Labor Day weekend has come and gone and the first hint of fall is in the air. So its a great time to reflect on the summer of 2011 and remind ourselves why we love our mountain paradise. Here’s a look back at some of our more popular summer events.
Big Bears’ summer of 2011 began with the first fishing tournament of the season, the May Trout Classic, with over 400 participants competing for cash and prizes. This years winning fish weighed in at 9.10 pounds and was caught by Jack Storti of Westlake Village.
In June several newer events returned to Big Bear, including; Fishing for $50K, Big Bear Choppers’ Ride The Mountain, the “Moms and Rods Antique Car Show”, and Team Big Bears’ Ride The Bear. The first outdoor concert of the summer season was held at the Discovery Center and featured The Long Run, A Tribute to The Eagles.
In July, things really heated up with several classic Big Bear summer events. Our annual 4th of July fireworks display and bar-b-que was definitely the place to be over the holiday weekend. The town was packed with locals and visitors from all over Southern California. Old Miners’ Days followed next and included our annual parade and Chili Cook-Off. More than 50 groups, including several marching bands, participated in this years’ parade and the route was lined with an enthusiastic crowd. The second concert under the stars was held at the Discovery Center featuring Dont Stop Believing a tribute to Journey.
As usual, August was a busy month in Big Bear. This year marked the return of the “Big Bear Air Fair” at the Big Bear City Airport. Held every other year, this was the events biggest turn-out with over 7,000 in attendance. There were dozens of fully restored vintage airplanes on display and the weather was perfect. Also in August, the Blues For The Zoo fundraising concert for the Moonridge Zoo was held at the Swim Beach Amphitheater. This years’ “Tour de Big Bear” was the biggest cycling event of the summer with several hundred cyclists taking over the streets and highways of Big Bear and the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains.
Next on the calendar was one of the signature events of the summer, the “Antique Car Club Fun Run”. Hundreds of classic cars were on display throughout the village and the final day featured a cruise around Big Bear Lake. And finally, the Antique Wooden Boat Show was held over the last weekend in August with over 30 classic speed and pleasure boats on display at Bs Backyard BBQ (formerly Stillwells).
This was another great summer in Big Bear and needless to say it went way too fast. Soon the crowds will be thinning out and leaves will start to turn red and gold, signaling the end of summer and the start of another beautiful fall and winter season.