Adding to tradition

Kelley Atherton, The Triplicate

New wrinkles for upcoming 4th festivities

The Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce promises "an old-fashioned" Fourth of July this year, but there will be a few additions to the festivities.

Several new activities are slated for Beachfront Park on Wednesday, July 4: horse rides, a climbing wall, car show, dunk tank and a barbecue competition.

In the Palmer Westbrook Ranch BBQ Wars Battle at the Beach, locals will be grilling for a $250 cash prize. Judges will pick the best barbecued baby back ribs, chicken and tri-tip.

To enter, sign up at the Chamber of Commerce on Front Street by Thursday.

The chamber tries to update the storied Fourth of July celebration

each year, but it's difficult, said Executive Director Gina Zottola.

"It's a challenge," she said. "The most challenging thing is trying

to find other entities, the manpower, to bring these new things."

There are some new groups participating, such as the youth group at

Cornerstone Church, Boy Scouts, Rotaract and the Crescent City Middle

School basketball team. Soroptimist International asked the chamber to

partner in Cow Chip Bingo, a local favorite, Zottola said.

This weekend brings the Firecracker Softball Tournament. The

registration deadline is today at the Flynn Center, 981 H St., Suite


The main festivities kick off each year on July 3 with the Deck Party

on the Cultural Center lawn. Inside is the Crescent Harbor Art

Gallery's art show featuring local artists. The art show starts at 4

p.m. and the Deck Party at 5 p.m.

The Ferguson Brothers will be rocking the Deck Party and people can

buy raffle tickets for big prizes like a 3-D flat screen TV, along with

their drinks.

For the first time, people will be able to buy their "deed" to a plot

of land in Beachfront Park for Cow Chip Bingo at the Deck Party. Cows

will be released into the bingo field at 2 p.m. on the Fourth. There are

cash prizes starting at $750 for wherever the cows' dung falls.

Lighthouse Repertory Theatre will be performing a melodrama at the

Methodist Church, 664 H St., at 6:30 p.m. July 3 and 3 p.m. July 4.

The Fourth opens with The Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Social at the

Historical Society Museum, 577 H St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the

parade at 10 a.m.

The Triplicate will have infused water from the Network for a Healthy

California and cherry ice box cookies from Glen's Bakery and will be

giving out American Flags in front of its offices at 3rd and H streets.

The Fun Run also starts at 10 a.m. at the first turnout south of Washington Boulevard on Pebble Beach Drive.

At noon the parade ends and the festivities move over to Beachfront Park.

The Hogwild Band will be playing on the Beachfront Stage.

The Horseshoe Tournament is in the pits at the southwest corner of the park at 12:30 p.m.

The Firemen's Waterball Competition is on Front Street at 1 p.m.

Cowchip Bingo and the BBQ Wars begin at 2 p.m.

The Marine Mammal Center will have a margarita booth and the Jaycees will be serving beer.

Food ranges from Indian tacos, elephant ears, kettle corn, Mexican, sandwiches, chicken wings and Taylor's Sausage.

Vendors will close at 6 p.m. and Front Street will open to traffic at

8 p.m. Fireworks will begin sometime from 9 to 9:30 p.m., when it's

dark enough. Tune into KPOD, KCRE or AM 1240 for the soundtrack to the


The $30,000 fireworks show is the biggest draw for outsiders, Zottola said.

"The fireworks bring thousands and thousands of people to Del Norte

County to spend the Fourth of July with us," Zottola said, "which in

turn, is beneficial to our businesses, city and county and the community

in general."

Fewer towns have fireworks shows these days, she said, which is one

reason why so many people come to Crescent City to see "what's promised

to be a great show."

Reach Kelley Atherton at .

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