Activities

July 2014 Calendar

Thousand Trails Preserve Events:

Hurray, it's July! We're celebrating America, we're celebrating Thousand Trails and we're celebrating a summer of fun. Listed here are just a few of the theme weekend events set for July. A complete listing of all preserve events can be found here.

Don't forget the biggest event of July our July 19 events to be held preserve-wide as we Celebrate 45 Years of Making Camping Memories. Check with your favorite preserve for specific details.

Food Glorious Food!

Who doesn't love getting together with friends and family, especially when food is involved? These preserves have foodie events planned and that includes dessert!

A Wine and Cheese gathering is scheduled for the adults at Bay Landing (Texas) during the weekend of July 4-6 while kids can enjoy a movie night.

A South of the Border Fiesta complete with a Chili Cook-Off is scheduled July 11-13 at Chestnut Lake (New Jersey). Cultus Lake (British Columbia) will host a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, July 19. Competitors are asked to bring a pot of chili that feeds 15. Following the judging, you can enjoy a bite of the competition for just $3.50 per bowl. Timothy Lake North (Pennsylvania) is also cooking up some fun with a Chili Cook-Off scheduled for July 25-27 with a $75 gift card going to the top prize winner!

Not only is Chehalis (Washington) hosting participants of the annual STP bicycle race during the weekend of July 11-13, but they are throwing a Spaghetti Feed during the evening of Saturday, the 12th. Plus, Sunday morning will feature an extended pancake breakfast, complete with cinnamon rolls, from 7 to 10 a.m.

In keeping with their Ball Game themed weekend, Lake Minden (California) will host a Hot Dog Cookout on Friday, July 11. Enjoy Brown Bag Bingo after you've had your fill of franks.

A Summer Salad Smorgasbord? That's right, Peace River (Florida) is asking everyone to come and share a platter of their favorite salad taco, tomato, macaroni or potato It's your choice. This salad extravaganza will coincide with the July 19 Member Appreciation and Thousand Trails 45 Years Celebration.

And, to top it all off, there are chocolate-themed events set for Kenisee Lake (Ohio) and Mt. Vernon (Washington) July 18-20, Forest Lake (North Carolina) July 26 and Wilmington (Ohio) July 25-27. Don't miss all this yummy fun.

Christmas in July

Several preserves have chosen to celebrate some of their favorite holidays in July. So get ready to Christmas Carol, Trick or Treat and hunt for Easter Eggs!

Christmas dinners and dances, decorating contests and plenty of Christmas cookies are to be enjoyed when Christmas comes early to Thousand Trails at Christmas in July celebrations at the following preserves:

Bear Cave, Michigan July 18-20
Circle M, Pennsylvania July 25-27
Cultus Lake, British Columbia July 11-12
Diamond Caverns, Kentucky July 11-13
Gateway to Cape Cod, Massachusetts July 25-27
Gettysburg Farm, Pennsylvania July 25-27
Grandy Creek, Washington July 25-27
Indian Lakes, Indiana July 18-20
Lake and Shore, New Jersey July 25-27
Lynchburg, Virginia July 19-20
Moody Beach, Maine July 18
Oakzanita, California July 26-28
PA Dutch, Pennsylvania July 25-27
Pine Country, Illinois July 18-20
Pio Pico, California July 25-26
Rondout Valley, New York July 25-27
St. Clair, Michigan July 25-27
Sea Pines, New Jersey July 18-20
Sturbridge, Massachusetts July 25-27
Williamsburg, Virginia July 18-20

For more holiday magic, you can Trick or Treat as Oregon's Bend Preserve celebrates Halloween on July 19. New Jersey's Sea Pines Easter fun includes a Deviled Egg Taste-Off and an Easter Egg Hunt on July 11-13.

And Now For Something Completely Different:

Leave it to our preserves to put a spin on the ordinary or come up with some out of this world events to keep you surprised. Check these out:

Pacific City (Oregon) will be "Frozen in Time" July 12 with an Ice Cube Holding Contest, Snowball Toss and Ice Cream Bingo. You may be shaken and stirred at Whalers Rest (Oregon) the weekend of July 11-13 during the 007 Weekend Fun that involves sleuthing and crime solving.

What's a beauty pageant without a bevy of beautiful women? It's what Lake Gaston (North Carolina) calls their annual "Womanless Pageant" as the men walk the runway and strut their stuff the weekend of July 18-20.

Take me to your leader; or at least to La Connor (Washington) as the preserve hosts their Aliens Weekend July 18-25.

Relive the fun of your Senior Prom or make even better memories at Gateway to Cape Cod (Massachusetts) during the weekend of July 18-20. Hours of fun are planned, including Saturday night entertainment.

Local Events

Pio Pico (CA)

Del Mar Racing Throughout July
Horses and fans alike meet for live thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in oceanfront Del Mar, just 40 miles from Pio Pico Preserve. For race times and information visit www.dmtc.com.

Medina Lake (TX)

Fridays in July: Summer Buckle Series Rodeo
Every Friday evening, beginning at 8 p.m., enjoy rodeo entertainment featuring bull riding, steer riding, calf roping, barrel racing, mutton busting and more. Held at the B.R. Lightning Ranch, just 12 miles from Medina Lake Preserve. For information call (830) 221-6511.

Grandy Creek (WA)

July 3-6: Sedro-Woolley Loggerodeo
Family fun for all includes a Kiddie Parade and family night at the carnival, a street dance, logging show, Blues Jamboree, and, of course, the famous Chainsaw Carving competition. Held in downtown Sedro-Woolley, just 10 miles from Grandy Creek. For more information visit www.loggerodeo.com.

Wilmington (OH)

July 5-12: Clinton County Fair
Enjoy eight days of action with live entertainment, harness racing, an antique tractor pull and a demolition derby. Don't miss the Junior and Senior Fair shows featuring cattle, sheep, hogs, rabbits, chickens, horses and other pets. Held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, just 15 minutes from the Wilmington Preserve. For information visit www.clintoncountyfair.org.

Idyllwild (CA)

July 12-13: 5th Annual Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival & A Little Bluegrass
Held at the Nature Center in downtown Idyllwild, event features local arts and crafts vendors, a pioneer town, educational exhibits and speakers. There will also be a native plant sale. Free Bluegrass music in the Center of Town. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All less than three miles from Idyllwild Preserve. For information visit www.lemonlilyfestival.com.

Whalers Rest (OR)

July 11-13: Lincoln County Fair & Rodeo
This county fair is filled with fun activities for everyone and lots to eat and do, including barrel racing, carnival rides, pony rides, antique fire trucks, and a 4-H Animal Fair with domestic and creative exhibits. For more information visit www.townandcountryfair.com. Event is held in Newport, less than a 15 minute drive from Whalers Rest Preserve.

Diamond Caverns (KY)

July 12: 18th Annual Duncan Hines Festival
Named a 2014 Top 20 Event in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, this event commemorates the life and career of Bowling Green native, Duncan Hines. The festival includes the Adventures in Good Baking Contest, Uncle Duncan's Duck Derby, a brownie eating contest, music, local arts and crafts, and a silent auction. Held at Chaney's Dairy Barn, less than 30 minutes from Diamond Caverns. Event hours are 4 to 8 p.m. For more information visit www.duncanhinesfestival.com.

Lake Minden (CA)

July 18-19: Marysville Peach Fest
This year's event is jam-packed with family entertainment of all kinds, including a wide variety of new and returning craft vendors, food vendors, great entertainment and, of course, peach related foods. Held in historic downtown Marysville, just 20 miles from Lake Minden Preserve. For information visit www.marysvillepeachfest.com.

Pacific City (OR)

July 18-19: 54th Annual Dory Days Festival
This year's event, themed "A Boatload of Tradition" will feature a parade on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. and a Fish Fry from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be live music both days and a display of Dory Boats at the Cape Kiwanda parking lot. For more information visit www.yourlittlebeachtown.com.

Peace River (FL)

July 25: Caladium Festival
This event features air-conditioned bus tours to the colorful caladium fields. There will also be arts and crafts booths, refreshments and entertainment all day. Enjoy a wine and grape industry display and wine tasting. Also, caladium bulbs and plants will be for sale. Free admission and free parking. Event is held at Stuart Park, in Lake Placid, less than 40 miles from Peace River Preserve. For information visit www.lpfla.com/caladium.htm.

Bay Landing (TX)

July 26: National Day of the American Cowboy
Come celebrate the heritage of the American Cowboy with a full day of activities including Cowboy Karaoke, Best Mustache Contest, Watermelon Eating Contest, and much more. Held at the East Avenue Exchange, just 45 minutes from Bay Landing. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call (817) 625-9715 or visit www.fortworth.com.