By Mary-Justine Lanyon
From the parade to the games and the bucket brigade, it’s non-stop fun at Running Springs’ annual festival of fun, Mountain Top Days.
It all begins on Friday night, Aug. 2, with a parade that will step off along Hilltop Boulevard at 6:30 p.m. This year’s grand marshal is Kevin Somes, president of the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and vice president and general manager of Snow Valley Mountain Resort.
If past years are any harbinger of this year’s event, folks will line up along the town’s main street, eagerly awaiting the decorated bicycles, fire trucks, floats and marchers from a number of different organizations.
Expected to participate are First Foundation Bank, Golden Oaks, The Dog Pack, Snow Valley Mountain Resort, Rim Family Services, the Running Springs Fire Department, the Arrowbear Fire Department and many more.
Following the parade, folks can enjoy the music of Highway 173 behind The Cut Above at 31972 Hilltop Boulevard. There will be food from Nohemi’s, beer and wine for sale.
The fun continues on Saturday, Aug. 3 with lots of field games – a bicycle event for adults (noon), an egg toss (1 p.m.), a watermelon eating contest (1:30 p.m.) and the ever-popular bucket brigade contest (2 p.m.) between the fire departments.
Who will fill their tub the fastest this year? The competition is always stiff between the Running Springs and the Arrowbear Fire Departments. Word is the firefighters have been training hard.
There will be games for the children to play – including a bounce house – and vendors selling a variety of wares. In addition to the food that will be available, there will be a chili cook-off. Come give them a taste and vote for your favorite. Tasting will begin at 11 a.m. with the awards being presented at 3:30 p.m.
And, of course, the weekly farmers market will take place.
All Saturday activities take place in the area between First Foundation Bank and the Running Springs library.