August 2014 Calendar

Thousand Trails Preserve Events:

The theme weekends planned for August are proof that there is no end to summer fun when it comes to Thousand Trails. Another round of BIG FUN is on the schedule this month, so come out and have a ball with us this August.

We’ve listed just a few of the events here to entice you to join us -- for a full listing of events visit or check out the Theme Weekend directory here.

The Time Machine

What was your favorite decade? Check out these preserve events that take a step back in time. From disco balls to poodle skirts, these events will span several decades of fun.

Mount Vernon (Washington) goes way back in time during the weekend of August 15-17. Prehistoric Weekend will feature Scott Peterson and his amazing collection of reptiles. There will also be craft activities that include making volcanoes and quicksand!

Chestnut Lake (New Jersey) celebrates them all from the ’50s to the ‘90s during the Blast from the Past Weekend scheduled for August 22-24.

The ‘50s

Turtle Beach (California) is offering a prize for the Best Dressed Couple at their ‘50s dance set for August 9. They will also be showing the movie, “American Graffiti” to showcase the decade.

Williamsburg (Virginia) relives the ‘50s August 8-10 with fun that includes a Chocolate Marshmallow Drop.

Let’s Go to the Hop as Morgan Hill (California) brings back the 1950s complete with hula-hoop and bubble gum blowing contests and a Saturday night Sock Hop. Don’t forget your letter sweaters and poodle skirts. The fun is set for August 16.

Lake Minden (California) will host a good old-fashioned Ice Cream Social featuring root beer, cola and orange soda floats followed by a Saturday evening Sock Hop during their 1950’s celebration the weekend of August 29-31.

The ‘60s

It’s all groovy as Oakzanita (California) celebrates Psychedelic ‘60s Weekend August 2-3 complete with love beads, tie-dye tees and an outdoor movie.

Who remembers Woodstock? Chesapeake Bay (Virginia) will try to jog your memories, or help you make new ones, during their Woodstock Weekend, set for August 1-3. Hip-huggers, peace signs and tie-dye will be the fashion of the weekend.

Over at Williamsburg (Virginia) it’s Flower Power Weekend as they celebrate the ‘60s the same weekend.

The ‘70s

Bear Cave (Michigan) will celebrate not only the 1970’s but the ‘60s too during their Retro Weekend, scheduled for August 1-3. There will be prizes for the best dressed guest representing each era.

Dig out your polyester pantsuits and your platform shoes and show off your dance moves during Disco Weekend at Gateway to Cape Cod (Massachusetts) during the weekend of August 15-17.

The ‘80s

The ‘80s were definitely explosive so come sing along at the ‘80s Dance Party hosted by Natchez Trace (Tennessee) during the weekend of August 1-3. The bigger the hair the better!

Beachy Fun

They call these the dog days of summer so what better way to cool off than with some beachy fun. These preserves are getting “Sirius” when it comes to keeping you cool.

Sea Pines (New Jersey) kicks off the Dog Days with a Beach Blast BBQ the weekend of August 1-3 that will include a Dessert Taste-Off on Saturday night. Other fun scheduled includes limbo dancing, a hula-hoop contest and fishing contest, plus a DJ Dance on Saturday night.

Lake Minden (California) hosts a SANDtastic Beach Party the weekend of August 8-10. Events include a SANDwich Potluck, sand castle contest and paddleboat races.

Beach volleyball, sand castles and poolside grilling will keep you cool and amused when you visit Wilmington (Ohio) during the weekend of August 8-10 for their beach Party Weekend.

Head to Bend (Oregon) the weekend of August 16-17 and celebrate “Beachy Fun in Central Oregon,” with fun that includes a sand castle building contest and a kid’s sandbox dig for treasures!

An End of Summer Beach Blowout is on the schedule August 23 at Verde Valley (Arizona). Enjoy a big party, as well as Member Appreciation events, as the preserve bids farewell to summer.

Books, Movies & TV

Taking a cue from pop culture as well as old-time classics, these preserves offer fun as it relates to your favorite viewing and reading pleasures.

Leavenworth (Washington) brings two favorites to life with their Willy Wonka Weekend, followed by the Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Weekend. Willy Wonka Weekend, set for August 1-2, includes activities and games based on the family favorite movie. Oompa Loompa photo ops, Violet Beauregard’s Bubble Gum Blowing Contest and a burping contest are just a few of the things planned. The following weekend, August 9-10, your adventure awaits as the events revolve around the classic Mark Twain stories of Huck and Tom. Participate in Big Jim’s Tug of War, Injun Joe’s Treasure Hunt, and sack races. For social fun, try Aunt’s Sweet Tea and Fish ‘n Rods Social. Slay the dragon, learn the art of castle building and participate in sporting events ala Game of Thrones at Whalers Rest (Oregon) the weekend of August 1-3.

It’s Game Show Weekend at Kenisee Lake (Ohio) during the weekend of August 8-9. They will be playing TV favorites including “Family Feud”, “Minute to Win-It” and “The Newlywed Game”. Come on and have some fun! Let the wild rumpus begin at Lake Gaston (North Carolina) during the weekend of August 15-17 at their Where the Wild Things Are Weekend. Games galore, plus Member Appreciation Events, are on the schedule.

Location is Everything!

These preserves are the perfect spot to be when popular local events turn up and even make their way back to the preserves where the fun continues.

The 8th Annual Blueberry Festival comes to town August 1-3 and Paradise (Washington) gets in on all the fun. Enjoy parades and pie eating contests and then head back to the preserve for blueberry-filled meals!

Pine Country (Illinois) is making it easy to see and sample the latest in not only camping gear but also food and wine. Enjoy their Taste of Camping Weekend set for August 1-3.

Enjoy a Taste of British Columbia August 9 at Cultus Lake when the preserve brings samples of local fruits, vegetables and specialty foods, including goat cheese and honey, for your tasting pleasures.

Participate in, or simply enjoy the action, of Shawnee Mountain’s Annual Mud Run, near Timothy Lake North and South (Pennsylvania.)There will also be an Iron Man/Woman Contest at the preserve with activities for all ages and experience levels. Evening fun includes a DJ Dance and country band. All this happens the weekend of August 15-17.

Who doesn’t love a State Fair? Enjoy the Evergreen State Fair while staying at Thunderbird (Washington) during the weekend of August 22-24. The fair runs through September 1. It’s all fun and funnel cakes so don’t miss it.

Celebrate the King

It’s been 37 years since Elvis Presley went to Rock ‘n Roll Heaven but Elvis lives at Ponderosa (California) on August 16. The preserve will celebrate the life of Elvis with classic movies, songs and a unique display of Elvis memorabilia. There will even be an Elvis Pictionary game!

Local Events

Bay Landing (TX)

Throughout August
Billy Bob’s Texas: World’s Largest Honky Tonk

Concerts run throughout August and include Mike & The Moonpies, August 1; Cowboy Mouth, August 8; Whiskey Myers, August 9; Chris Isaak, August 15; Ted Nugent, August 16; and the 33rd Annual Country Showdown, August 22. Billy Bob’s is just 35 minutes from the preserve. For more information visit

Orlando (FL)

Throughout August
Fridays on the Plaza

Every Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m., the Winter Garden Tourist Association hosts a free concert in Centennial Plaza featuring a local band or musician. This casual event takes place in the heart of Winter Garden’s historic downtown. Winter Garden is just a 15 minute drive from the preserve.

Lake of the Springs (CA)

July 31-August 3
Yuba Sutter Fair

Known for the 4-H exhibits and more, this is a fun event for the whole family that includes games, rides, a demolition derby, and more. Held in Yuba City, just 30 miles from the preserve. For more information visit

Rancho Oso (CA)

July 31-August 3
Old Spanish Days Fiesta

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade, one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States. The parade starts at the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, proceeds east along the beach, to State Street, then up State Street to Sola Street. Viewing the parade is free but there are shaded reserved seats available for purchase. Visit for more information.

Rancho Oso (CA)

July 31-August 3
Fiesta Stock Horse Show & Rodeo

Junior Tri-Counties riders compete in Breakaway Roping, Tie-down Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. Riders compete in the Non-Pro Stock Horse Class and Buckaroo Class, plus eliminations for the Open Stock Horse and Hackamore Classes. This event is held at Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, just 18 miles from the preserve. For tickets and information please visit or call (805) 688.5093.

Lake of the Springs (CA)

August 6-10
Nevada County Fair

Get ready for five days of excitement and fun planned for fairgoers of all ages. The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment at affordable family prices! For more information visit

Pacific City (OR)

August 6-9
Tillamook County Fair

This fair, which is the highest attended county fair in the state of Oregon, features 4-H Exhibits, Brad’s Reptiles, magicians, Pig ‘n Ford races, horse races, a demolition derby, hypnotists, talent show, midway rides and more. Entertainment scheduled includes Uncle Kracker on August 6, The Oak Ridge Boys on August 7, and Phil Vassar on August 8. Visit for more information.

Idyllwild (CA)

August 9
Butterfly Daze

This is a fun-filled day featuring the Monarch Butterfly with hands-on opportunities to learn migration characteristics and the life cycle of the Monarch. There will also be arts and crafts. Held at the Idyllwild Nature Center, just two miles from the preserve, event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information visit

Lake Conroe (TX)

August 9
Tim McGraw: Sundown Heaven Town Tour 2014

Enjoy country music star Tim McGraw in a live concert in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Woodlands Pavilion,just nine miles from the preserve. For information visit

South Jetty (OR)

August 9
Second Saturday Art Tour

Join the self-guided Second Saturday Gallery Tour from 3 to 5 p.m. and enjoy the fantastic art from local Florence artists. A listing of the participating galleries can be picked up at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street in Florence.

Whalers Rest (OR)

August 9
Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge

The Oregon Albacore Commission, in conjunction with the Port of Newport, presents the third annual “Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge” featuring professional and amateur chefs and culinary students creating their best tuna loin recipes for the judges and the public who come to sample these awesome creations. Saturday, August 9 will be the professional and amateur competition and Sunday, August 10 features culinary students. Event is held at 2000 Marine Science Drive in Newport, just 5 miles from the preserve. For more information visit

Pio Pico (CA)

August 10
Hillcrest CityFest

Arts, crafts, food and entertainment are featured at this popular annual street festival held along Fifth Avenue in the eclectic neighborhood of Hillcrest, less than 30 miles from the preserve. For information visit

Grandy Creek (WA)

August 16-17
Cascade Days

Event includes a parade, Logger Competition, car show, Fireman’s Muster, kids activities, music, contests and much more. Event is just five miles from the preserve. For information visit or call (360) 853.7867.

Idyllwild (CA)

August 16-17
21st Annual Jazz in the Pines

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines is three stages of continuous music, featuring over two dozen bands. The festival marketplace offers a wide selection of art, jewelry and handicrafts. There will also be food and drinks available. Event is held at the Idyllwild Arts Campus, just seven miles from the preserve. For information visit

Ponderosa (CA)

August 17
Garden Valley’s 16th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

Garden Valley’s 16th annual car, truck, and motorcycle show will feature live music all day, a raffle and food and drink vendors. Gates open at 8 a.m. Event is just five miles from the preserve. For information call (530) 333.2179.

Medina Lake (TX)

August 21-24
Gillespie County Fair & Festival

Enjoy four action-filled days and nights at the oldest, continuously running County Fair in Texas. Whether it’s the carnival, the livestock and agricultural exhibits or the arts & crafts, this weekend is sure to bring a smile to the entire family. For more information call (830) 997.2359.

Chehalis (WA)

August 22-24
Chehalis Garlic Fest & Craft Show

Event features garlic-themed cuisine, artisan and craft vendors, chef’s demonstrations, kids activities, and an Antique Alley. There will also be live music and wine tasting from local wineries. Event hours are Friday from noon to 7p.m., Saturday from 10a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and admission prices, visit

Diamond Caverns (KY)

August 25
Free Mammoth Passage Cave Tours

Free tours of the world’s longest known cave system will be offered on this day. Mammoth Cave National Park is just seven miles from the preserve and can be accessed via the preserve’s walking/bicycle trail. For more information visit

Diamond Caverns (KY)

August 27-August 30
National Corvette Museum 20th Anniversary Celebration & 5th National Corvette Caravan

Register for this event and enjoy three days of activities in and around the museum, including interesting and unique road tours, special video presentation, raffles, the annual Open Membership meeting and more. For more information, or to register call (800) 53-VETTE(83883) or visit The museum is located just 22 miles from the preserve.

Pio Pio (CA)

August 29-September 1
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition

Guests can watch over 300 tons of sand be carved and molded into beautiful sculptures. Held at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal, alongside San Diego Bay, the summer event will feature live entertainment, food trucks and unique rides for kids including a zip line that flies over the show. The B Street Cruise Ship Terminal is located at 1140 N. Harbor Drive in San Diego, approximately 28 miles from the preserve. For more information visit