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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 1B Musical event draws large crowd to historic Johnsville Susan Jacobson Staff Writer Two fellow skiers, with an idea to bring back skiing at the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl, developed the concept of what is now known as the Lost Sierra Hoedown. The musical event was held over the weekend of Sept. 24 through 27 at the state park site. The types of vehicles in the parking lot were a good indicator of the typical Hoedown attendee. Bicycles, kayaks and ski racks Signs welcome those arriving adorned the vehicles. Once at the Lost Sierra Hoedown inside, young held Sept. 24 through 27 at adventure-seeking, the Johnsville Historic Ski land-stewarding individuals, Bowl. Photo by Susan Jacobson some with children in tow, stretched out their individual The Hoedown limits tickets base camps as they settled in to 500. In 2014, tickets sold for the four-day event. out the first day. This year's SUVs and trucks lined the event sold out more than a road from the northern edge week prior to the start. of Johnsville up to the completely full parking lot at While the majority of the ticket holders were ages 25 to the ski hill. License plates 40, there were a few college identified participants as kids and some over 40. Those being mostly from Nevada or with children found that California, though there their kids made their own were plates from Utah, group of friends. Oregon and as far away as Vermont. More than 30 bands, mostly The event was the blue grass, played on the brainchild of Azariah stage with various impromptu musical Reynolds, known to everyone gatherings occurring as 'Z." He eventually met up throughout the weekend. with co-promoter Drew Fisher, both with roots near Many attendees brought their own instruments to fill Johnsville -- Reynolds lived the time. in Blairsden as a child and While stage crews switched Fisher lived in Sierra City band equipment, members of and now lives in the Truckee the crowd performed their area. own skits and told stories The two came together as from the stage. fellow skiers and a desire to Other activities, such as help see the ski hill operate guided hikes provided by the once more. They put the Plumas Eureka State Park concept together and Association and art projects, Reynolds did what many took shape as individuals thought was impossible in present shared their talents. getting the approval of "All of the things we California State Parks to hold dreamed of in the beginning a concert and allow camping are now a reality," said on the historic state park Fisher. "The first couple of site. The original intent was to years we were busy running around putting things in do something that raised place and by last year, people money in a sustainable way knew what it is all about and to help the hill re-open and the Hoedown was born. "It's weren't afraid to just jump in and offer what they can add," a very different space than a Fisher added. traditional concert and from Those not wanting to miss there we could make a moment of the action had everything different," said the option to stay at the site. Fisher. The agreement with State Those seeking a bit of separation filled the park Parks included strong rules campground at the bottom of to enforce sustainability and the hill. Those seeking more leave no traces of the event upscale accommodations behind. Participants were filled the rooms at event given many guidelines up sponsor Nakoma Golf front on how to pack, what to Resort's new lodge. bring and how to be part of Many locals volunteered at the movement that supports the event. Portola High responsible land use. The School graduates Matthew parking pass contained the and Katlin Brubaker had a quote: "Leave No Trace: Bigfoot's been doing it for front row seat as they years!" See Hoedown, page 13B A tent city springs up for those wanting an onsite stage-side spot for the weekend. Photo by Susan Jacobson A few of the attendees take it upon themselves to entertain the crowd during stage transitions between bands. Photo by Ben Arnst One of more than 30 bands takes the stage was on tap all weekend, entertaining the late into the night. Photo by Ben Arnst at the event. Music crowd all day and 10 lb. Bag Large Slicing Iceb 5lb. Bag kmorlkd eGg Sale pdces effeclJve October 9 & 10, 2015, only. Sale slads at 6.'00 am. Limlled suPld N0 ralnchecks OPEN 7 DAYS Scrat~ 8aked6oods, A WEI 5am-lOpm All L0t~ G~nes 50 GRAND AVE., SUSANVILLE, CA 96130 ii ....................... ....