Plumas County Picnic is a tradition

Why is it called the Annual Plumas County Picnic when there is no picnic? Tradition!

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, literally thousands of people would show up for a free beef lunch, motorcycle racing, baseball games and kids’ games.

There’s no more free lunch, but the County Picnic hosts the largest American Valley Speedway race of the year, which starts at 7 p.m. in the grandstands, and is the venue for the annual Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show and Shine.

Color Me Green 5K run


A new tradition begins this year with the first Color Me Green 5K run. This route is completely on the fairgrounds, beginning and ending at the front gate.

Sponsored by the Plumas Sierra 4H program, the event is meant to bring family, friends and community together to practice healthy living. What makes it green? Runners are showered with green dye at several markers as they pass. Everyone will definitely know who ran that day!

Check in is at 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 per runner, with discounts for families. Register on the Plumas Sierra 4H Facebook page.

Lions Club breakfast

Hungry runners or anyone getting hungry watching people run can enjoy the Lions Club Breakfast served on the patio of the Mineral Building beginning 7 a.m. Vendors begin opening around 10 a.m. with food, products and public information.

Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Show and Shine


Take a walk along hundreds of beautiful cars, with a chance to vote for your favorite. It’s the biggest classic car show in the county. The award ceremony is around 2 p.m. Something else that is new will be live music performed by Déjà vu, busting out classic rock and country all day.

Horseshoe tournament

A good time horseshoe tournament will begin at noon. Bring a partner or find someone standing around and make them your new partner. There are no forms to fill out, no entry fee and you don’t have to bring your own horseshoes. The first and second place teams will walk away with valuable cheap trophies. The tournament begins at noon, unless we have to wait for someone to get off work, in which case we may wait for them. Pretty sure it will start at noon though. Come have some fun!

“The County Picnic is one of those opportunities we have in a rural area to get back to what we all say we want,” said Fair Manager John Steffanic, “All it really takes is for people to show up and be part of the fun. The more people, the more fun. It’s that simple.”