What's happening over the big Fourth of July weekend? Plenty. Check out the complete schedule.

With thousands of participants strolling a two mile course lined with mostly stationary entertainers, Mount Shasta’s annual Fourth of July Fun Run & Walk has been referred to in past years as “a parade in reverse.”

Now, with more and more entertainers planning to move along with and through the walkers, it could be called a parade within a parade in reverse.

The 31st Walk/Run, put on by the Mountain Runners, is scheduled for Sunday morning, July 4, 2010, beginning in downtown Mount Shasta at 8:30 a.m.

To register, visit the website www.mtshastarunners.com.

Thanks to entertainment organizer Paula Reynolds, the Mt. Shasta Walking Circus will join the moving throng of participants, as will several traveling troupes from such places as San Francisco, Berkeley and Eugene, Ore.

The circus includes Reynolds, dancing elves and fairies from the Flying Lotus Movement Center, acrobat/contortionist/dancer Cambria Vallaire as “Miss Liberty,” the Mountain Gypsies Bellydance Troupe, opera singers Philip Engdahl and Adam Rose, owner of Super Duper Daycare in Dunsmuir as a superhero costumed character.

Travelling troupes include Slimchance the Clown and Wundersquirrel (an eight-person troupe of jugglers, clowns and unicyclists who play accordion and trumpet while performing); The Grey Matter Jugglers, who will perform juggling and acrobatic stunts;  clown and master musician Mahsa Matin; and Alien Artichoke (stilt walkers and toy spinners who also perform fire eating and dancing, face painting and sword spinning.)

Also new this year is Cirque De Sewer. San Francisco’s Melissa Arleth will perform with Bubonic and Pandemic, who just happen to be rats, dressed and ready to impress.

They’ll perform “amazing feats of skill, including tightrope walking,” Reynolds said.

Arleth is also known for riding her huge pet, Sasquatch Chicken.

The roving entertainers will add to – and at times interact with – the numerous musical acts, dancers and other performers who line the course, along with 25 local restaurateurs who will offer culinary delights.

“Paula is adding great depth to the entertainment,”?said event director and founder Dr. Jim Parker. “It’s exciting that we’ll have some professional performers this year.”

Not only is the Fun Run a day of much anticipated festivities for locals and thousands of visitors, it’s also a lucrative fundraiser which is put on entirely the Mountain Runners.

“Each year, the race brings in $30,000 to $50,000 that is funnelled back into the community,” Parker said before last year’s race. “It’s all made possible by amazing veteran volunteers, who make my life so much easier, as well as generous sponsors... Mount Shasta has the best community I’ve ever experienced. The support they give the race is absolutely incredible.”

Much of Mount Shasta’s downtown area has been transformed by proceeds from the event, including trees, benches, mini-parks, old fashioned street lamps, lights in the trees, hanging planter boxes, a clock and a thermometer.

The event’s annual wildflower t-shirt, given to each person who registers, features an artistic creation by a local artist whose work is chosen by way of a contest. This year’s contest, for the first time, included a public voting component organized by the Siskiyou Arts Council. Shery Larson of Dunsmuir was the winner with her piece featuring Bleeding Heart flowers. The official event t-shirts will be red for the first time in some 20 years.

While a majority of the participants walk the two-mile course, the event attracts high quality runners each year for the five-mile race, too, and youth runners compete on the two-mile course.

Winners of the race in many categories receive awards during a post-run ceremony on the Castle St. stage, and drawings are held for a prizes donated by local businesses.

This year, prizes include an ipod from John’s Satellite, Mt. Shasta pendant from Jon Thomas Fine Jewelery, a TV from Ron’s Furniture, a snowboard from the Sportsmen's Den, a framed photograph of Mt. Shasta by Kevin Lahey Photography, and two season passes to the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, among many others.

The most coveted raffle prize each year is a car ­– this year a Certified 2008 red Dodge Caliber sponsored by SJ Denham. The five-door hatchback with a four cylinder engine and automatic transmission was previously used as a rental. It gets an estimated 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

Last year, race director Parker pointed out that more of the community gets involved, and each year the race is a little different as the event grows.

“It’s truly a surreal experience,” Parker says with a smile. “What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday? People see and feel the spirit of giving back to the community, and that’s what makes it so special, I think.”

July 4th Celebration Schedule

Friday, July 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –    Walk/run registration and T-shirt pick up at the Armory.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. –    Mt. Shasta Blvd. and Castle Street vendors – craft and food booths.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. –    Live entertainment throughout street fair – 10 a.m., Ron Lovelace     Band; 11:30 a.m., circus performance; noon, Stereotype; 1:30 p.m., circus performance; 2 p.m., The Lottery; 3:30 p.m., circus performance; 4 p.m., Rockit; 5:30 p.m., circus performance; 6 p.m., Cambria Vallaire, teenage acrobat, dancer, contortionist; 6:30 p.m., Cirque De Sewer, professional acro-rats.
6:30 to 8 p.m. –    Ice Cream Social, Shastice Park – ice cream dessert bar and games. Free while supplies last. Sponsored by Mount Shasta Community Resource Center.

Saturday, July 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –    Walk/run registration and T-shirt pick up at the Armory.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. –    Mt. Shasta Blvd. and Castle Street vendors – craft and food booths.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. –    Live entertainment throughout street fair – 10 a.m., Rick Garrett; 10:30 a.m., Christopher Prim; 11 a.m., circus performance; noon, Panther Creek; 1:30 p.m., circus performance; 2 p.m., Last Call; 3:30 p.m., Mountain Gypsies belly dancing; 4 p.m., circus performance; 4:30 p.m., Chick Music with Paula Reynolds and friends; 6 p.m. Cirque De Sewer, professional acro-rats.

Sunday, July 4
6:30 to 8 a.m. –     Register for July 4 walk/run; pick up pre-registration packages on
    Mt. Shasta Blvd. across from the Stage Door.
6:30 to 11 a.m. –     Pancake breakfast, St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, corner of Pine and Alma Streets. All-you-can-eat pancakes served with eggs, ham, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $8, adults; $5, kids under age six.
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. –    Community breakfast hosted by Siskiyou Masonic Lodge No. 297, Mount Shasta Community Building, 629 Alder Street. All-you-can-eat. Cost: $8, adults; $3, children.
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. –     Castle Street vendors – craft and food booths.
8:30 a.m. –     Mountain Runners Walk/Run – Castle Street starting line.
Noon –    Parade along Mt. Shasta Blvd.
Noon to 4 p.m. —     Live entertainment on Castle Street Stage.

• No pets or personal fireworks are allowed in the downtown area.


July 4th Fireworks View
• Watch the fireworks display over Lake Siskiyou on Sunday, July 4 beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m., depending on weather conditions.
• Mount Shasta Resort Green opens at 4 p.m. for Community Appreciation Day. Live music provided by Summer Schappell. Admission: $2 per person. Proceeds go towards the Fireworks Fund. Food and drinks available on site. No coolers, pets or personal fireworks allowed.
• Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort, $1 admission per person. No pets or personal fireworks allowed.
For more information contact the Mount Shasta Visitors Bureau at 926-4865 or www.mtshastachamber.com