Get Festive in Tehama County
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Annual festivals celebrate the amenities and qualities that make communities distinctive. They help enhance local quality of life, creating a sense of place and fostering community pride among residents.
Such events have significant social benefits. They bring communities together and deepen relationships. They engage people — whether it’s organizers through their volunteerism or attendees through participation. Proceeds from local festivals often go back into supporting community causes and programs.
Festivals also have an economic impact. Attendees enjoy spending their dollars with local food and craft vendors. Festivals can attract visitors from out of town, who then patronize local lodging and restaurants. In addition, area businesses typically sponsor local events, which helps them market their products and services to a wider audience.
Whether you’re seeking an event that promises fun for the whole family or craving a relaxing time with friends, Tehama County has a range of fantastic festivals and events. The Red Bluff Brew Battle, Manton Apple Festival and Corning Olive Festival are just a few of the awesome events to choose from.
Find additional area events on the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce online calendar:
This event started in 1992 as a small harvest event put on by apple growers. It has grown into one of the region’s premier arts and crafts events, draws thousands of people to the small town of Manton.
The Manton Apple Fest takes place the first Saturday of October at the former Manton Elementary School.
The festival features tasty locally-grown apples and apple-based products like pie, jelly, butter and more. There’s live entertainment as well as apple pie baking and eating contests. Some of the event proceeds benefit area nonprofits and student scholarships.
Tehama County has a great tradition of producing olives. It boasts nearly 13.5 square miles of olive trees. Corning is known as the Olive City and hosts America’s longest-running olive festival in October.
The event was started in 1947 by table olive farmers when the area had nine canneries. Today it includes oil olives as well and brings in thousands of people. Besides food and crafts, the Corning Olive Festival features a parade, live music, raffles and fun activities like a pit-spitting contest.
The Active 20-30 Club of Red Bluff organizes the Red Bluff Brew Battle, a craft brew fest that happens the second Saturday in August at Red Bluff River Park. It’s a fundraiser that helps support the club’s efforts to improve quality of life for local youth.
Last year, more than 400 people attended and 55 breweries participated in the event, which includes a taster’s choice beer competition. Besides unlimited beer tasting, there’s live music and food vendors as well as games like life-sized Jenga, cornhole and bocce ball.
“It’s a good time, it’s very relaxed,” says Active 20-30 Club President Sean Rix.
Forty-four area businesses sponsored the event in 2018. Business owners poured beer for breweries while promoting their companies. “It’s bringing people out in Red Bluff and getting people in front of businesses,” says Rix. “All the businesses from last year wanted to participate again.
Rix points out that Brew Battle takes place in River Park, which he sees as a gem that’s underutilized. “River Park is a beautiful area with mature trees and a great shade canopy. I’d love to see other businesses and organizations using the park.”
The Active 20-30 Club has about 35 members that participate and volunteer for events like Brew Battle. “People in the club absolutely love Red Bluff and infuse much-needed energy into the community,” says Rix. “They’ve decided to raise families here and start businesses here and want to have a say in what the community looks like.”
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