Weed has big plans for Carnevale weekend, July 10-13

Jeff Knebel
The Weed Chamber of Commerce Carnevale Planning Committee has been gearing up for the annual event several months in advance to ensure the celebration goes smoothly, according to chamber president Ronda Gubetta. Left to right: Weed chamber members Nacho Escatel, president Ronda Gubetta, Kim Green, Chris Phillips, and Supersaver Charlie Poulis.

There is plenty on the menu for this year’s Weed Chamber of Commerce 54th Carnevale celebration on July 10 to 13, and people of all ages are encouraged to “come early and stay late,” which is this year’s theme.

The event will feature all the classic events like the parade, sports tournaments, the Top of the State race, music and dancing, a K9 show, carnival rides, and of course all of the food and refreshment booths and vendors.

Admission to the grounds at Bel Air Park, adjacent to College of the Siskiyous’ Weed Campus, is free.

Butler Amusement Inc. will be providing carnival rides again this year. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the gate. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Scott Valley, Tri Counties, US and PremierWest banks, as well as the Weed Chamber Cabin, Shasta View Nursing Center Gift Shop, or on the chamber website -

Tickets are exchanged for a bracelet at the carnival booth worth unlimited rides. One bracelet per person, per day.

This year Butler Amusement will be bringing seven rides that were not featured last year.

The Chamber of Commerce receives a percentage of all pre-sale ticket revenues with proceeds used to help fund future events. Chamber cabin hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“It really helps us out more if people buy tickets ahead of time,” said event coordinator Kim Green. “The carnival should be great; there will be a variety of rides for all ages.”

The chamber is still accepting sponsors for the Weed Pots portable toilets. For $200 the sponsor(s) name(s) will be posted on both the outside and inside of the “pot” door.

Also, T-shirts with this year’s carnevale logo can be purchased in several sizes at the Chamber of Commerce Cabin.

Local favorites, the softball and bocci ball tournaments will be held throughout the weekend at Bel Air Park. Registration forms are available on the chamber website.

Former Weed mayor Mel Borcalli will help kick off the Saturday festivities as grand marshal of the parade.

This year the parade will be on Saturday, July 12. The marching will begin behind the post office and head down Park Street, turning left on Grove, then up Main Street to Alamo. Lineup time is 10 a.m., parade starts at 11 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee.

The parade is sponsored by the McDonald’s of Weed and Yreka. Prizes are $100, $50 and $25 for first, second and third, respectively.

The Top of the State walk/run event will also be Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., starting for the first time this year at Son’s Park instead of College of the Siskiyous.

After all that exercise be sure to head toward Bel-Air Park for some great local food from the vendors.

A Roseburg Forest Products and Weed Youth Baseball sponsored BBQ will be held Thursday, July 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Food and commercial vendors will also be located at Bel-Air Park, in a designated shaded area.

The Weed High School baseball and softball teams, as well as the cheerleaders, will be operating ice cream, Mexican food, and smoothie food booths, respectively.

Also, the WHS classes of 2008 and 2010 will be running dessert and chicken booths, respectively.

Commercial vendors will also be located at Bel Air Park. Food and commercial vendor applications are available on the chamber website.

Also this year there will be a K9 demonstration by the Weed Police Department, time and place TBA.

After a full day of activities, rides and sampling local food, Carnevale-goers will be able to dance the afternoon and night away to the sounds of local bands and musicians.

The music stage will be located at the center of Bel-Air Park and a dancing area right in front.

The stage schedule is designed to encourage people to do just as this year’s theme says: “Come Early, Stay Late - Weed Carnevale 2008,” according to Weed Chamber of Commerce President Ronda Gubetta.

The entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. on Fri. evening and at Noon on Sat. and Sun. Fri. and Sat. music will run until Midnight and until early afternoon Sun.

For a complete list and time of performances see this week’s In The Spotlight section.

This year’s sound is being provided by Pegasus Pro Sound Services and she is a Shasta Daylight Productions event.

Anyone interested in volunteering for any part of the event feel free to inquire at the chamber cabin.