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Cultus Lake

July 30-Aug 2: BC Day Weekend: Breakfast will be served each day of the long weekend. Every parent needs a night out so come enjoy our Saturday evening Casino Night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There will be horse races, blackjack, bingo and much more. Try your luck and see what prizes you can win. Supper includes Cook's famous burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob, beginning at 5 p.m.

Aug. 7-8: Chili Cook-off: On Saturday night we will have a Chili and Salad dinner – the chili will be the result of our chili cook-off. Cost is $3 per bowl.

Aug. 21-22: Luau Weekend: Paul Tavai-Latta and his beautiful dancers take us on a journey through Polynesia. Luau dinner includes pig roast and all the trimmings. Tickets required.

Aug. 28-29: The Great TT Race Weekend: Kids come and try your skills in the 2nd annual Great TT Race. Prizes for winners. Also, enjoy Cook's famous burgers and hot dogs at 5:30 p.m. and then dance the night away to the music of Hong Kong Cowboy starting at 7 p.m.


Pacific City

Aug. 7: Fabulous 50s Weekend: We'll be hula-hoopin', bubble gum blowin' and hand jivin' with the Fabulous Cover Dawgs so get out those poodle skirts, roll up those jeans and get ready for the sock hop!

Aug. 14: Seascape Weekend includes kite flying and sand castle building at the beach, plus ocean crafts and old–fashioned campfire with s'mores.

Aug. 21: Pirates at the Pacific includes treasure maps and tattoo parlor, pin the eye patch on the pirate, walk the plank and have a whack at the piñata, plus a family fun night of karaoke with Ernie Kroft and family is planned. Aug. 22: Hired Hands inspirational service at 11 a.m.

Aug. 28: Pacific City 30th Anniversary Celebration: Step back in time and reminisce as these hills of trees and blackberries evolved into the beautiful resort we are blessed with today. Enjoy a slice of our anniversary cake as we celebrate 30 years of customer service. Enjoy two Heritage Country/Christmas performances.

August 11-14
Tillamook County Fair
"When Fair Time is Fun Time"

Pig and Ford races, 4-H exhibits, floral hall, food & craft vendors, horse racing and betting, demolition derby, concerts, hypnotists, carnival rides and more. Held at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. For information, call (503) 842-2272.

Whalers Rest

Aug. 6-8: Reach for the Stars Weekend: Gondolas will be racing and Nehemiah Brown will dazzle us with awesome tunes.

Aug. 13-15: Mystery and Mayhem Weekend: We will serve up a mystery dinner and also have a spy school for all who would like to advance their skills of mystery.

Aug. 19: Extreme Kids Night: Drop off your kids for a fun evening with games, swimming, fun movie and a snack too. South Clubhouse 7 p.m.

Aug. 20-22: Tropical Paradise: The slide pool and boat races will be open to the young at heart. Pack your favorite Hawaiian shirt for our luau dinner. The Bush Pilots will be tuning up their fiddles beginning at 7 p.m. in the South Clubhouse.

Aug. 27-29: Carnival Weekend: The Big Top at Whalers will feature our annual fun zone. Dr. Delusions Magic Show in the evening at 7 p.m. in the South Clubhouse.

August 1
Toledo Antique Street Fair & Classic Car Show

Toledo's five-block Main Street business district becomes a pedestrian mall as antique and craft booths, plus classic cars, fill the streets. Live folk music is featured and a DJ will spin classic rock hits. Delicious festival foods are available and all restaurants are open for refreshments. Your friendly dog on a leash is also welcome. Located on Highway 20, just 7 miles east of the preserve.


Grandy Creek

Aug. 6-7: Western Weekend: Friday night movie under the stars, face painting, ice cream social ($), hay-less hayride and rodeo games.

La Conner

Aug. 7: It's Water Weekend so bring your super soakers down to the front lawn and challenge Pam and Sarah to a water war.

Aug. 13 & 27: Amy Hindman will be singing at the campfire.

Aug. 14: Dog Days of Summer: Anacortes police offer, Marie Padavon is bringing her police dog, Ryder, to meet the campers and run our agility course. Bring your own Spot and see how he runs the course.

Aug. 21: Happy Birthday to You! Birthday Party for all of us. Help us make our homemade ice cream and cake.

Aug. 28: Scavenger Hunt Weekend.


Aug. 6-8: Search for Bigfoot Weekend: He is out there hiding and whoever finds him wins a prize!

Aug. 14: Raft Race on the Lake – grand prize winner.

Aug. 27-29: UFO Weekend: Be on the lookout for ET and his spaceship! Plus, join us every Saturday night for Karaoke Patty who has over 4,000 songs to choose from.

August 21
9th Annual Wine Tasting Festival

Enjoy Wenatchee River Valley wine and gourmet food while listening to live music. Event is held at Sleeping Lady Retreat, 7375 Icicle Road, just 10 miles from the preserve, and runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mount Vernon

Aug. 6: Hawaiian Luau features entertainment by authentic Aloha Dancers, island décor, appetizers and a fabulous dinner from the islands (all for just $10). Join us for an enjoyable evening. Reservations please!

Aug. 14: Karaoke with Charlie Moore and a great planned dinner (Parmesan Chicken and fixings all for $10). R.S.V.P.

Aug. 21: Thousand Trails Appreciation Weekend with Norm Lynn. Come celebrate with us – we'll have door prizes, plus deep-fried Turkey Dinner for $10. R.S.V.P.

Aug. 28: Second in a series of A Night Out Dinner and Dance – features $10 Seafood Fettucine, $5 for dance lesson per person.

August 6-8
Anacortes Arts Festival

Festival of artisans includes art displays, plus live music, a variety of food vendors, activities for kids. Located in the city of Anacortes, just a 15 minute drive from the preserve.


Aug. 7: Mossyrock parade, Aloha Dancers, wear your favorite shirt.

Aug. 14: Geocaching with a compass! Casino Night. Fun, fun, fun!

Aug. 21: Remote control car racing. Best looking race car driver contest and Sock Hop dance.

Aug. 28: Metal Detecting: Calling all people with metal detectors to take out amateurs to find treasures. We want to make this an annual event, and with your help it will be a lot of fun. Karaoke with the Chick Picks too!

August 7
4th Annual Blueberry Festival

Event includes music, car show, parade, quilt show, dog show, crafts and of course, a pie eating contest. Held in Mossyrock, about 8 miles from the preserve. For information visit


Aug. 6-7: Saturday is Hawaiian Days with breakfast, Meet the Manager, Luau BBQ, limbo and dancing scheduled.

Aug. 13-14: Saturday events include breakfast, Meet the Manager, BBQ, Pet Costume contest, and Water Balloon Toss.

Aug. 20-21: Saturday schedule includes breakfast, Meet the Manager, BBQ, and Scavenger Hunt.

Aug. 27-28: Saturday events include breakfast, Meet the Manager, BBQ, and Isaac Son of Reptileman. Throughout August - Friday Root Beer Floats from 3 to 4 p.m. and Saturday Ice Cream Social from 4 to 5 p.m.

August 15
Old Main Street Car Show

Join us for this 2nd annual event with over 150 entries and new categories. We look forward to what 2010 will bring. Sponsored by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. Event is held on Main Street in Monroe, approximately 5 miles from the preserve. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information call (360) 794-5488.

August 26-September 6
Evergreen State Fair

This year's theme is "Home Grown Fun" – event includes arts & crafts, food, concerts, exhibitors, horse show, rodeo, monster truck show, fireworks and more! A great time to be had by all ages. Held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, approximately 5 miles from the preserve. For information visit



Verde Valley

Throughout August: WII Challenge/Mini-Golf Thursdays at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Crafts on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m., Card Bingo on Fridays at 5:30 p.m., Kids Swim Hour – Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Open Games – 6:30 p.m. Saturdays.



Friday night Spaghetti Dinner from 5-6 p.m. all through August.

July 30-Aug. 1: Middle Ridge Winery wines showcased in an afternoon of tasting ($12 per person), with hors d'oeuvres and entertainment by David Jermone. Plus George Finkle will offer a harmonica workshop and jam session.

Aug. 6-8: Blast to the Past: Saturday marketplace and craft show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plus hula-hoop contest at pool at 1 p.m. and member-generated pool tournament at 2 p.m. on the patio. Dinner is Albert's famous tri-tip from 4 to 5 p.m. Evening fun includes Best Elvis look-alike contest at 7 p.m. and entertainment by Remember When at the Amphitheater.

Aug. 13-15: Hawaiian Luau Weekend: Saturday events kick off with a watermelon eating contest at the pool at 1 p.m., then a pineapple bowling tournament, hula-hoop and limbo contest at the pool. Hawaiian potluck dinner from 4-5 p.m. with pork roast and rice – you bring the side dishes and desserts. Evening entertainment by Castleberry Creek at 7 p.m. at the Amphitheater.

Aug. 20-22: Mardi Gras Weekend includes Saturday's Mardi Gras mask craft at 10 a.m., Then decorate your bike or golf cart for a parade down Main Street. Horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m. and Jambalaya dinner from 4-5 p.m. Evening entertainment by Highway 91 at 7 p.m. at the Amphitheater.

Aug. 27-29: Wilderness Awareness Weekend: Saturday events include a nature hike to the old sawmill with Pat, starting at 9 a.m. at the Amphitheater, wilderness scavenger hunt and poster contest, BBQ chicken or steak dinner from 4-5 p.m. and DJ and karaoke with Dominick from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Amphitheater.

Lake Minden

Aug. 6-8: Redneck Rendezvous: Come prepared to play games. Join us Friday night for a Sloppy Joe Potluck social. Saturday will be filled with knee-slappin' and foot-stompin' root beer float drinkin' fun for all. We'll have some wacky contests including watermelon seed spitting and hand and foot painting. On Saturday evening we will roast hot dogs and marshmallows.

Aug. 13-15: Rocking August: Saturday is fun for the whole family with a croquet games and Candy Bar Bingo followed by root beer floats at the Ice Cream Social. Dress in your best 50s look for a Saturday night rock-n-roll Barn Dance complete with bubble gum blowing contest, limbo and hula-hoop contests.

Aug 20-22: Sandtastic Beach Party: Join us Friday night for a Hoagie Sandwich Potluck Social. On Saturday the always-popular Pom Pom the Clown will make an appearance with wild and wacky activities for kids. Then grab a bucket and enter a sand castle building competition. Saturday night we'll roast hot dogs and make s'mores on the main lawn.

Aug. 27-30: End of Summer Block Party: Wrap up the summer with our Lake Minden Block Party that includes paddleboat races and other activities on the main lawn including croquet, horseshoes, volleyball and face painting. Later take your turn at karaoke. Sign up early for the craft/white elephant sale on the main lawn.

Throughout August
Yuba City Farmers Market

You'll find farm-fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables from the area. Plus wonderful flowers in all colors and variety. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon at Center at Plumas Streets, just 21 miles from the preserve.

2010 Plumas Lake Farmers Market
Features fresh seasonal fruits and produce, plus breads, prepared specialty foods, local handmade arts and crafts, music and more. Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon at Zanes Drive and River Oaks, Plumas Lake, just 9.5 miles form the preserve.

Lake of the Springs

Aug. 7: Family Dance with Diamondback Band.

Aug. 14: Family Dance with Heading Due West.

Aug. 21: Family Dance with Feedback Band.

Aug. 28: Family Dance with Jim Hunter Band. Every Saturday we'll have John Carter at the campfire for our sing-along and marshmallow roast.

August 11-15
Nevada County Fair

Event features professional bull riding, rodeo, Tuff truck and Monster Truck racing, free-style moto-x and monster truck and demolition team. Event is held in Grass Valley, 31 miles from the resort.

Morgan Hill

July 30-Aug. 1: Wet and Wild Weekend: The Corvairs perform on Saturday night, plus Manager's Hayride at 7 p.m. and campfire and marshmallows.

Aug. 6-8: Native American Weekend includes Plenty of Pow Wow activities, Steve Edwards performs Saturday night and campfire, marshmallow roasting and Manager's Hayride start at 7 p.m.

Aug. 13-15: Back to School Weekend has plenty of fun things planned as kids get ready to head back to school. The Dancing DJ provides music, fun and games Saturday night, plus Manager's Hayride at 7 p.m. and campfire and marshmallows.

Aug. 20-22: Sock Hop Weekend includes music by the Corvairs Saturday night, plus Manager's Hayride at 7 p.m. and campfire and marshmallows.

Aug. 27-29: Elvis Weekend features performance by Donald "Elvis" Prieto, plus Manager's Hayride at 7 p.m. and campfire and marshmallows.

Pio Pico

Aug. 7: Wet & Wild Weekend: Squirt gun fights, water balloon fights and pool games are scheduled.

Aug. 14: Luau Weekend: Crafts, Hawaiian scavenger hunt, luau dinner and Polynesian entertainment.

Aug. 21: Back to School Weekend: Crafts, softball game, and Wii tournament.

Aug. 28: Western Weekend: Western crafts, cow chip toss, Texas Hold-'em Poker game.

August 8
27th Annual Hillcrest Cityfest Street Fair

This celebration of "art, music, food and Spirit" features crafts, food booths, and an entertainment stage. For more information, call (619) 299-3330.

Rancho Oso

Regular events include Friday, Saturday and Sunday country breakfast at Stone Lodge, Friday night spaghetti dinner, Saturday western-style BBQ dinner, plus trail rides and Saturday fun at the ranch.

August 4-8
Old Spanish Days Fiesta

A Santa Barbara tradition for over 80 years, this festival includes parades, carnival, food booths and celebration of traditional local culture. It also includes one of the largest equestrian parades in the country as well as rodeos and bull riding. For more information visit or call (805) 962-8101. Located in Santa Barbara, just 25 minutes from the preserve.

Russian River

July 27-August 8
Sonoma County Fair – The Grape Escape

Two weeks of live music, a rodeo, a huge livestock show, and an incredible array of attractions including the largest themed flower show in the country, and exciting wine country racing. Held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. For more information visit

San Benito

Aug. 7: The Great Jonathan will be making things interesting with a super magic show. Plus crafts and ice cream sundaes.

Aug. 14: Culture Shock! This is the time of year when we let our hair down, don leis and become Island People. It's Luau time with cuisine fit for a king. Come join us to watch the hula girls and fire dancers.

Aug. 21: Take a trip down memory lane when WWII was in full swing and aviation was on the move. We're going to take a long look at some the ladies that were involved in putting together those airplanes.

Aug. 28: Everything is in full swing with crafts, ice cream socials, bingo and bunco. If you think you're lucky then bring a pot. We are having an old-fashioned potluck and then Old Habits performs.


Throughout August: Friday movie nights and live entertainment on Saturday. Join us every Friday and Saturday night for a community campfire at the fire ring – we'll supply the building materials for s'mores! Plus fishing and boating on Snowflower Lake all month long!

July 30-August 8
Hot August Nights

Cars are cherry and cruisin' is too cool at this Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe event that attracts 800,000 visitors and is held at numerous venues throughout the region. Over 5,500 cars are the stars in the The Biggest Little City in the world where rock n' roll rules with dozens of free concerts. For more information visit



Bay Landing

July 30-Aug. 1: Beach Bum Days/Boat Regatta: Launch your "man-sized" cardboard boat and then enjoy family volleyball games, sand castle making, and our newest game, "passing the sand."

Aug. 13-15: Safari Weekend: Hop aboard the safari wagon to the jungle! See how many animals you can find and keep. There could be monkeys in the trees or snakes on the ground. Watch out for the lions and tigers! We'll also have a Tarzan Yell contest. Bring your safari hat!

Lake Conroe

Aug. 1-2: August Birthdays: Come join us for birthday cake! We will have lots of fun making crafts and playing surprise bingo.

Aug. 7-8: Kid's Weekend: Join us at the Activity Center for all kinds of kid's games. We will have a blast playing the Wii and making crafts.

Aug. 14-15: Beach Boys Weekend: Wear your beach clothes this weekend. Let's play water volleyball and have a pool party.

Aug. 21-22: Fruity Weekend: Bring your ice cream freezer and we'll make some fruity ice cream. We'll also play fruity bingo and bob for apples. Let's have a fruit pie-baking contest along with fruity relay races.

Aug. 28-29: Brown Bag Bingo Weekend: Lots of outdoor games including volleyball at the lake, kickball, pickleball, and sno-cones to refresh you! Come cool off in the evening with a game of Brown Bag Bingo (please bring a $3 gift in a brown bag.)

August 13
Navasota Blues Festival

A huge blues party you don't want to miss. Entertainment and food all day long on both Friday and Saturday. Friday hours are 5:30 to midnight, Saturday 1 p.m. to midnight. Held at the Grimes County Expo Center, 5280 FM 3455, Navasota. For information visit

Lake Tawakoni

Aug. 7: Events include Walk the Park, Washer Tourney, Poker Run and Ice Cream Social, plus games at the lodge (MG).

Aug. 8: Chapel Services at WC.

Aug. 9: Events include Walk the Park, Bingo, Putt-Putt Tourney, Ice Cream Social, plus games at the lodge (MG).

Aug. 10: Chapel Services.

Aug. 14: Events include Walk the Park, Golf Cart Poker Run, Casino Night at the lodge.

Aug. 15: Chapel Services

Aug. 21: Events include Walk the Park, Nickel Dime Quarter Bingo, What's Happening meeting with the manager, Washer Pitchin'.

Aug. 22: Chapel Services

Aug. 28: Back to School Weekend with loads of activities for the kids.

Aug. 29: Chapel Services.

August 6-8
First Monday Trade Days

Held in downtown Canton, just 30 miles from the preserve, these trade days happen every first Monday weekend of the month. It is one of the largest trade days in the U.S. Everything from pets to trinkets can be purchased and the food is out of this world.

Lake Texoma

Aug. 7-8: Birthday Bingo and Ice Cream Social, plus Trey Houston performs.

Aug. 14-15: Back to School Week/Teen Week, plus Ice Cream Social. Aug. 21-22: Luau Week includes Ice Cream Social event.

Aug. 28-29: Tournament Week features Root Beer Floats.

Lake Whitney

Aug. 7: Dawg Days of Summer: Stay cool with pool games, plus afternoon Pet Parade and contest with prizes. Celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries.

Aug. 14: Special entertainment by the Brazos Valley Cloggers, plus afternoon burgers and shakes. Build your own Solar Oven: We will have our first solar cook-off. We will supply instructions on how to build the basic solar oven. You will be judged on your oven and on your food prepared in your oven. Come join us as Lake Whitney goes green!

Aug. 21: Pirate Weekend: Find the hidden treasure! Afternoon pirate pool party also. Aug. 28: Bingo Mania: Weekend starts with bingo and ends with evening burgers, plus family prize bingo.

Medina Lake

Aug. 7: Luau/Island Day: Join us for an all day flea market on the pavilion, plus we'll have Island Games and a Hawaiian Dinner at 6 p.m. Hawaiian dance performers at 8 p.m.

Aug. 14: Washer toss, game hour and wacky golf tournament scheduled.

Aug. 21: Daytime scavenger hunt and Wii tournament. Camper's Social in the evening and Top of the Trail Café provides punch and a few snacks. Aug. 28: Join us for a Pet Parade during the day and movie and pass around popcorn in the evening.

August 14
Annual Guadalupe River Parade

Event begins at 12 noon at Flat Rock Park, in Kerrville, just 45 minutes from the preserve, and features games, food, free beer, music and an air show. Parade begins at 6 p.m. For information, call (830) 377-9838.



Indian Lakes

Aug. 7: Carnival & Cruise-In Car Show includes Big Kahuna Water Slide and craft vendors, food, games and fun (carnival is open to the public.)

Aug. 14: Karaoke 8 to 11 p.m.

Aug. 21: Luau Time!!!

Aug. 28: DJs Geri and Cree 8 to 11 p.m.

August 18-22
Greensburg Power of the Past

Tractors games and pulls, flea market, food vendors, consignment auction, fiddle contest and more. Admission is $3 per person ages 12 and up. Under 12 is free. Held at the Decatur County Fairgrounds, just 20 miles from the preserve.

August 28-29
Napoleon's 4th Annual Living History Days

Event includes reenactments, historic artisans, history storytellers and antique booths. Held in Napoleon, just 20 miles from the preserve. For information call Jane Link at (812) 623-4734.

Horseshoe Lake

August events include Rock & Roll Sock Hop and Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!


St. Clair

Aug. 21: Art in the TT Park: Don't miss taking part in an art demonstration by our very own art professor Tom (actually one of our maintenance guys.)

Aug. 28: Las Vegas III Weekend: We are bringing Vegas to you! Join us Saturday night for Adults Only Blackjack and the chance to win great prizes.

August 13-15
Antique Yard Sale Trail

200+ miles of antiques, yard sales and much more to explore. From Sebewaing in the north to New Baltimore in the south, M-25/M-29 follows the rugged and majestic shoreline of Lake Huron then continues down the banks of the beautiful St. Clair River, and finally to the picturesque shores of Lake St. Clair and Anchor Bay. Many communities along the route offer unique shops, antiquing, museums full of local history and small diners for convenience and comfort. For information, call (810) 324-2895.


Kenisee Lake

Aug 6-8: Beach Party Weekend: All of our activities this weekend take place poolside so be prepared to get soaked.

Aug. 13-15: Luau Weekend: Come join us for our authentic Luau Dinner, grab your grass skirts and flowered shirts and be part of the Limbo Contest. Dinner will be followed by a dance in our rustic barn.

Aug. 20-22: Western Weekend: Join in the fun this weekend. We will have a horseshoe pitching contest, line dancing in the barn and also honor those members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month.

Aug. 27-29: Mardi Gras Weekend: Get ready to play card games and other games of chance.

August 10-15
Ashtabula County Fair

Held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds, just 3 miles from the preserve, this fair features concession food stands, animal shows, rides and entertainment for all ages. Noon to midnight daily.


July 31-Aug. 1: Movie Mania includes movie star look-alike contest, "Guess Who" movie star game, and movie at outdoor theater.

Aug. 13-15: Bark and Meow-athon features owner and pet look-alike contest, pet fashion show and silly pet tricks.

Aug. 14: Gospel music featuring Majestic Sounds, plus we will have several gospel music groups to entertain us in the afternoon.

Aug. 27-29: Wet-n-Wild event is scheduled so bring your squirt guns for wild water wars, balloon games and more.



Gateway to Cape Cod

Aug. 6-8: Luau Weekend: Wear your grass skirts and brightest Hawaiian shirts to dance the night away to the music of DJ Gary on Saturday.

Aug. 13-15: Mardi Gras Weekend: Who's behind the feathery mask? Dress up for the DJ entertainment Saturday night.

Aug. 20-22: Family Challenge Weekend: Have your family challenge another camping family to any of our outdoor games including softball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, or swimming pool volleyball. Dance with DJ Landa on Saturday evening.

Aug. 27-29: Back to School Weekend: This weekend features a "Back to School" scavenger hunt, plus DJ & karaoke entertainment under the pavilion Saturday.

August 20-22
Rochester Country Fair

Three-day event includes, woodsman show, 5K race/walk, dinner-dance fundraiser, and annual parade, plus food booths. Event is held at the fairgrounds, approximately 5 miles from the preserve. For more information, visit


Aug. 6-8: Iron Chef Weekend.

Aug. 27-29: Bubble Show & DJ on the patio.


Rondout Valley

Aug. 7: 50s Weekend with the music of Breakaway.

Aug. 14: Pirates on the Rondout. Don Butler performs.

Aug. 21: Halloween in August with music by Score.

Aug. 28: Summer Flea Market and Golf Tournament with entertainment by Side F/X.


PA Dutch

Aug. 6-8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Weekend: It's that time of year when everyone seems to have an abundance of zucchini so we will have Saturday craft to decorate a zucchini, best zucchini recipe contest and a greased zucchini toss. Friday night is Bingo in the Barn


Aug. 13-15: Blast from the Past Weekend features Bingo in the Barn on Friday, a Twist contest, Hula Hoop contest and Name that Tune, plus The Men and Machine Band will be here Saturday to spin rock and roll music through the decades.

Aug. 20-22: Dog Days of Summer Weekend features Saturday Pet Parade (no snakes), human pet tricks contest and a pooper scooper relay race. Friday night is Bingo in the Barn.

Aug. 27-29: "We Don't Have a Clue Weekend" so come and be surprised. Friday night is Bingo in the Barn.


Aug. 6-8: Dancing with the Stars: Sign up for the competition at our Saturday night dance – any age, couples and solos. Prizes for the winners.

Aug. 13-15: Scotrun has the BEST Kids: This weekend is for our kids. On Saturday we'll have a watermelon races, face painting, swatta piñata, and more. DJ Dance Saturday night with games and prizes for the kids.

Aug. 20-22: Salute to the Silver Screen. Saturday night will be our Outdoor Movie Show. Then come dance on Saturday evening dressed as your favorite movie star!

Aug. 27-29: Magical Mystery Tour: Pick up your clue sheet at the Rec. Hall. Watch the Magic Show and see if you can solve the mystery.

August 6-14

One of the largest music celebrations in the country, the event is held in downtown Bethlehem, Old City and Sand Island (38 miles from the preserve). There are activities for all ages and tastes. Vendors, foods and beverages available. Tents for dancing and shows. Extensive schedule. For more information visit




Aug. 7: Family Hoe Down! Music, food, and fun, plus special guest Champion Roper Trevor Dreher. Bring your Western gear.

Aug. 14: Pool Party entertainment by Mike Madawi, plus Club Blazer hikes the trails to see how many trees, bugs, plants and flowers can be named.

Aug. 21: Pool Party entertainment by Legacy, plus Club Blazer gathers sticks for percussion, blades of grass that whistle and more to form our own Orchestra of Nature.


Diamond Caverns

Aug. 14: Back to School Bash features hot dog roast, karaoke, balloon toss, corn hole, and basketball hoop contest.


Lake Gaston

Aug. 6: Lake Gaston Craft Fair featuring lots of talented members. Anyone interested can come and set up a table of crafts. This is your chance to buy and sell homemade crafts.

Aug. 13: Lake Gaston Safety Council will be on-site with their Safety Trailer to inform and teach about water safety. There will be hands-on tutorials for young and old. We will also offer child safety kits, complete with fingerprint booklets.

August 14
The Crossing at Lake Gaston

Held at Morning Star Marina, about 15 miles from the preserve, this event is a one-mile swim, float, and paddle crossing of Lake Gaston. A protected lane is provided parallel to the Eaton's Ferry Bridge. Participants will cross en masse and receive cheers and a t-shirt at the finish. Anything that can get you across the mile course without a motor can be entered – or you can swim it! Admission is $25. For information visit or call (866) 730-5711.


Carolina Landing

Aug. 14: Blues and BBQ Festival features live music and BBQ. Band starts at 7 p.m., BBQ plates are $7 and includes admission. Fun for all ages.


Cherokee Landing

Member-generated activities are scheduled throughout the month.

August 10-16
Elvis Week in Memphis

Events scheduled during the week include the Club Elvis dance party, a Graceland Trivia Contest, the Annual Elvis Presley International 5K Run to Benefit United Cerebral Palsy, a Midnight Southern Breakfast, Elvis Bingo, Youth Karaoke, Children's Craft Activities and more. Memphis is 75 miles from the preserve.

Natchez Trace

Aug. 7: Join us for Davy Crockett Days when best-dressed mountain man and tomahawk toss are just a few of the festivities planned.

Aug. 14: Casino Night features Blackjack and a blind auction.

Aug. 21: 50's and 60's Weekend includes sock hop and hula-hoop contests.

Aug. 28: Cruise n' Car Show: Come check out the fancy cards down at the pavilion, cook out and listen to some live rock and roll.

August 13-15
Davy Crockett Days

Come celebrate Davy Crockett's birthday (August 17) at an event that includes Native American demonstrations, blacksmithing, horsemanship, 18th Century medicine, music and fire starting. Davy Crockett will be toasted with cake and lemonade for all on Saturday night and the evening will end with a blackpowder salute over Lake Lindsey. Held at David Crockett State Park, Highway 64 W, Lawrenceburg, just 20 miles from the preserve. For more information, call (931) 762-9408.


Chesapeake Bay

Aug. 14: Gigantic Flea Market - Gather at the pavilion and bring all your "treasures" to sell. Everyone in the campground is invited to come. Do a little selling and a little buying.

Aug. 20: Bring your lawn chair Friday night and enjoy some toe-tapping music by performers from the Country Gospel Music Association. On Saturday night twist and shout to music from the 60's at the dance.

Harbor View

Aug. 6-8: Save the Rays with Dray – Harbor View's Earth Day.

Aug. 20-22: NASCAR party night: Campers start your engines, B.Y.OC. Site B-43 7:30 p.m. race time.

Aug. 27-29: Campfire Square's: Yee Haw square dancing.

Throughout August
Potomac River Boat Rides

Enjoy 40-60 minute scenic rides on the beautiful Potomac River. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. Rides leave from Colonial Beach Pier, just 6 miles from the preserve. For information, call (904) 224-1400.