carving demonstration.
"I've been carving since I was five-years-old with a little pocket knife," said Rob Pierce, the redwood burl carver for this year's fair.
Pierce has moved on from the pocket knife, now relying on chainsaws for the heavy-work.
In 1998, Pierce finished in the top 10 at the Westport International Carving Competition.
Pierce's carvings are all over the globe, spanning from the United States to Canada, Australia, Switzerland, England, Denmark, some Scandinavian countries and as far as Japan.
"I started setting chokers when I was seven," Pierce said about his first logging job.
He first got into carving as a job "when someone traded me a motorcycle for a bear, then I realized it was worth something."
Pierce is retired now but still carves as a hobby. Poulon Chainsaws sponsored Pierce for 10 years and Husqvarna for four.
Some of his recent works sold locally are the two bears and the moose in front of Lucky Seven Casino in Smith River.
Pierce will put on his own show, and All Ways Redwood, managed by Stan Richardson will provide demonstrations also.
Carving demonstrations start at 10 a.m. and continue through the day.
For fans of the martial arts or anyone interested in healthy exercise an Aikido demonstration is planned for visitors. Garth Goodrich and his students from Pacific Coast Aikido will host the event.
If You Go
What: Beachfront Fair
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4
Where: Beachfront Park
SOURCE: Crescent City/Del Norte Chamber Of Commerce
Schedule of Events: Fourth of July Festivities
Free Shuttle Rides and Parking Park at the Del Norte
Pastels in the Park Local artists conceive and design original pastel artwork on the sidewalks of Beachfront Park 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
5k and 10k Fun Run and 5k Walk The race begins at the first turnout on Pebble Beach Drive South of Washington Blvd. The finish line is at Beachfront Park. Register at 8 a.m.
The Daily Triplicate Pre-Parade Event Guests can get a good morning zing by stopping by the Triplicate for free Dutch Brothers Coffee, muffins, flags and balloons 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Parade Sponsored by Chetco Federal Credit Union starts at 10 a.m. with a cannon shot fired from the cannon in front of the Historical Museum. The parade will be lead along H, Third, K and Front streets. The reviewing stage will be at Third and H streets. Awards will be presented at the Gazebo in Beachfront Park at 2 p.m.
Pie and Ice-Cream Social at the Museum The Historical Museum on Sixth and H streets will host an ice-cream social 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Beachfront Family Fair The fair is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Beachfront Park. There are food booths, marketplace vendors, children and adult games, helicopter tours, artisans, live music, karaoke and more planned for the event. Del Norte Search and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard will host demonstrations. There is also a Disc Golf demonstration planned.
Concerts in the Park Tap Water, local talents Hog Wild Band, CC Walker Band and the KPOD Colgate Country Showdown local finals will provide live performances on the main stage at Beachfront Park.
Fireworks The fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. over Battery Point Lighthouse. The best viewing locations are from Beachfront Park, Howe Drive, Whaler Island, South Beach, Brother Jonathan Vista Point, Crescent Beach Overlook and U.S. Hwy. 101 Vista Point. Beachfront viewing is closed to vehicles.