Happy Camp Children’s Fair, 2001

A fair for children was held at River Park in Happy Camp on July 14, 2001.

Children enjoyed fun activities like face painting, drawing Bigfoot pictures, and ring toss.

One of the attractions was a petting zoo with llamas and miniature horses from Little Dreams Ranch.

A girl with a miniature horse
A girl waits patiently as the hungry miniature horse enjoys the fresh, green lawn.
Nearby, a crowd gathers to see llamas at the Children’s Fair petting zoo in River Park.

Bigfoot Appears Again

An amazing Bigfoot is about to rise up out of the junk pile in the Forest Service parking lot. Sculptor Ralph Starritt, famed for transformation of junk into works of art, was in town on July 13 and 14 for the start of the Bigfoot project.

Local citizens have contributed junk metal to the project, organized by Carol Wainwright of Happy Camp. Keep an eye on the Forest Service parking lot this summer as Bigfoot grows in stature.

Ralph Starrit and Bigfoot
Renowned sculptor Ralph Starritt adds another piece of junk metal to Happy Camp’s new Bigfoot project on Saturday afternoon.

Donations are still being accepted

Metal donations are still welcome in the Forest Service rear parking lot. Any volunteer sculptors in town can participate in the building of Bigfoot. Monetary donations are needed for supplies, equipment and Mr. Starritt’s lodging and other expenses while he is in town. Donations are tax-deductable and can be mailed to “HCAP Bigfoot Project” P.O. Box 640, Happy Camp, CA 96039. Donations have already been received from Frontier Café, Evans Mercantile, Clinic Pharmacy, Happy Camp Elementary School and the U.S. Forest Service.

First Annual River Run – 2001


This coming weekend, July 6 through 8, expect to see our town innundated by bikers! The Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce has invited street-legal motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country to come together in this town for fun, camping, and bike games with cash prizes. There will be music and dancing on both Friday and Saturday nights.

This first annual river run commemorates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Happy Camp in 1851. This year’s theme is “Rollin’ On The River, 2001.” For more information, please contact the Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce at (530) 493-2900.

Follow-Up Photos and Article:

Tiger Custom Red Custom

Custom Trike Custom Bikes Lined Up

Dragonlady Bike Bike Lineup

Photos by Eddie Davenport

by Linda Martin

The first annual Happy Camp River Run took place from July 6 through 8 in River Park. The event, called Rolling on the River 2001, was a considered a success, especially for a first year endeavor, drawing in over 75 bikers from out of town and 26 local registrants. Bikers came from as far away as Seattle, Washington and Phoenix, Arizona, though most of the participants were from Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Besides music from the Genuine Draft Band on Friday and Saturday nights, the River Run included a community bar-b-que, prizes for the best of bikes, and games like the Slow Race, Winnie Bite and Ball Catch.

Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce members, who planned this event, were very enthusiastic about the results and are looking forward to next year’s event which should be even better, with more advance publicity.

Pins and t-shirts with the Rolling on the River 2001 logo are still available from the Chamber of Commerce. Pins cost $5.00 and the t-shirts, available in children’s sizes up to extra large adult sizes, are $16.95.

John Gould wearing a 2001 River Run shirt

John Gould, father of the River Run project, wearing a 2001 River Run t-shirt.

Good news versus bad news

by Linda Martin

Happy Independence Day! It seems like a good time to introduce this new page to our website. Our country is 225 years old – not a long time, but enough time to really muck the government up a bit. Still, the foundation is solid, so hopefully things will get better in the future rather than continuing to deteriorate.

I know we at the new Happy Camp News should be reporting all the news, both good and bad, however since this is a new venture, I don’t want to tackle the controversial topics too soon. Part of me would like the whole world to think that Happy Camp has no problems. It is one of the most remote towns in California, a village of 1100 deep in the Klamath National Forest. We live seventy miles from the nearest California city, which is only about 7,000 people. To the north, we’re forty miles from a small town in Oregon.

I would like to think that people can go to a remote town in the forest and live a crime-free existence, with only good things happening. But reality is that even here, there are problems every now and then. Why, back in the seventies, there was even a bank robbery according to an old news article I read at the Siskiyou Historical Society Museum in Yreka. I can just imagine the robbers trying to make a “get-away” on the Klamath River Highway! How far did they get, anyway?

My plan for this online news service is to report on the good news to begin with. There’s plenty of that going on here, especially with all the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Happy Camp. Later, once I’m used to news writing again, I’ll probably feel motivated to report bad news too. Let’s just hope that this summer there won’t be anything “too” bad, that can’t be ignored.

My main news writing experience comes from working for a Libertarian newspaper in the Central Valley ten years ago. I have never been a member of a political party, so I’m not planning to feature any one political ideology over another, but I liked the newspaper’s philosophy of printing all the news, including news that the major dailies are afraid to print. Naturally here, I’m not selling advertising as the print newspapers must do, so I won’t be constrained by worries about losing my major advertising income if I say the wrong thing. Also there’s no corporate interests owning this news service, dictating what I can or cannot print. I like that.  [Happy Camp News started as a public service venture.]

I have my issues I would like to write about, but am holding off, in large part because I know they are not your issues. I would like for the website to reflect the many opinions of the people in this forest, and hope some of you will feel motivated to write something for your neighbors to read here.

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