McCloud is always worth the visit. With many natural attractions and outdoor activities to explore, here are ten reasons you should come again and again to experience the wonder of this amazing town.
1. McCloud Easter Egg Hunt
April 12, 2014
As spring returns to mountains, the Easter Bunny hops into Hoo Hoo Park. Asking every child who can walk, up to 12 years of age, to come the park and find hidden eggs, the floppy ear bunny will have prizes and candy to hand out. He’s not afraid of the weather and whatever the day looks like the park will be filled with the wonder of Easter. The crisp spring air promises to be filled with laughter and the sound of children.
2. McCloud Mushroom Festival
May 24, 2014
Every Memorial Day, the city presents a festival full of music, fine wine, and mushrooms. At 10 a.m., the day begins. Booths offer education on mushroom harvesting, cooking, and mushroom dishes. Wine tasting, music, and dancing join alongside vendors and workshops while music continues on until evening. McCloud is the perfect place for spring mushroom hunting and the festival is the time to celebrate the harvest. Plan on spending the day at the festival and additional time hunting mushrooms among the towering trees.
3. McCloud Flea Market
June 1, 2014
This longstanding event has continued for 40 years, resulting in the largest flea market in the area. With over a 100 vendors, the selection of items is incredible. Here antiques, tools, clothing and furniture, along with a myriad of items create the outdoor store, which appears once a year. Food, music and beer round out the market, as professionals give appraisals on antiques verbally for five dollars. The flea market heralds the beginning of summer as people from all over the north state gather for the day.
4. McCloud Fireman’s Muster
June 7, 2014
A week after the flea market, McCloud fills with the sound of parades and races. The city has a long history of firefighting, and seeks to remember and recognize local firefighters. Area firefighters come to train and demonstrate their skills, while giving those attending a chance to talk and mingle with them. The 11 am parade, gives way to activities at Hoo Hoo park from 12 pm to 5 pm. A BBQ dinner and dance wraps up the evening at the American Legion, starting at 7 pm. Here history and those carrying out the traditions of area firefighting are honored.
5. Concert in the Park
July 5, 2014
Again Hoo Hoo Park is the backdrop for this evening of music from 4 pm to 10 pm. Both the McCloud Arts Society and the Siskiyou Arts Council, who supply the evening’s entertainment, sponsor the venue. The long summer nights, with a breath taking view of Mount Shasta make the time on the park lawn a magical summer evening.
6. McCloud 67th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta
July 25, 2014 – July 27, 2014
This three-day event pays homage to the history of the town. Sponsored by the McCloud Recreation Council, the weekend is filled with family fun. For children there are waterslides, a watermelon eating contest, and the Lil Miss Fiesta and Lil Logger competitions. For adults, there is the Harold Benedict Memorial Horseshow Tournament and the Papa Anderson Memorial Softball Tournament, along with the music of Geeia Dexter and her Wild Women Sounds. Adults and children are invited to join the logging competitions, with kids competing on Saturday and the adults on Sunday. Logging built the city and this history is embraced with enthusiasm each year.
7. McCloud Mountain Bluegrass
September 12-13, 2014
On this Fall weekend, McCloud is THE place to come play, listen to and enjoy bluegrass music. With a feature band to be announced and open jam sessions being held before and after that performance, this second annual event promises not to disappoint! So whether you are a player, or just enjoy listening to the artistry of these musicians, come enjoy the warm days and cool nights as summer fades to fall and beautiful music can be heard on the breeze.
8. McCloud Bike-toberfest
October 11, 2014
The Bike-toberfest is a flurry of activity, including two bike rides, cyclo-cross competitions, a children’s bike rodeo, along with food and drink vendors. Two bike rides are available, one to Harris Springs and the other to the McCloud Dam. For those who want to run, races are also held the same morning. Registration opens at 7 am with the bike rides leaving at 8 am, and the foot races starting at 9:30 am. Cyclo-cross fills the afternoon, coinciding with the Bike Rodeo and the Vintage Bike Show. Back again for the event is the Gimme Sheleter Band. Beer and food are available throughout the day in the downtown.
9. 8th Annual McCloud Dog, Pony, and Bike Parade
November 29, 2014
On the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, The Dog and Pony Show parade takes place. This free and unique event sees dressed up pets, stick ponies, and vintage cars join floats on Main Street. Merchants, food vendors, and free apple cider are offered along with Christmas crafts. Each year Santa Claus and Sparky the Dog attend. There is no other event like this nearby. Here the town shines as it is hard to not leave this day without a smile on your face.
10. An Olde Fashion Christmas
December 5, 2014
Finishing the year and entering the Christmas season, Main Street businesses offer a country gala filled with carolers, food, and tree lighting. The businesses are open to begin the Christmas shopping season. Joining the celebration is Santa Claus, who arrives by fire truck or sleigh.
Each offering is unique and shows another side of the mountain town. Mark your calendar and plan on making McCloud part of your year. For a small town the amount of activity and enjoyment is as large as the hearts of those who live here under the shadow of the mountain.
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