QUINCY, CA, Sept. 12, 2016 – The Plumas National Forest’s 13th Annual Fall Fest will be held Saturday, October 1, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Mt. Hough Ranger District, located at 39696 Highway 70, just north of Quincy, CA. Admission to the Fall Fest is free and open to all ages!

Activities: Learn about natural resources and wild animals with interactive outdoor activities! Check out spooky, scary, forest creepy crawlies like bats and spiders. See how your firefighting skills stack up against real firefighters in the fire hose relay. Join forest botanists Jim Belsher-Howe and Japhia Huhndorf for a relaxing and informative hike at Butterfly Valley – meet up at the Fall Fest at Mt. Hough Ranger Station at 1:30 PM and caravan to the site. The hike will begin at 2:00 p.m. Take home a pine cone bird feeder that you can make with foster family agency Environmental Alternatives, and more!

Music: A variety of old-time fiddle music, including swing, new grass and Americana, will entertain visitors at the outdoor event.  Leslie Mink, Lance Barker, Barney Harchis and Ken Cawley of the Lost Sierra Ramblers are bringing their magical musical merriment to an already fun-filled day.

Living History: In 1882, Quincy historical figures Mary and Joshua Variel traveled from Indiana to California in an ox-drawn prairie schooner.  Listen to the stories of Mary Alexander Variel as told in character by Denise Russell, Plumas County Museum Docent. Watch Plumas County history come alive!

Food: A bake sale featuring fall goodies will be hosted by the sixth grade class of Pioneer/Quincy Elementary School to raise funds to support their annual watershed education camping trip. In addition, there will be fall beverages and a cookout!  Indian Valley Volunteer fundraiser returns with their mouth-watering barbecue, so come hungry!

To learn more about the Plumas National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas .