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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:00 am

The Pine Cone Festival is a free event, held at Rim Nordic each year, where locals and tourists alike can purchase items from local artisans and vendors, not all of whom own storefronts. However, a highlight of this particular vendor fair is the location.

Set in the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest, just off Highway 18 and next to Snow Valley, the Annual Pine Cone Festival allows all attendees to experience nature while supporting local businesses, having fun and meeting local first responders and emergency services.

This year, Janice Rutherford, the second district supervisor made an appearance as well and gave a certificate of recognition to Bev Brown, who owns Rim Nordic alongside her husband. Brown is a primary organizer of the event every year. Rutherford and Brown took photos with local mascots Smokey Bear, Cheekers and CalFire’s new mascot, Captain Cal.

There was also a number of acrtivities besides shopping. There was the Pine Cone Olympics, panning for gold, a nature walk, a bounce house for the kids, a pinecone sizing contest, a pinecone craft contest and live music from local performers.

In the Pine Cone Olympics, contestants of all ages competed to throw pinecones into a basketball hoop, throw pinecones in Olympic shot put fashion, and practice their archery with pinecones as the targets. Meanwhile, the nature walk allowed participants to delve into the forest around Rim Nordic and people could walk up to one or two miles and receive a magnet or a Pine Cone Festival pin, depending on how far they walked.

Live music was played throughout the event. Little Bear Valley Blues covered a range of well-known songs. Periodically, the Mountain Fifes & Drums paraded around the fairgrounds in full colonial army uniform, playing their fifes and drums to the tune of colonial songs.

As for the items available for purchase, there were booths for all sorts of items. There were foodstuffs, including spreads, jams, vegan and gluten-free items, BBQ sauce, bread, peanut brittle and fudge. There were also handcrafted items for sale, including signs made from cut-up license plates, wooden slab decor, wood burnings, tie-dye shirts, jewelry, and wreaths. The items listed here does not come close to covering everything available. Festival food vendors were also set up and selling things like hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, peanuts, hot chocolate and kombucha.

Winners of the biggest and longest pine cones won hundreds of dollars in prizes, including a Jensen’s gift card, lodging and Pine Rose Cabins and a season pass to Snow Valley.

“We felt it was really successful,” Brown said about this year’s festival.

Make sure to come out next year and join the festivities!

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