U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 352
Rails to Trails Festival 2008 celebrates Bizz Johnson Trail
Spicy chili, railroad handcar rides and classic bluegrass music made for a lively weekend in Susanville Oct. 4 and 5, as the community celebrated its Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail with the annual Rails to Trails Festival. Events were held at the historic Susanville Railroad Depot, a trailhead and visitor center managed jointly by the Lassen Land and Trails Trust, Bureau of Land Management, Lassen County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Susanville.
A community chili cookoff was a big draw for the event.
Businesses and organizations came up with some unique names for their creations, such as Chamber Pot Chili and Susan Roop (namesake for the town) salsa:
Once tempted by a simmering pot of chili, it was time for the cooks to hand out samples for the all important tasting in the "people's choice" award:
A competitor applauds as a chili taster casts his vote in the "people's choice" competition:
The Rails to Trails Festival celebrates Susanville's railroading history and the conversion of the Fernley and Lassen Railroad into the Bizz Johnson Trail. Handcars are always prominent with groups taking turns pumping a handcar past the old depot:
Children found a parked handcar (a model modified for street use) a great place to hang out:
Festival goers also enjoyed a farmer's market (a regular Saturday morning event at the Depot):
Featured entertainers were the Sawtooth Mountain Boys, a classic bluegrass group from Western Oregon. Below, they pick out a tune as soft mid-afternoon light fills the lobby of the restored Depot:
The festival was rounded out Sunday morning with Bizz Johnson Trail mountain bike rides.
- J. Fontana, 10/7/08
|Last updated: 10-08-2008|