Saturday - June 21, 2014

All Open Thousand Trails Locations

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Thanks to the Theme Weekend supplement included with this issue, you have a complete listing of the fun weekend events planned at all of our preserves throughout the summer and beyond. So we changed it up a bit this month and focused our calendar on the great local events near some of our preserves. These events provide just one more reason to spend some time with us!

June is shaping up to be a spectacular month at our preserves from an activities perspective. There's so much going on we decided to make it simple if you're looking for something specific like a luau, pirate parties or all kinds of games. Of course, Father's Day is June 15 so there are plenty of events scheduled to honor Dad at the preserves and Member Appreciation events are scheduled preserve-wide for Saturday, June 21.

Hawaiian Luau

Do you hula? Get your fill of all things Hawaiian at several preserves in June. Lake Conroe's (Texas) Luau, on June 21, will feature Leialoha and her fabulous show of authentic native dances. Crescent Bar (Washington) hosts their Luau on June 20-22 with music, food, and games, including Limbo and musical beach towels. Lake Gaston (N. Carolina) is calling their event a Hawaiian Hullabaloo so bring out your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and enjoy food, music and fun the weekend of June 20-22.

Pirate Parties

If you're looking to walk the plank, sport an eye patch or simply talk like a pirate, check out these events. Timothy Lake South (Pennsylvania) hosts a Pirates Mystery Weekend, June 6-8, and the fun includes a Best-Dressed Pirate Contest and a search for Blackbeard's Lost Treasure! Natchez Trace (Tennessee) is all about pirates the weekend of June 6-8 with a treasure hunt, scavenger hunt and a Pirate Party with live entertainment. The weekend of June 28-29 is set for Pirates of Central Oregon and guests at Bend (Oregon) will search for treasure. There is also a special treasure hunt planned for children, ages eight and under

Western Days

It's all kinds of fun western-style as several preserves host western-themed events. Bay Landing's (Texas) Rodeo Play Days, scheduled for June 6-8, will have you tossin' cow chips, chuggin' root beer and learnin' to rope. There's also an evening hayride and a chuck wagon dinner planned. South Jetty's (Oregon) Western Daze, scheduled for June 14, promises cowboy crafts, horseshoes, root beer floats and line dancing, plus live music in the evening. Pacific City's (Oregon)"Rodeo" will be held June 28 and will feature a horseshoe toss, a golden horseshoe hunt and a Chili, Cornbread and Salsa contest. Live entertainment by Sedona Fire rounds out the day's events.


Games, games and more games that's the concept as several preserves host all kinds of competitive and non-competitive sporting events. Williamsburg (Virginia) gets wacky during Wacky Game Weekend, scheduled for June 6-8. Try your hand at Wacky Golf, Wacky Pool Races, Candy Bar Bingo and Cornhole. Whalers Rest (Oregon) hosts their Minute to Win It weekend with challenges and tournaments planned all weekend long, June 27-29. Gateway to Cape Cod (Massachusetts) invites you to challenge other camping families during their Outdoor Games Weekend, June 27-29, with bocce, horseshoes, softball and pool volleyball events. Horseshoe Lakes (Indiana) has devoted two weekends to sporting fun in June. June 6-8 is Football Weekend with flag football games, while June 20-22 is all about baseball.

Pet Salute

Gateway to Cape Cod (Massachusetts), Hershey (Pennsylvania) and Williamsburg (Virginia) will salute our pets in June. Gateway will host a Pet Parade Weekend, June 6-9 with contests and prizes, as well as a Pet Parade. Hershey's Pet Show, scheduled for the weekend of June 20-22, includes a Pet/Owner Look-alike Contest and pet tricks with proceeds benefitting Castaway Critters. And Williamsburg has a Love My Pet Weekend set for June 27-29 with contests and a parade.

Animal Safari

Animal events abound from special pet events to onsite "safaris." Bring your best Tarzan scream to Grandy Creek (Washington) the weekend of June 6-8 when the preserve hosts its Safari Weekend. In addition to the Tarzan Scream Contest, there will be wild animal games, animal face masks and a scavenger hunt. Wilmington (Ohio) will host a Jungle Safari Weekend, June 20-22, that includes a jungle craft and family scavenger hunt.


If you're looking to catch the big one, or at least tell a fishing tale, check out these fish-oriented events. Lake Texoma (Texas) is all about fish on June 7, while Paradise (Washington) hosts a Fishing Derby for the whole family, June 13-15. They will also have a limited number of poles for rent, in case you don't have your own. Lake Minden (California) is also hosting a Father's Day Fishing Derby, June 13-15, so bring Dad and have some fishing fun.


See Theme Weekend suplement for listings
of planned weekend events at our preserves


Pacific City, OR
June 14: Mutt Masters Dog Show & Olympics
Event includes dog competitions for all breeds, sizes and ages, plus doggie vendors, prizes and more! Held at 1545 SE 50th St., just 40 minutes from the Pacific City Preserve. For more information, call (541) 265-6610.

Pacific City, OR
June 25-July 6: Siletz Bay Music Festival
Event features two weeks of classical, jazz and musical theater performances by some of the most talented musicians in the world. For more information visit


Birch Bay, WA
June 7: Lynden Farmers Day Parade
The Farmers Day Parade is one of the longest running parades in the Northwest. This event features an eclectic menagerie of cars, bands, tractors, trucks and horses in a salute the Agriculture Industry of Whatcom County! Since the early 1900s when the farmers of the Lynden area took to the streets to show off their produce and animals, the Lynden Farmers Day Parade has brought smiles to faces of young and old alike! Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. but you are advised to arrive early. Held in downtown Lynden, just 12 miles from Birch Bay Preserve. For information visit

Chehalis, WA
June 28: Billetproof Northwest - Car Show
The best traditional hot rods and customs will gather at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds for a day of cars, bands, swap meets and fun! Attendance is limited to 750 vehicles so register early. Spectator entrance opens at 9 a.m. For more information visit

Grandy Creek, WA
June 19-22: 2014 Berry Dairy Days
A family favorite since 1937, event features fresh local strawberry shortcake, a spectacular fireworks show, parades, Kiwanis Salmon BBQ, entertainment stage with live music, a nostalgic Berry Cool Car Show and more. For information

Leavenworth, WA
June 7: 12th Annual Leavenworth Wine Walk
Enjoy tasting local wines whiles strolling through the shops, galleries, and restaurants of beautiful downtown Leavenworth all just 17 miles from the Leavenworth Preserve. Event hours are noon to 6 p.m. For more information visit


See Theme Weekend suplement for listings
of planned weekend events at our preserves


See Theme Weekend suplement for listings
of planned weekend events at our preserves

Morgan Hill, CA
Fridays in June: Friday Night Music
Every Friday night, from 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy free music at this family-friendly event held at the Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater, less than six miles from Morgan Hill Preserve. For more information visit

Pio Pico, CA
June 14: Grunion Run
Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish, called grunion, ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Event runs from 10:30 to 11:45 p.m. at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, just 35 miles from the Pio Pico Preserve. For information call (858) 534-7336.

Ponderosa, CA
June 6-8: American River TrailFest
Enjoy live bands, great food, local wines and beers and silent and live auctions, plus activities for kids, all right across the street from Ponderosa Preserve. For more information visit

Rancho Oso, CA
June 21: Summer Solstice Parade
The parade is the largest single-day event in Santa Barbara County, attracting crowds of 100,000 people or more. The parade ends in a beautiful park with vendors and musical groups. Held on State Street in Santa Barbara, just 20 miles from the Rancho Oso Preserve. Event hours are noon-dark. Visit for more info.


See Theme Weekend suplement for listings
of planned weekend events at our preserves

Medina Lake, TX
Saturdays in June: Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner
Enjoy BBQ, wagon rides, roping lessons, hat and pistol branding, archery, Old-Tyme photos, a cowboy stage show, gunslingers, and line dancing at the Flying L Ranch in Bandera, just 23 miles from the Medina Lake Preserve. Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evenings. For more information call (800) 292-5134.


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of planned weekend events at our preserves


Lake Gaston, NC
June 18-19: Lake Gaston Big Air Fair Wakeboarding Event
Event begins on Saturday with a kickoff party, autograph session, music, games, and a Big Air Qualifier. The fun continues on Sunday with the AF Wake Show and Pro Big Air Wakeboarding contest. Event is held at Morningstar Marinas, 1865 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, just eight miles from the Lynchburg Preserve. For event hours and more details visit


Lynchburg, VA
June 6-7: Uncle Billy's Day Festival
Two fun-filled days of live music, crafts, food vendors, flea market, carnival, plus Saturday night fireworks. Event is held at English Park & Trade Lot in Altavista, less than 15 miles from the Lynchburg Preserve. Hours are Saturday, 2 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information visit

Lynchburg, VA
June 14-21: 150th Anniversary Battle of Lynchburg Commemoration
A weeklong observance of the events that culminated in the Battle of Lynchburg on June 17-18, 1864, kicks off officially on Saturday, June 14 and runs through Saturday June 21. The commemoration will include Union and Confederate living history encampments, tours, musical entertainment, speakers and more. Headquartered at Historic Sandusky Area, Sandusky Drive in Lynchburg, less than 15 miles from the Lynchburg Preserve. For more information call (434) 832-0162 or visit


See Theme Weekend suplement for listings
of planned weekend events at our preserves


See Theme Weekend suplement for listings
of planned weekend events at our preserves