McCloud’s 2018 Lumberjack Fiesta parade grand marshal Sybil Stewart has a lengthy list of volunteer positions in the town where she was born and raised, a town she loves “for what it was and what it is.”

Support is widespread in town for her selection as grand marshal of the 71st Fiesta parade, scheduled for Saturday, July 28.

“She is one of our community’s most loved people,” said McCloud Recreation Council President Patty Ballard-Faulkner.

“Sybil is an intricate part of the Chamber of Commerce. It wouldn’t function without her,” said McCloud Hotel proprietor Gary Bostwick.

Lumberjack Fiesta runs from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29. It begins with the Little Miss Fiesta and Little Logger Contest and includes softball, music by WildWoman Sounds, a pancake breakfast, parade, logging competitions, horseshoe tournaments, kids activities and contests, vendor booths, food and drink.

The parade is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on July 28 on Main Street in McCloud. Trophies for parade winners will be presented immediately after the parade ends at Hoo Hoo Park, where most of the Fiesta events will be held.

Stewart, who was born in the McCloud Hospital the same year the Fiesta started, sees volunteering as her hobby. “I have always volunteered, that is just what I like to do,” she said.

Her 26-year career with the telephone company took her to Sacramento and Portland, but she returned after retiring and worked as the secretary for McCloud Elementary School from 2000 until 2012.

She is currently secretary of the McCloud Chamber of Commerce and the McCloud High School Alumni Association. She is a trustee for the McCloud Elementary School District, a member of the McCloud Garden Club and the Squaw Valley Riding Club, participates in the Christmas Giving Tree activities for McCloud children and the senior food baskets over the holidays. A Girl Scouts leader from 2005 to 2015, she has reestablished the McCloud Girl Scouts.

“I was one of the lucky ones and grew up here when it was a company town,” Stewart said. “We were happy in our little world and didn’t need to venture. We had everything right here. I have since seen a lot of changes in the community. There has been lots of ups and downs in the economy. I love McCloud for what it was and what it is. It is still a wonderful community where people take care of each other.”

Stewart is close to her sister, Edie Adams, and together they work on many town projects.

“She is a friend to everyone,” Adams said. “I am blessed to have her for a sister. If you want anyone on your team, Sybil would be the first choice. She is always there for me and I love that part about her. She is solid. She is a team player.”

Ron Berryman, who nominated Stewart for grand marshal, said, “Look at all the accomplishments she has done. She and her sister are the guiding light behind the Alumni Association, putting on all the class reunions throughout the years. Sybil and her sister are a team. They are workaholics. I think she is the best choice for the grand marshal.”

Kenna Edwards said, “When I first came to town I looked around to see who does what. I soon realized that Sybil and her sister were real movers and shakers and so committed to this town that they grew up in. It was so wonderful to see how involved Sybil is in this town that I became good friends with her.”

McCloud Elementary preschool teacher Greta Jones said, “Sybil worked at our school for about 12 years. She has a love for children. My children and grandchildren just love Sybil. She has a way with children. I call her Miss McCloud, because she devotes herself to this town. Her aunt was Miss McCloud, and when she passed Sybil carried on the name.”

Stewart says she wouldn’t leave McCloud even if there were other opportunities. “This is home and I will keep volunteering as long as this old body can do it.”

When asked what she likes most about the town of McCloud, she said, “I love walking or driving around town and everybody waves. I also love it when McCloud kids run up to me and give me a hug.”

The Fiesta schedule is as follows:

2018 McCloud Lumberjack Fiesta

Friday, July 27

6 p.m. – Vendor booths open.

6 p.m. – Little Miss Fiesta/Little Logger Contest; following with a dance contest – age groups: walking to 4 years; 5 to 8; 9 to12; and 13 to 16 years.

6 p.m. – Papa Anderson Memorial Softball Tournament begins.

8 p.m. to midnight – Music by WildWoman Sounds, Geeia will rock the night away.

Saturday, July 28

7 to 11 a.m. – American Legion Chuela Post #92 Pancake Breakfast at Legion.

8 a.m. – Vendor booths open.

8 a.m. – Papa Anderson Memorial Softball Tournament.

10 a.m. – Harold Benedict Memorial Horseshoe Tournament (singles).

11 a.m. – Parade on Main Street; trophies immediately following at Hoo-Hoo Park.

Noon – Junior Axe Throw sign-ups.

1 p.m. – Junior Axe Throw competition begins.

3 to 6 p.m. – The Jaywalker band will be playing some good tunes.

8 p.m. to midnight – Music by WildWoman Sounds, Geeia will rock the night. Once again dress up contest to your favorite decade FUN FUN FUN.

Sunday, July 29

7 to 11 a.m. – American Legion Chuela Post #92 Pancake Breakfast at Legion.

8 a.m. – Vendor booths open.

8 a.m. – Papa Anderson Memorial Softball Tournament.

10 a.m. – Harold Benedict Memorial Horseshoe Tournament (doubles).

10 a.m. – Adult Amateur Logging Show sign-ups (includes, axe throwing, sawing, and chocker setting).

11 a.m. – Adult Amateur Logging Show competition begins.

Noon – WildWoman sounds: bringing us all some tunes for the afternoon.

1 to 3 p.m. – Watermelon Eating Contest (anytime between these hours).

• Dunk Tank is sponsored by Kenny Nicholas for the Jail/Courthouse project.

• Kids activities, giant waterslides, watermelon eating contest all kids are invited to participate in kids events.

• Limited camping, check the local RV parks for availability.

• Volunteers are most needed at 4 to 6 p.m. for clean up on Sunday.

• McCloud Community Recreation Council requests that everyone leave their dogs at home during Fiesta.