Chili, gold panning, history and carnival on track for Foresthill Heritage Festival

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By Debbie Griffin Special to the Journal Carnival, gold panning, Lumber Jacks & Jills, chili cookoffs, Sierra Six Guns & Sidekicks, deep-pit pig roast — it’s all part of Foresthill’s Heritage Celebration over Labor Day weekend. “This is the first time in the history of the Heritage Festival that we’ve hosted a carnival,” Chamber of Commerce President Sean Salveson said. “Wold Amusements puts on a top-class carnival and we hope everyone enjoys the rides.” The carnival will be at the corner of Foresthill Road and Soap Street in downtown. The California Gold Panning Championships draw panners from around the world for the two-day competition. The Lumber Jacks and Jills compete in chain-saw, chopping and axe throwing events. Festival-goers can do some tasting and voting when the Community Chili competition kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday. “This year we’ve invited local school groups around the area to compete for bragging rights for the ‘Best School Chili’ trophy,” Salveson said. There’s still time to sign up at the chamber for the competition, which is open to individuals as well as groups. Judges are also needed for the International Chili Society Cookoff, also happening Saturday. And there’s more food on the agenda. Members of the American Legion will prepare a deep-pit pig roast dinner Saturday and a traditional barbecue “with all the fixins” on Sunday. Food vendors will also offer culinary options. The festival will include vendor booths for shopping. Local radio station KAHI DJs will provide entertainment Saturday. History is part of the festival, too, with the melodrama of the Sierra Six Guns and Sidekicks act, including “gun fights with the bad guys.” The Forest Hill Historical museum will have “smithys” forging steel into objects that were once used as part of everyday life. Visitors can enter a raffle to win a hand-forged rack for hanging pots. The festival will have plenty of activities for the kids, including gold panning for children as well as adults. ------------ Foresthill Heritage Festival When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4 Where:?Foresthill Memorial Park, Foresthill Wold Amusements carnival times: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday For more information on the festival, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at, (530) 367-2474 or see website