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Feather Fiesta Days Week Proves Fun For All
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 12, 2014

Once again, the annual event was a huge hit. Many attended the many "Founder's Day" events, both locals and out-of-towners.

The 10-day whirlwind of fun included pancake breakfasts, a chili cook-off, concerts, food, shopping, a beerfest, food, car shows, parades, a craft faire, games for the kids, and more food.

The most active day of the celebration was Saturday with the Grand Parade, Annual Craft Faire, and Car Show. Downtown Oroville was abuzz with activity all day Saturday as people ran here and there to take in all of the activities. FULL STORY

2014 Kiddie Parade Brings Out the Fishers
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 10, 2014

Fisher boys and girls filled the streets of Oroville this afternoon to participate in the annual Kiddie Parade. They brought poles, nets, and bubbles to be sure they caught lots of attention. They didn't catch any fish today, but perhaps they will "catch a bite" at the Fishing Derby for Kids at ... FULL STORY

Beer & Salsa
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 3, 2014

Oroville residents celebrated the 9th annual Beerfest and 4th annual Salsa Taste-off in Historic Downtown Saturday afternoon. Attendees enjoyed food, fun, and froth as they rocked out in the streets. A variety of beers from multiple breweries were available for sampling, as were delicious edible... FULL STORY

Feather Fiesta Days Rapidly Approaching
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 24, 2014

Soon, it will be time for parades, car shows, and chili cook-offs. In just two short months Feather Fiesta Days will be here again. Now is the time to start preparing for the biggest event of the year. Anyone interested in being in the Grand Parade can contact the Chamber of Commerce, located... FULL STORY

Tunin' Up
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 12, 2014

Fiddlers and other musicians have begun arriving in town for the annual competition. Some took advantage of the beautiful afternoon to practice for this weekend. By the end of the week, the parking lot will be filled with contenders from all over the country. Tunin' Violinistas y otros músic... FULL STORY

2014 Butte County Fair Theme Contest
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 28, 2014

The Butte County Fair is holding its annual contest. Come up with the theme for this year's fair and win a family pass for the duration of the fair. The pass admits 2 adults & 2 children each day. The theme must be agriculturally related. One entry per person. Ideas must be submitted, emailed,... FULL STORY

Call for Entrants for the Winter Talent Show
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 27, 2014

The Feather River Recreation & Park District and the Exchange Club of Oroville are looking for Oroville’s best talent. The two organizations would like to invite all interested to participate in the Winter Talent Search. Singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians, and entertainers of all so... FULL STORY

Museum Row-Visit All Eight Museums for Only $5.00!
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 16, 2013

This Saturday will mark the third annual Celebrate Museum Row event. This great family excursion is an inexpensive way to spend the day learning more about your town. Tickets for Celebrate Museum Row are only $5.00 each for up to a group of five. Letters of the alphabet will be available at... FULL STORY

Perry Mason Days
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 3, 2013

Perry Mason Days will be celebrated Saturday, with all day events. Things will kick off at 8:00 a.m. with an archery tournament at the Oroville High School practice field. The cost to participate is only $5.00. Bows and arrows will be available for those who do not own any. Anyone who wishes c... FULL STORY

Salmon Festival Weekend a Blast
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 1, 2013

The Salmon Festival was a huge hit again this year. The annual Salmon Dinner was held at the Nature Center near the Old Bath House Friday evening. One couple who attended said they come every year to celebrate their anniversary. They were expecting a large group of friends and family to join th... FULL STORY

Oroville's Got Talent
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 30, 2013

Some of Oroville’s youngest performers came out to demonstrate their abilities Friday evening. A talent show was put on by a group from the Feather River Recreation and Parks District on (FRRPD) the levee in Downtown Oroville. Participants from the gymnastics team started things off with flips a... FULL STORY

Celebrate Fish Today!
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 28, 2013

Saturday is the big day for Salmon and Salmon lovers. The day will be packed full of fun activities for all to enjoy. Tours of the fish hatchery will be given every half hour between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. See the fish and the spawning process up close. Get a detailed explanation on how the... FULL STORY

Free Historical Feather River Canoe Trip
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 9, 2013

Join in a fun day of exploring the Feather River this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Anyone with a canoe or kayak can meet at the Thermalito Diversion Pool/Burma Road located on Cherokee Road. To get to the pool, take Table Mountain Boulevard to Cherokee Road. Follow Cherokee Road appr... FULL STORY

Benefit for PAWS! A Night of Classic Music
By Tisha Tillerson Whitmire
September 8, 2013

There will be a dinner and show benefit for PAWS on October 5,2013, at the Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center. It will include a Night of Classic Music. Evening Entertainment begins with the Sweet sounds of Patsy Cline, performed by a group you will be “ CRAZY” over! Sweet Dreams: A tribut... FULL STORY

VW First Friday
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 7, 2013

First Friday was this evening. It all started at 4:30 p.m. with Volkswagens, shopping, and music. Oroville residents flocked to the downtown area to check out some cool cars and do some shopping. Businesses in the area even stayed open late, so people could take advantage of great deals all e... FULL STORY

Opening Day of the Butte County Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 23, 2013

The Butte County Fair opened strong today, with eating, singing, splashing, and screaming all a part of the agenda. Thursday was one of the few days of the year when kids were able to use bad manners and scarf down funnel cakes while their parents cheered them on. The blue ribbon winners Thursda... FULL STORY

It's Time to Harvest a Bushel of Fun at the Fair!
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 22, 2013

Workers and volunteers spent Wednesday putting the finishing touches on the fair to get it ready for all who would be attending. From the looks of things, it looks like it’s going to be a bushel of fun. Hmm, that sounds familiar for some reason. The first person who responds with the correct ... FULL STORY

It's Not Fair to Start Before the Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 21, 2013

The fair has not even open yet and kids are back in school. It almost makes one wonder whatever happened to summer vacation—real summer vacation. Oh well, so it is. At least when the gates open at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday the kids will be out of school for the day. Many will be looking forward to... FULL STORY

Bonus Clues for the BC Fair Scavenger Hunt
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 21, 2013

CARD #1: That penny pincher, Old Abe, would have loved this place. CARD #2: Underneath CARD #3: IT APPEARS THIS CARD HAS BEEN FOUND. THE FINDER OF THE CARD NEEDS TO CALL, TEXT, OR EMAIL THE GCG TO CLAIM A PAIR OF TICKETS TO THE FAIR CARD #4: Are you ready for some futball? CARD #5: Is it REAL... FULL STORY

Butte County Fair Opens This Week
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 20, 2013

The Butte County Fair is just days away. Elizabeth Joan Bentler is very anxious for the opening day. She is one of the Miss Butte County contestants this year. She is 17 years old and lives in Chico. Elizabeth is the daughter of Rick and Jill Bentler. She goes to Pleasant Valley High Sc... FULL STORY

Win Tickets to the Fair- Opens in Four Days
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 19, 2013

In just four more days, 16-year-old Marissa Lynn Bachellerie will be on stage at the Butte County Fair. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Teresa Bachellerie and one of the Miss Teen Butte County Contestants. Marissa attends Oroville High School and enjoys singing, camping, and participating in ... FULL STORY

Princesses at the Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 18, 2013

When some people hear about “Beauty Contests” they have negative images and thoughts of vain, self-centered, prima-donnas prancing around on a stage. Not so, according to Brianna Brockman. She stated, “This program does more than just give you a sparkling crown and a silky sash. It gives you th... FULL STORY

Taste of Butte County at the Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 17, 2013

If you love trying different foods and treats, here is the event for you. The Taste of Butte County will be returning to the Butte County Fair this year. It will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion next to Jakes. The cost is only $5.00, and anyone 21... FULL STORY

Countdown to Bushels of Fun at the Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 16, 2013

Many people go to the fair for two things—the rides and the exhibits. There will be no disappointment in either area this year. Brass Rings Amusements will be returning to Gridley this year to ensure fun for all. Whether it is the Bumper Cars, the Yo Yo, or the Scrambler, your favorite is sur... FULL STORY

Final Fair Day- Family Day
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 15, 2013

The final day of the Butte County Fair is a day of Bands. There will be numerous bands performing throughout the day, so attendees will surely find one that they like. DJ Hernandez will also be entertaining the lunch crowd at the Courtyard stage. Other attractions on Sunday include the Wood... FULL STORY

Super Screamin' Saturday at the Butte County Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 14, 2013

Saturday is a day of Splash Dogs, rides, and music at the Butte County Fair. The Splash Dogs will perform five times throughout the day. Kymmi and the Diamondbacks will jam out at Jake’s at 7:30, 9:00, & 10:30 p.m. They will spend the night keepin’ the crowd dancin’ with tunes by Miranda La... FULL STORY

And the Fair Fun Continues
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 13, 2013

Friday will probably be the day with the highest attendance at the Butte County Fair—it being Kid’s Day. Gates will open at 3:00 p.m. with fun, food, and festivities that will last the entire day. Splash Dogs will kick things off at the Courtyard Stage area just as the gates are opening. At the... FULL STORY

Jake's Fun & Splash Dogs at the Butte County Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 12, 2013

Just when you thought the fun fair info had stopped, it just keeps on a comin’. Thursday, August 22, 2013, has even more in store for fairgoers than previously mentioned. When the gates open at 4:00 p.m., Jake’s will be hosting Blue Moon Trio. This band plays a selection of older Blues songs ... FULL STORY

Hot Sunday at the Butte County Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 11, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013, is La Familia Day at the Butte County Fair with the gates opening at Noon. At 2:00 p.m. there will be a Jalapeno Eating Contest on the Courtyard Stage. Anyone with a numb tongue, high pain tolerance, or nerves of steel is welcome to join in. At 4:00 p.m. the Wood Car... FULL STORY

Smash Up a Bushel of Fun at the Butte County Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 9, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013, proves to be an exciting day for the Butte County Fair. After spending the day eating delicious treats, checking out exhibits, and going on rides, fairgoers can enjoy a smashing good time at the Destruction Derby. Many Butte County residents wait in anticipation all ye... FULL STORY

Fun, Fun, Fun- a Bushel of it- at the Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 8, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013, is Kids Day at the Butte County Fair. The gates will be open from 3:00 p.m. until midnight, and children under 12 get in free. Tickets for all over 12 years of age are $8 each. At 4:00 p.m., the food eating contest will be held on the Courtyard Stage. The contestants w... FULL STORY

Harvest a Bushel of Fun- Soon
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 7, 2013

The Butte County Fair is just days away- and it’s not just about the rides and the fried Twinkies. There will be a lot to see and do, from art to shows to fun beyond your wildest imagination. It all starts Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Admission is only $3.00, and anyone under 12 or... FULL STORY

Harvest a Bushel of Fun- and Money- at the Fair
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 22, 2013

The Butte County Fair has unveiled a revised contest for this year’s fair. The contest involves specialty garden booths featured in the fair. Thanks to some fantastic sponsors, the contest is going to have some super rewards. First place, $500, is sponsored by Sundial Orchards. Second pl... FULL STORY

The Butte County Fair Wants You
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 26, 2013

The Butte County Fair is currently searching for everyone!! Have you taken an amazing photograph in the last year, finished that beautiful quilt or dress. Are you a gardener, have an interest in floral arranging, sew, bake or make the best preserves that anyone has ever tasted? What about the cra... FULL STORY

Safe Concert in the Park
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 12, 2013

Tomorrow evening will be a great time for an outing. Bring the whole family down to Riverbend Park for a concert by Hardly Dangerous. The event, featuring a very talented band, is sponsored by Kearbey Dental. As usual, there will be a bounce house for the kids, prizes for all, and a food truck.... FULL STORY

Rube & the Rhythm Rockers Kick Off Summer Concerts
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 4, 2013

The first “Concert in the Park” will be held Thursday evening at Riverbend Park. Rube & the Rhythm Rockers will be keepin’ you dancin’ with New Orleans rhumbas, straight Chicago blues, or West Coast jump and swing tunes. The five-piece band is sure to entertain with over 100 years of combined ... FULL STORY

Put On Your Glad Rags for a Finger Poppin' Event
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 24, 2013

Do you love music from the 50s and 60s? Then this event is for you. The Monday Club will be hosting a Sock Hop on June 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Dig out that poodle skirt or leather jacket and cruise on down for a groovin’ good time. Listen to tunes like “At the Hop” and “The Stroll” and dance ... FULL STORY

Feather Fiesta Days Wraps Up
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 12, 2013

Today was the highlight of Feather Fiesta Days, with events happening all over town. The day started off with breakfast options at two different locations. Then there was the Grand Parade—to be followed by a plethora of activities. There was shopping practically anywhere you went, whether you... FULL STORY

Cute As a Bug's Ear
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 11, 2013

There were no cicada in sight. Nonetheless, all those who attended today’s Kiddie Parade seemed to enjoy the infestation of insects that invaded Downtown Oroville. Lindo como oído de un error No había ningún cigarra en vista. Sin embargo, todos los que asistieron Kiddie desfile hoy parecían d... FULL STORY

Saturday Activities
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 25, 2013

This Saturday promises to be a great day for recreational enjoyment with numerous events taking place. At 10:00 a.m., a walking tour of Downtown Oroville and Murals will be led by Docent, Alberta Tracy. The cost to attend this amazing tour is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. ... FULL STORY

Bugs Rule!
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 22, 2013

The Kiddie Parade will take place on May 10, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “It’s A Bugs life.” Children through 8th grade can participate in the parade. Numerous prizes will be awarded ranging from $20-75. Winners of the Kiddie Parade will be able to participate in the ... FULL STORY

Talent Show & Tri Tip Dinner
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 12, 2013

A talent show will be held Saturday at the Palermo School Auditorium, located at 7350 Bulldog Way. The annual event is hosted by the Palermo Community Council and will include a Tri Tip dinner with a baked potato, salad, roll, and a beverage. The price for the event is $10.00 for adults and $5... FULL STORY

Bidwell Bar Day Festivities
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 12, 2013

Bidwell Bar Day is rapidly approaching. The popular event will take place at the old Toll House and Suspension Bridge on May 4, 2013. Festivities will kick off at high noon with music, activities, and delicious treats. Docents will be dressed in time appropriate garb and will teach skills that ... FULL STORY

By Cookie J. Arnett
April 8, 2013

People have been stopping by Riebes Auto Parts, located at 2950 Myers Street, all day to take pictures of the famous Bonecrusher. The Monster Truck is at the store to advertise the truck show coming up this weekend. Riebes sponsors the show, and tickets can be purchased at the store. Personas... FULL STORY

Theme for 2013 Butte County Fair Revealed
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 28, 2013

The Butte County Fair Committee recently had a contest to see who could come up with the best theme for this year’s fair. Several great suggestions were entered. They are as follows: Butte County Food Basket of the World, submitted by Rose Conkin Olive View (All of You) Come on down to the F... FULL STORY

Fun, Food, and Flair
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 14, 2013

For the past 47 years Oroville residents have enjoyed the privilege of hosting the California State Old Time fiddle Association (CSOTFA) Championships. For three days musicians from all over the state will battle it out—filling downtown Oroville with music and fun. This Friday, Saturday, and Sun... FULL STORY

Oroville Recreational Opportunities
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 31, 2013

Oroville museums that have been closed for cleaning and maintenance will reopen tomorrow. The museums are an enjoyable way to learn about Oroville’s history. The Chinese Temple has a carved rock display in addition to the new tapestry they recently received by donation. The Lott Home on Montgom... FULL STORY

The Butte County Fair is Looking for 2013 Theme
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 28, 2013

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pick the theme for the Butte County Fair this year? Well, here’s your chance. The Butte County Fair is accepting submissions for the theme of the upcoming fair. Submissions can include a picture or drawing along with the theme. The winner will receive a family ... FULL STORY

Winter Talent Show
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 3, 2013

Tomorrow evening the Feather River Recreation and Park District will be holding auditions for the sixth Annual Winter Talent Show. The talent show will showcase singers, dancer, and musicians. If you have talent, they have the stage. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. Entry fee... FULL STORY

Just Duet to Play at Country Crest Friday
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 21, 2012

Just Duet will be returning to Country Crest Post Acute Care Facility this Friday. Ed Hudson and Linda Andrade have been performing together for just over three years. They thoroughly enjoy playing at Country Crest and put on concerts there regularly. Ed was given his first guitar at age 16 a... FULL STORY

A Historic Taste of Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 29, 2012

This Saturday, a great event is taking place in Downtown Oroville. Not only will it be a fun treat for those attending, but it will benefit our local youth. The Oroville Sunrise Rotarians will be hosting a “Taste and Tour” at the Copa de Oro. The affair will include appetizers and a guided walk... FULL STORY

Fun Filled Saturday
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 6, 2012

Today is International Frugal Fun Day. There are several events going on in Oroville today that are both frugal and fun. Of course, today is full of Perry Mason Days activities. Other events involve a grand opening and charity drives. WalMart is raising money for The Children’s Miracle Netwo... FULL STORY

Perry Mason Days Festivities
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 4, 2012

Saturday is going to be a busy day in downtown Oroville. Besides the Mystery Show art display at Artists of Rivertown, events sponsored by Oroville businesses will be going on all day long. At 9:00 a.m. the Butte County Historical Society and the Yuba - Sutter Archery Association will be hosti... FULL STORY

Salmon Festival Dinner
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 17, 2012

The Annual Salmon Festival BBQ Dinner will be held on September 21, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be held at “The Old Bath House” Nature Center on Old Ferry Road next to the Montgomery Street round-a-bout. The dinner will include a choice of grilled salmon or tri tip, potatoes, green sala... FULL STORY

Salmon Tours Offered For Salmon Festival
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 17, 2012

Something special is offered during The Salmon Festival this year. Salmon Spawning Rafting Tours will be offered on September 22, 2012. Tours will begin at the Fish Hatchery at 5 Table Mountain Blvd. at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Tours will be limited to 48 spots and will ... FULL STORY

Butte Couny Fair 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 13, 2012

The Butte County Fair opening is coming up very soon. The theme of the fair this year is “Not Going Down Without A Fight.” The fair will be open from Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26, 2012. The hours of fun will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday from 3:00 p.m.... FULL STORY

Free Advertising
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 28, 2012

Would you like to receive complimentary promotion of your business online? You can be featured in the Tourism Guide of The Gold City Gazette and receive a free 7-day add just by participating in the paper’s contest, “How Well Do You Know Your Town?” The first step is to decide on a prize you w... FULL STORY

Fun In The Park
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 21, 2012

Right about now, things are kicking off at the Concert In The Park at Riverbend Park. Stumpjumperz is the band performing this week. Although the bounce house will not be there because of high winds, there will be lots of other fun things. Western Pacific Brewing and Dining is serving up dinner... FULL STORY

The Fair's A Comin'
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 24, 2012

It’s that time of year. Before you know it, The Butte County Fair will be here. The fair will run August 23-26, 2012, this year. Exhibitor guidebooks and entry forms are available now. However, in order to cut costs, the books will not be mass mailed this year. If you would like a book, t... FULL STORY

Feather Fiesta Days Starts Today
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 5, 2012

The Feather Fiesta Days celebration starts today with a variety of fun activities. The Pioneer Museum is marking its 80th anniversary. Free tours will be given from noon to 4:00 p.m. in honor of this momentous event. Entertainment and refreshments will also be provided. The museum is located a... FULL STORY

Downtown Activities
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 4, 2012

There's a party goin' on in downtown Oroville today that includes music and prizes. The band "Looking For Eleven" will begin playing music at 5:00 p.m. outside Evolve, where there is also a mini car show going on. A scavenger hunt is also part of the fun. Patrons can collect flags at partic... FULL STORY

April 28
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 28, 2012

Today is National Blueberry Pie Day. It is also Save The Frogs Day. And it is a great day to support Las Plumas High School. Read the article on The 63 LP Challenge on this site to find out about all of the fun activities going on today. FULL STORY

Go Thunderbirds!
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 28, 2012

Be sure to run on down to Las Plumas High School today. There are many activities going on to raise money for the students. The ROP has a table set up for The Relay of Life. The Key Club, established in Oroville in 1931, is also participating. They help with projects involving the welfar... FULL STORY

Feather Fiesta Days Participants
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 3, 2012

Feather Fiesta Days is rapidly approaching and will be here before you know it. I would like to feature information about events planned for this week full of activities. If you will be involved in an event related to Feather Fiesta Days, or if you will be manning a booth at the Lott Home Craft ... FULL STORY