Lake Almanor looks to the future

With the postponement of the “Independence Day” fireworks, the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce (LAACC) Board of Directors is reaching out to the community for ideas and assistance in developing an alternate weekend event/s for the Labor Day weekend.

They believe the community has, “an opportunity to start a new Labor Day tradition that can benefit both local businesses and the community.”

The general idea is to add some new community and organizational events to those already scheduled for that weekend and expand activity prospects for visitors.

Currently scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31, is the Lake Almanor Community Foundation’s 18th annual Lake Almanor Peninsula Art & Craft Fair and the rescheduled fireworks extravaganza.

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Sunday, Sept. 1, is the last bandstand music concert that will feature “Thunder Cover” and the Chester Jr./Sr. High School cheerleaders are planning a car wash fundraiser Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The chamber’s vision is to give the community this opportunity to provide additional event ideas to enhance the weekend.

Possible thoughts include major sales/sidewalk sales by local businesses; a scavenger hunt that takes participants through businesses, possibly with a fee to be involved with benefits for museums; a bike event, or ‘gravel grinder’ to benefit local recreation; a pet parade; a 50/50 drawing or poker draw that is advertised not only locally, but online for 30 days prior with organizing groups sharing the net proceeds; and scholarship fundraisers.

Susan Bryner, president of LAACC, said, “Labor Day is the perfect time to fundraise for scholarships. What better weekend to do this than the one in which we celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country?”

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She added, “This could also be a chance to establish an ecotourism weekend at Lake Almanor with cleanups, watershed tours and restoration activities.

The vision is to create a weekend of opportunities that would attract more visitors and encourage “second homeowners” to return to the area for another active weekend.