Weed Carnevale theme: Building a Future From the Past

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Weed organizers are bringing back Butler Amusements, Inc. for the 2016 Carnevale, the only annual festival in the area that features a ferris wheel.  Mount Shasta Area Newspapers file photo

The Weed Carnevale celebration begins with a parade on Wednesday, July 20 in downtown Weed beginning promptly at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “Building a Future From the Past.

The fun continues Thursday through Sunday, July 21 to 24 at Bel Air Park, adjacent to College of the Siskiyous.

This year, organizers are bringing back Butler Amusements, Inc. for more fun and excitement. Of all the small communities in the Mt. Shasta area, only Weed erects a ferris wheel for its annual festival.

A midway – with live music, dancing, vendors, games, food, beer and wine booths – will thrill and fill both visitors and residents.

The name for Weed’s major community event, Carnevale, speaks to the historic lumber town’s heritage. It means “carnival” in Italian.

At the turn of the 20th Century, the region’s lumber industry attracted many immigrants from Italy, and their culture greatly influenced the growing community, according to a Weed Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

Another nod to Italian ancestry seen at Carnevale are the bocce ball tournaments, both for juniors and adults. The game dates back to ancient Rome and has long been popular in Weed, where the waiting list has traditionally been long to get into the Carnevale adult tournament.

For more information visit the Chamber Cabin at 34 Main Street, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or call 938-4624.