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Rib Cook-Off & Fireman’s Picnic

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Fun and food!

Mammoth Lakes Fire Department sign

Seems like it has snuck up on me again, but we are quickly into the full swing of weekends packed with activities, or festivals here in Mammoth.   I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about just one of the weekends,  July 26-27.  Saturday the 26th brings the Annual Village Fest, which has been dubbed the ‘World’s highest Rib Cook-Off.  Restaurants and chefs go “head to head” in booths set up in the Village allowing everyone to taste their entries for best ribs in Mammoth. The event also features concerts by local bands, a wine and beer garden, art walk, and much more.  Come with an appetite and you won’t leave disappointed!

Then on Sunday the 27th is the 44th Annual Mammoth Lakes Firefighter’s Picnic starting at 11am at Shady Rest Park.  The event is hosted by the volunteer firefighters in Mammoth Lakes and they set up a fin array of activities for the kids and families.  They have the classic sack races, egg tosses, a very funny dunk tank, bucket brigade, and antique fire engine rides.  A favorite is the bucket brigade where two kids get to put on fire jackets and face each other with a fire hose, aiming it at a hanging bucket. First person to get the bucket to the other side wins. The fire department volunteers cook up hot dogs and burgers, and this year kids 12 and under eat for free!  For the adults, there is food for sale as well as beer and wine.  The firefighters also sell raffle tickets and t-shirts to raise money for their charity which funds activities for fire prevention education and scholarships at the local schools, and helping others in need.  Hundreds of raffle prizes are given away at the event ranging from gift certificates to local restaurants to a stand up paddle board for the grand prize.   It’s a great way to spend the afternoon and get a taste of the small town atmosphere that makes Mammoth Lakes special.

Learn more at: www.visitmammoth.com/includes/events/Firefighters-Canoe-Races-BBQ-Picnic/5420/

Submitted by Brandee Dell’Aringa

Mammoth Lakes Fire Truck

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