History of Jamboree Days

Jul 3, 2024 | Special Section

Last year's Jamboree Days parade theme was Mountain Strong. (File photo)


Staff Writer

This year’s Jamboree Days theme, Amazing Mountain Adventures, “showcases the energetic atmosphere that surrounds this community,” said Dr. Andy Sharobiem of Optima Health, which is presenting Jamboree Days with the Lake Gregory Company and the Crestline Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber is delighted that Bill and Michelle Johnson of SkyPark at Santa’s Village will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. They have revitalized the adventurous spirit in our towns, realizing their vision of year-round mountain activities at SkyPark with their mountain biking and hiking trails, rock wall-climbing, ziplining and ice skating.

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets in Crestline to view last year's Jamboree Days parade.

Hundreds of spectators lined the streets in Crestline to view last year’s Jamboree Days parade.

Crestline can point to a long history of celebrating Independence Day in the mountains, back to the logging camp days of the 1870s to 1880s when they organized inter-camp competitions as a break from their work on July 4th. Jamboree Days is a continuation of Crestline Days, which began in the 1950s after WWII with a patriotic parade and beauty pageant. Mountaineer Days in 1975 expanded the celebrations in anticipation of the bicentennial, featuring a logging theme and adding contests such as log splitting, hatchet throwing and fishing derbies.

The festivities were renamed Jamboree Days in 1978. Community groups raised the funds for fireworks over Lake Gregory. The Honorary Mayor competition between various businesses raised additional funds for fireworks and inspired the current Grand Poohbah fireworks fundraiser.

There has been a theme each year. In 1981, the theme was “Crestline Thanks Firefighters” for saving the town from the 1980 Panorama Fire; in 1996, the theme was “Crestline Celebrates 90 years of Freedom,” since Crestline was named in a 1906 contest.

Last year’s theme was “Mountain Strong,” reflecting the strength of the community after the 2023 blizzard with the grand marshal identified as “The Unsung Hero,” recognizing all those who stepped up to help their neighbors and strangers in an extreme time of need, often without concern for their own needs or safety.

Join with Crestline as it celebrates America’s Independence Day in grand fashion, making an Amazing Mountain Adventure for all with Jamboree Days 2024. 





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