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The Historic Johnsville Ski Bowl serves as the site of the seventh annual Lost Sierra Hoedown, a four-day, music-filled event running Thursday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 22, tucked away in the trees of Plumas-Eureka State Park. Photos by Lauren Westmoreland

It’s a hoedown!

The seventh annual Lost Sierra Hoedown is nearly here, with the event taking place in the Historic Johnsville Ski Bowl nestled in Plumas-Eureka State Park from Thursday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 22, and promising a full lineup of music and adventure for all.

The Lost Sierra Hoedown is a weekend of simple outdoor living, according to organizers, and filled to the brim with music people can dance to — folk, country, bluegrass and Americana.

The hoedown will raise funds and awareness for the re-opening of the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl, with the Plumas Ski Club anticipating the bowl’s future full reopening.

Event attendees can look forward to four days of live music, food, outdoor recreation, and more, with music kicking off in the historic Intorf Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m., with local talent Danny Horton.

Other artists included in the lineup are Willy Tea Taylor, Soul Jelly, Feathers and Lead, and many more, with late night sets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and secret campground sets tucked into the weekend as well.

The event is family-friendly and is touted as a uniquely low-impact event. Event organizers encourage all attendees to think sustainably, with suggested gear to bring including re-usable non-plastic water bottles, re-usable utensils and dishware, and leave the glass, trash, and illegal substances at home.

The Plumas-Eureka State Park is a scenic and historic treasure that should be enjoyed with the utmost respect and responsibility. For many events, sustainability is nothing more than a marketing tool.

For the Lost Sierra Hoedown, sustainability is intended to be built into the experience. Attendees are invited to familiarize themselves with guidelines on how to prepare for the Lost Sierra Hoedown, and have fun participating in educational opportunities throughout the event.

On-site camping surrounds the lodge in the bowl, and there are no pets allowed. Self-contained single-space vehicles may stake a claim on a spot in the ski bowl parking lot, and RVs, trailers or other large camping outfits must seek off-site camping.

For those that might look for alternate food strategies, there will be food available for purchase from Taqueria Marias Food Truck and Plumas Ski Club’s Lost Sierra Grill, which features “old fashioned ski lodge grub.”

One hundred percent of proceeds from food and beer sales benefit the ski club and help keep community skiing activities alive at Johnsville, home of the Historic Longboard Revival Race Series.

According to event organizers, their mission is to re-invent the music festival, inspire land stewardship through outdoor recreation and support the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl.

At the Lost Sierra Hoedown, this looks like simple living. Attendees are highly encouraged to park their car and use their feet, bike or the provided shuttle, disconnect from technology and stop producing trash during the four-day event in Plumas-Eureka State Park.

Organizers hope that disconnecting will give attendees a chance to form community, meet their camping neighbors and make new friends.

Outdoor activity possibilities are nearly unlimited, but organizers suggest a few, including taking a ride on a bike, swimming in nearby Eureka Lake, or hiking to see the sunrise or sunset at Eureka Peak.

For more information, including a camping guide, lineups, ticket purchasing or any other questions about the event, visit lostsierrahoedown.com.

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